A 4-time world heavyweight champion boxer was in the Monterey bay area over the weekend. In fact Evander Holyfield toured several churches in Monterey county. He hopes to inspire people to have faith and persevere, and he also said that both success and failure start at home.
A press conference and rally is scheduled to be held tomorrow at the Butterfly Sanctuary in Pacific Grove. Area activists are holding the event to let people known about the impact of pesticides and insecticides on butterflies, birds and bees. The event is slated to begin at 3:30 p.m.
Forty six percent of farm workers are reportedly in the United States illegally. Farmers are having a difficult time finding workers to plant and pick their crops. The farming industry uses a larger percentage of illegal labor than any other industry. The strict enforcement of immigration laws threatens to increase the cost of fruits and vegetables, and reduce farmer profits.
A new and larger passport office is opening Monday, May 1st in Salinas. The new office that is located down the hall from where the old one was will process about one-hundred and fifty passports a day compared to forty in the old office. Waiting times are expected to be much shorter. It was common to wait for six hours for a passport in the old office.
(12:00) Soledad - California prison authorities reported that 2 inmates were found dead in unrelated events at Salinas Valley State Prison in Soledad on Saturday. 22-year-old Cedric Saunders death is being investigated as a homicide. Saunders was serving a 5 year sentence for second-degree robbery with a street gang enhancement. Minutes later a 61-year-old inmate was found dead in his cell. A cause of death has not been released and his name is being withheld until his family can be notified.
(07:40) Santa Cruz County - The Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public's help in identifying a man who robbed a store in Aptos. The incident took place on Thursday in the Rite Aide, located at 80 Rancho Del Mar. The suspect allegedly stole items from the store and battered an employee in the process. A picture of the man can be found on the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office Facebook Page. Anyone with information regarding the suspect is encouraged to call 831-471-1121.
(06:55) Watsonville - The Watsonville Police Department is seeking the public’s help in identifying a man who allegedly touched a 16 year-old girl in a sexual manner at a store. The incident took place on Friday at the CVS Pharmacy, located on 490 Rodriguez Street. After the unwanted touching, the suspect fled the store in a black BMW. The suspect was described as a Hispanic male, mid to late 20's with short dark hair, light complexion, and a goatee. A picture of the suspect can be found on the Watsonville Police Department's Facebook Page. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Watsonville Police Department.
(06:20) Santa Cruz - The Santa Cruz Police Department is inviting the community to join them for coffee and conversation. Coffee with a Cop was created to give the community an opportunity to ask questions, voice concerns and to get to know the officers in your neighborhood. Coffee with a Cop will be from 8:00-10:00 a.m. on Thursday at Java Junction, located at 580 River Street in Santa Cruz.
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