(07:50) Hollister - A man entered a grocery store, assaulted the manager and attempted to kidnap an employee on Tuesday. The incident took place at the Lucky’s grocery in Hollister. 50 year old David Abeyta, from San Leandro, claimed to be armed when he walked into the Store. Abeyta demanded the manager get down on the ground and struck him on the head multiple times. Abeyta attempted to kidnap an employee but she was able to escape. Abeyta was arrested outside of the store and booked into the San Benito County Jail on charges of battery with bodily injury, burglary, false Imprisonment and committing criminal threats.
(07:50) Pajaro - Officials reported that a fire started in a beauty shop this morning in Pajaro. The incident took place at 3:55 at a beauty salon on Porter Drive. The fire spread to surrounding businesses and nearby residents were evacuated from their homes. Fire crews are currently assessing the damage.
(06:45) Santa Cruz County - The City Of Santa Cruz declared an emergency water shortage yesterday (Wednesday). Crews have been trying to repair the Newell Creek pipeline after the storm caused a leak Sunday night. The Santa Cruz Water Department reported that efforts to repair the pipeline on Tuesday were unsuccessful and residents are urged to continue to cut back on water use. Residents are asked to take these actions over the next several days to a week:
• Less frequent showers/baths
• When showering, shut off flow when lathering
• Flush the toilet only when necessary
• Postpone laundry
• Use paper plates instead of washing dishes
• Warm water on the stove instead of running it to get hot
• No outdoor water uses of any kind
MORE THAN 100 PEOPLE WERE RESCUED IN THE HOLLISTER AREA TUESDAY NIGHT. THAT AFTER THE PACHECO CREEK OVERFLOWED ITS BANKS (AND FLOODED HOMES AND CARS) IN THE LOVERS’ LANE AREA. AN EVACUATION CENTER WAS SET UP AT THE VETERANS’ HALL IN HOLLISTER. SMALL PETS CAN BE HOUSED AT THE HOLLISTER ANIMAL SHELTER AT 1331 SOUTH STREET; AND HORSES AND SMALL LIVESTOCK CAN BE TAKEN TO BOLADO PARK AT 9-THOUSAND AIRLINE HIGHWAY IN TRES PINOS. CATTLE CAN BE TAKEN TO 101 LIVESTOCK AT 44-HUNDRED HIGHWAY 101 IN AROMAS.
THE LAST BEGONIA FESTIVAL TO BE HELD IN CAPITOLA IS COMING UP THIS SEPTEMBER. THE 65TH ANNUAL EVENT WILL BE THE LAST BECAUSE OVER THE YEARS THE NUMBER OF BEGONIA GROWERS IN THE AREA HAS BEEN DROPPING, AND IN DECEMBER THE FINAL COMPANY (GOLDEN STATE BULB GROWERS) TOLD FESTIVAL ORGANIZERS THAT IT’S GOING TO DISCONTINUE THE BEGONIA ARM OF ITS BUSINESS……AFTER SUPPLYING THE BEGONIAS FOR THIS YEAR’S EVENT WHICH IS SCHEDULED TO TAKE PLACE SEPTEMBER 1ST THROUGH 4TH.
A family of 3 was able to get out of their Felton home safely, after a fire started in their garage early this morning. The 2:30 a.m. blaze, which appeared to be accidental in nature (and was mostly contained to the garage), was extinguished in about 15 minutes. Due to the smoke in the home, the family found another place to stay for the night. No pets were at the home.
In an effort to make P.G. & E. Operate more efficiently, the company plans to eliminate approximately 450 “corporate support services” jobs, and 8 “executive” positions. Officials began notifying workers of the cutbacks today. Along with those lay-offs, P.G. & E. has also dismissed 800 contractors.
The 3rd annual Contractor’s College will be held later this month in Aptos. People who plan to attend the home improvement seminar are encouraged to reserve a seat soon for the 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. January 27th event at Seascape Golf Club. More information can be found on-line at big-creek.com/contractorcollege, or by calling Big Creek Lumber.