(08:40) Cal Fire reported that as of this morning the Park fire burning at the border of Fresno and Monterey Counties is 99 percent contained. The wildfire started around 6:30 p.m. on July 17th at Parkfield Road and Highway 198. The fire has burned 16-thousand and 49 acres of brush, and is still threatening 5 structures. The cause of the blaze is still under investigation.
(08:35) The Detwiler fire, burning near Yosemite National Park, has burned 80-thousand acres and is 65 percent contained. 1500 structures are still threatened and evacuations orders and advisories are still in place. 63 homes have been destroyed. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
(08:30) Gilroy - The Gilroy Fire Department rescued 9 passengers stuck on the monorail at Gilroy Gardens yesterday evening. The Sky Train Monorail, which travels through the parks greenhouse, got stuck for unknown reasons. Firefighters reported that the passengers were not in immediate danger while they waited to be rescued.
(08:15) Salinas - The Salinas Police Department will be at the Alisal Union School District board meeting tonight. The trustees will be asked to consider a proposal for school resource officers assigned to the district. Officers see this as an opportunity to continue to build relationships with the students, parents, staff, and the community. Officers would mentor, teach gang resistance, and provide for a safe learning environment. The board meeting will held at 5:30 tonight at Jesse Sanchez Elementary School, located at 901 North Sanborn Road.
(07:40) Santa Cruz - The Santa Cruz Police Department reported that three gang members were arrested Sunday morning, after they were caught with a gun. The incident took place during the Wharf to Wharf race near Santa Cruz Beach Flats. A Witness reported that he saw a man brandishing a gun while driving. Officers located 28 year-old Arthur Torres, 26 year old Jose Chavez, and 25 year old Ricardo De La Cruz on Chestnut Street. Officers found a .45 caliber pistol and an open container of beer. All three were arrested for conspiracy to commit a crime, participating in a criminal street gang, and carrying a concealed weapon.
The San Lorenzo Valley Water District has announced that a portion of Bear Creek Road will be closed to through traffic tomorrow night. That’s so that work can be done to replace a water main (that was damaged when heavy rain washed out that portion of the roadway in January). The closure, at the stop light (at mile marker 0.2), will take place from 9 p.m. until 5 a.m.
Members of the Gilroy Fire Department are working to rescue 9 passengers stuck on the monorail at Gilroy Gardens. The Sky Train Monorail, which travels through the parks greenhouse, got stuck this evening. The passengers are in no immediate danger….they are just stuck on the ride because the monorail stopped moving.
An auto-body shop owner has been arrested for defrauding elderly clients. 42 year-old Scotts Valley Resident Grant Peuse, who owns G-N-P Speed And Machine in Santa Cruz, faces 5 counts of grand theft, theft from an elder, money laundering, forgery, and possession of automatic weapons. Reportedly Peuse would take money up-front to restore or build cars for elderly people….and then would use the money to pay off his personal debt.