(09:15) Soquel - The 2nd Annual Soquel Sip & Stroll Wine Walk will be held tomorrow. A tasting tour through Soquel Village hosted by local businesses will feature local wineries. Merchants will be holding raffles and providing specials throughout the day. The public is invited to come mingle and explore the specialty shops. The event will be from noon to 5:30 p-m in the Soquel Village tomorrow. For more information call 831.475.6522
(09:30) Santa Cruz - A UC Santa Cruz celebration resulted in at least 3 arrests and hundreds of people receiving citations yesterday. The UC Santa Cruz police department reported that 3,000 to 4,000 people showed up to the annual 4/20 celebration. There were 3 arrests for serious offenses at a DUI checkpoint that was set up near campus. 67 year-old Robert Spaniel, of Los Banos, was arrested for having an illegal gun, 41 year-old Deemone Hopkins and 43 year-old Melanie Hillard, from Boulder Creek, were arrested for counterfeit cash and mushrooms. There were 120 parking citations, about 100 traffic citations, as well as citations issued for possession of marijuana.
(19:04) FELTON- The American Lung Association has giving Santa Cruz County a failing grade for its air quality. According to a recent study the grade was due to high levels of winter time particle pollution. The pollution is due to large numbers of wood burning stoves in the San Lorenzo Valley. Santa Cruz County has more than double the rate of pediatric asthma, compared to the state average.
(18:49) WATSONVILLE- Mosquito Abatement and Vector Control agencies across the Central Coast are gearing up for Mosquito season. Record setting rainy weather over the winter may lead to large populations of mosquitoes this year. Santa Cruz County Mosquito Abatement and Vector Control is currently working to control breeding areas in the 800 acres of sloughs in the south county. Residents are advised to eliminate sources of standing water. Last year, there were five confirmed cases of West Nile virus cases in Santa Cruz County,
(17:49) PACIFIC GROVE- Heavy surf threw two people from a kayak near Lovers Point in Pacific Grove yesterday. The Coast Guard responded to a report of two people in distress shortly after 1:45 p.m. The responding vessel found that two good Samaritans and a police officer had formed a human chain and pulled a man and woman from the surf. CPR was performed on one of the victims before they were transported to the hospital. At this time we don’t have any further information on their condition.
(17:05) SANTA CRUZ- The City of Santa Cruz is in the process of assessing the effects of recent storms on the lower San Lorenzo River. City officials have hired a drone company to get an aerial perspective of the river bottom between Highway 1 and the trestle near the river mouth. Following an assessment of drone video footage officials will determine the next course of action for the river.
(12:30) Salinas - A homeless man was found not guilty of second-degree murder and assault. 46 year-old Benjamin Mboso was on trial after he and another homeless man, Brian Todd, got into an altercation in the Salinas Chinatown. Todd fell to the ground and hit his head causing him to lapse into a coma. A doctor who treated Todd, reported that his blood alcohol was .40, five times the legal limit in California. After a three day trial and reviewing the surveillance video, the jury found Mboso guilty of one count of misdemeanor battery.
(11:35) Santa Cruz - A Santa Cruz man has been arrested for statutory rape. Santa Cruz police reported that 20 year-old Shawn Michael Cox and a 14 year-old female met on social media and began a sexual relationship that lasted over two weeks. According to the reporting party, the 14-year-old victim disclosed that Cox and she had a consensual sexual relationship. As a result of extensive interviews with associates of Cox, Santa Cruz Police located an additional female juvenile victim. Detectives are continuing to follow up on the case to determine if there are additional victims. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Santa Cruz Police Department Investigations Unit at (831) 420- 5820.
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