(07:20) Monterey - A retired Salinas police sergeant has been arrested for assault and battery. Jay Malispina was arrested on December 3rd at the Portuguese Hall in Monterey, after he punched another man. Malispina was charged with battery causing serious injury, assault, and armed with a deadly weapon. Malispina was in court last Friday and pleaded not guilty. He is due back in court on February 24th. This is the second time, since Malisipina retired 6 years ago, that he has been in trouble with the law. It was reported that he embezzled 40-thousand dollars from his mother right after he retired.
(18:40) WATSONVILLE- The Goodwill Central Coast is starting its 2017 Donation Drives. The first event begins on Saturday , at the Elk’s Lodge on Martinelli Street, and benefits the Girl Scouts of Watsonville. Interested organizations host a donation trailer for three days to collect items for recycling. The Goodwill then pays the organization based on the volume of donations gathered. For more information visit: ccgoodwill.org/donate/donation-drives.
(18:28) APTOS- The Santa Cruz County Parks Department is holding a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday. Supervisor Zach Friend will also be on hand for the 11 a.m. to noon event to highlight the renovations made at the 6 acre Seascape County Park. Some of the renovations include new turf, picnic tables and playground equipment.
(17:55) SANTA CRUZ- UCSC will be the venue for a student computer coding event. 700 of the nearly 1300 applicants are expected to participate in the first Hack-A-Thon. The event was inspired by the 2014 HACK USA, however this years event is free to participants that will begin competitive computer coding at around midnight tonight (Friday). Many students will work without sleep until the Sunday 1 p.m. deadline. Winners of the competition will receive prizes from Google and Microsoft.
(17:23) SANTA CRUZ- The Santa Cruz Harbor Master has released warning to boaters. The harbor is warning all boaters of forecasted swells of 15 to 25 feet. The swells are expected to arrive on Friday and peak on Saturday. Breaking surf is expected across the harbor entrance. Slip renters are advised to check all dock lines and add additional lines.
(16:43) MONTEREY COUNTY- Point Lobos State Park will be closed today (Friday). The Department of California State Parks announced the closure on its website. The website cited severe weather as the reason behind the decision to close the park.
(11:40) Central Coast - U.S. Coast Guard Officials are urging bay area boaters and beachgoers to be extra careful along the central coast this weekend. The three new storms are creating hazardous conditions with cold temperatures, rain, high winds and heavy seas. The Coast Guard strongly encourages owners of small crafts such as skiffs, kayaks and paddleboards to properly secure them and mark them with identifying information in the event they break free. Boaters are also encouraged to make sure they have a working VHF-FM radio, lifejackets for all passengers and to file a float plan with friends and family members before heading out on the water. Beachgoers are reminded to not turn the backs to the water and refrain from standing on slippery cliffs overlooking the ocean.
(11:10) Santa Cruz - The Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office has announced that they will be completing the process of issuing body worn cameras to enforcement staff this month. This Wednesday the department will be holding a training session to show deputies how the cameras work and how to use them. As part of the Community observer program, Community members are invited to watch the training. For more information call, 831-454-7629.