(06:35) Salinas - Authorities reported that one suspect is in custody after a shooting in Salinas last night. The incident took place around 9:20 outside Applebee’s restaurant. Police reported that several groups of people got into an argument while dining, and when they went outside, two people opened fire. A 27 year-old man was shot multiple times and is in critical condition. The gunman was then shot by a second suspect. During a helicopter search officer’s detained one suspect on Cherokee Drive. The second suspect is still at large.
2 Radio Shack stores in Watsonville, and 1 in Gilroy, are 3 of the 522 Radio Shack stores closing nationwide. The company says it will “continue to evaluate” the fate of the remaining 1000 stores nationwide. The current store closures are set to take place by the end of next week, with some closing immediately. The Gilroy store is on East 10th Street, while the Watsonville stores are on Freedom Boulevard and at the corner of Main and Ohlone.
Due to the above-average rainfall this year, a big bloom is expected in various area….including Pinnacles National Park. Park rangers there are reportedly getting lots of calls (and more people visiting), to see the short-lived bloom of the native wildflowers in the park. They recommend visitors take pictures of the flowers, not the flowers themselves, so that the flowers can re-seed the ground there. The peak of the wildflower season is expected within the next 2 weeks.
Criminal Animal Cruelty Charges are likely to be charged in connection with a cockfight that was held in Salinas Sunday afternoon. 100 roosters were rescued from the property on the 300 block of Addington Road (in the Boronda neighborhood). Property owner, Jose Ruiz, reportedly admitted to hosting the fight, and allowing people to use his roosters to fight. Several fighting spurs were found at the scene.
The Salinas Fire Department has applied for a grant from F-E-M-A. Money from the “Safer” grant would allow the department to hire 6 more firefighters, and a paramedic squad. Right now the department only has 59 firefighters to serve the needs of the 140,000 residents of the largest city on the Central Coast.
A new trail, created by volunteers and state employees, now links those living south of the now-demolished Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge, with areas north of the bridge. The switch-back-styled trail, which runs down through the canyon….and connects to an existing trail in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, provides limited access for the Big Sur Residents who have been trapped between the damaged bridge to the north, and a slide near Ragged Point (to the south).
A man was arrested by the California Highway Patrol in Santa Cruz last night. 35-year-old Steve Anthony Gallegos was stopped on East Cliff Drive, because his car did not have two license plates. During the stop, the officers saw illegal drugs in his car. Gallegos ran off, but was quickly caught and booked into Santa Cruz County Jail.
A lockdown at a Salinas school was lifted a short-time after it was put in place. The lockdown was put in place at Oasis Charter School today, after Angel Roman Montez tried to get into the school, while fleeing from law enforcement officers. Montez was arrested and booked into Monterey County Jail.