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(08:50) Santa Cruz - New video evidence has been uncovered in a child sex abuse case that involves a santa cruz NEUROSURGEON and 2 nurses.   57 year-old Dr. James Kohut, faces 11 felonies linked to raping children.   Watsonville Nurse, 43 year-old Rashel Brandon faces 8 felonies and an Arizona Nurse, 30 year-old Emily Stephens faces 8 felonies linked with sodomy, lewd acts and copulation with children.   A new arraignment is scheduled to take place tomorrow at 8:15 a.m. in a Santa Cruz County superior court house.

(08:00) Santa Cruz - The Soquel Creek Water District will host the National Water Research Institute’s Independent Advisory Panel for the Pure Water Soquel Project at a meeting today to discuss the use of recycle water.   Topics of discussion include the water shortage in the Santa Cruz Mid County Region and discussion of why the district is investing in the development of sustainable drinking water supplies.   The meeting will be held today from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Capitola City Hall, 420 Capitola Avenue.   Questions can be submitted and will be responded to until next Wednesday, you can submit questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..   

(07:35) Santa Cruz - The hearing of 17 year old Adrian Gonzalez, who was arrested in 2015 for the murder and sexual assault of 8 year old Maddy Middleton is entering its fifth week in proceedings to determine whether to try Gonzalez as an adult. Autism is a determining factor in this decision, whether Gonzalez is a product of his circumstances. If tried as an adult, Gonzalez could receive a life sentence. The judge will have the final say as early as next week.

 

(07:20) A cargo trailer was stolen from Boy Scout Troup 93 on Saturday night in the Toro Park area (of Corral De Tierra) from a pasture next to the Church of the Good Sheppard.   The trailer was full of camping supplies and other outdoor equipment.   The trailer in question is a white Charmac trailer, it is 15 feet long with a 3 foot tongue and is registered to the license plates 4HE7146 and 4HM6629.   Anyone with any information is encouraged to contact authorities.  

Cabrillo  College’s  student-run  restaurant,  Pino  Alto,  has  re-opened.  It’s  located  in  the  Sesnon  House  at  6500  Soquel  Drive  in  Aptos, and  is  entirely  operated  by  students  in the  Culinary  Arts program.   Lunch  is  served  Mondays  through  Thursdays  from  noon  to  1:30 p.m,  and  dinners  are  served  Wednesday  through  Friday  from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Work  has  begun  on  a  new  entrance  to  Castle  Rock  State  Park.     The  5200-acre  park  is  located  in  the  Santa  Cruz  mountains.    Construction  of  the  new  entrance  for  the  nearly  50  year-old  state  park  (including  a  new  parking  lot  for  90  cars,    a  modern  restroom,  and  a  picnic  area),   is  expected  to  be  completed  next  May.

There’s  been  a lot  of  on-line  discussion  of  why  showing  video  footage  of  a  fall  from  a  Santa  Cruz  cliff  might  be  good  for  locals  to  see….to  try  and  teach  them  some  of  the  potential  hazards  of  the  area.    The  video  shows  a  young  woman  climbing  a  cliff  near davenport  with  her  friends,  and  then  shows  her  losing  her grip  on  the crumbly  sandstone  and  falling  more  than  20  feet.  Although  the  woman  was  airlifted  to  a  trauma  center  as  a  precaution,  she  did  not  suffer  any  serious  injuries in her fall.

Seaside  police  chief  Robert  Jackson  has  sent  in  his  Letter  Of  Resignation.      Jackson,  who  was  placed  on  paid  administrative  leave  on  Friday,  plans  to  retire  on  October  18th.   Commander  Judy  Veloz  is  currently  the  acting  chief  of  police  for  the  city of  Seaside.

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