Several Monterey Bay Area counties are among the 25 to qualify for low-interest disaster loans, to help repair damage from the February storms. The application process begins tomorrow morning (wednesday) in the Disaster Loan Outreach Center on the 2nd floor of the Santa Cruz County Government Center at 701 Ocean Street. The low-interest loans are available to businesses and residents negatively impacted by the storms and flooding between February 1st and 25th.
A Hollister man reportedly died as the result of a recent accident at a landfill. 65 year-old Alfredo Prado Canella’s body was found he was apparently hit by a vehicle while walking in John Smith Road Landfill. Anyone with any information about the incident is encouraged to contact either the San Benito County Sheriff’s Department, The C-H-P, or Cal-Osha.
The “Trailblazer Award” winners who were nominated by the Santa Cruz County Women’s Commission were recognized today. The honorees are: Cynthia Mathews, Gail Michaelis-Ow, Donna Ziel, were heralded for making a difference in the lives of woman and girls. The Give and Take club of Pajaro Valley High School an organization that educates students on health issues also received the award. Jasmine Rocha, Miri Ramos, Jaime Melgoza and Martiniano Ortiz accepted the award for the organization. Coca Lazenby, Dora Lee Raras, Mariah Roberts, Tricia Potts and Andrey McDowell received honorable mention for their work in the community.
AN 18 YEAR-OLD KING CITY HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT WAS SHOT NEAR THE SCHOOL AROUND 11:00 A.M. TODAY. THAT LED TO OFFICIALS INITIALLY PUTTING THE SCHOOL ON LOCKDOWN, AND THEN LATER CHANGING THAT TO A “CLOSED CAMPUS” STATUS. 2 GUNMEN ARE STILL BEING SOUGHT IN CONNECTION WITH THIS MORNING’S SHOOTING ON MILDRED AVENUE, NEAR BROADWAY NEAR THE SCHOOL’S AUDITORIUM. THE STUDENT WAS REPORTEDLY SHOT TWICE, AND FLED FROM HIS ATTACKERS BY DRIVING HOME. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION IS ENCOURAGED TO CONTACT THE KING CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT.
(10:40) Monterey - A jury trial for Former Monterey Peninsula Unified School District Superintendent, against the city of Monterey began yesterday. Former MPUSD Superintendent Marilyn Shepherd filed a lawsuit in 2015 after she fell in a pothole. Shepherd said she broke her left ankle and sprained her right one while she was on Webster Street. Shepard has been in negotiations with Monterey representatives for months and is seeking $800,000 in damages. The trial is expected to last at least a week.
(10:15) Monterey - Authorities reported that a suspect in a November fatal shooting on Cannery Row, was extradited from Mexico and is now in Monterey County Jail. 21 year-old Jorge Mendoza, of Marina, fled to Mexico after 28 year-old Raul Melendez was shot and killed in the Cannery Row parking garage, on November 23rd, 2016. Police requested help from the U.S. Marshals Service, which worked with the local authorities in Mexico that ultimately made the arrest last Thursday. On Saturday, Mendoza was booked on murder charges and his bail was set at $1.3 million dollars.
(09:10) Aptos - California Highway Patrol has reported several accidents in the Aptos area this morning. At 5:49 a truck rolled over while traveling northbound on highway 1. At 8:30 a car, also traveling northbound, was involved in a hit and run near Mar Monte Exit. No injuries have been reported. Traffic begins to clear at Bay/Porter and 41st Exits.
(07:15) Watsonville - The Community Action Board of Santa Cruz County employment programs, Alcance and Day Worker Center are offering job-seekers opportunities to meet with 14 local employers that are ready to hire. The “Work With Us” Job Fair will include: Santa Cruz County, Lakeside Organics, Safe at Home, Driscoll’s, Fox Racing, Michael’s Transportation, New Leaf Markets, First Alarm, Watsonville Police Department, Chartwell Staffing and Nova Staffing. The Job Fair for youth and adults will take place from 1-5 p-m on Thursday, March 30, at Workforce Santa Cruz County Watsonville, 18 West Beach St.
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