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Flooding, Road Closures As Heavy Rains Fall On Saturated Ground

After years of praying for rain, Santa Cruz County has had more than its fill. Looking for something to bet on now that the Super Bowl is in the past? Try betting on whether 17 will stay open!

Take A Look At Some Local Flooding

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(05:55) Salinas -The Salinas Police Department has released the name of the man who was fatality shot late Sunday night in Salinas.   20 year-old Diego Espinoza was shot multiple times on the 300 block of Paloma Avenue.  Witnesses reported that at Espinosa had just gotten home, when 2 men approached him and began shooting. The 2 gunman were last seen running onto Margaret Street.   This killing is being investigated as gang-related.  It was Salinas's 21st homicide of the year.

 

 

During last Sunday’s 45th Wharf To Wharf race, Teshome Mekonen of Ethiopia won the race by finishing in 27 minutes, 33 seconds. Mekonen will receive $4,000 dollars for his victory. The 3 runner ups from Kenya, Simion Chirchir, Silas Kipruto, and Isaac Mukundi, will receive $3,000, $2,000, and $1,000 respectively. Diego Estrada was the top American winner, finishing in sixth place in 27 minutes and 48 seconds, and is a local community member from Salinas.

John Heard, who played the father in the Home Alone series, was found dead in a Palo Alto hotel room after receiving back surgery at the Stanford Medical foundation. A spokesperson with Palo Alto police department stated that the death was not considered suspicious. The cause of death has not been determined, and the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner Coroner’s office will not release further information. They are investigating the cause of death but they will not know for about 3 to 4 weeks. 

Three times a week, Rachel dean walks three quarters of a mile across sea bright state beach looking for needles.      She has collected many since she started in January, and believes they wash up on the shore from people who discard the needles in the San Lorenzo River.    Take back Santa Cruz has collected around 14,620 needles in the past 4 and 1/2 years from public spaces.    Rachel dean plans to keep cleaning up the needles and when her own sharps container is full; she takes it to the hospital for disposal.

The Salinas ‘hydrant hugger’ received victory after he protested a fire hydrant that was being built in the front of his home.     Sierra drive resident peter sheets opposed the hydrant because it would have taken away his parking space.       It is not legal to park within 15 feet of a fire hydrant, and now that the hydrant has been removed by cal water, sheets and his neighbor can park in front of their homes legally.

(10:45) Castroville -  Police are searching for a person of interest in a murder that took place last week in Castroville.   28 year-old Melissa Paniagua allegedly shot and killed 37 year-old Cynthia Medina, last Thursday on Merritt Street.  Paniagua and her 35 year-old sister, Sylvia Navarro, went into hiding after the shooting.    Paniagua was taken into custody yesterday on the 3000 block of Owen Avenue in Marina.  Police are still searching for Navarro, who may have information about this case.  Anyone with information on Navarro’s whereabouts is encouraged to contact authorities. 

 

(10:40) Cal Fire reported that the Park Fire, burning at the border of Fresno and Monterey Counties is 99% contained.    The fire started around 6:30 p.m. on Parkfield Road and Highway 198 on Monday, July 17th .  The fire, which is still threatening 5 structures, has burned 1,649 acres of brush.   The cause of the fire is still under investigation.  

 

 

 

(07:00) Watsonville - A gang member was arrested, after officers conducted a traffic stop on Saturday in Watsonville.   26 year-old Robert Meza was pulled over just after 8 p.m. on Rodriguez and Second Streets.   Officers reported that Meza tried to walk away and began to physically resist arrest and spat at police.   During a search of Meza’s car, officers found a loaded gun under the driver’s seat.   Meza was arrested and booked into the Santa Cruz County jail for being a felon in possession of a gun and ammunition, resisting arrest, battery on a police officer, DUI, and gang enhancements.

 

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