(08:00) Santa Cruz - Santa Cruz County Public Works announced they will be replacing the bridge Located on Casserly Road and Smith Road in Watsonville. The Bridge is a key connecting route for South County residents and businesses. Construction is planned to start early next week. The road will be closed to all vehicles, pedestrians and bicycles through August 11th. Detour signs will be in place.
(07:40) The Bay Federal Credit Union raised over $12,000 in donations from members and employees during its Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals fundraising drive last month. The Credit Union was able to give a total of $22,426 to the non-profit organization, thanks to a philanthropic award that doubled donations up to $10,000. The funds will benefit the Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital Foundation, which regularly serves sick, injured, and special needs children in Santa Cruz, Monterey, and San Benito counties.
(07:00) Scotts Valley - The Scotts Valley Police Department announced that Scotts Valley Drive will be closed on the 4th of July for the parade. The road will be closed from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. People attending the parade are encouraged to arrive 30 minutes prior to the start time.
(06:50) Salinas - A Salinas man will be sentenced to 15 years in prison for a shooting in Chinatown. 20-year-old Noe Chavez shot a man and other homeless people in Chinatown after an argument last February. Chavez plead no contest to two counts of attempted murder. Chavez admitted to enhancements for the personal use of a firearm and personally inflicting great bodily injury. No one was killed. Chavez is expected to be sentenced on September 6, 2017.
(18:50)BIG SUR-The U.S. Forest Service announced it will be implementing increased fire restrictions in Los Padres National Forest. The restrictions are in response to increasing potential for wildfires. The restrictions will remain in effect until the end of fire season in late autumn. The Level II restrictions include the use of campfires, stoves and smoking materials. Open fires, campfires and charcoal fires are banned outside of developed recreation sites or designated campfire use sites, even with a state campfire permit. Lanterns and portable stoves that use gas, jellied petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel will be permitted, but only with campfire permits. Visitors must clear all flammable material 5 feet in all directions from their stove and must ensure a responsible person attends the stove at all times during use. Campfire permits are available free of charge at fs.usda.gov/lpnf or at any Forest Service office.
(18:38)CARMEL- A man pled guilt in connection with three separate thefts at store in Carmel. 33 Timothy Callahan year old was convicted of commercial burglary, evading police officers, and hit and run causing injury. On April 29 Callahan entered a store in Carmel and stole approximately 1,740 dollars worth of items. On May 5, he went to the same store and stole 1,800 dollars worth of purses and merchandise, then again on June 12, Callahan returned to the same Carmel store where employees attempted to stop him before he made off with 1,275 dollars worth of merchandise. Callahan is set to be sentenced to more than 3 years in prison on July 28th.
(18:06) SALINAS- Former Salinas Councilman Jose Castaneda’s sentencing has been delayed. During yesterday’s court proceedings Castaneda delayed sentencing by obtaining a new attorney. Castaneda was found guilty in May of stalking, kidnapping, and domestic violence. He faces 9 years in prison at sentencing, now set for August 22nd.
(15:56) WATSONVILLE- The Watsonville Police Department has announced a dedicated downtown officer. The department says the downtown patrol officer is expected to improve the quality of life in the area. The city previously had a dedicated downtown officer before budget cuts temporarily curtailed the position.
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