(11:14) Santa Cruz - The Santa Cruz County Integrated Pest Management Departmental Advisory Group will be holding a public meeting on Friday. The County is developing ecological alternatives to conventional pest control methods and working towards the long-term elimination of pesticide use on County property and by County departments. The meeting will be held at 1:00 at the Simpkins Family Swim Center, 979 17th Street. For more information on the County’s Integrated Pest Management program, contact County IPM Coordinator Josh Reilly at 454-4820.
(10:50) Santa Cruz - A local nonprofit was awarded over $32,000 from the Santa Cruz Vice Mayor David Terrazas yesterday. Funds were collected for Hope Services from December 18th through 25th, in the third annual Parking for Hope downtown holiday parking program. The usual parking rates applied, however, the proceeds from street meters during these eight days were designated for donation to Hope Services, a Santa Cruz nonprofit that provides training and support services to adults with developmental disabilities.
(10:35) Castroville - Caltrans is working on a slip up on Route 56, near Cathedral Oak Road, in Castroville. Drivers should expect delays up to 15 minutes from 9:00 a-m to 2:00 p-m today. For more information call Caltrans projects in Monterey County at 831-372-0862.
(10:15) Salinas - The Salinas Police responded to the 500 block of Terrace Street after a shot spotter was activated. The incident happened at 11:30 last night. The arriving officer spotted a vehicle leaving the area and followed it. The driver, 20 year-old Elijah Gonzalez, reached a dead end and exited the vehicle. Officers used a taser as Gonzalez reached for his pockets several times. Gonzalez was arrested and booked in Monterey County Jail, for several weapons charges. Bullet casings were found in the area but there were no persons, vehicles, or buildings struck. This case is still being investigated.
(09:00) Monterey County - Monterey county crews will be working on an emergency tree removal operation on Highway 68 today. The area affected will be between Skyline Forest Drive and the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula from 9:00 a.m. until 2 p.m. today. Motorists will encounter one-way reversing traffic control with delays up to 15 minutes. The condition of these trees requires their removal before the next storm system moves through the area this week. For more information on this project call 831-372-0862.
(07:30) Santa Cruz - The Santa Cruz Neighbors meeting will be held tonight. The topic of discussion will be Burglaries, car break-ins, and stolen cars. Guest speakers will address how to prevent these types of crimes from occurring, how to protect your property and neighborhood. The meeting will be from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at the Police Department Community Room, 155 Center Street.
(06:30) Soledad - A man was shot and killed last night in Soledad. The incident happened near 980 Front Street. Officers found the man with multiple gunshot wounds to his upper torso, and he was pronounced dead at the scene. Police are still investigating the motive for the incident as well as searching for the suspect.
The teen, who is accused of killing 8 year-old Maddy Middleton in July of 2015, is due back in a Santa Cruz county court room next month. A.J. Gonzalez, who is accused of luring Middleton into his family’s Tannery Arts Center apartment, where he sexually attacked the girl before stabbing her, and stuffing her body into a recycling bin. Gonzalez, who is being held without bail, is scheduled to return to court march 24th