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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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(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. 

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