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  • Soquel San Jose Road- UPDATE-2/19/17-1614-PMD

    (16:21) SOQUEL- Soquel San Jose Road will remain closed indefinitely. As of Saturday ,the roadway surface had sunk roughly another foot, north of Olsen Road. Public Works officials say that Read More
  • Ben Lomond Body-2/19/17-1540-PMD

    (16;07) BEN LOMOND- The Santa Cruz Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of a Ben Lomond man. At about 11:30 a.m. Saturday Emergency crews responded to reports of man submerged Read More
  • Capitola Closures-2/19/17-1535-PMD

    (15:49) CAPITOLA- The city of Capitola sent out text messages to residents while the Public Works Department set up signs warning drivers of road hazards on Saturday. The department says Read More
  • Valencia Elementary Students Moved-2/19/17-1510-pmd

    (15:25) APTOS-Valencia Elementary School students will be attending classes on other campuses tomorrow (Tuesday). School district officials have decided to relocate the students due storm damaged roadways leading to the Read More
  • Salinas Homicide-2/19/17-1300-PMD

    (15:00) SALINAS- Salinas police are investigating a fatal shooting that took place on Saturday. Shortly after 10:30 p.m., patrol units responded to reports of gunfire on the 300 block of Read More
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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

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(05:40) Santa Cruz - Authorities reported that 12 adult males were  arrested  yesterday (Monday) morning  in  the  city and county of  Santa  Cruz  (and  in  Santa  Clara  county).  The  criminal  street  gang  arrests  were  in  connection  with  cases of  murder,  extortion,  and  narcotics  trafficking.  The arrests were the  culmination  of  a  5-year  investigation.   

Officials  are  releasing  water  as  fast  as  they  can  from  the  Anderson  Reservoir  near  Morgan  Hill.      About  3,000  gallons  per  second  is  being  released  into  Coyote  Creek  because  the  reservoir  is  not  supposed  to  be  more  than  68  percent  full.     When it’s  more  full  than that,   a  nearby  dam  could  fail  under the  pressure  of  too  much  water  if  there’s  an  earthquake  of  7.2  or  stronger.

Along  with  all  kinds  of  road  repairs  and  road  improvement  projects  that  are  on  the  list  of the  state’s  key  infrastructure  projects  released  this  week  is  a  local  plan  to  widen  a  roadway.    It  is  now  hoped  that  the   plan  to  expand  Highway  156  (to  4  express  lanes  from  San  Juan  Bautista  to  just-shy-of-Hollister)  will  begin  by  the  summer  of  2019.     The  highway  widening  project  has  been  approved  since  2008,   but  the  money  hasn’t  been  available. 

The  Walnut  Avenue  Family  And  Women’s  Center in Santa Cruz now  has  the  funds  to  make  some  long-deferred  improvements  to  the  center.    That’s  thanks  to  the  money  generated  from  Bay  Federal  Credit  Union’s  annual  silent  auction.    60  businesses  donated  goods  and  services  to  this  year’s  silent  auction,   that  raised  about  $8,500.    The  money  raised  by  the silent auction  in  years  past  has  gone  to  support  a  variety  of  local  programs,  including  the  Teen  Kitchen  Projectthe  Aztecas  Soccer  Program,  and  Camp  Opportunity.

Geo-specialists  inspected  the  Pfeiffer  Canyon  Bridge  just  south  of  Pfeiffer   Big  Sur  State  Park,  and  found  visible  cracks  in  one  of  its  2  support  columns.     They  also  saw  that  the  hillside  underneath  the  bridge appears  to  be  starting  to  wash  away.    Its  unclear  right now  what  Cal-Trans  will  have  to  do  to  fix  the  column,  but  it  is  clear  that  the  work  can’t  be  done  until  after   the  hillside  underneath  quits  sliding.    Although  people  are  allowed  to  park  on  either  side  of  the  Pfeiffer  Canyon Bridge,   and  walk  across  it,   the  bridge  is  closed  to  vehicle  traffic  until  further  notice.     The  parking  lot  at  the  Pine  Ridge  Trailhead  has  also  been  opened  for  local  residents.     

Along  with  that  closure  on  Highway  1,   there is  a  hard  closure  of  the  coastal  highway  from  just  south  of  Nepenthe…down  to  Ragged  Point  (in  northern  San  Luis  Obispo  county).

Businesses  in  Big Sur  are  still  open.

A  shooting  suspect  is  still  At-Large,  and  anyone  with  any  information  on  his  whereabouts  is  encouraged  to  contact  their  local  authorities.   Jose  Barajas  is  believed  to  have  been  the  one  who  shot  and  killed  19  year-old  Ariana  Zendejas  in Hollister  back  in  August  of  2014.     At  that  time,   Barajas  was  described  as  a  5’ 9” tall,  160  pound,  20  year-old  Hispanic  man…with  black  hair  and  brown  eyes.  He  was  said  to  have  a  tattoo  of  a  “b” and a skull  on  his  left  forearm;  and  multiple  skulls  on  his  right  forearm.   There  is  a  felony  warrant  out  for  his  arrest. 

Effective immediately,  due to unsafe conditions, the department of public works  for  the county of santa cruz has closed Soquel-San Jose Road (South Of Amaya Ridge Road And North Of Olson Road).    County geologists have recommended closure of the road due  to an unstable road bed at mile-marker  5.9.     The county will conduct additional analysis before designing a repair plan.  There is  currently no plan to immediately reopen Soquel-San Jose Road.     There are no available detours around the impacted area.    Highland Way also  remains closed between pm 3.06 and Spanish Ranch Road due to an earlier mudslide.

2  kayakers  were  rescued  off  the  coast  of  Santa Cruz  today.   Members  of  the  Santa  Cruz  Harbor  Patrol, rescued  the  people  in  the  harbor  mouth  after  their  kayak  overturned.

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