(10:00) San Benito & Monterey Counties - Cal Fire announced a memorial service will be held today for a fallen fire Captain of San Benito-Monterey Unit. Fire Captain Julie Freeman passed away on March 5th, after a battle with cancer. Captain Freeman proudly served the Monterey Peninsula for the past eight years from the Carmel Hill Fire Station. A memorial service to honor Fire Captain Julie Freeman will be held this morning at 11:00 at The Church on the hill, 500 sands drive in San Jose.
(08:50) Santa Cruz - The Santa Cruz Police Department is inviting the community to join them for coffee and conversation. 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 on Thursday, March 30, from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Java Junction, located at 580 River Street in Santa Cruz.
(08:00) Santa Cruz - The Santa Cruz Sheriff’s Office celebrated 20 years with their volunteer team yesterday. Last year over 100 volunteers donated over 17,000 hours of service, with a wage equivalency savings of over $400,000 to Santa Cruz County taxpayers. Volunteers perform neighborhood security checks, assist with missing person’s cases, archive historical photos, and are out in the community helping with the departments new Child Safety and Home Crime Prevention Inspection programs. For more information on the Santa Cruz Sheriff’s Volunteer team or to become a volunteer visit www.scsheriff.com
(07:00) Scotts Valley - A video that surfaced online provided new details in an attack by a group of children last Saturday in Scotts Valley. As a result three people have been indentified as key players in the fight at SkyPark. Authorities reported that No arrests have been made but, charges of battery will be recommended. The cause of the fight is still under investigation. Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to call the Scotts Valley police Department.
After 22 years on the bench, a Monterey County Superior Court judge says he is planning to retire next week. Superior court judge Albert H Maldonado plans to return to private practice while he determines what he wants to do next. For the majority of his judicial career, Maldonado has been assigned to criminal matters. Prior to becoming a judge, Maldonado served in the U.S. Army, receiving a Bronze Star, and a Vietnam Service Medal.
There are a lot of pregnant Harbor Seals in the Monterey Bay Area right now, and people keep going into one of the rookeries, even though it’s cordoned off for the pupping season. The off-limits area, that has often been disturbed recently (even leading to the abandonment of 2 Harbor Seal pups) is the Hopkins Beach Rookery near Pacific Grove. Along with staying out of the rookeries, people are asked not to fly drones over them. Disturbing the Harbor Seals, either on the ground or from the air, is a Federal Offense.
The last chunk of the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge has finally fallen. The next step will be to get the chunks of bridge (and other debris) out of the canyon below. Crews at Mare Island are working to fabricate the girders for the new 320 foot-long bridge. The pieces of the new column-less, single-span, steel plate girder bridge ,are expected to start arriving in Big Sur in May, and Cal-Trans hopes to have the new Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge completed in September.
A 16 year-old boy was shot twice in Santa Cruz earlier this week, in what appears to have been a gang-motivated incident. The drive-by shooting occurred on the 2200 block of Delaware Avenue on Monday. The teen was air-lifted to a Bay Area trauma center. Anyone with information about this shooting is encouraged to contact the Santa Cruz Police Department.