A California Condor chick has been hatched in Big Sur. Biologists from the Ventana Wildlife Society have confirmed that two Condors born in the wild, from raised in captivity parents, have mated and produced a second generation wild hatch-ling. The chick, the first 2nd generation wild offspring is believed to be about three months old.
A single Asian gypsy moth was captured in an early detection trap on a t residential property in Santa Cruz. The traps are used statewide to protect against invasive pests. The Asian Moth eggs are introduced to the area on products transpoted on container ships from China and Russia. A single female can range 25 miles laying thousands of eggs. Infestation outbreaks have been successfully eradicated with an organic bacteria. The pests could threaten local and fruit trees. Residents with questions or concerns about trapping activities are encouraged to
call the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s Pest Hotline at 800-491-1899.
The Santa Cruz Fire Department was able to control a home fire on Saturday. Shortly before 10 a.m. fire crews responded to reports of a blaze on the 100 block of Anderson Street. Upon arrival firefighters observed smoke and flames in the dwelling which was determined to be unoccupied. The fire was contained in about 15 minutes. The cause of the blaze was determined to be electrical. Damages are estimated at 150 thousand dollars.
A longtime iconic coffee shop is closing in downtown Santa Cruz. The Cafe Pergolesi has been operating at its Center Street location since the 1970’s and recently announced it will be going out of business. The owners cite dropping revenues possibly due to downtown issues such as parking and homelessness as probable causes. The café will close August 26th.
Authorities are investigating a fatal collision that took place in Marina, Friday night. The CHP has reported that at about 11:30 p.m. the driver of a Hyundai attempted a turn across oncoming traffic and was struck by two vehicles. The 35 year old victim was pronounced dead at the scene.
Watsonville police arrested two suspects in connection with a drive by shooting on Friday. Shortly after 5 p.m. patrol units arrived to a reported shooting on the 100 block of 5th Street. Officers then learned a 24 year old gunshot victim had been transported to the hospital in stable condition. A description of the suspect vehicle was obtained and a short time later a vehicle chase ensued as police attempted to confront the occupants. The truck was cornered on the dead-end on Tierra Alta Drive. 26 year old Rogelio Alvarez Castillo and 25 year old Juan Luis Garcia Nava were taken into custody on multiple felony charges including attempted murder.
Santa Cruz Fire Fighters along with police and first responders held an honorary funeral procession on Friday. The procession was to honor fallen Santa Cruz fire fighter Clayton Ogden who passed away on August 1st after a battle with stomach cancer, Clayton was 47 years old.
The Salinas Police Department has been rejected from the school districts, after being denied to be put on local campuses. The $ 3.4 million dollar grant that is used for resource officers will expire at the end of August if officers aren’t put into place. Adele Fresé, the Salinas Police Chief, is looking to extend the deadline. Any schools interested in getting resource officers are welcome to call the city manager’s office.