A man was arrested today, for punching someone in Monterey yesterday. 29 year-old Benjamin Van Cleave is said to have punched the person in the head, knocking his victim to the ground. The injured person was transported to Community Hospital Of The Monterey Peninsula with serious, but non-life-threatening, injuries. Van Cleave was booked into Monterey County Jail.
A King City man has been arrested in connection with last months stabbing of his girlfriend. 23 year-old Giovanni Velasquez was arrested today on the 300 block of South Vanderhurst. He was booked into Monterey County Jail with a “No Bail Parole Hold”.
The man who suffered several gunshot wounds in a Soquel parking lot yesterday is expected to survive. An infant (that was in his car during the shooting) was not hit by any rounds. 18 year-old San Jose resident Joshua Strauss, who is thought to have been the shooter, is being held without bail in Santa Cruz County Jail.
Several threats have reportedly been made towards pacific grove high school. Threatening letters have been found in the girls locker room and bathrooms. One of the notes read: " bang bang like Florida on “Walkout Day."
(10:45) The National Marine Fisheries Service and the Pacific Fishery Management Council reported that the northern Pacific sardine population has dropped 97 percent since 2006. The voting members of the fishery council are scheduled to meet on April 8, to discuss a fishing ban. The organization Oceana will also request that the fishery managers develop a recovery plan at the April meeting.
(09:50) Castroville - Authorities reported that 2 people were arrested yesterday, after deputies served a search warrant in Castroville. At about 6 a.m. Deputies served a narcotics related search warrant on the 10200 block of McDougall Street. During a search deputies found 3 illegal firearms, 30.1 grams of methamphetamine, 7.8 grams of cocaine and a digital scale. 28 year-old Salvador Rocha and 21 year old Elizabeth Rocha were booked into the Monterey County jail for charges related to the sales of narcotics & illegally possessed firearms.
(08:55) Santa Cruz County - Jurors awarded a Capitola man millions in a sexual harassment lawsuit with an Aptos-based company. Former Beverly’s Fabric truck driver, Cole Hudson, resigned in 2013 after being sexually harassed by a coworker, Dan Rangle. Court documents stated that the problem went unresolved after Hudson reported Rangle's behavior to supervisors. Yesterday the Jurors awarded Hudson $2.6 million.
(08:00) Santa Cruz County - Govenor Jerry Brown has appointed Santa Cruz attorney, Timothy Schmal, to fill a Superior Court judge’s seat vacated when previous judge, Heather Morse, retired in November. Schmal is a Democrat and is scheduled to start his new role on April 16.
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