Monterey area beaches have been closed due to a sewage spill. Nearly 5 million gallons of waste water made it into the bay because of an equipment failure at a Marina sanitation facility. The closures include: CarmelBeach at Ocean Avenue, Monterey Municipal Beach, Lover’s Point, Monterey State Beach, San Carlos Beach Sunset Drive at Asilomar, Spanish Bay and Stillwater Cove. The beaches will remain closed until testing confirms bacterial levels are within state guidelines.
Thousands of women marched in downtown Santa Cruz on Saturday. Police cordoned off the streets from Pacific Avenue to the Louden Nelson Community Center as a safety precaution for the march which started near the town clock and weaved through the downtown area before ending at the community center. Last year the march attracted an estimated 10 thousand partipants.
Salinas police responded to a hit and run, stabbing and shooting; all at the same location, when a party got out of control Friday night. Authorities say that patrol units responded to Lombard Circle just before 11:30 p.m. to reports of a crashed vehicle and street fights. At the scene officers found a crashed S-U-V and two female victims of the crash. The driver, 47 year old Arnulfo Guzman, was apprehended nearby and treated for a knife wound before being booked into Monterey County jail. Another stabbing victim was located at the hospital. An investigation is ongoing.
Santa Cruz police are investigating a shooting that took place Saturday afternoon. At about 2 p.m. police responded to a shooting at the intersection of Branciforte and Soquel. At the scene officers located a vehicle with gunshot damage. No injuries have been reported. At this time it is unclear whether or not the incident is related to the shooting of a Santa cruz man later in the day.
The Monterey County Health Department is asking the public’s help identifying illegal dumpers. Authorities are trying to identify the persons responsible for dumping 34 barrels of hazardous waste near Reservation Road, in Marina, and another 18 barrels on Johnson Canyon Road in Gonzales. The dumping is thought to have occurred on January 16th or 17th . Anyone with any information is asked to call the Monterey County Health Department at 831-755-4505.
Watsonville police are investigating a shooting that took place on Saturday. Patrol units responded to reports of a shooting on Walker Street and Lake Avenue. At the scene officers located a 37 year old Hispanic male suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Police are looking for the driver of a sedan seen fleeing the area toward Riverside Drive. The victim is expected to fully recover.
A Santa Cruz man is hospitalized in critical condition following a Saturday shooting. Shortly before 7 p.m. patrol units responded to reports of a shooting on the 300 block of La Fonda. An investigation at the scene determined a 25 year old male victim had been shot multiple times and subsequently transported to the hospital, before being air lifted to a trauma center. At this time it is unkown if the shooting is gang related. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Santa Cruz police.
(09:30) A high surf warning is in effect for Northern Monterey Bay-Southern Monterey Bay and Big Sur Coast. High surf warning remains in effect until 4 pm this afternoon. A Large westerly swell of 14 to 18 feet with a period of around 15 seconds is expected through this afternoon. Extreme wave run up is also expected with these waves with long lulls in between wave sets, which will increase the risk of being washed into the sea by a wave. The public is advised to expect large and dangerous surf.
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