(10:30) The University of California president’s office is being investigated after 2 executives allegedly wrote emails directing campuses to alter their answers in a confidential state auditor’s survey. At UC Santa Cruz, survey responders initially rated technology help from the president’s office as “poor.” That became “good” after UC President Janet Napolitano’s office intervened. The campus also changed ratings for three services previously judged “fair” to “good.” The UC regents have hired a former state Supreme Court Justice to conduct an independent investigation into alleged tampering, the results are pending.
(09:40) Monterey - A man was arrested yesterday in Monterey after deputies served a search warrant and uncovered stolen property as well as 2 pistols. Deputies reported that among the items that were recovered were, jewelry, a cell phone, keys, and 2 pistols. Richard Warrick was arrested and booked into Monterey County Jail.
(07:35) Salinas - A Salinas man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for attempted murder. In April of 2017, 36-year-old Roberto Bravo shot at two people after a chase. Bravo shot 6 to 7 rounds at a father and son, after they attempted to stop him from stealing items out of their truck. Bravo pled no contest to attempted murder and assault with a semiautomatic firearm.
(06:00) Santa Cruz County - Caltrans announced that starting on Monday there will daytime road closures to repair slip outs. Highway 35/Skyline Road construction project between the junction of Bear Creek Road/Skyline and Thompson Road is scheduled from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. beginning Monday, through late November. For more information on this project or other Santa Cruz County projects visit: dot.ca.gov.
(06:35) Scotts Valley - A couple was arrested on Tuesday night after they were stopped for a traffic violation. Scotts Valley Police reported that they pulled over Greg and Cathleen Spencer, who were driving a U-Haul. During a search of the vehicle officers found hundreds of items of drug paraphernalia inside. Black tar heroin, powder heroin, powder cocaine, crack cocaine, and methamphetamine were also found spread inside the van. Both Cathleen and Greg Spencer were arrested on various charges.
A Santa Cruz County group found surprising numbers concerning distracted drivers. Volunteers from a group called Friday Night Live were sent to four different schools and reported 236 cases of distracted driving within one hour. The distractions were not limited to phone use as many reports were caused by a pet, child, or other tasks drawing the driver’s attention from the road.
The Caltrans Monterey Maintenance Crew will be performing an emergency lane closure for the San Luis Obispo Bridge Crew for bridge railing repair on Aguajito Bridge on Northbound State Route 1 today. The Northbound No. 2 (right) lane of State Route 1 will be closed from 9:30 am to 2 pm with 5-10 minute delays anticipated. Electronic message signs will be posted alerting motorists of today’s work
Murder victim’s families whose cases have gone cold held a peaceful gathering outside Salinas City Hall pushing for action to be taken. The gathering lasted almost four hours, and gained the support of the police chief, at one point the group went inside to address the council. Their goal is to make sure their loved and not forgotten and neither are their killers.
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