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(09:45) Hollister - A protest will be held today at the San Benito County District Attorneys Office in Hollister.    Community members are gathering together to protest the DA’s decision to change the time of Michael Simas’s Arraignment on Friday.   Simas’s is accused of fatally shooting 40 year-old Lisa Hall last Tuesday.   Simas’s charges were reduced on Friday to voluntary manslaughter and carrying a loaded firearm.   Community members will be protesting that the family should have been notified of the schedule change as well as to protest them dropping the charge of Destruction Of Evidence.    The protest will be held at 4 p.m. today at 419 4th Street in Hollister. 

 

(08:50) Santa Cruz - A man was hospitalized after a drug deal went bad on Saturday in Santa Cruz.   The incident took place around 4:30 p.m. on Soquel and Riverside Avenues.   Witnesses reported that two men got into a knife fight after 1 of them refused to pay for the drugs.   Arriving officer’s tased one of the men multiple times, after he resisted arrest.   He was transported to an area hospital.   

(07:55) Survivors Healing Center is forming new intensive therapy groups for survivors of sexual abuse.    The goals are to empower those victimized by sexual abuse and to prevent sexual abuse of children and youth in the community.  Groups will be held in Santa Cruz, Soquel and Watsonville, starting next month.   Separate groups are available for women, men, teens, mothers of survivors, and partners of survivors.   Services are offered on a sliding-fee scale. To pre-register: 831-423-7601. 
 
(06:55) Santa Cruz - A dinner benefit will be held this month for Santa Cruz-based Fiji Institute of Sustainable Habitats.  The benefit will raise funds for FISH’s next medical aid delivery to remote areas of Fiji struggling to recover from a 2015 super-cyclone, and the Sustainability Education program offered free to Fijians this fall.  There dinner includes live music, entertainment, silent auction and a raffle for one week at Fiji Organic Village and Fijan art.   The benefit will be hosted by India Joze, from 5 to 9:30 p.m. on Sunday, August 20, at 418 Front Street.   A second benefit will be September 6, in Felton.

 

An investigation into a Salinas attempted murder in July led to two arrests on Friday.  The Salinas SWAT team arrested the alleged shooter 29 year old Marcial Allen Elizalde at a home on the 200 block of Paloma Avenue. Monterey Sheriff’s deputies arrested a second suspect, 20 year old Isaac Jimenez at a Greenfield residence.  Both men have been booked into Monterey County Jail on attempted murder charges.  

 

Monterey County Free Libraries (MCFL) invites local residents, their family and friends to attend the Seed Swap at the Big Sur Library Branch to learn about mushrooms and preserving techniques for seeds, and to swap seeds. The event is from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. on August 26th at the Big Sur Branch, located at Highway 1 at Ripplewood Resort  Big Sur. For more information, please call the Big Sur Branch Library at (831) 667-2537.

A California Condor chick has been hatched in Big Sur. Biologists from the Ventana Wildlife Society have confirmed that two Condors born in the wild, from raised in captivity parents, have mated and produced a second generation wild hatch-ling. The chick, the first 2nd generation wild offspring is believed to be about three months old.



A single Asian gypsy moth was captured in an early detection trap on a t residential property in Santa Cruz. The traps are used statewide to protect against invasive pests. The Asian Moth eggs are introduced to the area on products transpoted on container ships from China and Russia. A single female can range 25 miles laying thousands of eggs. Infestation outbreaks have been successfully eradicated with an organic bacteria. The pests could threaten local and fruit trees. Residents with questions or concerns about trapping activities are encouraged to

call the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s Pest Hotline at 800-491-1899.

 

 

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