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(12:00) Santa Cruz - Volunteers removed invasive plants along the San Lorenzo River in Santa Cruz yesterday.    As part of the River Health Day series, volunteers were led by the Coastal Watershed Council and native plant experts and removed plants such as fennel, pampas grass and ice plant from the river ecosystem.  For more information on the Coastal Watershed Council visit: coastal-watershed.org. 

 

(11:40) Hollister - CHP reported that 2 people died in a 3 car accident on Saturday in Hollister.  The crash took place near Frazer Lake Road at Shore Road. The driver of a KIA Forte drove through a stop sign and collided with a GMC Yukon.  The driver of the KIA then collided with another car.  The 56-year-old female driver and the 65-year-old male passenger in the KIA were killed in the accident.  The cause of the accident is still under investigation.  Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Hollister Police Department.  

(08:55) Santa Cruz - National Coffee with a Cop Day is coming up next week and The Santa Cruz Police Department is inviting the community to join them for their Coffee with a Cop event.   Coffee with a Cop was created to give the community an opportunity to ask questions, voice concerns and to get to know the officers in your neighborhood.  Coffee with a Cop will be held on Wednesday, October 4th from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. at Kelly’s French Bakery, 402 Ingall Street on the Westside of Santa Cruz.

 

(06:40) Santa Cruz - Water for Santa Cruz is scheduled to host a panel discussion this evening.  The public is invited to participate and discuss solutions to local water supply problems.   The meeting will be from 7:00-9:00 tonight at the Aptos Library Meeting Room, 7695 Soquel Drive.   For more Information visit: WaterForSantaCruz.com.

The San Lorenzo Valley Water District announced a fee restructuring has been approved. At a Thursday night Board of Directors special meeting and public hearing, the Board voted unanimously  to approve a proposed rate restructuring in order to fund replacement and upgrades for pipeline, pumps and tanks, as well as build financial reserve funds. Key elements of the approved rate restructuring plan include: Rate decrease for customers with the lowest water usage, followed by a gradual increase over the following four years. Rate increases for most customers over a five-year period. Elimination of the existing drought surcharge. A complete list can be viewed at SLVWD.COM. The new rates take effect October 1st.

 

 

 

Watsonville police arrested a juvenile for armed robbery on Friday. Shortly before noon police responded to reports of an armed robbery near the library. An officer spotted the suspect on the 200 block of Main Street and a foot chase ensued until the teen headed toward the police station where he was subdued by waiting officers. The 16 year old was booked into juvenile hall after being positively identified by the 71 year old victim.

 

 

A Watsonville man convicted of killing his brother was arrested on child cruelty charges last week. 24 year old Autreydrez Maldonado was 20 years old in 2013 when he fatal stabbed his 17 year old brother in the neck following an argument. He was convicted of manslaughter, sentenced to 4 years and paroled from prison earlier this year. On the 17th, Maldonado was arrested on probation violations and child abuse charges. He has since been released from custody.

 

Caltrans crews have begun pouring concrete into the new deck of the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge. Since the old bridge was damaged by winter storms and had to be demolished construction has continued around the clock in an effort to meet the goal of opening the bridge to traffic in October. The project is estimated to cost 24 million dollars.

 

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