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  • May 23, 2017: Body Found in Aptos Creek

    (12:05) Aptos - The Santa Cruz County Sheriffs Office reported that a body was found yesterday morning in the Aptos Creek. A hiker spotted the body around 3 p.m. in the Read More
  • May 23, 2017: Animal Film Festival

    (11:55) Santa Cruz - The 4th annual Animal Film Festival is being held tomorrow in Santa Cruz. Some of the films being featured include: Called to Rescue, Maybelle's Story and Hope Read More
  • May 23, 2017: Man Found Guilty of Child Abuse

    (11:20) Monterey County - The Monterey County District Attorney’s Office reported that a man was found guilty of child abuse and battery yesterday. 24-year-old Omar Mendez-Sanchez, of Salinas, was found guilty Read More
  • May 23, 2017: Phone Scam

    (11:00) Santa Cruz - The Santa Cruz California Highway Patrol reported that a man received a call Monday morning saying his daughter had been kidnapped. Thomas Witz, of Santa Cruz, reported Read More
  • May 23, 2107: King City: Missing Person

    (10:50) King City - The King City Police is searching for a missing person. On Friday, May 19th, 13 year-old Guadalupe Camacho was dropped off at the Salinas Valley Fair in Read More
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Previously  unexploded  ordnance  was  exploded today  on  a  weapons  range  on  the  Former  Fort  Ord.      The   blasts  reportedly  caused  3  large  clouds  of  smoke.      The  munitions  were  gathered  as  part of the  base clean-up,   that  has  been  going  on  (on  the  national  monument)  for  years  now.  

Neurosurgeon  James  Kohut  made  his  first appearance  in  a  Santa  Cruz  county  court  room  this  morning.     He  is  accused  of  14  child  molestation  charges.     If  convicted  on all  of the  charges  against him,  Kohut  could  be sentenced to spend  the  rest  of  his  life  behind  bars.     2  other  people  also  face  charges  in  connection  with Kohut’s  case….42  year-old  local  nurse  Rashel  Brandon  of  Watsonville,   and  29  year-old  Emily  Joy Stephens  of  Pima  Arizona  (who is  currently  fighting  her  extradition  to  Santa  Cruz).

Reportedly  no  one  was  injured  when  shots were  fired  today  in  Watsonville.      The shooting  took  place  on  the  100  block  of Clifford Avenue  shortly  after  noon.‎       Anyone with  information  about  the  shooting,   or shooter  is  encouraged  to  contact  the Watsonville  Police  Department.

(12:00) Santa Cruz - The 25th anniversary speaker series will be held this evening in downtown Santa Cruz.  The Sea Below the Surface will present the status and trends of key species, habitats, and resources of our sanctuary over the past 25 years.   The speaker series, Nearshore, will be held from 6-7:30 p-m at the Monterey Bay Sanctuary Exploration Center, at 35 pacific Avenue, in Santa Cruz.

 

(09:15) - May is Mental Health Awareness Month and the national Alliance on Mental Illness has released some helpful information.   According to the organization, Each year, millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental health condition, and 1 in 5 U.S. adults will experience a mental health condition in their lifetime.  The community is invited to support mental health awareness month by attending a presentation, put on by author DJ Jaffee.   Jaffee will speak about his book, “Insane Consequences” on Tuesday, May 23, at 6:30 p.m., at the Saint John’s Episcopal Church, in Aptos. 

(06:55) Santa Cruz - A third person has been identified and arrested along with a Santa Cruz neurosurgeon and nurse in a child sex abuse case.  29 year-old Emily Stephens was arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting six young children in Santa Cruz County.  Stephens is accused along with Dominican Hospital nurse 42 year-old Rashel Brandon, of Watsonville, and neurosurgeon 57 year-old James Kohut, of Santa Cruz.  Stephens was arrested May 12 in Arizona.  Kohut is scheduled to be arraigned at 8:15 this morning at Santa Cruz County Superior Court.

 

(05;55) King City - A gang member was arrested yesterday in King City.   22 year-old Luis Fernando Garcia was caught with a loaded handgun and cocaine near a school on Calcagno Street.  Garcia was booked into the Monterey County Jail for several charges including possession of a concealed loaded weapon on a person in public, and possession of a firearm within 1000 feet of a school.

Crews  are  working  to  shift  East  Cliff  Drive  back  away  from  the  coast by  about  8  feet.       That’s  because  of  the  continued  erosion  of  that  section  of  East  Cliff  Drive.     As  part  of  the  repair,   handrails  will  also   be  replaced  through  that  area.     A  city  engineer  says  the  work  is  a temporary  fix  for  an  ongoing  challenge

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