The Santa Cruz Police Department along with the city, county and several organizations have organized a march and Martin Luther King remembrance event. Marchers will begin meeting at 9 a.m, at Cathcart Street between Cedar and Pacific. The march at 10 and continues around the downtown area convening with speeches and family-friendly activities on Cooper Street in partnership with the Museum of Art and History. Everyone is welcome to participate in the event. Parking in downtown metered spots will be free throughout the day.
The Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office is searching for suspected car thief. On Thursday, deputies patrolling Buzzard Lagoon Road near Corralitos attempted to stop a vehicle suspected to be stolen. The driver 30 year old Ryan Roby refused to exit the vehicle then fled the area. Roby was able to elude the officers however a subsequent investigation led investigators to Roby’s residence on the 300 block of Loma Escondida Road where a total of 7 stolen vehicles were recovered. Roby remains at large , anyone with information on his whereabouts is encouraged to conact authorities.
A meeting on the future of the Capitola Mall has been scheduled. Stores located at indoor shopping malls across the country have been failing at a high rate due to the popularity of on-line shopping. The new owner of the mall; Merlone Geier, a San Francisco based developer, is exploring options. Similar projects have included more interactive businesses such as a cineplex, archery range, and other activity based establishments, Housing could also be integrated into the project. A meeting between the developer and city officials will be open to the public at Capitola City Hall on January 24th.
AUTHORITIES HAVE CONFIRMED A WOMAN AND 8 MONTH OLD CHILD WERE KILLED IN SALINAS CAR CRASH ON SUNDAY. SHORTLY BEFORE 2 A-M, EMERGENCY CREWS RESPONDED TO A SOLO VEHICLE ACCIDENT ON THE 1400 BLOCK OF CONSTITUTION BOULEVARD. AT THE SCENE OFFICERS LOCATED THE WOMAN AND CHILD DECEASED FROM INJURIES SUSTAINED DURING THE COLLISION. THE DRIVER IS HOSPITALIZED IN CRITICAL CONDITION.
Authorities are reporting another flu related death on the Central Coast. The latest influenza related death was a Santa Cruz County resident in their 30’s, bringing the death total to two for the county. Monterey County reports three deaths, while San Benito County lists two deaths. All the victims have been under 65 years old.
A popular Monterey beach has been closed. The Environmental Health Bureau closed Del Monte Beach after receiving reports that sewage had entered a storm drain terminating at the beach. The spill estimated at 1500 gallons took place at about 9:a.m.. The beach will remain closed until samples indicate that the water is again safe for human contact.
(12:55) Aptos - A man was arrested today in Aptos after he was caught with drugs. A deputy conducting a business check found Paul Artau in possession of methamphetamine, a digital scale, drug packaging and cash. Artau was booked into the Santa Cruz County Jail for being in possession of a controlled substance for sale.
(09:00) Salinas - The Salinas Animal Services is holding its first volunteer orientation of 2018 tomorrow morning at 10:00. All volunteers need to be at least 16 years old. The shelter is located on 144 Hitchcock Road, in Salinas.