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Flooding, Road Closures As Heavy Rains Fall On Saturated Ground

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Take A Look At Some Local Flooding

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(09:15) Watsonville - A man has been arrested for 2 commercial burglaries in Watsonville.  The burglaries took place this morning on the 400 block of Main Street at Goodwill Industries and Casa Choi Discount.   Witnesses positively identified the male, Horacio Lara, as the burglary suspect.   Lara was booked into the county jail on two counts of commercial burglary. 

 

(08:45) Santa Cruz County - A Santa Cruz Business owner has fulfilled her dream of opening an orphanage in Vietnam.   Tracy Vu immigrated to the United States from Vietnam with her husband and three children in 2002 and had a dream of wanting to give back to her country.   In November, she visited a rural area of Vietnam and began to set up the orphanage, which provides education and provisions for children who have no citizenship status because they were abandoned at birth by their parents and are being cared for by nuns.  The orphanage was also created to educate children who can't afford to go to school.    The orphanage was made possible from the Success of Vu’s business, Tracy’s Nails Salon, located in Capitola, as well as donations made by the community of Santa Cruz.  The orphanage is still under construction, and is scheduled to be completed by December.

 

(07:50) Capitola - The Capitola Police Department is hosting an event next week to help the community to get to know their neighbors.   National Night Out will feature K-9 demonstrations, an Astro Jumper, climbing wall, petting zoo, crafts for kids, a free BBQ, and a fire truck, ambulance, and police cars.  The event will take place on August 1, from 5-7 p.m. at Jade Street Park, 4400 Jade Street, in Capitola.   

(06:55) Santa Cruz County - The Santa Cruz Police Department would like to remind the public that all fireworks, including those marked “Safe and Sane,” are illegal in the City of Santa Cruz.   The Santa Cruz City Council has approved a citywide Safety Enhancement Zone from July 4 to July 5th.  The safety enhancement designation includes tripling the fees for violations of illegal discharge of fireworks, littering and public consumption of alcohol.  To view the map of the Safety Enhancement Zone visit: cityofsantacruz.com

 

A  proposed  settlement  has  been  reached  between  the  California Coastal  Commission and the Cemex  Sand  Mining  Operation,  in  Marina.    The  details  of  the  settlement,  which  includes  the  phase-out  of  its  operation  over  time,   is  scheduled  to  be  presented  during  the commissions’  meeting  on  July  13th.    The  proposed  agreement  also  provides  for  a  reduced  price  sale  of  the  whole  property  in  the  near  future,   including  the  protection  of  the  property  in-perpetuity. 

 

Pfeiffer  Big  Sur  State  Park  is  scheduled  to re-open  to  the  public  next  weekend.    The  park  has  been  closed  for  nearly a  year  due  to  both the  Soberanes  fire  and  damage  caused  by  winter  storms.     The  state  parks  system  will  also  launch  a  new  shuttle  service,   that  runs  between  the  Andrew  Molera  State  Park  parking  lot,  and  several  locations  north  of  the  closed  Pfeiffer  Canyon  Bridge.

Witnesses  are  still  being  sought  for  a  vehicle  versus  pedestrian  hit-and-run  that  took  place  in  Salinas  earlier  this  month.    17  year-old  Salinas  High  School  Student  William  Vasquez  Hernandez  is  still  in  the  intensive  care  unit  in  an  area  hospital…..after  being  hit  at  the  intersection  of  North  Davis  Road  and  Larkin  Street  at  12:46 p.m.  June  17th.     Anyone  who  witnessed  the  incident,   or  knows  anything  about  the  driver  (or vehicle)  involved,  is  encouraged  to  contact  the  Salinas  Police  Department.  

King  City  police  officers  are working  to  determine  if  a  29 year-old  King  City  man  has  multiple  victims.    Miguel  Mendez,  AKA  Luis  Mendez,  was  arrested  this  morning  during  a  sting  operation  at  a  King  City skate  park.   Mendez  was  booked  into  Monterey  county  jail  on  charges  of  “contact  with  a  minor  to  commit  lewd  and/or  sexual  acts”.    Anyone  with  information  about  this  man  having  inappropriate  conduct  with  other  underage  individuals  is  encouraged to  contact  their  local  authorities.

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