(19:05) HOLLISTER- The San Benito County Office of Emergency Services has declared the water in the Lover’s Lane neighborhood is unsafe. The area was evacuated on Tuesday after Pacheco Creek overflowed its banks. Although residents have returned to the neighborhood the water is not safe to drink even if it is boiled. The county plans to continue testing the water and will notify residents when it is safe to start using tap water.
(18:51) BEN LOMOND- A man suspected of robbing a Felton bank was arrested yesterday (Thurs). An investigation of Tuesday’s robbery of Liberty Bank identified 46 year old Eric Sowards as the alleged robber. Officers spotted Sowards in Ben Lomond and arrested him on bank robbery charges. He was booked into Santa Cruz County jail.
(18:03) SANTA CRUZ-Yesterday (Thurs), President Barack Obama has used his authority under the Antiquities Act to add the Cotoni-Coast Dairies property IN Santa Cruz county to the existing California Coastal National Monument system. The Cotoni-Coast Dairies addition to the California Coastal National Monument consists of 5,800 acres of federally-owned land and encompasses numerous watersheds, critical wildlife habitat, scenic beauty and rich cultural resources. The next steps into to integrating the property into the national monument system should take place in the first half of 2017
(09:15) Boulder Creek - A home caught on fire yesterday afternoon in Boulder Creek. The incident took place at 3:00 on the 1800 block of Boulder Creek. The fire burned a second-floor bedroom and was fully contained in twenty minutes. A cat was able to escape from the home and no one else was at the residence during the incident. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
(07:50) Hollister - A man entered a grocery store, assaulted the manager and attempted to kidnap an employee on Tuesday. The incident took place at the Lucky’s grocery in Hollister. 50 year old David Abeyta, from San Leandro, claimed to be armed when he walked into the Store. Abeyta demanded the manager get down on the ground and struck him on the head multiple times. Abeyta attempted to kidnap an employee but she was able to escape. Abeyta was arrested outside of the store and booked into the San Benito County Jail on charges of battery with bodily injury, burglary, false Imprisonment and committing criminal threats.
(07:50) Pajaro - Officials reported that a fire started in a beauty shop this morning in Pajaro. The incident took place at 3:55 at a beauty salon on Porter Drive. The fire spread to surrounding businesses and nearby residents were evacuated from their homes. Fire crews are currently assessing the damage.
(06:45) Santa Cruz County - The City Of Santa Cruz declared an emergency water shortage yesterday (Wednesday). Crews have been trying to repair the Newell Creek pipeline after the storm caused a leak Sunday night. The Santa Cruz Water Department reported that efforts to repair the pipeline on Tuesday were unsuccessful and residents are urged to continue to cut back on water use. Residents are asked to take these actions over the next several days to a week:
• Less frequent showers/baths
• When showering, shut off flow when lathering
• Flush the toilet only when necessary
• Postpone laundry
• Use paper plates instead of washing dishes
• Warm water on the stove instead of running it to get hot
• No outdoor water uses of any kind
MORE THAN 100 PEOPLE WERE RESCUED IN THE HOLLISTER AREA TUESDAY NIGHT. THAT AFTER THE PACHECO CREEK OVERFLOWED ITS BANKS (AND FLOODED HOMES AND CARS) IN THE LOVERS’ LANE AREA. AN EVACUATION CENTER WAS SET UP AT THE VETERANS’ HALL IN HOLLISTER. SMALL PETS CAN BE HOUSED AT THE HOLLISTER ANIMAL SHELTER AT 1331 SOUTH STREET; AND HORSES AND SMALL LIVESTOCK CAN BE TAKEN TO BOLADO PARK AT 9-THOUSAND AIRLINE HIGHWAY IN TRES PINOS. CATTLE CAN BE TAKEN TO 101 LIVESTOCK AT 44-HUNDRED HIGHWAY 101 IN AROMAS.