(15:56) WATSONVILLE- The Watsonville Police Department has announced a dedicated downtown officer. The department says the downtown patrol officer is expected to improve the quality of life in the area. The city previously had a dedicated downtown officer before budget cuts temporarily curtailed the position.
(17:21) SOQUEL- Soquel Creek Water District has released a revised Notice of Preparation (NOP) for an Environmental Impact Report. The report is for the Pure Water Soquel project. The project is comprised of various facilities and pipelines including: an advanced water purification system; pipelines for conveyance of source water, brine concentrate, and purified water; and groundwater recharge wells. The Project would involve the advanced purification of treated municipal wastewater and replenishing the groundwater basin with purified water to help address critical overdraft conditions in the Santa Cruz Mid-County Groundwater Basin, and aid in preventing further seawater intrusion. The public will have 30 days to comment on the report which can be viewed at: soquelcreekwater.org
(16:57) KING CITY- King City police arrested three people following a Wednesday traffic stop. Investigators stopped a vehicle occupied by two known gang members in the Pine Canyon area. A stolen pistol and drugs were seized from the car leading to a search of the residence on the 50 thousand block of Pine Canyon Road where another hand gun and more drugs were recovered. 28 year old Andrew Gregory, 31 year old Julio Meraz, and 43 year old Michelle Irvine were arrested and taken into custody. An 8 year old child and an infant were turned over to CPS.
(12:15) A Salinas man pleaded guilty to three felony counts of annoying or molesting a child. The 14-year-old victim reported to Salinas police last year, that she was being followed while walking home after school for a period of 3 days. 31-year-old Jorge Morales Pineda was taken into custody after police recovered surveillance videos, showing him following the victim. Pineda will be sentenced on Septmeber 7, to 13 years and four months in state prison
(12:00) Authorities reported that a total of 3 juveniles have been arrested in connection with a shooting that took place last month in Gilroy. The shooting was on the 6400 block of Hyde Park Drive. The Gilroy/Morgan Hill Unified Swat team served search warrants on Rosanna Street and Church Street last Thursday. All 3 juveniles’ have been taken into custody and booked for attempted murder, mayhem and assault with a deadly weapon. Police said it's still active investigation. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact authorities.
(08:55) The National Weather Service of San Francisco and Monterey Bay has issued an excessive heat warning across inland areas. Temperatures are expected to range from the 90's to 110 degrees. People are advised to increase water intake, limit outdoor strenuous activities, help elderly, kids and pets stay cool, wear light colored clothing and a hat, and seek air conditioned buildings.
(08:40) Salinas - A Former Salinas Councilman is expected to be sentenced this morning in a domestic abuse case. Jose Castaneda was found guilty last month on three counts involving an incident with an ex-girlfriend back in September of 2015; Among those charges were, felony kidnapping, domestic violence and stalking. Castaneda could face up to more than 9 years in state prison.
(07:50) Santa Cruz County - The community rallied together yesterday to show their support for Planned Parent Hood Funding. Republican leaders from the Senate are set to release their new health care plan today. If the new bill defunds Planned Parent Hood, 15,000 patients in Santa Cruz would lose access to preventative reproductive healthcare. Senate Republican leaders will release the health care plan today, including their decision on funding for Planned Parent Hood.