The California Department of Public Health and Santa Cruz County Mosquito Vector Control are warning residents venturing out into wooded areas to be careful of ticks this season. Eight cases of Lyme disease, passed on to humans by the ticks, were reported in Santa Cruz County last year. Public Health officials suggest checking yourself and any children you’re with for ticks after hiking or being in heavily vegetated areas. They also ask that people save the insects for testing and identification.
On Wednesday, leaders of the Pajaro Valley Unified School District approved the sale of $80 million in bond to fund multiple projects. The value of the bond is more than half of what was approved by voters back in November, and the district plans to use the cash for a number of district wide school improvement ventures. Bond rates are expected to be in the range of 2.3% to 2.5%. The first projects, including new playground equipment could begin as early as this spring.
Two people received major burns in Scotts Valley from a pot on a stove last night. The incident that caused the injuries occurred shortly before 9pm on Wednesday in Pasatiempo. Scotts Valley police and fire crews responded to the Westwood Drive home. Both victims were flown to an out of county trauma center for treatment of their serious burns.
An adolescent boy was stabbed multiple times and hit over head by a group of young men in Watsonville yesterday. The 15-year-old victim was walking down Carr Street at East Lake Avenue at 3:45pm when he was approached by 5 to 7 men around the ages of 18 to 20. They reportedly asked the victim if he was affiliated with any gang, but before the boy could answer they began stabbing him. The assailants hit the boy over the head with his skateboard and fled the scene. No suspects have been arrested despite an extensive search by Watsonville Police. The boy was flown to a bay area trauma center with life threatening injuries.
Two men were arrested for methamphetamine possession and sales after helpful tips from citizens of Seaside on Tuesday. Detectives from the Peninsula Regional Violence and Narcotics Team served a search warrant on a Lindberg Court home, where the found 51-year-old Michael Edwards, 48-year-old Rodney Del Rosario, and three ounces of methamphetamine. Complaints from the public led officers to the home, where they also found paraphernalia associated with the sale of meth. Both men were charged with possession and sales of narcotics, and probation violation.