The death of two women is under investigation after they were both hit and killed by a car last night in Salinas. Police say the just after 7 o’clock incident occurred after a woman, who is suspected of trying to Escape from Natividad Hospital, ran and fell into the street when a hospital security guard tried to help the woman out of the street, when both of them were struck by oncoming traffic. The women were sent through the air after a car traveling eastbound on Laurel hit them. The car’s driver was arrested. Laurel Drive was shut down in both directions for several hours.
Classes were cancelled and both entrances to UC Santa Cruz were blocked yesterday due to a labor strike. The over 12-hour rally involved Union and faculty members, students and staff who were protesting a UC system-wide unfair labor practice strike by the service worker union, AFSCME. At issues is low pay for unsafe labor. At UCSC the union is represented by nearly 500 people, 450 of whom are custodians, dining hall workers, bus drivers and maintenance personnel. The graduate student union, UAW also joined the strike in support of the service workers, over 700 UCSC graduate students belong to the union.
An elderly man who was found dead at the Santa Cruz Small Craft Harbor last week has been identified. Police say 70-year old William Frederick Miller, who was a resident on a boat at the dock, was found at about 9 a.m. on November 10th floating near the “I” dock. An autopsy determined Miller died from an accidental drowning. No foul play is suspected in his death. Miller would have turned 71 on November 11th.
Hundreds of Carmel Valley residents attended a town hall meeting last night in an effort to address a recent spike in burglaries. Monterey County Sherriff’s Deputies addressed people at Tularicitos Elementary School saying that most of the burglaries are occurring during the week when people are at work, and that over half of the crime has taken place when doors and windows were left unlocked. Sheriff Scott Miller said more resources are to be expected along with undercover officers and aerial patrols to help mitigate the issue.
A warning has been issued for some Santa Cruz County beaches due to contaminated water from recent storm run-off. County health officials sent out the warning yesterday alerting people to not surf, swim or dive near the areas where storm drains and rivers flow into the ocean. The following areas have bacteria levels that exceed safe body contact standards:
- San Lorenzo River Mouth
- Soquel Creek at Capitola Beach
- Neary Lagoon at Cowell Beach
- Schwan Lake atTwin Lakes Beach
- Aptos Creek at Rio Del Mar Beach
- Porter Gulch at New Brighton Beach
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