(11:15) Santa Cruz - The City of Santa Cruz Public Works Department and Roaring Camp Railroads has contracted with H&H Engineering Construction Inc. to upgrade the railroad crossing on Fern Street in Santa Cruz. Fern Street will be closed to through traffic for the duration of the project from River Street/Highway 9 to Limekiln Street. Project work includes removing the track, ballast and ties, and installation of concrete crossing panels and new asphalt. Construction is planned to begin on Monday, March 27, and continue through Friday, March 31. Encinal and Coral streets are available alternate routes to access the Harvey West area and Highway 9.
(10:15) Monterey County - The Salinas City Council will hold its first vote on whether to join Monterey Bay Community Power (MBCP) at tomorrow nights meeting. MBCP, a Community Choice Energy (CCE) program, aims to increase renewable energy use by purchasing renewably sourced power and distributing “clean energy” through the existing power grid. Profits are distributed back into the communities rather than benefiting the shareholders of privately held utility companies like PG&E. The counties of San Benito and Santa Cruz have voted twice to participate, and tomorrow will mark the second vote for Monterey County. The meeting will be tomorrow at 4:00 at the Salinas City Hall, located at 200 Lincoln Avenue.
(06:55) Salinas - The Salinas Police Department needs help identifying 3 suspects, who were in possession and tried using a stolen credit card. On March 17th the 3 suspects, attempted to use the credit card at Walmart and Jack in the Box on the 1800 block of North Main Street. The suspects were observed driving a white two-door pickup truck as well as a silver 4-door SUV. Pictures of the 3 suspects are available on the Salinas Police Department’s Facebook page. Anyone with information is encouraged to call 831-758-7090.
(06:15) Capitola - Capitola Police are investigating a murder/suicide that took place at the Capitola Mall yesterday. Police received a call around 3:15 from a woman stating that her husband was possibly attempting suicide, in the parking lot of the mall, and that he had their 8 year-old daughter with him. Responding officers were directed to the family’s vehicle that was located on the Westside of the mall, near Macy’s. Inside the vehicle, officers found two subjects suffering from gunshot wounds, an 8 year-old girl and a 36 year-old man. Both were pronounced dead at the scene. The investigation is being handled as a murder/suicide with the adult male as the murder suspect. Anyone with information is encouraged contact the Capitola Police Department at 831-471-1141.
(19:02) CAPITOLA- Police activity at the Capitola Mall yesterday(Sunday) was apparently prompted by a possible murder suicide. Several law enforcement agencies performed traffic control near Macys on the northern side of the mall. On scene officers reported two unconfirmed victims. Posts on the Mall’s social media page claim the activity was due to a murder-suicide involving a father and 7 year old girl. At this time this unconfirmed. KSCO will update this article as information becomes available.
(15:11) AEOMAS- Cal Trans is announcing a tree removal project on Highway 101. The project will begin on Tuesday at Dunbarton Road near Aromas. Work crews will be on scene from 9a.m until 2 p.m. daily through Thursday. Southbound motorists should be prepared for delays.
(14:54)SALINAS-The Monterey County Board of Supervisors voted support a lawsuit filed by San Francisco in defense of sanctuary cities. On Friday the board voted 4-1 to show that it is supporting legislation seeking to overturn President Donald Trump's executive order threatening federal sanctions against sanctuary cities. Salinas alone stands to lose about 10 million dollars in federal monies.
(14:39) SEASIDE- Seaside residents attended an event about the role of ICE in the community. The event was organized by The League of United Latin American Citizens, and featured police and other city officials. During the meeting a police spokesperson assured attendees that the department maintained no ties to the immigration enforcement agency.