Prosecutors are asking for more time to file additional charges against the 23-year old Salinas man who is suspected of killing two women in a hit-and-run accident last week. Francisco Miranda is accused of killing 24-year old Linda Rascon Williams and 57-year old Cynthia Lane outside of Natividad Medical Center wednesday night. Miranda was arrested on suspicion of 2-counts of murder, 2 counts of felony hit and run, driving on a suspended license and driving under the influence of marijuana. Prosecutors plan on filing a new case against him within a week. Miranda is being held without bail for violating probation, he’s scheduled for arraignment on the probation violation and the new charges on December 10th.
The City of Marina is seeing a spike in burglaries this time of year, however police say it’s occurring earlier than expected. As a result, extra officers will be patrolling during the day when the burglaries occur the most. Police say there have been roughly 15-reported burglaries this month, compared to about five. Residents are being told to lock their doors and windows, and to avoid leaving valuables in plain sight. Police also suggest that people avoid announcing holiday plans on social media.
THE SANTA CRUZ CITY COUNCIL CHANGED THE RULES DEFINING PUBLIC GATHERINGS AT TUESDAY’S COUNCIL MEETING. THE RULES GOVERNING EVENTS REQUIRED A PERMIT FOR GATHERINGS OF 100 AND MORE PEOPLE. AS A RESULT OF THE VOTE, PERMITS WILL NOW BE REQUIRED FOR EVENTS WITH 50 OR MORE GATHERING. PERMITS WILL STILL BE FREE OF CHARGE FOR NON-COMMERCIAL EVENTS. THE CHANGE IS SET TO BE FINALIZED ON DECEMBER 10TH.
THE BOOKSHOP SANTA CRUZ IS BEGINNING ITS THIRD ANNUAL BOOK DRIVE TO BENEFIT SANTA CRUZ COUNTY SCHOOLS. SCHOOL LIBRARIANS SAY THAT SINCE THE STATE BUDGET CUTS REMOVED FUNDING FOR NEW LIBRARY BOOKS THAT NOW ALL NEW BOOKS COME FROM DONATIONS AND EVENTS SUCH AS BOOK DRIVES. THE BOOKSHOP SANTA CRUZ’S BOOK DRIVE GOES UNTIL DECEMBER 31ST. LAST YEAR THE EVENT PROVIDED 6 THOUSAND DOLLARS IN NEW BOOKS TO SCHOOLS IN SCOTTS VALLEY, SANTA CRUZ AND THE PAJARO VALLEY.
2 WATSONVILLE BROTHERS CONVICTED FOR THE 2009 FATAL STABBING OF A SANTA CRUZ MAN WERE SENTENCED ON TUESDAY. 23-YEAR OLD MARTIN FLORES HOLGUIN WAS SENTENCED TO 37 YEARS TO LIFE FOR FIRST DEGREE MURDER AND WITNESS TAMPERING, HIS YOUNGER BROTHER 22-YEAR OLD IRYYN ULISSES FLORES WAS SENTENCED TO 42 YEARS FOR VOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER, ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON AND GANG ENHANCEMENTS.
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