(10:35) Watsonville - The Annual Police In Pursuit event will be held this Friday in Watsonville. The fundraiser helps support the Special Olympics Northern California. Local Law enforcement will race in retired police vehicles, in a 12-lap competition at Ocean Speedway. The Police in Pursuit event will start at 6 p.m. this Friday at Ocean Speedway, 2601 E Lake Avenue. Tickets start at $15. More information is available at www.sonc.org.
(10:00) Carmel - The California Attorney General’s Office filed a civil lawsuit seeking to recover thousands of dollars from two Carmel charities that they believe scammed donors. The Coast Equine Rescue and Retirement (CCERR) and Wounded Warriors Support Group (WWSG) are run by a family of four, that claim to rescue horses and support wounded veterans with therapeutic riding. The law suit states that the Gregory’s charities raised over $782,000 between 2014 and 2015 and spent the money on buying cars, traveling and paying off credit card debts. To read the full law suit filed visit www. alameda.courts.ca.gov
(08:45) Santa Cruz - The UC Santa Cruz Police Department announced there will be an increase in law enforcement on campus tomorrow. An unsanctioned gathering known as 4-20 is expected to take place throughout the day and may create traffic disruptions and hazards. There will be an increase in law enforcement looking for individuals in violation of the law, including the possession of and/or using marijuana and alcohol or other drugs; and will enforce unpermitted vending of any merchandise, food, or medical marijuana on the campus. The Santa Cruz Area CHP will be conducting a DUI checkpoint near the west side of the campus.
(06:45) Santa Cruz - There is a fundraiser being held for the Live Oak Child Development program at Pizza My Heart today. Money raised will fund the after school programs and preschools for the Live Oak District. When customers mention Live Oak Child Development, 30% of each purchase will be donated to the program. The fundraiser will be held today from 4 – 9pm at Pizza My Heart, 2180 41st Avenue.
The Soledad Unified School District is looking for a new District Superintendent. The Monterey County District Attorney after an audit of the use of credit cards by former superintendent Rupi Boyd has determined there was no criminal misappropriation of funds. Boyd had been on administrative leave and resigned during the investigation. District trustees are expected to interview prospective hires within a couple weeks, and want to have their new superintendent in place by July 1st.
Dominican Hospital in Santa Cruz, Community Hospital of the Monterey Penninsula in Monterey, Natividad Medical Center and Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System in Salinas has been given a grade of A. Watsonville Community Hospital received a B, making them five of highest rated hospitals in California. The Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit founded by employers and health care providers, ranked nearly 300 California hospitals with grades of A through F. Leapfrog looks at things like infections, medical errors, and accidents to help a patient determine which hospital to visit.
The 10th annual Pebble Beach Food And Wine Festival is slated to be held this coming weekend. 100 chefs are expected to be on-hand, and 250 wineries are scheduled to be represented, at the world re-knowned 4-day foodie event. The festival is due to begin Thursday evening, and then continue Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. More information can be found on-line at: pbfw.com
The man who is believed to have kidnapped and killed 13 year-old Christina Marie Williams back in 1998, is now scheduled to be arraigned in 3 weeks. 56 year-old Charles Holifield was charged last week with her murder, along with enhancements and special circumstances for kidnapping, lewd acts on a child, and for prior convictions for previous crimes. Holifield is currently serving time in Valley State Prison, in Chowchilla, for a 3-strikes conviction. If convicted on all of the charges against him now, Holifield could face either life in prison without the possibility of parole, or the death penalty.