A Salvation Army store in Gilroy was damaged by fire early this morning. The blaze was called-in around 2 a.m. Fire investigators determined that the conflagration began in a 53-foot tractor trailer, that was located in the loading dock area. The 53-foot long trailer was filled with donations. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
A 10 month moratorium, on issuing building permits, was unanimously approved by Marina city council members last night during a special meeting. That decision gives the council more time to come up with a future plan for the downtown area.
A Salinas elementary school student has been honored for his efforts to try and stop bullying….world-wide. 11 year-old 6th grader Roberto De Leon, who attends Creekside Elementary School, was recognized at the Sunday night San Francisco Giants Game for the video he made about stopping bullying. Thousands of applications were sent in, and de Leon’s video was chosen as the winner in the 10-13 age group.
The Seaside chief of police has been placed on Paid Administrative Leave. Chief Robert Jackson reportedly posted some questionable items on his personal facebook page. Jackson is the former police chief in Turlock California, and has served in Seaside for less than a year. Commander Judy Veloz is the current “acting” police chief in Seaside.
A Salinas man suffered fatal injuries when he was hit by a truck over the weekend. The 44 year-old was reportedly standing in the middle of Highway 156, when the big-rig (that was merging onto the highway) hit him. The Salinas man was declared dead at the scene. Anyone with information about this accident is encouraged to contact the C.H.P.
(09:40) In support of breast cancer awareness month, Watsonville Police Officers will wear pink police patches on their police uniforms for the month of October. The pink patches are intended to generate conversation with the community and to encourage public awareness about the importance of early detection and the on-going fight against the disease. The pink patches are being sold at the Watsonville Police Department for $1.000 each. All proceeds will be donated to breast cancer research.
(09:30) Santa Cruz County- A teen, who was reported missing over the weekend has been found safe. 15 year-old Melia Betancourt reportedly ran away from her Capitola home early Saturday morning. Betancourt returned home safely yesterday. The Capitola Police reported that do not suspect any foul play in this case.