Seaside police are recommending prosecution in connection with June 5th fire at McDonalds. The fire was caused when a vehicle driven by 34 year old Joseph Roy Wineman crashed into the building on the 15 hundred block of Canyon Del Rey Boulevard. The crash ruptured a gas line causing a fire that destroyed the fast food restaurant. The case has been forwarded to the Monterey County District Attorney’s Office, recommending prosecution for Wineman who is alleged to have been intoxicated at the time of the incident.
The Marina Police Department is warning residents about a phone scam. An official says at least one resident was scammed out of thousand of dollars. The scammer tells residents they need to pay to avoid arrest for missing a jury summons. If you receive a phone request for money report it to your local autorities.
The Monterey County Sheriff’s SWAT team executed a search warrant on Wednesday. The warrant was obtained due to an investigation into the theft of 10 ATM machines over the last year. Evidence was reportedly gathered at the site. At this time no arrests have been made.
The County of Santa Cruz will be hold budget hearings. The hearings will discuss a proposed 777 million dollar budget beginning on June 18th through the 26th . The public is welcome to attend. The annual meetings are a chance for County Departments to present their budgets, highlight goals and accomplishments and discuss future challenges. The meeting schedule and proposals can be viewed online at: santa cruz county.us
A known gang member was arrested by a Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s deputy yesterday (Thurs). A deputy patrolling Soquel Avenue pulled over Stephen Simmons at the 76 gas station. Simmons attempted to provide a false name before being positively identified. Simmons was on probation and found to be in possession of a concealed fixed blade knife, methamphetamine, and drug paraphernalia. Simmons was arrested and booked into jail on multiple charges.
The smoke from a 14-acre Prescribed Burn, being conducted in Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, is being seen as far north as Ben Lomond. The Burn is being done in an area off of Graham Hill Road near the campground, and its part of the long-term strategy to reduce the threat of wildfire. This burn is also designed to help maintain the rare Sandhills Habitat in the area, because it relies on fire to maintain a healthy eco-system.
The Beaver Fire, burning in San Benito county, has burned 215 acres and is now 65 percent contained. The wildfire is burning not far from where the airline and eastern fires burned last week.
A new summer concert series in Pacific Grove is scheduled to begin tomorrow evening and run through Mid-July. The concerts are being hosted by the Pacific Grove Chamber Of Commerce, and are slated to take place between 5:30 and 7 p.m. both Friday and Saturday evenings. They’ll be held at the Lovers Point Beach Café, beneath the beach house restaurant at 620 Ocean View Boulevard.
The full list of dates and performers is on-line at: