(15:23) SALINAS- The Northridge Mall in Salinas is changing business strategies. With the closing of malls across the country on the rise Northridge is encouraging new businesses. The malls are suffering due to loss of retail sales due the increase of online shopping. Northridge is now expecting to attract mall goers with family orientated entertainment. A bowling alley with karaoke and ping pong is scheduled to open within the year.
(14:58) SALINAS-Salinas police have arrested two people in connection with a fatal hit and run. Shortly before 7 p.m. on Saturday a 61 year old male step into the roadway on North Main Street near China Town. The man was struck by a vehicle driven by 25 year old Rueben Martinez, who left the scene. The victim was pronounced dead a short time later. A driver who witnessed the incident followed Martinez to a parking lot where he exchanged positions with 26 year old Guadalupe Gonzales. Police stopped the vehicle nearby and arrested Martinez and Gonzales on multiple charges. No drugs or alcohol were involved and both drivers were properly licensed.
(14:24) MORGAN HILL- Morgan Hill Police are investigating an apparent attempted murder and suicide. Shortly before 5 p.m. Saturday patrol units responded to reports of a knife attack on Biscelgia Avenue. At the scene officers located 26 year old Eduardo Ramirez in the process of stabbing himself in the neck and shoulder region. After subduing Ramirez with a Taser police were able to access an apartment. Inside they found a woman, two preadolescent children and a baby, all suffering from knife wounds. All of the victims were transported to the hospital. Ramirez was arrested and hospitalized.
(13:19)SANTA CRUZ- The Santa Cruz Planning Commission is currently weighing options for updates of zoning codes. The commission will holding the last of three public meetings this Thursday, focusing on moving the city in the direction called for by the 2030 General Plan. In the previous meetings residents voiced concerns over the futures of neighborhoods near the major traffic corridors of Mission Street, Water Street, Soquel Drive, and Ocean Street. Other concerns are that east and west Santa Cruz will be zoned unfairly. There have also been calls to scrap the 2030 General Plan and start over. The meeting starts at 7 p.m at 809 Center Street.
(12:43) SANTA CRUZ- A hearing has been set for a Santa Cruz man charged with seven felony child molestation counts. On June 1st a judge will decide if 21 year Shawn Cox is eligible for a bail reduction or other type of release. Cox is accused of having sex with 14 and 16 year old girls he met on social media sites. A preliminary hearing has also been set for July 31st. Cox remains in custody in lieu of 150 thousand dollars bail.
(12:10)APTOS- An Aptos man accused of creating and distributing child pornography will be in federal court this week. 19 year old Ryan Spencer and co defendant 24 year old Bryan Peterson of Tiburon have hearings scheduled for tomorrow (Tues) at U.S. District Court in San Francisco. The men, who met online, are charged with using supervisory jobs to create illicit video of children in their care. Both men remain in federal custody.
(10:35) - A grass fire burning in Fresno County has more than doubled in size overnight. The fire began around 1:00 p.m. yesterday near Highway 198 and Alcalde Road. According to Cal Fire Officials, the Elm Fire has now grown to 8,200 acres and is about 40 percent contained. Residents in the Parkeville Grade Road area were evacuated last night. An evacuation center has been set up at the West Hills Community College. The fire has forced officials to close Highway 198 from Coalinga to the Monterey County line. The cause of the fire is still under investigation
(10:25) Santa Cruz - The 11th annual Santa Cruz Greek Food Faire is being held this weekend. The event will feature authentic cuisine, spirits, live music and dancing. The Faire starts today and will run through the weekend. The event will be held at Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church, located at 223 Church Street at Center Street in downtown Santa Cruz. For more information visit: livelikeagreek.com