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Flooding, Road Closures As Heavy Rains Fall On Saturated Ground

After years of praying for rain, Santa Cruz County has had more than its fill. Looking for something to bet on now that the Super Bowl is in the past? Try betting on whether 17 will stay open!

Take A Look At Some Local Flooding

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(12:30) Santa Cruz - A mountain lion was spotted in a tree along east cliff drive this morning.   At Around 8:20 a pedestrian notified authorities that there was a mountain lion in a tree above the East Cliff Village Shopping Center sign.   Officers closed down the street between 14th and 17th while PUMA, Animal Control and Wildlife Rescue worked together to get the Mountain lion down.  Three tranquilizers were used to bring the 80 pound mountain lion down.   Once a full evaluation is completed by PUMA and Fish and Game, they plan to return the mountain lion back to its natural habitat.  

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Crews are attempting to tranquilize a Puma now at East Cliff Village Shopping Center.

Portola closed off in the area and local schools sheltering in place. Fire, sheriffs, CHP, and Animal Ctrl attempting to tranquilize.

We will post updates as the story develops.

(09:10) Santa Cruz - A young man who was rescued from the ocean Tuesday night is in a coma. The incident took place around 7:40 p.m. off Lighthouse point on West Cliff Drive in Santa Cruz.   Witnesses reported that the man was in a group of people jumping off the cliffs at Steamers Lane.  According to Surfline, the waves breaking were 2 to 4 feet at the time.  Authorities reported that the young man has not regained consciousness and is currently in a coma.   

(08:45) Watsonville - The Watsonville Police Department announced they are recruiting for youth volunteers to join their Cadet Program.  Cadets assist the department and officers with various tasks including traffic control and working special events.  Cadets also get to participate in monthly ride alongs, as well as weekly training related to law enforcement.  For more information email Officer Saul Valadez at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

(08:15) Seaside - Seaside police arrested two home burglary suspects, after neighbor’s notified police of suspicious activity.  Police reported that 20-year-old Alan Edwards and 20-year-old Manual Rodriguez broke into a home on Yosemite Street around 12:45 p.m. yesterday.  After a short foot chase, officers arrested Rodriguez and Edwards.   Police encourage community members to continue to report suspicious activity.

(07:40) Hollister - A 17-year-old boy accused of breaking into 2 businesses in Hollister was recently taken into custody.   The city’s surveillance video system captured the suspect breaking into Heavenly Bakery and County Rose Restaurant on April 24th .  The teen was booked into the San Benito Juvenile Hall on charges of burglary and attempted burglary

A  local  man,  who  was  named  an  N-B-A   All-Star  twice,   has  died.     Watsonville  resident  Ken  Sears,   who  lead  the  league  in  Field  Goal  Percentage  during  his  8  seasons  in  the  N.B.A.   passed  away  on  Sunday  at the  age  of  83.    Sears  had  suffered  from  Pulmonary  Fibrosis  for  2  years.     A  Celebration  Of  Life  is  scheduled  to  be  held  for  Sears  on  Saturday May  20th,   at  Twin  Lakes  Church  in  Aptos.   

A  meeting  about  California’s  coastal  issues  was  held  last  night  in  Monterey.  Former  California  Coastal  Commission  executive  director  Charles  Lester  spoke  about  what he  sees  as  the  past,  present, and  future  of  our  coastline.      The  organizer  of  the  event  said  he  hopes  to  get  the  discussion  posted  on  the  Center  For  The Blue  Economy’s  website  within  the  next  2  weeks. 

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