A man who was pulled over for crossing a double yellow line on Highway 68 this morning, was arrested after attempting to flee from Monterey County deputies. Alejandro Langoria was stopped around 2 a.m. near York Road, when he drove off in his 1993 Ford Mustang leading deputies on a high speed chase. Langoria was arrested without incident after he his vehicle eventually ran out of gas. A search of his car turned up credit cards stolen out of San Jose. He was also found to be driving under the influence of a stimulant and Cannabis.
U.S. Forest Officials say Big Sur residents will be back in their homes in time for Christmas. The decision to let roughly 100 residents return to their homes was made yesterday after PG&E was able to get power restored to the area. Meanwhile, the cause of the Pfeiffer Fire remains undetermined. The fire destroyed 34 homes, four other buildings, burned 917 acres and displaced about 100 residents. 100 fire crews are still on the scene monitoring hot spots. Highway 1 through Big Sur remains open and Andrew Molera State Park remains closed. The fire was 100% contained Monday night. It started at around midnight on December 16th.
Out of control revelers celebrating New Years Eve in downtown Santa Cruz, can expect to be penalized with triple fines this year. Police say they plan to have extra patrols throughout the city with all available officers working to enforce safety that night. The triple-fine “safety enhancement zone” is expected to cover the downtown area and will run from 5 p.m December 31st to 5 a.m. January 1st. Triple fine citations will include $288 tickets for littering, $576 tickets for graffiti, and for urinating in public and over a thousand dollar tickets will be issued for destroying plants.
Employees in Sand City are the third highest paid workers in the state. According to the State Controller’s Office, people in the Central Coast city earn nearly $91,000 a year, ranking it third for highest pay for city workers. Sand City mayor David Pendergrass attributes big retailers in the area for the city’s thriving economy, adding that the city’s revenue is more than it’s expenses. He maintains the city is able to keep expenses low by providing it’s own water supply and contracting it’s fire services, building inspections and car repairs.
Three men were arrested from a Hollister motel last week on drug and weapons charges. The incident occurred Wednesday while an officer patrolling the area, spotted a wanted man in the parking lot of the Hollister Inn Motel, and began to approach him. 40-year Marc Solario tried to evade the officer by running into one of the motel rooms. Officers found Solario and two other men in the room, along with narcotics, a loaded handgun and a large amount of cash. Solario, who had a warrant out for his arrest, along with Zavan Quezada and Stephen Simmons, were arrested and booked into San Benito County Jail on multiple charges.
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