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(07:15) Monterey County - Hundreds of law enforcement officers from all over the state and the country visited Monterey County this week, for a gang symposium in Salinas.   This event is held annually as a means to update officers on issues of drug and gang violence as well as to share information on how to address these problems.  New topics were discussed such as the impact of social media tools and their effect on current trends in violent crime.   This event is invaluable for bringing many agencies together to develop new ideas, helping officers to do their jobs more safely and effectively

(06:50) Monterey - The Monterey County Health Department announced the beach advisory at Monterey Municipal Beach has been lifted, after it was placed on Monday due to high levels of bacteria.   The advisory was lifted yesterday evening when follow up samples revealed that bacteria subsided to levels considered safe for recreational contact.

(06:50) Santa Cruz - The progressive political group Santa Cruz County GLBT Alliance is hosting a talk with award winning political reporter and author of a daily online column for Politico- Carla Marinucci.   Marinucci will speak with Alliance board member Gloria Nieto and take audience questions.   The event will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Resource Center for Nonviolence at 612 Ocean Street, in santa cruz.    

A series of events are being held on the state of youth homelessness in Santa Cruz County. The events are being held this evening (Fri) at the Museum of Art and History on Front Street in downtown Santa Cruz. There will be four separate half hour talks beginning at 6 p.m. and ending at 8 p.m.

 

Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers were in two Central Coast cities on Wednesday. Watsonville and King City police were notified that ICE agents would be conducting operation in the area. In Watsonville raids were made on East Lake Avenue and Alvarado Street. At this time it is unclear on how many individuals have been detained.

The Santa Cruz Harbor resume partial dredging operations. Beginning on October 2nd three locations in the upper harbor will utilize the new Twin Lakes Dredge. The smaller dredge Squirt will take over in the upper harbor when Twin Lakes moves to the harbor mouth in November.

 

Several Salinas schools were placed on lockdown following the detection of gunfire by the Shot Spotter system yesterday (Thursday). Shortly before noon the system detected six shots fired in East Salinas on Atlantic Street. Martin Luther King Jr. Academy, Jesse Sanchez Elementary and La Paz Middle School were all locked down as police investigated the incident. A car seen leaving the area was stopped and several juveniles were detained. The campuses were reopened a short time later.

 

A fire that broke out near Soquel yesterday (Thurs) has been fully extinguished. The fire broke out in a structure in the proximity of Amaya Ridge Road. The blaze had spread to surrounding vegetation until ground crews and air support were able completely extinguish the blaze by noon.

 

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