(06:40) Salinas - Salinas Police is seeking the public’s help in identifying a man who was allegedly involved in a residential burglary. The burglary recently took place on Cherokee Court. A picture of the man can be seen on the Salinas Police Department’s Facebook Page. Anyone with information is encouraged to call 831-758-7250.
The death of a Salinas Valley State Prison inmate is being investigated as a homicide. 26 year-old George Argueta was found unresponsive, on the floor of his cell. He had suffered multiple stab wounds. Although prison staff administered life-saving measures, Argueta succumbed to his injuries. 38-year-old Jacob L Castro, who was removed from the cell, has been named a suspect in this case.
The 37th annual Santa Cruz Clam Chowder Cook-Off comes up in about a week-and-a-half. Amateurs will compete on Saturday, February 24th; while professionals will compete on Sunday the 25th. The top awards for both Manhattan and Boston clam chowders will be chosen by a panel of judges, and also by the public. Tasting Kits go on sale each day at 10 a.m., and public tasting begins at 1 p.m. The event is slated to be held at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk….as usual. The proceeds, from the sales of the tasting kits, will go to the Santa Cruz Parks And Recreation Department.
The trial for Gonzalo Curiel has been delayed until April. Curiel, who along with Tami Hunstman has been charged with torturing and killing 2 children, was initially set to go to trial next month. That trial was delayed because Curiel’s attorney is slated to represent a defendant in another case in Santa Cruz next month. Monterey County Superior Court Judge Pamela Butler also delayed her ruling on whether to toss the results of the search of the Redding storage locker (where the bodies of 6 year-old shaun tara, and his 3 year-old sister delylah, were found).
Huntsman’s trial is slated to begin in October.
A special ceremony was held today by Monterey county Supervisors. There they issued a formal apology to the more than 120,000 Japanese and Japanese-Americans impacted by the executive order that required their internment 76 years ago. More than 3500 Japanese and Japanese-Americans were living in the Monterey Bay Area at the time, and they lost their homes, businesses and farms…. when they were sent to the “Relocation Centers”.
A 26 year-old man was arrested in Santa Cruz after he led Santa Cruz police officers on a chase last night, while he rode a stolen motorcycle. The incident began around 9 p.m. after Steven Duran refused to pull over the motorcycle he was riding when officers requested he do so (because the motorcycle was missing its rear license plate). During the chase, Duran lost his balance while riding the motorcycle and dropped it. He was booked into Santa Cruz County Jail.
In an effort to mitigate the local housing shortage, Santa Cruz City Council members are slated to discuss a possible Rent Freeze during their meeting this evening. Council members are also expected to look at how they can encourage the Santa Cruz Riverfront Association to keep its apartment complex on Blaine Street as a Section 8 subsidized housing project….as it has been for more than 3 decades. This evening’s meeting, that starts at 7 p.m., is slated to be held at Santa Cruz City Hall…..which is located at 809 Center Street.
(08:15) Santa Cruz - Cal Fire announced a Prescribed Burn is scheduled for today and tomorrow at UC Santa Cruz. The prescribed burn will take place on the upper campus and the Natural Reserve. There will be a temporary road closure along Chinquapin Road during the burning operations. The prescribed burn is a cooperative project with UC Santa Cruz and Cal Fire for reducing the threat of wildfire and enhancing natural resources.
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