Santa Cruz Harbor officials are warning boaters of possible hazards. On Friday the harbor released a statement warning mariners of possible hazards due to dredging operations. The annual dredging permit expires on April 30th, this means dredging operations will be focused on removing the remaining shoaling in the west harbor entrance. Operations will require submerged pipes that may present a danger to larger vessels. The Harbor Patrol will be available to assist in navigation if needed.
The CHP is reporting that a motorcyclist was killed in a head on collision with a car near Santa Cruz on Saturday. The accident took place shortly before 2 p.m. on Empire Grade, near Smith Grade Road when the motorcycle and vehicle collide pinning the rider under the car. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.
A rise in Central Coast heroin arrests is underway. Recent busts in Monterey County indicate large quantities of the narcotic are available to drug users. Two pounds of heroin were seized in Salinas on April 3rd. It is believed that increased heroin sales are linked to prescription opioid addiction. The street drug is cheaper and in cases easier to obtain than pills. In response central coast law enforcement agencies are beginning to carry the overdose antidote, Narcan, in patrol vehicles. In 2016 49 deaths on the Central Coast were attributed to heroin overdose.
A Castroville man was taken into custody on assault with a deadly weapon and domestic violence charges following an investigation. On Friday, the Monterey County Sheriff’s SWAT Team served a warrant at residence on Haight Street. 36 year old Isreal Orozco was arrested and booked into Monterey County Jail.
A Salinas bank was robbed at gunpoint Friday morning. At about 10 a.m., two armed men entered Pinnacles Bank on the 1200 block of South Main Street. The men jumped the counter and demanded money from the tellers. The robbers then fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash. Anyone with any information is encouraged to contact Salinas police.
A traffic stop in Scots Valley led to the discovery of 12 pounds of marijuana on Friday. Authorities say that during a vehicle code stop, canine officer, Atlas alerted on the vehicle. A search uncovered 5 bags of the drug. An investigation into the incident is on going.
A San Benito County robbery suspect was arrested on Friday. On Thursday a man claiming to have a gun robbed a Tres Pinos business. When deputies examined surveillance video they recognized the perpetrator from a recent traffic stop. During questioning Michael Huerta admitted to the robbery and was booked into San Benito County Jail.
The California Highway Patrol is reporting that at least two people were arrested in connection with a UCSC 420 celebration. A crowd of 2 to 4 thousand people were expected to gather for the annual impromptu cannabis celebration at the university. Even though recreational marijuana is now legal in California, smoking of any kind is prohibited on UC campuses. The offense is punishable by fines of up to 500 dollars. The CHP set up DUI checkpoints on and near the university. The first pot DUI was on High Street of a man who had been smoking on the way to the event.
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