(18:43)SANTA CRUZ- The Santa Cruz Harbor is warning the public that temporary road closures may affect boaters access to the harbor on Sunday. The closures are due to The Surfers' Half Marathon, which begins at 7 am and is slated to end at 10 am. The route will impact harbor area roads including the intersections of Seabright and Murray; Eaton and 7th; and 7th Avenue at East Cliff. Boaters and visitors are advised that temporary road closures may impede their ability to reach or leave the harbor area.
(18:31)PACIFIC GROVE- The Pacific Grove city council members heard proposals for modifying a short time vacation rental ordinance. During the Wednesday night meeting the council examined about 40 options to ease up the 2016 ordinance limiting short term rentals. A petition is currently circulating that would require owners to occupy the residences. Opponents point out that 45 percent of the city’s dwellings are second homes.
(18:17) SALINAS- Former Salinas Councilman Jose Castenada was in a Monterey County courtroom yesterday (Thurs). Castenada was in court for opening statements in his criminal trial. Castenada is accused of stalking, kidnapping, sexual battery and inflicting corporal injury, in connection with a September 2015 incident involving an ex-girlfriend.
(17:56)KING CITY- A 17 acre grass fire east of King City is being blamed on a bird. Cal Fire crews responded to a report of a fire near Highway 25 and Lonoak Road. At the scene crews battled a fire that grew to 17 acres before being contained. The cause of the fire was determined to have been caused a bird striking a power line. No injuries have been reported.
(17:22) SALINAS- The Salinas Police Department is announcing an enforcement effort. Starting on May 22nd patrol units will honor national seatbelt month with the Click It Or Ticket campaign. Officers will be writing tickets for a 165 dollars for adult violations and 465 dollars for improperly restrained children. The enforcement will continue through June 4th.
(15:15) Santa Cruz County - A Santa Cruz neurosurgeon and 2 nurses are accused of raping children who are younger than 10 years old. Watsonville Police reported that 57 year-old James Kohut had affairs WITH, a Dominican Hospital ICU nurse, 42 year-old Rashel Brandon, of Watsonville, and a second nurse, 29 year-old Emily Stephens, and that children were abused during their sexual encounters. According to an arrest warrant, Brandon's husband found a tape showing his wife and Stephens committing sex acts together against children. Although all 3 suspects worked in hospitals, police found no evidence that any crimes occurred in a medical facility. If convicted of the charges against them, Brandon, Stephens, and Kohut are facing life in prison.
(10:00) Santa Cruz & San Mateo Counties - Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks announced two California State Parks annual passes are available for purchase on their website. A portion of the proceeds from park pass sales will be used to benefit local state parks and beaches in Santa Cruz County and coastal San Mateo County. The 12-month passes provide entry to dozens of California State Parks and Beaches. To purchase a pass online and to see a list of parks included in each of the passes, visit www.thatsmypark.org.
(09:45) Santa Cruz County - Multiple traffic officers have teamed up with Scotts Valley Police in an effort to reduce aggressive driving. Today the SVPD will be hosting BADGES (Before Aggressive Drivers Get Everyone Stopped), which is a county-wide program targeting aggressive drivers in designated areas. All cell phone, seatbelt, and speeding violations will be strictly enforced throughout the day.
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