Hundreds of people experienced gas outages in Salinas, Prunedale, and other rural areas. P G and E is investigating the cause of the outages, and is urging customers not to re light their own pilot lights. The company stresses that residents should call for re-lighting services and wait for thye crews performing pressure and safety checks to perform the service.
The planned over night closure of Highway 9 in Brookdale has been delayed. The 15 day closure had been planned to perform repairs to the Brookdale slip, and Bear Creek Road was designated as a detour however, due to road closures because of the Bear Fire the over night repaires have been delayed until Sunday.
The Santa Cruz harbor is warning mariners of hazardous conditions. The warning is due to the high surf advisory which is in effect through Friday evening. 15 to 18 feet seas are forecast and could cause breaking waves across the harbor entrance. The entrance is also facing shoaling conditions and larger draft vessels are advised to check harbor soundings before attempting to navigate the channel.
The Watsonville Airport reviewed its emergency support fueling policy. After a radio conversation between a Bear Fire, Fire Fighting Helicopter over a 150 dollar after hours re fueling fee was made public; airport officials designated an emergency fire fighting staging and refueling area. The airport also supplied fuel tankers and fuel at a reduced rate. Cal Fire said the incident did not hamper fire fighting operations.
Authorities have released the name of an alleged burglar killed in a in high speed pursuit. At about 5:30 p.m., a high speed chase ensued at the Bixby Bridge. The chase reached speeds of up to 100 miles an hour until the fleeing vehicle crashed into two vehicles at Palo Colorado Road. The driver of one of the vehicles sustained major injuries, An occupant of the fleeing vehicle, 18 year old Emel Shivers of Oakland was pronounced dead at the scene, a 19 year old and 26 year old were hospitalized and are facing multiple charges.
(10:35) Santa Cruz - The Santa Cruz Police Department is requesting the public’s help in locating 2 outstanding suspects for murder, 31 year-old Ivan Ramirez Tapia and 31 year-old Paulo Luna. In October of 2009, 17 year-old Tyler Tenorio was stabbed to death on the corner of Laurel and Chestnut Streets. Witnesses reported that a brief fight occurred between two groups of males. Once the fight ended and the crowd dispersed, Tenorio remained on the ground and five subjects were seen kicking and stabbing him. Of the 5 suspects, 3 have been arrested. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Tapia and Luna is encouraged to contact authorities.
(10:00) Santa Cruz - The Santa Cruz Police Department is searching for a burglar, or burglars, who broke into the Outdoor World this morning in Santa Cruz. Officers are on scene. The public is being advised to avoid River Street and North pacific Avenue. We will keep the public updated as more information becomes available.
(08:50) Cal fire reported that the Bear Fire, which is burning between Boulder Creek and Los Gatos, is 320 acres and is 30 percent contained. Evacuation orders have been lifted for the Las Cumbres and skyline boulevard communities. Evacuation orders have been lifted for areas south of Bear Creek Road such as Hidden Springs Lane, Moon Rise Road, Mustang Mesa, and Bear Creek Way. Areas still under Evacuation and Closed are Bear Creek Canyon Road, Deer Creek Road, Rons Road, and Dons Road. Bear Creek Road between Hawk Ridge Road and Hwy 35 will open to residents only at 12:00 P.M. today.