(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.
(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.