A fine has been assessed against the contractor that sickened 15 farm workers with pesticide last year. An investigation determined Watsonville-based Los Amigos Harvesting was acting as an unlicensed contractor when it over sprayed pesticides, hospitalizing 15 of 24 workers on a neighboring farm. The company was fined 56 thousand dollars the largest fine ever levied by the Santa Cruz County Agricultural Commissioner.
A transient was sentenced to prison for sexually assaulting two women on a Salinas bus in August of 2016. The incident occurred, when 38-year-old Marveil Williams boarded an MST bus and sat next to a 45-year-old woman and started grabbing at her before exposing himself to her and assaulting another woman. Williams was ordered to spend 15 yeas behind bars.
Watsonville police arrested a man after a brief standoff on Friday. The incident took place on an alley near the 100 block of Elm Street. Noe Gomez attempted to avoid police by climbing on a roof. He then began throwing items at the officers. Gomez was eventually talked off the roof, he was then taken to a hospital for evaluation before being booked into santa cruz County Jail.
Valley Churches United is starting its 28th annual Bucks for Hunger fundraiser for its food pantry efforts. The nonprofit serves homes in the San Lorenzo Valley, Scotts Valley and Bonny Doon. Donations can be made online at vcum.org or in person at 9400 Highway 9 in Ben Lomond. In-person donations can be made from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays
More than a year after Monterey Peninsula College was put on probation by an accreditation commission; the college announced the probation would be lifted. The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges put the college on probation in 2017 after it found the institution out of compliance with 22 issues. The college was charged with fixing the issues by March of 2018, which it met. The commission granted accreditation to the college for 18 months and a follow-up report is set for Nov. 1.
Agencies in Santa Cruz and Monterey counties received more than $3 million in state grants to stop illegal tobacco sales to minors. In Santa Cruz County, the sheriff’s office, Watsonville Police Department and Santa Cruz Police Department each received about $369,000 and $567,000 in funding. In Monterey County, the Monterey County Sheriff’s office, North Monterey County Unified School District and Carmel Unified School District each received $536,000 to $1.6 million. Each recipient will execute different strategies including hiring school resource officers, stronger enforcement of tobacco regulation and license inspections.
Tours of the City of Santa Cruz’s recycling center are being offered throughout the summer. The Resource Recovery Center at 605 Dimeo Lane is hosting the tours to show the public what happens to the tons of recycled material collected each day. Tour dates are on June 20 and 21, July 18 and 19 and Aug. 22 and 23. Reservations are required and can be made by visiting cityofsantacruz.com/recycleright.