(18:57) SANTA CRUZ- The Santa Cruz County District Attorney’s Office absolved the Santa Cruz police officer involved in a fatal shooting of any criminal intent. The DA’s office reported that no charges will be filed against officer Erik Bailey for the shooting death of 32 year old Sean Arlt on October 16th of last year. An attorney for the Arlt family said a civil suit will be filed against the Santa Cruz Police Department later this month.
(18:27) PAJARO- The SPCA has rescued 26 neglected animals from a property in Pajaro. Last week the Monterey County SPCA received an anonymous tip about a property on Hudson Landing Road. The report stated that animals were confined in their own feces and urine, that there were dead animals in the bottom of a well, and that animals were being slaughtered on the property with the meat sold to customers. The SPCA rescued 15 rabbits, 4 sheep, 3 lambs, 3 goats (two who are pregnant), and one chicken. One severely emaciated lamb did not survive despite emergency veterinary care. In addition, one lamb was found deceased. A dead baby goat was also found floating in waste water. The case has been forwarded to the District Attorney’s Office.
(08:20) Santa Cruz - Santa Cruz Police arrested a man for attempted robbery and robbery on Tuesday. 22 year-old Antonio Townsend attempted to rob a market on the 2000 block of Soquel Avenue and later, that same day, robbed a convenience store on the 300 block of Ocean Street. Officers, including a k-9, searched the area and located Townsend.
(07:40) Davenport - Two people were taken into custody after being caught with a gun and drug paraphernalia yesterday. The incident happened while two officers were patrolling the Davenport area, and came across a suspicious vehicle. The two occupants both had warrants and were taken into custody.
(06:45) Santa Cruz County - Crews are back to clearing the massive mudslide on Highway 17, after work was suspended last week when a construction worker was killed. There is still no expected date of when the northbound lanes will be reopened. Southbound lanes remain open in both directions.
(05:55) Salinas - A shooting last night, in the Salinas Chinatown neighborhood, has left 4 people wounded. The incident happened just before 8:30, in the area of East Lake Street and Bridge Alley. Officers reported that two men approached a group of people and opened fire, injuring three women and one man. All four victims are expected to survive. The two gunmen are described as Hispanic males, wearing hooded sweatshirts and dark jeans. They were last seen running southbound on Soledad Street toward Market Street. Anyone with any information is encouraged to contact authorities.
A 30 year-old Chinese-born pianist is scheduled to perform this weekend with the Santa Cruz Symphony. Yuja Wang, and Santa Cruz Symphony Conductor Daniel Stewart, went to school together early this century (and the fact that they knew each other, is what’s allowed Wang to come to California this trip. the 2 Santa Cruz Symphony Concerts are scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium IN SANTA CRUZ, and 2 P.M. Sunday at the Henry J Mello Center in Watsonville. More information can be found on-line at: SantaCruzSymphony.org
The Seagull Abatement Program may be implemented once again in Pacific Grove. The program operated in 2015, but not last year, and residents have commented. Pacific Grove City Council members plan to discuss bringing the program back.