(09:45) Authorities reported that four people were injured in a solo car crash this morning on Highway 101 near San Juan Batista. Four people were traveling on southbound Highway 101 around 6 a.m. when they went off the San Benito river bridge. Two people were critically injured and airlifted to a trauma center.
(07:55) Salinas - Authorities reported that 2 men and Juvenile were arrested after officers conducted a probation search at a residence on Sunday in Salinas. During the search officers located 1.7 pounds of methamphetamine, 9 pounds of marijuana, large amount of money, scales and a loaded firearm. The 16 year-old was booked at the Monterey County Juvenile Hall for various firearms and narcotics charges. Raymond Raygoza and Noah Backus were booked at the Monterey County Jail for possession of narcotics for sale and other various charges.
(07:25) Santa Cruz County - Jacob’s Heart announced that 18 families of children with cancer are in need of adoption this holiday season. Those that would like to adopt a child this holiday season can do so by going to the Jacob’s Heart Gift Registries or by making an online donation at jacobsheart.org
(07:00) King City - A 15 year-old was shot in the hand Sunday night in King City. The shooting took place around 6:30 on the 900 block of Broadway Street. Officers reported that the victim and his friend walked into a trailer park, and unknown suspect began shooting at them, striking 1 of them in the hand. A witness described a newer model, dark colored, sedan fleeing the area after the shooting. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the King City Police Department.
(06:25) Santa Cruz County - California Highway Patrol Santa Cruz announced it is hosting the Annual CHiPs for KiDs Toy Drive. The toy drive has helped families throughout California for more than 25 years by bringing packaged gifts to disadvantaged children in Santa Cruz County. Toys collected will benefit local children from infant to 16 years of age. The drive began on Monday and ends Thursday, December 21. New unwrapped toys can be taken to the CHP office, located at 10395 Soquel Drive in Aptos. Toys will be distributed on Christmas Eve.
(06:15) Santa Cruz County - Authorities reported that 2 people were arrested after they were spotted prowling in a Santa Cruz neighborhood Monday night. When neighbors confronted the 2 suspects, Jonathan Luczak and Nicole Papineau, they found stolen items in the back of their truck. Both suspects were booked into the Santa Cruz County jail.
The Monterey County Board Of Supervisors is expected to consider whether a spot in Salinas should be re-named. “Confederate Corners” is just off Highway 68, and due to a number of incidents around the country, some local residents feel it would be safer to change the name. Since the area is surrounded by agricultural fields, some people think a good name would be “campesino corners” because ‘campesino’ means ‘farm workers’ in Spanish. Others want a more ambiguous name, while still others would prefer to keep the historic name.
The Point Sur Lighthouse will be getting its original 1887 First-Order Fresnel lens back. The more than 4300 pound lens has been on exhibit at the now-closed Monterey Maritime Museum since 1992. . It will be taken apart, cleaned and restored, and then re-assembled in the Lighthouse. Each of the 16 panels of prisms in the lens has a bulls-eye in the center, surrounded by concentric rings of prismatic glass. The light from Point Sur’s Fresnel lens used to be able to be seen for 23 nautical miles.
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