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Flooding, Road Closures As Heavy Rains Fall On Saturated Ground

After years of praying for rain, Santa Cruz County has had more than its fill. Looking for something to bet on now that the Super Bowl is in the past? Try betting on whether 17 will stay open!

Take A Look At Some Local Flooding

Local News

A  Salinas  man  has  been  found  guilty  of  indecent exposure,  interfering with a business,  and  loitering.     41  year-old  Kenneth  Yokomizo  exposed  himself  to  a  group  of  people  who  were  preparing  for  a  July 4th  parade  at  the  Salinas  Rodeo  Grounds, and  a  few  days  later  he  did  the same  thing  at  a  snack  bar in Salinas.  Yokomizo  is  scheduled to  be  sentenced  May  17th.  

Residents and the owners of small businesses,  impacted  by  the  February 1st  through 25th  storms,  can  still  apply  to  the  Small  Business  Administration  for  assistance.   The  filing  deadline  for  property  damage  is  may 19th,  and  the  deadline  for  economic  injury  assistance  is  next December  20th.  

A  4-time  world  heavyweight  champion  boxer  was  in  the  Monterey  bay  area  over  the  weekend.    In  fact  Evander  Holyfield  toured  several  churches  in  Monterey  county.    He  hopes  to  inspire  people  to  have  faith  and  persevere, and  he  also  said  that  both  success  and  failure  start  at  home.

press  conference  and  rally   is  scheduled  to be  held  tomorrow  at  the  Butterfly  Sanctuary  in  Pacific  Grove.     Area  activists  are  holding  the  event  to  let  people  known  about  the  impact  of  pesticides  and  insecticides  on  butterflies,  birds  and  bees.     The  event  is  slated  to  begin  at  3:30 p.m.

Forty six percent of farm workers are reportedly in the United States illegally. Farmers are having a difficult time finding workers to plant and pick their crops.  The farming industry uses a larger percentage of illegal labor than any other industry. The strict enforcement of immigration laws threatens to increase the cost of fruits and vegetables, and reduce farmer profits.

A new and larger passport office is opening Monday, May 1st in Salinas.   The new office that is located down the hall from where the old one was will process about one-hundred and fifty passports a day compared to forty in the old office. Waiting times are expected to be much shorter. It was common to wait for six hours for a passport in the old office.

(12:00) Soledad - California prison authorities reported that 2 inmates were found dead in unrelated events at Salinas Valley State Prison in Soledad on Saturday.    22-year-old Cedric Saunders death is being investigated as a homicide.   Saunders was serving a 5 year sentence for second-degree robbery with a street gang enhancement.    Minutes later a 61-year-old inmate was found dead in his cell.   A cause of death has not been released and his name is being withheld until his family can be notified.

(07:40) Santa Cruz County - The Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public's help in identifying a man who robbed a store in Aptos.   The incident took place on Thursday in the Rite Aide, located at 80 Rancho Del Mar.  The suspect allegedly stole items from the store and battered an employee in the process. A picture of the man can be found on the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office Facebook Page.    Anyone with information regarding the suspect is encouraged to call 831-471-1121.

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