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.
5 people were arrested in Monterey last night. That after they allegedly robbed a Fremont Boulevard gas station at gunpoint. 25 year-old Raul Lopez, 22 year-old Ismael Valenzuala, and 19 year-old Brandon Escobar were booked into Monterey County Jail, while 2 juveniles were transported to Monterey County Juvenile Hall.
A 24 year-old man is in critical condition at an area trauma center, after he was shot last night in King City. The shooting reportedly took place on the 100 block of Division Street. Anyone with any information about the incident is encouraged to contact the King City Police Department.
A 200-foot landslide yesterday is thought to have exposed the underside of the right lane of northbound Highway 17. C.H.P. has posted a SIG alert in the area of Laurel Road, and cal-trans has reportedly closed the northbound slow lane through that area.
Congressman Jimmy Panetta and Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren clarified immigration policies at a meeting they hosted in Salinas Sunday afternoon. The latest information on immigration ranging from border walls to immigration raids was provided. Panetta said there have been no recent immigration raids on the Central Coast. The meeting was attended by 200 people.
Due to the damage caused by the storms in the first few weeks of January, California Governor Jerry Brown has asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency to declare a major disaster. That’s so that the state can get federal funds to make some much needed repairs in the areas damaged by those storms. Governor Brown estimates that the public clean-up will cost more than 162 million dollars. He is not the only state official who has been in touch with FEMA. Local Congresswoman Anna Eshoo also told FEMA last month that the counties of Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, and San Mateo have suffered significant storm damage.
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