(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.
(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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