AN 18 YEAR-OLD KING CITY HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT WAS SHOT NEAR THE SCHOOL AROUND 11:00 A.M. TODAY. THAT LED TO OFFICIALS INITIALLY PUTTING THE SCHOOL ON LOCKDOWN, AND THEN LATER CHANGING THAT TO A “CLOSED CAMPUS” STATUS. 2 GUNMEN ARE STILL BEING SOUGHT IN CONNECTION WITH THIS MORNING’S SHOOTING ON MILDRED AVENUE, NEAR BROADWAY NEAR THE SCHOOL’S AUDITORIUM. THE STUDENT WAS REPORTEDLY SHOT TWICE, AND FLED FROM HIS ATTACKERS BY DRIVING HOME. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION IS ENCOURAGED TO CONTACT THE KING CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT.
(10:40) Monterey - A jury trial for Former Monterey Peninsula Unified School District Superintendent, against the city of Monterey began yesterday. Former MPUSD Superintendent Marilyn Shepherd filed a lawsuit in 2015 after she fell in a pothole. Shepherd said she broke her left ankle and sprained her right one while she was on Webster Street. Shepard has been in negotiations with Monterey representatives for months and is seeking $800,000 in damages. The trial is expected to last at least a week.
(10:15) Monterey - Authorities reported that a suspect in a November fatal shooting on Cannery Row, was extradited from Mexico and is now in Monterey County Jail. 21 year-old Jorge Mendoza, of Marina, fled to Mexico after 28 year-old Raul Melendez was shot and killed in the Cannery Row parking garage, on November 23rd, 2016. Police requested help from the U.S. Marshals Service, which worked with the local authorities in Mexico that ultimately made the arrest last Thursday. On Saturday, Mendoza was booked on murder charges and his bail was set at $1.3 million dollars.
(09:10) Aptos - California Highway Patrol has reported several accidents in the Aptos area this morning. At 5:49 a truck rolled over while traveling northbound on highway 1. At 8:30 a car, also traveling northbound, was involved in a hit and run near Mar Monte Exit. No injuries have been reported. Traffic begins to clear at Bay/Porter and 41st Exits.
(07:15) Watsonville - The Community Action Board of Santa Cruz County employment programs, Alcance and Day Worker Center are offering job-seekers opportunities to meet with 14 local employers that are ready to hire. The “Work With Us” Job Fair will include: Santa Cruz County, Lakeside Organics, Safe at Home, Driscoll’s, Fox Racing, Michael’s Transportation, New Leaf Markets, First Alarm, Watsonville Police Department, Chartwell Staffing and Nova Staffing. The Job Fair for youth and adults will take place from 1-5 p-m on Thursday, March 30, at Workforce Santa Cruz County Watsonville, 18 West Beach St.
The CALIFORNIA ASSEMBLY has approved ASSEMBLY BILL 18. The California Park Bond will now advance to the state senate. This is the first such bill in 15 years. AB-18 is also known as the California Clean Water, Climate And Coastal Protection And Outdoor Access For All Act Of 2018….and was drafted to address the need to support funding for our state parks and outdoor recreational spaces.
A workshop is scheduled to be held later this month to assist people with planning ahead for End-Of-Life Care for their pet (or pets). Doctor Gabby Ravina, who runs Peaceful Paws Veterinary Hospice, will lead a discussion on people's options for their pets. the meeting is slated to run from 5-6 p.m. Sunday March 26th, at the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter at 2200 7th Avenue.
The first physical steps are being done toward the construction of the Van Buren Senior Affordable Housing Project in Monterey. Demolition began last week with the removal of buildings on the city-owned properties where the housing will be constructed. The 18 brand new affordable rental units will be for extremely low, very low, and low-income seniors. The project, which is located near downtown businesses, the library and many senior services will include a community room, an exercise room and a large patio. It is expected to take nearly a year to complete.
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