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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.

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