(08:25) Gilroy - The Gilroy Police Department is seeking the public’s help in identifying a woman who allegedly stole items from 2 stores on Saturday. The first incident took place just after 4:30 p.m. at Ulta Beauty, located on Lenz Lane. The second incident took place just before 6 p.m. at Best Buy, located on Camino Arroyo. A picture of the woman can be seen on the Gilroy Police Department’s Facebook Page. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact authorities.
(07:45) Aptos - An Aptos home caught on fire yesterday afternoon. Firefighters were dispatched to the 100 block of Via Soderini, near Seascape Beach Resort, around 3:30 p.m. The Homeowner, Jack Stark, said the fire started from a heat lamp he had just lit on his porch. There were no reports on any injuries.
(07:15) The Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office reported that a woman is missing. 29 year-old Katherine Harden was last seen around 3 p.m. yesterday at Greyhound Rock parking lot, in Davenport. Harden is described as white female, 5’9” and weighs 160 pounds with hazel eyes, and brown hair. She was wearing blue jeans, a black sweater with grey sleeves and a red blanket. A picture of Harden can be seen on the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office. Anyone with information is encouraged to call 831-471-1121.
A meeting on the future of Portola Drive is scheduled for this week. The third and final concept meeting will take place at Del Mar School from 6:30 until 9 p.m. this Thursday. County planners will present reworked concepts for upgrading the roadway that services 5000 residents as well as visitors to the world class surfing area and beaches.
A recent report released by AAA contradicts federal estimates. The study indicates that drowsy driving is up to nine and a half times more responsible for traffic accidents than originally thought. AAA says that drowsy driving is hard to study because it is not a testable condition. Symptoms of drowsy driving are drifting in the lanes, memory lapses, and straining to keep eyes open. The best solution is to pull over and rest before returning to the roadway.
The California legislature is considering a new cosmetics law. SB 1249 prohibits the sale of animal-tested cosmetics in the state. The law would make it unlawful for any cosmetic manufacturer to knowingly import or sell any cosmetic, including personal hygiene products such as deodorant, shampoo, or conditioner. The legislation will go to the governor’s desk if it is passed in the senate and house.
Pacific Collegiate School (PCS) is holding a lottery for the 2018-19 school year. 14% (approximately 8) 7th grade seats will be reserved for students who will be the first in their family to attend college. These students will be selected by a First-to-College Lottery, which runs just prior to the general lottery.. For lottery applications and to RSVP to an information session, visit www.pcslotteryapp.com.
Santa Cruz County Sheriff Jim Hart recently addressed the state of public safety in the county. The sheriff stated that despite an increase in drug and alcohol related misdemeanors that overall crime in the county is at a 30 year low. Currently the county jail is acting as the county’s largest mental health and detoxification facility while dealing with overcrowding due to proposition 47’s prison realignment. It is hoped that the opening of the 24.6 million dollar minimum security rehabilitation and reentry facility opening in Aril at the Watsonville detention center will alleviate some of the overcrowding at the main jail.
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