California Highway Patrol in Santa Cruz County reported that they have issued more than one thousand tickets this month for distracted driving caused by cellphone use. Last Wednesday alone officers wrote 112 tickets. The increased enforcement is part of the third annual National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. CHP says they want to remind people of the importance of keeping their eyes on the road. The Office of Traffic Safety estimates that more than 3,300 people were killed in accidents related to distracted driving.
48 animals were rescued from an unlivable home in Monterey County on Sunday. SPCA humane officers began the recovery at 1:00am Sunday morning, which took 8 hours. The house was reportedly filled with garbage and animal waste. The recovered animals had painful infections and fleas, and many were starved. The names of the home owners and animal hoarders have not yet been released. Members of the public who wish to donate, help out, or adopt one of the 17 cats, 24 dogs, or 7 small puppies saved can contact the Monterey County SPCA.
A stolen car was recovered after Capitola Police chased down the thief. The incident began when an officer saw the car driving erratically on Emerald Street and attempted to pull it over. The driver took off northbound on 45th Avenue and quickly turned down and alley, nearly hitting several vehicles. Eventually the driver pulled over and attempted to flee on foot. Several passengers exited the car as well. Officers captured Andrea Delores Azevedo, but the passengers escaped. Multiple stolen license plates were also found in the car, which the thieves switched out to evade capture longer.
The Big Sur Marathon was held yesterday, and for one woman the finish line was start of something new. With the help of marathon organizers, Dustin Moranda proposed to his girlfriend Ashley as she finished the race. Big Sur Marathon board members were happy to support the couple’s celebration, which they feel is important to the healing process in the wake of the tragedies at the Boston marathon. Ashley of course said, “Yes.”
A single round was fired in a Seaside shooting on Sunday Night. Around 8:30pm Seaside Police arrived at the in intersection of Fremont Boulevard and Monterey Road and initially found no evidence of the shooting. A short time later the victims came forward, and reported that someone had fired at them from an unidentified car. The round struck the car, and shattered glass, but no one was seriously harmed.