Small business groups are invited to a holiday bash this Friday in Santa Cruz. The Cocoanut Grove is hosting the event which includes a dinner buffet, photo booths, caricaturists, airbrush tattoos and dj entertainment. The gathering is slated to take place from 6 until 11 p-m at 400 Beach Street.
1 person suffered major injuries in a crash in Salinas this morning. The accident occurred shortly before 11 a.m,, when a car swerved into the westbound lane of Blanco Road and was hit by an 18-wheeler. The person was transported to an area hospital, and Blanco Road was closed for just under 3 hours (as the cause of the accident was investigated, and the roadway was cleared).
A Marina gang member is being sought in connection with a November homicide IN Monterey. 21 year-old Jorge Luis Mendoza is believed to have murdered a man November 23rd, in a Cannery Row parking garage on wave street. Mendoza is thought to be armed and dangerous. Anyone with any idea of his whereabouts is encouraged to contact the Monterey Police Department.
A new center to serve the homeless population in Salinas has opened. The Chinatown Health Services Center held their Grand Opening today. They hope to specifically help people with housing , hygiene, and mental health services. The Center is equipped with 4 showers…..and towels and toiletries for the people who use them.
At least 36 people died in Friday night’s Ghost Ship Fire in Oakland. 2 were former u-c-s-c students, and a 3rd had ties to Salinas. 30 year-old Sara Hoda graduated from Merrill College in 2009; and 22 year-old Cash Askew was a kresge college student from 2012 – 2014. Firefighters have searched through 90 percent of the structure so far. Once their search for bodies is complete, the plan is to demolish what’s left of the warehouse. The fire is currently believed to have been electrical in nature; and is thought to have begun in the back on the bottom floor.
A 21 year-old woman has reported that a man tried to rape her last month in Salinas. She says the incident took place around 7:10 p-m on November 28th……on the 600 block of Hartnell Street, along the fence-line of the Hartnell College track. She described her attacker as a 5-foot 7-inch tall, 19-20 year-old, Hispanic man, with a heavy build and prescription glasses, but without any facial hair. Anyone with any information on this case is encouraged to contact the Salinas Police Department.
(10:30) King City - The public is invited to attend the City of King swearing in of new Council Members. The event will take place at the next city council meeting which is scheduled for December 13th. Following other city business, a public reception will be held. For more information or questions call City Hall at 831-386-5925.
(10:10) Santa Cruz - A man was arrested for allegedly selling LSD to 15 year –old Luke Smith. According to a toxicology report Smith was high on LSD when he stabbed two family members. He was shot and killed by an officer after he advanced police with wielding knife. The fourth suspect in the case, 28 year-old Nathaniel Trecaso, was booked into Santa Cruz Count Jail on Sunday. Trecaso is accused of selling Smith the drugs the night before the incident. He faces six felonies, two charges of solicitation of a minor for a controlled substance, two charges of manufacturing a controlled substance and two charges of possession of a controlled substance for sale. He also will face two misdemeanor drug charges. Trecaso was held in lieu of $150,000 bond.
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