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Flooding, Road Closures As Heavy Rains Fall On Saturated Ground

After years of praying for rain, Santa Cruz County has had more than its fill. Looking for something to bet on now that the Super Bowl is in the past? Try betting on whether 17 will stay open!

Take A Look At Some Local Flooding

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(07:45) Monterey County - Firefighters put out two separate fires in South Monterey County yesterday.  Cal Fire reported that the first fire started at 11:30 a.m. in the King City area near the intersection of Highway 101 and Jolon Road.   The three acre grass fire included an area adjacent to the base of a power pole.   A second fire in the foothills, east of the Soledad City limits, was reported a short time later.  The Fire grew to eight acres.   Firefighters reported that the grass fire started due to the sparks from the grinding and cutting tools that workers were using.   There were no reports of injuries or structure damage in either incident.  Cal Fire wants to remind the public that wildfire season is approaching and firefighters are asking residents to be aware of current weather conditions as well as to be cautious when using power tools.

(07:20) King City - King City Police is seeking the public’s help finding the people involved in a 2016 homicide.    Police released a surveillance picture of a possible suspect vehicle.   It is a black, late model GMC Chevrolet or similar pickup.   Investigators reported that the truck was spotted driving by the home where Martin Heredia was killed on June 7, 2016.  Two people were later seen running to the truck after the homicide.   Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the authorities.   

 

A motorcyclist died this afternoon as the result of a crash on southbound Highway 101.  The man, who was in his late 20’s, suffered fatal injuries when his bike collided with a truck.  The accident occurred  just south of Gilroy, and north of Highway 25, near Mesa Road.

A  Salinas  man  has  been  found  guilty  of  indecent exposure,  interfering with a business,  and  loitering.     41  year-old  Kenneth  Yokomizo  exposed  himself  to  a  group  of  people  who  were  preparing  for  a  July 4th  parade  at  the  Salinas  Rodeo  Grounds, and  a  few  days  later  he  did  the same  thing  at  a  snack  bar in Salinas.  Yokomizo  is  scheduled to  be  sentenced  May  17th.  

Residents and the owners of small businesses,  impacted  by  the  February 1st  through 25th  storms,  can  still  apply  to  the  Small  Business  Administration  for  assistance.   The  filing  deadline  for  property  damage  is  may 19th,  and  the  deadline  for  economic  injury  assistance  is  next December  20th.  

A  4-time  world  heavyweight  champion  boxer  was  in  the  Monterey  bay  area  over  the  weekend.    In  fact  Evander  Holyfield  toured  several  churches  in  Monterey  county.    He  hopes  to  inspire  people  to  have  faith  and  persevere, and  he  also  said  that  both  success  and  failure  start  at  home.

press  conference  and  rally   is  scheduled  to be  held  tomorrow  at  the  Butterfly  Sanctuary  in  Pacific  Grove.     Area  activists  are  holding  the  event  to  let  people  known  about  the  impact  of  pesticides  and  insecticides  on  butterflies,  birds  and  bees.     The  event  is  slated  to  begin  at  3:30 p.m.

Forty six percent of farm workers are reportedly in the United States illegally. Farmers are having a difficult time finding workers to plant and pick their crops.  The farming industry uses a larger percentage of illegal labor than any other industry. The strict enforcement of immigration laws threatens to increase the cost of fruits and vegetables, and reduce farmer profits.

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