A Castroville man has become the first Monterey county resident to win both the Big Sur Marathon, and The Monterey Bay Half Marathon. 31 year-old Daniel Tapia won Sunday’s race with a time of 1 hour, 3 minutes and 35 seconds . Tapia was running the 13.1 mile race in a field of 50 elite runners.
A Santa Cruz restaurant has been burglarized twice in 3 weeks. Around 4:30 this morning a surveillance camera caught what appeared to be a male suspect using a keg to smash a back window at Pono Hawaiian Grill on Union Street. Once inside, the video showed the burglar going straight for the safe and pulling it from where it was bolted to the wall. Anyone with information about this, or any other, downtown Santa Cruz break-ins is encouraged to contact the Santa Cruz Police Department.
A new educational component will be added to Hebbron Park in Salinas. The Literacy Campaign For Monterey County partnered with the City Of Salinas to renovate the old park, and part of the renovation includes panels that feature numbers, shapes and words. Hebbron Park is expected to be done this fiscal year. Research shows that children do better in school if they have been exposed to language at an early age.
A skimming device was found at a gas station in Gilroy. People who used a credit, or debit card, to get gas at the Valero station at 1190 First Street may want to check their bank statements. The skimming device was found on Gas Pump Number 2….and removed this morning around 10 a.m. Gilroy police officers believe that the skimming device may have been active for at least a week….if not longer. Victims are encouraged to contact the Gilroy Police Department.
People who have had items stolen, may want to go to Gate 2 of the Watsonville City Yard tomorrow between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., to see if they can reclaim their stuff. Watsonville police officers say that they found several hundred stolen items after they served a search warrant at 2 addresses belonging to Jim Rodriguez. The items are too numerous to list in their entirety, but include laptop computers, iPads, construction equipment, televisions, and dozens of bicycles. The Watsonville City Yard is located at 320 Harvest Drive, and potential owners must bring proof of ownership….which can include photographs.
A 34 year-old man, who turned himself in to Salinas Police officers (in connection with a hit-and-run accident in Salinas last month), now faces a charge of Vehicular Manslaughter With Gross Negligence. That’s because 41 year-old Bernardina Leon has died. She and her 6 year-old daughter were hit while walking in the crosswalk on North Main Street in Salinas. The little girl was released from the hospital several weeks ago.
(11:55) A 4.7 magnitude earthquake has been reported with the epicenter in Gonzales. The quake took place at approximately 11:30 a.m. and there have multiple reports to KSCO of people who felt the earthquake in Santa Cruz. No damages have currently been reported.
(11:50) Santa Cruz County - The Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency has been awarded a grant of over 200 thousand dollars by the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The grant was provided to improve safety conditions for bicyclists and pedestrians on Santa Cruz roads. This comes after Santa Cruz County was ranked the worst place in California for bicyclist injury and death. These funds will be used for multiple purposes including safety events and distribution of helmets and car seats.
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