(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 County, Jacob’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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