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(07:15) Aptos - A secondhand store in Aptos has donated 275-thousand dollars this year to children’s local programs.  The founder of Caroline’s Thrift Shop, Christy Licker, has donated over 1 million dollars to 19 local nonprofits since she opened the store in 2010.  Licker was inspired to open the nonprofit thrift shop after her daughter, Caroline Licker, died in 2007 at the age of 16 from complications related to scoliosis surgery.  Licker’s daughter was cared for by local organizations such as, Children’s Hospice and Palliative Care, Hospice of Santa Cruz CountyJacob’s Heart and Special Parents Information Network. Caroline’s Thrift Shop consists of furniture, art, clothing and jewelry and is located at the corner of Trout Gulch Road and Soquel Drive in Aptos.  

Some  of  the  residents  in  the  Lovers  Lane  area  of  Hollister  area  being  warned  that  their  well-water  may  have  been  contaminated  by  flood  waters  from  Pacheco  Creek.     The  area   involved  is  from  7011  Lovers  Lane  to  Highway  152;   and  homes  from  6805  to  7210  San  Felipe  Road.     Bottled  water  should  be  used  until  each  of  those  impacted  wells  are  tested  by  a  professional  service  (and  cleared  of  contaminants).    Only  wells  that  made  contact  with  flood  water  are  impacted.

2  people  suffered  serious  injuries  this  evening,  in  a  head-on  crash  on  Fairview  Road.  The  6 P-M  accident  took  place  between  Highway 156  and  orchard  road  in  the  Hollister  area.    Both  drivers,  1  of  whom  suffered  major injuries,   had  to  be  extricated  from  their  vehicles.

The  superintendent  of  the  San Benito  High  School  District  has  resigned  from  his  job.    John  Perales  resigned  Friday,  the  same  day  he  appeared  in  court  and  pleaded  “not  guilty’  to  brandishing  a  firearm  in  Gilroy  last  month.     Perales  confronted  the  driver  of  an  unfamiliar  vehicle  in  his  neighborhood,  after  there  had  been  a  rash  of  property  thefts  there.   The  school  district  has  appointed  Shawn  Tennenbaum  to  serve  as  the  district’s  interim  superintendent  until  a  new  superintendent  is  chosen.

Reverend  Martin  Luther  King  Junior  was  honored  at  events  around  the  nation  today,  and  one  of  those  was  in  Seaside.    A  parade  and  speeches  took  place.    When  asked,  many  there   expressed  concerns  about  what  might  happen  to  their  civil  liberties  once  president-elect  Trump  is  inaugurated  this  coming  Friday.     Other  people  marched  in  support  of  the  environment  and  diversity.  In  Salinas  advocates  for  the  poor  marked  M-L-K  Day  by  calling  for  an  end  to  poverty,   and  the creation  of  a  New  Poor  People’s  Campaign

2  people  were  arrested  after  an  injury-accident  in  Castroville  yesterday.  Reportedly  a  drug  dealer  chased  down  (and  rammed)  a  man’s  car,  after  that  man  stole  1-thousand  dollars  worth  of  marijuana  in  a  failed  drug  deal.   The  suspected  drug  dealer (33  year-old  Albert  Mejia)   and  the  suspected  thief  (Jose  Arellano)  were  both  arrested,  and  an  ar-15  rifle  with  no  serial  number  was  confiscated  from  Arellano’s  vehicle.  

Tonight at  7  p-m,   there  will  be  a  ceremony  to  retire  a  Gonzales  man’s  jersey  (and  uniform  number).    That’s  in  honor  of  21  year-old  Christian  Rosales,   who  was  killed  just  after  new  year’s  eve  in  Salinas.     The ceremony  is  scheduled  to  take  place  at  Gonzales  High  School.   The San  Francisco  Giants  (Rosales’  favorite  professional  team) also  marked  his  death, by  calling  him  a  “giant  hero”  and  sending  a  letter  of  condolence  to Rosales’  family  (along  with  a giant’s  jersey  featuring Rosales’  name  and  high  school  number).

A  thousand  year-old  tree,  in  the  Forest  Of  Nisene  Marks  State  Park,  fell  this  past  weekend.   The  253-foot  tall  redwood,   known  as  the  “Advocate  Tree”,   was  39  feet  in circumference.     It  was  one  of  the  tallest  (and largest)  trees  in  the  state  park. 

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