(18:27) CARMEL- Cal Fire in partnership with other fire agencies will be conducting fire fuel reduction operations. Beginning on March 20th fire crews will be using a vegetation incinerator device to remove fuel from the Point Lobos and Hatton Canyon areas. Fire engines will be on the scene the operation will continue until March 30th.
(18:03) SANTA CRUZ- The identity of a body found 10 miles off of the Monterey Bay has been released. The remains of 45 year old Eric Schneider was pulled from the ocean on March 4th. Schneider is alleged to have jumped to his death from the Golden Gate Bridge on February 11th.
(17:44) SANTA CRUZ- The Santa Cruz Police Department will be publishing a new Monthly Activity Report. In a statement the department says Monthly Activity Reports posts compiled information about police activities as well as crime statistics. The reports are part of an effort to promote department transparency, The reports can be viewed at: santacruzpolice.com.
(17:35) SANTA CRUZ- The Santa Cruz Harbor has announced businesses are eligible for assistance. Officials say that the Port District received enough Economic Injury Worksheets to qualify all business tenants (including non-profits) for Small Business Administration (SBA) loans for losses caused by the January/February 2017 storm disaster. These low interest loans will be offered and administered directly by the SBA. For more information visit : santacruzharbor.org
(16:31) PRUNEDALE- The name of a victim killed in a suspected DUI collision has been released. Authorities say that 17 year old Jennifer Barajas of Salinas was pronounced dead at the scene of the Tuesday night crash on San Miguel canyon Road. The CHP says that Barajas was a passenger in 20 year old Bryan Garcia’s vehicle when crashed head on into an on coming motorist when he attempted to pass a car over a double yellow line. Another passenger and the other motorists were hospitalized. Garcia has been arrested on suspected DUI, other charges are pending.
(15:52) HOLLISTER- A Hollister man was the victim of a fatal accident at a local landfill. Authorities say that 65 year old Alfredo Canella was apparently hit by a vehicle at the John Smith Road Landfill. Canella’s body was discovered Thursday morning, investigators are asking anyone with information on the incident are encouraged to contact the San Benito County Sheriff’s Office.
(11:25) Santa Cruz County - State Superintendent of Public Instruction released a new website designed to help communities across the state access information on how K-12 districts and schools are doing in educating students. The California School Dashboard site features reports on multiple measures of school success, including English learner progress, high school graduation rates, college/career readiness, and suspension rates. The new Dashboard site can be accessed at CaSchoolDashboard.org.
(09:40) Live Oak - The County of Santa Cruz has been awarded a $500,000 grant from the National Park Service to help build the first phase of Chanticleer park in live oak. The new park, will contain LEO’s Haven, the first inclusive playground in the county the county. in addition to the playground, the park will include restrooms, parking, pathways and improvements to the existing community garden, bike pump track and off leash dog areas. The park is estimated to cost 4.7 million dollars, and 2.1 million of that has been raised so far. If you would like to donate go to santacruzplaygroundproject.org
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