The Santa Cruz County Sheriffs office is asking the public's assistance locating finding a suspected illegal Butane Hash Oil (BHO) lab operator. An illegal hash oil lab was discovered by firefighters and deputies investigating a deck fire on the 2900 block of Redwood Drive in Aptos. At the residence authorities found the entire dwelling had been converted to a drug manufacturing lab. An arrest warrant has been issued for 24-year-old, Soquel resident, Jimmie Lee Ramirez Junior, anyone with any information is encouraged to contact the santa cruz County Sheriff’s office.
A Central Coast organization is warning fisherman of elevated mercury levels in the Elkhorn Slough (sl-ew). The group Our Children’s Earth issued the warning concerning elevated levels of methyl mercury being found in fish, particularly in rays and leopard sharks. The Cal EPA issued a similar warning in 2016.
A San Lorenzo Valley High School vice Principal was briefly suspended after being accused of sexual abuse 20 years ago. The alleged incident took place in Solano county in 1997, where then 28 year old Ned Hearn is alleged to have had inappropriate relations with a 16 year old girl while he was a swim coach. SLV officials originally placed Hearn on leave while examining the status of the allegations. Hearn was reinstated in the absence of an official investigation at this time.
(10:15) Scotts Valley - The Scotts Valley Police Department announced that they are looking for qualified entry-level and lateral applicants to join their team. Applicants must be 21 years old and a US citizen. For more information and a full list of qualifications visit: scottsvalleypd.com.
(09:25) Salinas - A vigil is scheduled in East Salinas to remember homicide victims. The 13th Annual Christmas Vigil, hosted by A Time for Grieving and Healing, will take place tomorrow at 3 p-m at Closter Park, 401 Towt Street. The event is free and open to the public.
(07:45) Scotts Valley - The Annual “Light Up the Night” Tree Lighting Festival is scheduled to take place tomorrow in Scotts Valley. There will be live performances, a bounce house and crafts. The festival will be tomorrow from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Scotts Valley Community Center, 360 Kings Village Road. The public is encouraged to bring canned goods and unwrapped toys for Valley Churches United Missions to help local families in need. Cash donations are also welcome.
(07:15) Watsonville - The Watsonville Police Department announced that a second public viewing will be held tomorrow so that people claim their stolen items. Officers reported that several hundred items were recovered in October after they served a search warrant at 2 addresses belonging to Jim Rodriguez. Items included: laptop computers, iPads, construction equipment, televisions, and dozens of bicycles. A second public viewing will be held tomorrow from 8 to 10 a.m., at 320 Harvest Drive. Owners must bring proof of ownership.
(06:40) Salinas - The Salinas Fire Department reported that a pile of trash caught on fire yesterday evening. Fire crews responded to a big trash fire just after 5:30 at the Sun Street Transfer Station. The fire grew to around a quarter to half an acre in size. The fire was fully contained in 20 minutes. There were no reports of any injuries.