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Flooding, Road Closures As Heavy Rains Fall On Saturated Ground

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(16:22) SEASIDE- CSUMB has received a grant that will be used for suicide prevention. Yesterday (Thurs) Congressman Jimmy Panetta announced that California State University Monterey Bay will receive a federal grant totaling 91,990 dollars from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Center for Mental Health Services. The Mental Health & Substance Abuse Service grant will be used by CSUMB’s Garrett Lee Smith (GLS) Campus Suicide Prevention Project.

 

(16:01) CARMEL- Congressman Jimmy Panetta announced yesterday (Thurs) that four Monterey County Fire Departments received a grant totaling $853,694 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency in cooperation with the U.S. Fire Administration. Awardees include the Seaside Fire Department, Gonzales Fire Department, Greenfield Fire Protection District, and Mid Coast Fire Brigade. This grant is made under the Fiscal Year 2016 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program, and will be used for communications systems upgrades.

 

(11:00) Santa Cruz - The Santa Cruz Planning Commission is holding a special meeting tonight to discuss the possibility of high-rises being built in Santa Cruz County.   The four locations included in the project are Ocean, Water, and Mission Streets and Soquel Avenue.   The community is encouraged to attend and ask questions and voice ideas.   The meeting will be held at 7:00 tonight at the City Council Chambers, located at 809 Center Street.   

(10:15) Monterey County - The Monterey County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public's help in identifying two people they believe may be involved in stealing credit cards.   The four cards were stolen last month out of a vehicle.  The stolen cards were used to purchase a MacBook Pro at the Del Monte Apple Store in Monterey.  The cards were also used at the Best Buy in Marina and Target in Sand City.  Authorities believe a man and a woman caught on surveillance video may be involved, but have not been identified.   A picture of the two can be seen on the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page.   Anyone with information is encouraged to contact authorities. 

(09:15) Santa Cruz - The Santa Cruz police Department recovered 2 stolen bikes earlier this week with the help of some good Samaritans.  44 year-old John Walkenbach was seen stealing a bike in the area of Ocean and Felker Streets.   A witness took a picture and turned it into the Santa Cruz Police Department.  Officers Located Walkenbach in the same area the next day and arrested him for grand theft.  During the investigation two bikes were recovered.  The first bike that was seen being stolen was returned to the police department by Walkenbach’s friends.   A second stolen bike was found stashed near the San Lorenzo Park. Both Bikes have been returned to their owners.

(08:40) Scotts Valley - The Scotts Valley Police Department is accepting registration for their Junior Police Academy.   Some of the things Participants will learn are first aid, defensive tactics, and the history of law enforcement.   There are three summer sessions to chose from, June, July, and August.   For more information on the Junior Police Academy, contact the Scotts Valley Police Department. 

(07:40) Capitola - The proposed Nissan dealership project at the corner of 41st Avenue and Soquel Drive has been changed and was pulled from the May Planning Commission meeting.   Before the new plan is considered, the owner of the dealership is hosting a community meeting to hear from the public.   The meeting will give community members an opportunity to see what the project is and to ask questions.  The meeting will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 31, at the Fairfield Inn & Suites, located at 1255 41st Avenue in Capitola.

Former Salinas Councilman Jose Castaneda was found guilty today of domestic violence.  An ex-girlfriend accused Castaneda of stalking, kidnapping, sexual battery and physically injuring her.   The jury deadlocked on the sexual battery charge.   Castaneda faces a maximum sentence of nine years and eight months in prison. Sentencing is scheduled to be on June 22.

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