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(07:20) Santa Cruz - A man and a woman were arrested for being in possession of methamphetamine last week.  Witnesses said they saw 52 year-old Calvin Carlson and 40 year-old Suzanne Winchel selling drugs from a vehicle at Harvey West Park in Santa Cruz.  Police recovered 9 grams of methamphetamine.  

(07:45) Santa Cruz County - Homes flooded at Paradise Park in Santa Cruz last night (Tuesday).  It was reported that at least 12 homes were flooded after the river overflowed.  The Santa Cruz County Office of Emergency Services urged residents to evacuate.  

(06:45) Santa Cruz County - Northbound Highway 17 closed again last night due to another mudslide.  Traffic is currently being diverted to one lane on the southbound side.  California Highway Patrol reported that Highway 9 is also shut down at Sylvan Avenue.  A tree and power lines are blocking the entire roadway.   

A  man  who  committed  a  series  of  robberies   in  Monterey  county  has  been  sentenced to  14 years  behind  bars.    61  year-old  Salinas  resident  Bobby  Knight entered  “no  contest”  pleas  to  each  of  the  6  robberies  he  was  charged  with.      The  “eat  fresh  robber”,  who  mostly  targeted   a  variety  of  dessert  places,  and  committed  the  robberies  over  a  2-month  period  in  the  spring  of  2015.

Knight  faces  similar  charges  in  Santa  Cruz  and  Santa  Clara  counties.

2  people  were  rescued  from  Boulder  Creek  this  afternoon.     That  after  they  called  out  for  help  while  rafting  along  the  creek  around  3:30 p-m.     Rescue  crews  reportedly  picked  them  out  of  the  creek  at  West  Park.

A  man  and  his  5  kids  were  rescued  from  their  partially  submerged  car in Watsonville on Monday.      That  after the  man  thought  he  could  drive  it  across  Paulsen  Road,  which  was  flooded   at  the  time.    When  the  car  stopped,  the  man  used  the  car’s  skyroof  to  get  he  and  his  children  up  onto  the  top  of  the  car,  and  rescuers  picked  the  family  up  from  there. 

The  rules  for  Accessory  Dwelling  Units   in  Santa  Cruz  county  may  be  changing  this  year.      The  state  has  told  counties  that  the  rules  for  building  a-d-u’s  have to  get  easier,  and  less  expensive;   and  Santa  Cruz  county  supervisors  have  voted  5-0  to  have  the  Planning Commission  review  the  applicable  county  ordinances.     The  Planning  Commission  has  been told  to  come  back  with  recommendations  for  the  february  7th  meeting.     The Coastal Commission  would  then  review  the  proposed  changes  at  their  meeting  in  march.

In urban areas of the county, A.D.U.s can be at most 640 square feet. In in rural areas, they can be 1,200 square feet.

The Santa Cruz county planning director plans to create a legalization program for ADUs that have been built without permits, charging impact fees based on the date of construction....not current rates.

A  man  who robbed  a  bank  in  Felton  this  morning  is  being  sought.      The  10:30 a.m.  Robbery  took  place  at  the  Liberty  Bank  on  Highway  9.      The  robber,  who  said  he  had  a  gun  but  never  showed  it,  was  described  as  a  6  foot  tall  man  wearing  a  multi-colored  beanie  (with  a  tassel,  and  flaps  that  covered  his  ears)  light  khaki  pants  and  a  heavy  green  jacket.     He  was  carrying  a  wet  umbrella  during  the  robbery.   Anyone  with  any  information  about  this  bank  robbery  is  encouraged  to  contact  the  Santa  Cruz  County  Sheriff’s  Department. 

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