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Multiple Fires in California 07/30/14 2345 S.S.

The Sand Fire in Amador County has burned more than 42-hundred acres, and is approximately 95 percent contained. So far it has destroy 19 homes and 47 outbuildings. All evacuation orders and road closures have been lifted. This wildfire is believed to have been caused by a vehicle driving on dry vegetation. About 950 firefighters are working to put this wildfire out, and they expect to have full containment by Saturday.

The French Fire has burned about 56 hundred acres in the Sequoia National Forest and firefighters have zero containment so far. That blaze broke out around 5:45 a-m Monday. Rock Creek, Soda Springs, Fish Creek, Mile High, Lower Chiquita, Windy Point, Sweetwater, China Bar, and Placer campgrounds have been evacuated. Several summer homes in the Hougue Apple Ranch and Wagner’s Resort areas have also been evacuated. More than 1-thousand firefighters are on-scene.

The El Portal Fire in Yosemite National Park and the Darkhole Fire in Stanislaus National Forest have burned more than 35-hundred acres of the Sierra Nevada so far, with about 34 percent containment. The El Portal Fire began around 3:15 p-m Saturday. Crane Flat and Yosemite Creek Campgrounds are still closed, and Bridal Veil Campground is being used for fire operations. 1 structure was destroyed in Foresta, California. More than 1-thousand firefighters are working to quell these 2 wildfires

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SHOOTING IN GREENFIELD - 07/30/14 21:29 S.S.

A MAN IN HIS 20’S WAS AIR-LIFTED TO A TRAUMA CENTER AFTER HE SUFFERED GUNSHOT WOUNDS THIS EVENING. THE 7:45 P-M SHOOTING TOOK PLACE ON THE 200 BLOCK OF 6TH STREET IN GREENFIELD. ANYONE WITH ANY INFORMATION ABOUT THIS SHOOTING IS ENCOURAGED TO CONTACT THE GREENFIELD POLICE DEPARTMENT.

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SALINAS CAR CHASE WEDNESDAY - 07/30/14 20:53 S.S.

A CHASE, THAT STARTED ON HIGHWAY 101 THIS AFTERNOON WHEN MONTEREY COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES TRIED TO STOP A STOLEN CAR, ENDED WHEN THE STOLEN HONDA CIVIC HIT ANOTHER VEHICLE IN THE AREA OF TOWT AND LAUREL STREETS. 2 JUVENILES AND 2 ADULTS WERE ARRESTED AFTER BURGLARY TOOLS, DRUG PARAPHERNALIA, AND A LOADED WEAPON WERE FOUND IN THE CAR.

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INMATE CONVICTED - 07/30/14 20:30 S.S.

A LOCAL PRISON INMATE HAS BEEN CONVICTED OF THE 2005 ATTACK THAT KILLED HIS CELLMATE. 48 YEAR-OLD DAVID MAURICE GOMEZ WAS FOUND GUILTY OF FIRST-DEGREE MURDER. THE SALINAS VALLEY STATE PRISON INMATE NOW FACES A MAXIMUM SENTENCE OF 3 CONSECUTIVE LIFE TERMS. IN 2009, GOMEZ ALSO ATTACKED (AND INJURED) SEVERAL OTHER INMATES; AND EARLIER THIS MONTH HE STABBED A CORRECTIONS OFFICER IN THE HEAD (A NUMBER OF TIMES). AT THE TIME OF THE 2005 AND 2009 ATTACKS, GOMEZ WAS ALREADY SERVING A 91 YEAR SENTENCE.

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M I I S GETS 2M GIFT - 07/30/14 19:45 S.S.

A MONTEREY SCHOOL HAS RECEIVED A NEARLY 2 MILLION DOLLAR GIFT TO HELP EXPAND ITS OCEAN AND COASTAL ECONOMICS RESEARCH AND EDUCATION CENTER. THE GIFT TO THE MONTEREY INSTITUTE OF INTERNATIONAL STUDIES - CENTER FOR BLUE ECONOMY HAS 3 PARTS…..A 600 THOUSAND DOLLAR OUTRIGHT GIFT THE FIRST YEAR, AND THEN CHALLENGE “MATCHING GIFTS” OF 600 THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR EACH OF THE NEXT 2 YEARS. THE CENTER FOR BLUE ECONOMY WORKS TO HELP INDIVIDUALS, ORGANIZATIONS, AND GOVERNMENTS MAKE EDUCATED DECISIONS ABOUT THE OCEAN AND COASTAL ENVIRONMENT.

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