(08:30) Aptos - Caltrans announced a one-day emergency guardrail repair project will take place on northbound Highway 1, in Aptos on Saturday. Roadwork will consist of closing the #2 (right) lane of northbound Highway 1 at Rio del Mar from 6:30 a.m. until noon. The northbound Rio Del Mar onramp will also be closed. For more information on this project call: 831-423-0396
(08:00) Monterey County - The Boys and Girls Clubhouse in Salinas and Seaside are switching to solar power in an effort to save money. The non-profit organization was reportedly paying $80,000 annually just in electricity bills. Once both clubs are operating on solar, they will save an estimated 97% on energy costs. The club in Seaside still needs to raise $50,000 before construction can begin. To donate visit: bgcmc.org.
(06:50) Santa Cruz - A man was arrested yesterday, after he was caught with stolen property and a hatchet. Nicholas Kremkau was riding his bike near Anna Jean Cummings Park, in Soquel, when he was contacted by deputies. Kremkau, who had a warrant out for his arrest, was found in possession of stolen property, a hatchet in his waistband, and drug related items. He was booked into Santa Cruz County Jail.
A Watsonville man, who faces 20 felony charges connected with sexually abusing a Capitola girl several years ago, is now out on bail. That after 42 year-old Greg Bartle’s bail was reduced from 1 million dollars to $200,000. The allegations against Bartle all involve 1 victim….whom he reportedly had “unique access to”, while she was 14 through 17 years-old.
2 mothers, and some Watsonville Police Officers, worked together recently to teach 2 boys about “consequences”. Reportedly one woman’s son filmed the other woman’s son jumping onto the hood of a Watsonville police car, and then running over the roof, and jumping off the vehicle. The women brought their son’s down to the Department to apologize, and one mother explained that her son would do community service at a local food bank during spring break, while the other mother insisted that her whole family wash the patrol cars to make up for what her son had done. Police officers gave both mother’s kudos for turning it all into a learning experience.
A Santa Cruz couple, and their 3 year-old son are home safe and sound. That after the 3 were robbed at gunpoint while traveling in Mexico. The robbers are said to have taken everything the 3 had, including phones, wallets, clothing, and their truck.
Seven people are expected to speak Friday at an event tomorrow in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center in Santa Cruz. Although attendance of this “Event Santa Cruz”, called “Our Ocean”, is free, people are asked to register at EventBrite.com, to attend the 6-9 p.m. event at 35 Pacific Avenue in Santa Cruz.
The 5th grader, who barricaded himself in a classroom yesterday at a Santa Cruz school, was reportedly intending to injure 3 specific students. His Bay View Elementary School teacher managed to get the rest of the kids out of the classroom safely, and then Santa Cruz police officers extricated the 11 year-old…..and took him to a care facility. A firearm, that his parents owned, was removed from the boy’s home.