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PRISONER JOHN COLLARD FOUND DEAD 9-8-14 1650 og

 

RECENTLY RE-CAPTURED INMATE JOHN COLLARD WAS FOUND DEAD YESTERDAY (SUN) MORNING.    COLLARD, 56, HAD BEEN TRANSFERRED TO A MAXIMUM SECURITY PRISON IN SUSANVILLE, CA ON SATURDAY, WAS FOUND DEAD IN HIS CELL BY A GUARD AROUND 11 A-M.     THE CAUSE OF DEATH HAS NOT BEEN DETERMINED.

 

COLLARD HAD ESCAPED FROM A WORK CAMP IN BEN LOMOND LAST WEEK AND WAS RE-ARRESTED THURSDAY EVENING AT SLY MCFLY’S IN MONTEREY WHEN A PATRON RECOGNIZED HIM FROM A NEWS REPORT. 

 

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SOLO CRASH FATALITY IN SC 9-8-14 1545 og

AT APPROXIMATELY 2 A-M THIS MORNING (MON), SANTA CRUZ C-H-P RESPONDED TO A SOLO CAR CRASH.     A MOTORIST DRIVING A 1997 MERCURY WAS TRAVELING NORTHBOUND ON LA MADRONA WHEN THEY MISSED THE LEFT TURN IN THE ROADWAY.     THE CAR RAN OFF THE ROAD INTO A TREE AND CAUGHT FIRE.     THE DRIVER WAS TRAPPED IN THE VEHICLE AND WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE BY FIRST RESPONDERS.

 

THE IDENTITY OF THE DRIVER HAS NOT BEEN RELEASED BY SANTA CRUZ C-H-P.

 

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HIGHWAY 9 AT RIVER STREET CRASH- 09-08-14 11:30 SG

A CRASH IN BOULDER CREEK CLOSED OFF HIGHWAY 9 THIS MORNING (MON).    OFFICIALS SAY THE INCIDENT OCCURRED AT RIVER STREET SHORTLY BEFORE 8:30 WHEN A CAR WENT OFF THE ROADWAY AND INTO A GULLY.    THE VEHICLE KNOCKED DOWN A POWER POLE AND TOOK DOWN POWER LINES.    CREWS ARE CURRENTLY AT THE SCENE WORKING TO REMOVE THE VEHICLE AND FIX THE POWER LINES.    ALL LANES OF HIGHWAY 9 AT RIVER STREET HAVE BEEN REOPENED.    NO INJURIES HAVE BEEN REPORTED.

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CA HOMES LACK WATER METERS- 09-08-14 10:30 SG

STATE WATER OFFICIALS HAVE REPORTED OVER 200,000 CALIFORNIA HOMES DO NOT HAVE WATER METERS.    A RECENT STUDY BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS REVEALED THAT RESIDENTS WHO LIVE IN WATER DISTRICTS WITH THE MOST UNMETERED HOMES USE MORE WATER EACH DAY THAN THE STATE AVERAGE. ADDITIONALLY MANY STATE WATER AGENCIES ARE UNCERTAIN IF THEY ARE CONSERVING 20%, THE GOAL SET BY GOVERNOR JERRY BROWN EARLIER THIS YEAR.     HOMES BUILT AFTER 1992 WERE REQUIRED TO HAVE METERS, BUT ALL OTHER HOMES HAVE UNTIL 2025 TO BE RETROFITTED.    AROUND 40 WATER DISTRICTS CONTINUE TO CHARGE CUSTOMERS A FLAT RATE FOR WATER USE.

 

 

 

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CA ASKS FOR WEST-FACING SOLAR PANELS- 09-08-14 9:00 SG

CALIFORNIA ENERGY OFFICIALS ARE ENCOURAGING HOMEBUILDERS TO MAKE ADJUSTMENTS WHEN INSTALLING ROOFTOP SOLAR ENERGY SYSTEMS.     THE STATE’S ENERGY COMMISSION ASKS THAT PANELS BE INSTALLED FACING WEST IN ORDER TO CAPTURE MORE RENEWABLE ENERGY.     PANELS TILTED WESTWARD WILL GENERATE LESS POWER OVERALL BUT WILL AVOID THE AIR POLLUTION FROM POWER PLANTS.    THE PROGRAM THE CALIFORNIA SOLAR INITIATIVE WILL OFFER INCREASED REBATES FOR HOUSEHOLDS WITH WEST-FACING SOLAR PANELS.

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