(10:40) Santa Cruz - USA Basketball is making its first-ever appearance to Santa Cruz as Team USA competes to qualify for the 2019 World Cup. Led by Head Coach Jeff Van Gundy, Team USA's roster is comprised of top NBA G League players, including Santa Cruz Warriors forward, Terrence Jones. Cuba is scheduled to be in Santa Cruz on Friday, February 23 and Puerto Rico on Monday, February 26 - both games tipoff at 8:00 pm. Tickets can be purchased by visiting santacruzbasketball.com/teamusa.
(10:35) Santa Cruz - Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s deputies will increase patrols at schools in the unincorporated county today to help reduce fear, after yesterdays shooting in Parkland, Florida Sergeant Cleveland said the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office, offers free school lock down training and work place violence training for the unincorporated areas of Santa Cruz County. For more information visit: scsheriff.com
(09:00) Salinas - The Salinas Police Department is scheduled to host a neighborhood watch presentation tonight. The presentation tonight is part of the "Build Strong Neighborhood Series" which features different topics and city speakers each month. The meeting will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Martin Luther King Academy.
(08:40) Soquel - Students from the Santa Cruz County Fire Academy and students from Cabrillo College Fire Science will be replacing fences, mending trails and performing maintenance at the Anna Jean Cummings County Park, in Soquel tomorrow. The community service project was created in an effort to give back to the community for allowing Central Fire District, Watsonville Fire Department and Santa Cruz City Fire to use the park for wildland firefighting training. Student volunteers will be performing maintenance tomorrow from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.
(07:25) Watsonville - A man, who was reported missing earlier this week, has been found safe. Yesterday Watsonville Police got a call of a disoriented elderly man behind Martinelli's on Beach Street. Upon arrival officers learned that the man, Gerry Haney, had been reported missing out of the City of Clovis. Officers reported that Haney was in good health and unharmed
A Salinas man, who was found guilty of a violent 12-hour attack on his wife, has been sentence to time in prison. 41 year-old Michael Russ has been sentenced to spend 18 years behind bars. He said he attacked his wife last July (after he got out of prison) because he thought she had been cheating on him while he was serving time for beating his wife in the past.
Gayles Bakery And Rosticceria (in Capitola) turned 40 years-old today. The Bakery opened, in the same location, in 1978. Back then it was only an 800 square foot facility….and they made just 12 products. These days it’s a more than 5,000 square foot facility that serves food, and baked goods, to about 2,000 people per day.
For those who don’t already know, Gayle’s is located on the 500 block of Bay Avenue in Capitola.
A prior scam, is being used again in San Benito County. In the scam, a caller claims to be a local sheriff’s deputy (who explains to the victim that that person has “failure to appear” and “contempt of court” citations….and they need to pay a fine over the phone). The San Benito County Sheriff’s Department wants to remind people that they do not take payments over the phone, and they do not act on behalf of the United States Federal Court system.