(11:28) MONTEREY CO.-Monterey County is experiencing a rise in homelessness. According to a January 2017 census report, the population of homeless in the county has grown by 23 percent since 2015. The hardest hit cities are Salinas, Marina and Del Rey Oaks which post a rise of 102 percent. The Monterey County Department of Social Services along with the Department of Health will present the census report to county supervisors at a Tuesday meeting.
(11:15)SANTA CRUZ- A reverse traffic flow bike lane has added to Pacific Street in downtown Santa Cruz. The street which is designated one way for motor vehicle traffic, now has a green lane marked for reverse flow bicycle traffic. The lane is an effort to improve traffic safety for all modes of transportation.
(10:59)SALINAS- Salinas police are investigating a gang related shooting. Authorities say that at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, patrol units responded to reports of shooting victims on the 600 block of Roosevelt Street. At the scene police located two , 36 year old male victims suffering from gunshot wounds. Apparently two assailants approached the men on foot before opening fire and fleeing to a waiting getaway vehicle. The victims were transported to a trauma center in critical condition. Anyone with any information is encouraged to contact Salinas police.
(10:46)SAN MARTIN- A single-engine plane crashed near a Highway 101 on-ramp Saturday evening. Shortly after 5 p.m. the skydiving plane was returning from releasing skydivers when the pilot experienced engine failure on final approach to the San Martin Airport. The plane crashed near the southbound on-ramp from East San Martin Avenue to Highway 101. The suffered only minor injuries and was able to walk away. The crash completely blocked the southbound on-ramp, but both directions of Highway 101 remained open, while the incident was investigated.
(14:55) SALINAS- possible insecticide poisoning of a work crew is under investigation in Monterey County. The Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System reported that shortly before 7 a.m on Thursday 18 farm workers were treated for dizziness, nausea, and stomach pain after possibly being exposed toxic chemicals. A mobile decontamination trailer was deployed to the site. The incident is being investigated by the Monterey County Agriculture Commissioners Office.
(14:41) SOQUEL- Soquel San Jose Road will reopen this morning (Mon) at 10 a.m. County officials say the road, also known as Old San Jose Road, is not completely repaired and several sections will operate with a single lane. The roadway which is a popular alternative to Highway 17 has been closed for 4 months due to winter storm damage. At this time it is unclear when the road will be restored to two lanes in its entirety.
(14:11) SANTA CRUZ- The wife of the Santa Cruz neurosurgeon charged with multiple counts of sexual assault on children has filed for legal separation. Doctor Karen Kohut, a gynecologist, initiated the legal maneuver to safeguard her finances. At this time it appears she chooses to remain married to James Kohut who remains behind bars pending a bail hearing later this week.
(17:58) SOQUEL- Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a suspected serial tagger on Thursday. Officers investigating a report of a tagger responded to Soquel to find 20 year old Brandon Valencia preparing to board a bus. Valencia had paint on his hands and was pointed out by witnesses. Nearby spray paint cans were collected as evidence and Valencia was arrested on numerous counts of vandalism.