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A grand jury report called on the Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency to integrate its personnel into emergency responses. The county’s Behavioral Health Division collaborates with law enforcement agencies, the grand jury wants the division to expand its role and respond to 911 calls for people in crisis. That response could reduce load on law enforcement responding to the calls.

Santa Cruz City officials have yet to decide on the site of a temporary homeless shelter. The National Guard Armory was original site for the intended temporary shelter before city officials said it would undergo renovations. Three potential sites are being considered and a fourth site is under preliminary investigation. City employees are expected to update the city council on the shelter efforts at Tuesday’s meeting.

Cal State Monterey Bay sent its largest class yet out into the world. The university graduated 2,321 students over the weekend in its 22nd annual commencement, which stretched into three ceremonies from Friday to Saturday.

Seven people are injured and one person is under arrest after a vehicle veered into oncoming traffic Sunday afternoon. California Highway Patrol officials say a driver going eastbound on Highway 129 steered into the westbound lane just before 5 p.m. Sunday, colliding with two vehicles before coming to a halt. Officials believe alcohol was a factor.

Two gang members were arrested Sunday afternoon after Salinas police saw them allegedly unloading a stolen dirtbike. Police conducted a traffic stop on Dennis Ortiz and Eric Ortiz when they discovered one of the brothers was on parole and the other had several arrest warrants in Monterey County. Both were booked into Monterey County Jail.

The San Lorenzo Valley Water District has Stage 2 Water Restrictions will continue in effect. The restrictions are to encourage customers to reduce water use by 20 percent from 2013 baseline averages. Consumers are asked to limit irrigation to 2 times a week for not more than 15 minutes per irrigation zone. The restrictions are due to  lower than average rainfall totals in the San Lorenzo Valley.

 

Capitola police arrested two Aptos men following an investigation. Recently Capitola police received a report of a physical altercation at Park Avenue and Coronado Street. Detectives identified 23 year old Nathan Lindsay and 25 year old Nicholas Lindsay as the alleged assailants, and a search warrant was served on the 6100 block of Jason Court in Aptos. ^ firearms including an assault rifle were seized. The suspects have been charged with threats and dissuading a witness.

Scotts Valley Police responded to a report of shots fired early Saturday morning. Patrol units arrived on the 100 block of Mount Hermon Road officers found 29-year-old Ryan Schell of Santa Cruz, suffering from a self inflicted gunshot wound. A preliminary investigation found that Schell had assaulted and threatened a woman while holding her against her will before turning the gun on himself. He was placed under arrest and life flighted to a Bay Area trauma center where he underwent surgery.

 

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