A Salinas elementary school student has been honored for his efforts to try and stop bullying….world-wide. 11 year-old 6th grader Roberto De Leon, who attends Creekside Elementary School, was recognized at the Sunday night San Francisco Giants Game for the video he made about stopping bullying. Thousands of applications were sent in, and de Leon’s video was chosen as the winner in the 10-13 age group.
The Seaside chief of police has been placed on Paid Administrative Leave. Chief Robert Jackson reportedly posted some questionable items on his personal facebook page. Jackson is the former police chief in Turlock California, and has served in Seaside for less than a year. Commander Judy Veloz is the current “acting” police chief in Seaside.
A Salinas man suffered fatal injuries when he was hit by a truck over the weekend. The 44 year-old was reportedly standing in the middle of Highway 156, when the big-rig (that was merging onto the highway) hit him. The Salinas man was declared dead at the scene. Anyone with information about this accident is encouraged to contact the C.H.P.
(09:40) In support of breast cancer awareness month, Watsonville Police Officers will wear pink police patches on their police uniforms for the month of October. The pink patches are intended to generate conversation with the community and to encourage public awareness about the importance of early detection and the on-going fight against the disease. The pink patches are being sold at the Watsonville Police Department for $1.000 each. All proceeds will be donated to breast cancer research.
(09:30) Santa Cruz County- A teen, who was reported missing over the weekend has been found safe. 15 year-old Melia Betancourt reportedly ran away from her Capitola home early Saturday morning. Betancourt returned home safely yesterday. The Capitola Police reported that do not suspect any foul play in this case.
(09:00) Save our Shores reported that 6 tons of trash was removed from the Monterey Bay Shores on Saturday. Nearly 3,000 volunteers showed up for Save Our Shores 33rd Coastal Cleanup Day. In just 3 hours, volunteers removed 12,269 pounds of trash from 77 beach, river and slough cleanup sites along an 85 miles stretch of coastline between Northern Santa Cruz and Monterey County.
(07:40) Watsonville - Officers are searching for a man who robbed a store yesterday in Watsonville. The robbery took place just before 8:30 p.m. at Walgreens’s on Freedom Boulevard. The man reportedly brandished a handgun at the pharmacy techs, then jumped over the pharmacy counter and demanded prescription medications. The robber was last seen fleeing the store on foot towards Green Valley Road. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Watsonville Police Department.
(07:15) Santa Cruz - CAL Fire reported that a brush fire in Santa Cruz is 100 percent contained. Crews contained a 1-2 acre brush fire in Wilder Ranch State Park. The fire started just before 3:00 yesterday afternoon and was completely contained around 4:30. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.
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