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  • Los Padres Fire Restrictions-6/22/17-1844-PMD

    (18:50)BIG SUR-The U.S. Forest Service announced it will be implementing increased fire restrictions in Los Padres National Forest. The restrictions are in response to increasing potential for wildfires. The restrictions Read More
  • Carmel Burglary- 6/22/14-1825-PMD

    (18:38)CARMEL- A man pled guilt in connection with three separate thefts at store in Carmel. 33 Timothy Callahan year old was convicted of commercial burglary, evading police officers, and hit Read More
  • Castaneda Sentence Delayed-6/22/17-1800-pmd

    (18:06) SALINAS- Former Salinas Councilman Jose Castaneda’s sentencing has been delayed. During yesterday’s court proceedings Castaneda delayed sentencing by obtaining a new attorney. Castaneda was found guilty in May of Read More
  • Watsonville PD Officer Stationed-6/22/17-1751-PMD

    (15:56) WATSONVILLE- The Watsonville Police Department has announced a dedicated downtown officer. The department says the downtown patrol officer is expected to improve the quality of life in the area. Read More
  • Soquel Water District Notice-6/22/14-1619-PMD

    (17:21) SOQUEL- Soquel Creek Water District has released a revised Notice of Preparation (NOP) for an Environmental Impact Report. The report is for the Pure Water Soquel project. The project Read More
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Flooding, Road Closures As Heavy Rains Fall On Saturated Ground

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(08:15) Monterey - Authorities reported that 2 drivers were arrested in Monterey after they crashed into each other on Tuesday.  The head-on traffic collision took place at 9:30 a.m. on the 100 block of Tide Street in Monterey.   One of the drivers, 20 year-old John Mendoza, of Marina, ran away from the scene.   Officers located Mendoza and charged him with felony driving under the influence of drugs, felony hit and run, and resisting arrest.  The other driver of the vehicle, 19 year-old Emilee Johnston, of Monterey, was arrested for felony DUI.

 

(07:30) Santa Cruz - Santa Cruz Metropolitan Transit District (METRO) announced that it will join with other public transportation systems nationwide today to participate in the 12th Annual National Dump the Pump Day.  The slogan of this year’s National Dump the Pump Day is “Dump the Pump.  Ride Public Transit.”   The 2017 National Dump the Pump Day is a day to encourage people to ride public transportation to take them where they need to go, rather than driving a car.  This national day emphasizes the convenience of public transportation that also helps people save money.

 

THE CONTRACTOR WORKING ON CLEARING THE MUD CREEK SLIDE (SOUTH OF GORDA) HAS BROKEN THE SLIDE INTO 6 ZONES. WORKERS HAVE CREATED AN ACCESS ROAD, AND SET UP RADAR EQUIPMENT TO MONITOR EACH ZONE. THEY SAY THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT THE MOVEMENT IN THE AREA IS BEGINNING TO FALL OFF.

FOR NOW THE FOCUS IS ON PAUL’S SLIDE (WHICH IS 2 MILES NORTH OF NACIMIENTO-FERGUSSON ROAD, AND 10-15 MILES SOUTH OF ESALEN, NEPENTHE, (AND THE RESORTS BETWEEN THEM)). WORKERS HOPE TO HAVE PAUL’S SLIDE CLEARED WITHIN THE NEXT 30 DAYS.


Limekiln State Park, Plaskett Creek Campground and Kirk Creek Campground are still accessible from Nacimiento-Fergusson Road.)

 

The  Monterey  County  Elections  Department  will  be  closed  from  June  21st  through 23rd,   so  that  employees  can  move  to  their  new  facility.     The  new  20-thousand  square  foot  offices  are  located in the  north  building  at 1441 Schilling  Place  in  Salinas.    Office  hours  will  be  8  a.m.  to  5  p.m.  Monday  Through  Friday.   The  Election  Department’s  mailing  address  will  remain  the  same. 

A  Gilroy  man,   who  was  arrested  last  month  in  connection  with  a  home  invasion,   has  been  arrested  after  numerous  firearms  and  a  large  amount  of ammunition  were  found  in  his  home.   50  year-old  Jon  Kovacs, who  is  a  convicted  felon,   is  prohibited  from  possessing  firearms  or  ammunition. 

A  man  has  been  arrested  for  suspected  D.U.I.,  in  connection  with  this  afternoon’s  accident  near  Buena  Vista.    The  southbound  Highway  1  off-ramp  there  was  closed  after  a  major  accident  occurred  there.   The  driver  tried  to  flee  the  scene,  but was  arrested  and  booked  into Santa  Cruz  County  Jail.

The  name  of  a  man,  who  was  shot  and  killed  in  Salinas  June  6th,  has  been  released.    28  year-old  Alexander  Rene  Durazo,  of  Bakersfield,  was  killed  at  a  motel  on  the  100  block  of  Kern  Street.    The  shooter  was  only  described  as  a  male  wearing  a  grey  sweatshirt  and  dark  pants.    Anyone  with  information  about  the  shooter  is  encouraged  to  contact  the  Salinas  Police  Department.

The  man,  who  was  shot  after  he  led  law  enforcement  officers  on  a  high  speed  chase  in Salinas  yesterday,   was  reportedly high  on meth  at the  time.    38  year-old  Darryl  Haley,  who  has  a  long  criminal  past,   is  still  sedated  at  an  area  hospital.   He  was  transported  there  after  he  was  shot  yesterday. 

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