A Salinas bank was robbed at gunpoint Friday morning. At about 10 a.m., two armed men entered Pinnacles Bank on the 1200 block of South Main Street. The men jumped the counter and demanded money from the tellers. The robbers then fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash. Anyone with any information is encouraged to contact Salinas police.
A traffic stop in Scots Valley led to the discovery of 12 pounds of marijuana on Friday. Authorities say that during a vehicle code stop, canine officer, Atlas alerted on the vehicle. A search uncovered 5 bags of the drug. An investigation into the incident is on going.
A San Benito County robbery suspect was arrested on Friday. On Thursday a man claiming to have a gun robbed a Tres Pinos business. When deputies examined surveillance video they recognized the perpetrator from a recent traffic stop. During questioning Michael Huerta admitted to the robbery and was booked into San Benito County Jail.
The California Highway Patrol is reporting that at least two people were arrested in connection with a UCSC 420 celebration. A crowd of 2 to 4 thousand people were expected to gather for the annual impromptu cannabis celebration at the university. Even though recreational marijuana is now legal in California, smoking of any kind is prohibited on UC campuses. The offense is punishable by fines of up to 500 dollars. The CHP set up DUI checkpoints on and near the university. The first pot DUI was on High Street of a man who had been smoking on the way to the event.
Authorities are investigating a shooting that took place on the outskirts of Watsonville Friday morning. Shortly after 11:30 a.m., police arrived to Riverside Drive and Industrial Road to a reported shooting. At the scene officer detained a suspected shooter while the victim was stabilized before being flown to a trauma center. Anyone with any information is encouraged to contact authorities.
A free paper-shredding event is scheduled to be held tomorrow. Up to 50 pounds of paper can be shredded for free, while additional shredding will cost people 25 cents per pound. Santa Cruz Records Management is hosting the 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. event at 2520 South Rodeo Gulch Road (just north of Highway 1) in Soquel.
A developer has submitted plans to construct a 6-story mixed-use (residential/commercial) building where a Taco Bell currently sits on the corner of Laurel Street And Pacific Avenue in Santa Cruz. It’s expected to be 85-feet tall, and include 205 residential units. Last year’s “Downtown Plan” update is what would allow this building to be 85-feet tall. Along with that building, a preliminary application has also been made to combine a number of adjacent parcels and build another 6-story mixed-use development on front street behind the Santa Cruz Metro Station. If approved by the city, this 70-foot tall building is the first riverside development proposed in years.
A local heart surgeon has been charged with sexual battery. That after 2 employees of Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital reported that they saw him groping a patient after he performed surgery.