(11:35) Santa Cruz - A Santa Cruz man has been arrested for statutory rape. Santa Cruz police reported that 20 year-old Shawn Michael Cox and a 14 year-old female met on social media and began a sexual relationship that lasted over two weeks. According to the reporting party, the 14-year-old victim disclosed that Cox and she had a consensual sexual relationship. As a result of extensive interviews with associates of Cox, Santa Cruz Police located an additional female juvenile victim. Detectives are continuing to follow up on the case to determine if there are additional victims. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Santa Cruz Police Department Investigations Unit at (831) 420- 5820.
(10:50) Monterey - Caltrans announced that a 3 day emergency tree removal on US Highway 101 is scheduled start this Monday. The number 2 (right lane) of northbound US Highway 101 will be closed at Dunbarton Road in the Prunedale area. The removal of damaged Eucalyptus trees from recent storms will ensure the safety of the public. Motorists can expect delays not to exceed 30 minutes. The tree removal will take place from 9 a.m. till 2 p.m. starting this Monday and end Wednesday, April 26. For more information on this project and for traffic updates on other Caltrans projects in Monterey County, residents can call the District 5 at 1-831-372-0862.
(10:30) Santa Cruz - A trial date has been set for two brothers who are accused of shooting and killing a man in Santa Cruz. The incident took place on August 2, 2014 when Marcus Bates and Michael Bates exchanged gunfire with Alejandro Sanchez as they were driving on Mission Street. During the gang rival Sanchez was shot and crashed into a restaurant parking lot. The Bates brothers are facing gang-related murder charges in connection with Sanchez’s death. A trial date has been set for June 12, at 9 a.m.
(09:15) Watsonville - A trial date for eight defendants in a shooting that left an 8 year old girl and 33 year old man dead in Watsonville has been set. The eight men face murder and gang-related charges in connection with the shooting that killed 33 year-old Ramon Rendon and 8 year-old Jaelyn Zavala. The incident took place almost three years ago on October 10, 2014 outside a Main Street restaurant. Rendon, a rival gang member, was shot in the parking lot from two different angles. Zavala, who was waiting in the restaurant for her mother, when she was shot and killed by a stray bullet. A trial date has been set for September 25, in Superior Court.
(07:35) Santa Cruz County - A curve realignment project near Aromas will continue on a ½-mile section of eastbound and westbound Highway 129 near the Santa Cruz/San Benito County line. The five-day full closure will begin Sunday, April 30 at 9 p.m. until Friday May 5 at 11 p.m. Motorists are advised to take an alternate route or use detour map. This project will improve traveler safety by realigning the high way to increase the curve radius and sight distance. For lane closure information on this project and for traffic updates on other Caltrans projects in San Benito County, residents can call the District 5 at 1-831-423-0396
There are plans to renovate the nature lodge museum at Big Basin Redwoods State Park. Although many of the current exhibits are likely to be kept, the $1.1 million facelift is expected to include interactive exhibits, as well being designed to inspire and promote citizen science. The museum, which originally opened in 1948, was designated as an Historic Resource a number of years ago.
Registration is now open for a local micro business summit, which is scheduled to be held later this month. The summit is designed to help small businesses thrive in Santa Cruz county. The event is slated to take place from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. April 28th at Cabrillo College. More information can be found on-line at: MicroBusinessSummit.com
Coming up May 1st, new “Green Cards” (that are issued) will look different. The Permanent Resident Cards, which have new graphics, are said to be more tamper-resistant. It will still be green, and will include images of the Statue Of Liberty and the U.S. Flag. newly re-designed Employment Authorization Documents are also expected to be released May 1st.
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