(12:00) California News: Sonoma and Santa Rosa County Fire Fighters are cautiously optimistic as the have lifted several of the evaluation mandates in the North Bay beginning yesterday. The number of evacuees in the area has been reduced from over 100,000 to 40,000- though the fire continues to burn and the skies remain smoky. The number of missing persons has been reduced from the original 1,000 to 88 in Santa Rosa and 19 in Napa. The official death toll of the fire is 41, including one fire worker that was confirmed yesterday morning. Evacuation numbers are expected to reduce once again as PG&E restores power and gas to many areas.
The Capitola Police Department has partnered with The Hideout restaurant in Aptos as part of the Pink Patch Project, the campaign is designed to bring awareness to the fight against breast cancer. The Hideout restaurant will donating a portion of the entire day’s sales to the cause tomorrow.The Pink Patch Project benefits WomenCARE- a local organization that provides emotional and financial support to individuals fighting cancer in Santa Cruz County.
(0940) Watsonville - A man was arrested on Saturday, after he was caught with a loaded gun and drugs. A deputy patrolling the area of Lee Road in Watsonville, spotted Edgar Rivera in the driver seat of a SUV. During a search of the vehicle the deputy uncovered methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and a loaded handgun under the driver’s seat. Rivera was arrested for various weapon and narcotic charges. He was booked into the Santa Cruz County Jail.
(07:45) Santa Cruz County - A wildfire is currently burning in the Santa Cruz Mountains. The Bear fire was first reported about 10:30 last night, with a confirmed structure on fire at, 825 Bear Creek Canyon Road. Flames spread from the home into the trees and vegetation. Mandatory evacuations have been issues for: Bear Creek Canyon Rd, Deer Creek Road, Ron’s road, Don’s Road, Lost valley, Farve Ridge, Oak Ridge and all smaller connecting roadways. The fire is estimated to be about 125 acres and is moving north towards Las Cumbras. There is zero percent containment a this time. Boulder Creek Elementary will be closed today and has been set up as an evacuation center. The address is, 400 West Lomond Street. A second evacuation center has been established at Lakeside Elementary School, 19621 Black Road, in Los Gatos.
(07:55) Soquel - Authorities reported that 4 juveniles were taken into custody on Saturday, after they were caught with a gun and stolen property. A deputy spotted the 4 juveniles in a car on South Rodeo Gulch in Soquel. During a search of the vehicle the deputy found a loaded gun under the rear seat and bottles of alcohol that had been reported stolen from Safeway. All 4 juveniles were booked into Juvenile Hall on weapon and stolen property charges.
(05:45) Santa Cruz County - A wildfire is currently burning in the Santa Cruz Mountains. The fire was first reported about 10:30 last night, with a confirmed structure on fire at 825 Bear Creek Canyon Road. Flames spread from the home into the trees and vegetation. Difficult terrain and poor visibility are limiting firefighting efforts. Mandatory evacuations have been issued for: Bear Creek Canyon Road, Deer Creek Road, Ron’s road, Don’s Road, Lost valley, Farve Ridge, Oak Ridge and all smaller connecting roadways. The fire is estimated to be about 125 acres and is moving north towards Las Cumbras. 30 Fire crews from Santa Cruz, Monterey, San Benito and Santa Clara counties are on scene. Air support has been requested and will arrive at first light. Evacuation center has been established at Boulder Creek Elementary at 400 West Lomond Street.
3 people are in stable condition after they were stabbed Saturday night in Watsonville. Two 21 year-olds, and a 16 year-old, were stabbed in the area of Progress Avenue and Longview Drive. 2 men wearing dark clothing are being sought in connection with the incident. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Watsonville Police Department.
A Salinas based company will be paying more than 310 thousand dollars in costs and civil penalties to settle a worker fatality lawsuit. Growers Street Cooling L-L-C will also supply proof that employees are now being trained on how to safely operate heavy machinery, and how to lock-out or tag-out equipment before doing maintenance, or repairing, said equipment.