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Flooding, Road Closures As Heavy Rains Fall On Saturated Ground

After years of praying for rain, Santa Cruz County has had more than its fill. Looking for something to bet on now that the Super Bowl is in the past? Try betting on whether 17 will stay open!

Take A Look At Some Local Flooding

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(13:19)SANTA CRUZ- The Santa Cruz Planning Commission is currently weighing options for updates of zoning codes. The commission will holding the last of three public meetings this Thursday, focusing on moving the city in the direction called for by the 2030 General Plan. In the previous meetings residents voiced concerns over the futures of neighborhoods near the major traffic corridors of Mission Street, Water Street, Soquel Drive, and Ocean Street. Other concerns are that east and west Santa Cruz will be zoned unfairly. There have also been calls to scrap the 2030 General Plan and start over. The meeting starts at 7 p.m at 809 Center Street.

(12:43) SANTA CRUZ- A hearing has been set for a  Santa Cruz man charged with seven felony child molestation counts.  On June 1st a judge will decide if 21 year Shawn Cox is eligible for a bail reduction or other type of release. Cox is accused of having sex with 14 and 16 year old girls he met on social media sites. A preliminary hearing has also been set for July 31st. Cox remains in custody in lieu of 150 thousand dollars bail.

 

(12:10)APTOS- An Aptos man accused of creating and distributing child pornography will be in federal court this week. 19 year old Ryan Spencer and co defendant 24 year old Bryan Peterson of Tiburon  have hearings scheduled for tomorrow (Tues) at U.S. District Court in San Francisco. The men, who met online, are charged with using supervisory jobs to create illicit video of children in their care. Both men remain in federal custody.

 

 

(10:35) - A grass fire burning in Fresno County has more than doubled in size overnight.   The fire began around 1:00 p.m. yesterday near Highway 198 and Alcalde Road.   According to Cal Fire Officials, the Elm Fire has now grown to 8,200 acres and is about 40 percent contained.  Residents in the Parkeville Grade Road area were evacuated last night.   An evacuation center has been set up at the West Hills Community College.  The fire has forced officials to close Highway 198 from Coalinga to the Monterey County line.   The cause of the fire is still under investigation

(10:25) Santa Cruz - The 11th annual Santa Cruz Greek Food Faire is being held this weekend.   The event will feature authentic cuisine, spirits, live music and dancing.  The Faire starts today and will run through the weekend.   The event will be held at Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church, located at 223 Church Street at Center Street in downtown Santa Cruz.  For more information visit: livelikeagreek.com

(09:40) Salinas - The Salinas Police Department is looking for qualified people to join as officers and staff members.  Positions are available for new and experienced police officers.   For Information regarding appointments or employment questions, call (831) 758-7164.

 

(08:55) Salinas - A man was arrested after being caught with drugs in Chinatown.  The incident took place yesterday morning on Bridge Street.  Salinas police detectives and SWAT served a search warrant, and 18-year-old Kris Purcell was arrested for possession of heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamine for sale.   Officers also seized cash and packaging.

(08:20) Santa Cruz County - Santa Cruz County Health Agency officials reported that about 30 children and staff at the Boulder Creek camp in Santa Cruz County have recently been diagnosed with Norovirus.    Norovirus is generally a mild illness associated with nausea, vomiting and diarrhea lasting from 1-3 days.   In an effort to reduce the spread of the virus, health officials recommend frequent and proper hand hygiene.   Anyone who has suffered from flu-like symptoms should stay home for at least 48 hours after symptoms have stopped.

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