Residents of Carmel By The Sea now can by recreational cannabis. Beginning on Friday a dispensary near the Carmel Rancho Square started selling recreational marijuana in the upscale shop that caters clients in their 50’s. Businesses across the state have for the most part disregarded federal warning of possible legal consequences.
A Santa Cruz church is asking the publics help in locating a historic banner. The banner was made in 1929 by members of the Italian Catholic Federation at Holy Cross church. The banner was among several items recently stolen from a storage shed on church property. Anyone with any information is encouraged to contact Santa Cruz police or the banner can be returned, no questions asked to Holy Cross church.
A solo crash backed up Highway 17 commute traffic on Friday. Shortly before 5 p.m. a vehicle flipped over before catching fire in the southbound right hand lane near Los Gatos. Traffic was backed for over a mile while crews worked to clear the roadway. Commute traffic was also impacted by crashes near Scotts Valley, and the fishook in Santa Cruz.
The Monterey County Coroner has released the identity of a man killed in a December 30th crash. Authorities say that 25 year old Johnny Osomio, of Carmel Valley, died of injuries sustained shortly before 8 a.m. when his went down an embankment off of Laureles Grade near Baronet Grade. The accident remains under investigation.
A motorist was killed in Aromas Saturday morning. Shortly after 7:30 a.m. the CHP responded to a report of an overturned vehicle at Highway 101 and Cannon Road. At the scene officers found a driver killed by injuries sustained when the vehicle flipped over. The accident remains under investigation, although wet roadways are believed to be a factor.
Monterey area hospitals are receiving record breaking numbers of flu related patients. Community Hospital of Monterey Peninsula or CHOMP saw 234 patients with symptoms related to the flu outbreak last Thursday, typically the facility sees a peak of 150 patients during the season. The increase in people suffering from the influenza virus raised the emergency room wait to up to four hours. Santa Cruz and San Benito counties are experiencing similar outbreaks.
A tip led to the arrest of a Santa Cruz man on multiple felony charges on Thursday. Following receiving information on probable drug sales, a search warrant was executed on the 3000 block of Salisbury Drive. The search uncovered cash, a pistol, body armor, and 5 ounces of meth. 35 year old Billy Hill was booked into county jail on drug sales and weapons charges.
A pedestrian died after being struck by a car in Santa Cruz on Friday. At approximately 10:30 p.m. emergency crews responded to River Street and Highway 1. At the scene police located a 29 year old man suffering injuries after being struck by a car. The victim was transported to a trauma center where he succumbed to his injuries. The driver of the car, a 57 year old San Jose man, remained at the scene. At this time no arrests or charges have been filed.