The 13-year-old boy who was murdered in santa cruz wednesday has been identified as Joey Mendoza. Mendoza was gunned down from 1 or possibly 2 vechicles on san lorenzo boulevard. 1 of the vehicles, a white van, was located this morning in corralitos, off of larkin valley road. the van had been set ablaze. no suspects were seen in the area. authorities are still looking for a black lexus sedan.
The Monterey County Board of Supervisors met this morning for a special meeting, to accept a 36-million dollar state grant. The grant money will go towards expanding monterey county jail (which is over capacity). The grant requires matching funds from monterey county (of 10-percent of the 36-million dollars). the expansion- effort could take up to 3-years to complete, at which time the jail would have an estimated 3-hundred additional beds.
A collection of monterey county non-profits have been awarded a total of 50-thousand dollars worth of grants. The money from the community foundation for monterey county is set to go to 24 area programs. The 2012 neighborhood grants program money is set to be formally awarded Saturday in salinas, (where nearly half the grants are going). The average grant amount was just over 2-thousand dollars.
An accident on highway-17 thursday morning had traffic backed up onto northbound highway-1 in santa cruz. A truck hit a power pole near the Lexington reservoir at about 9:45 a.m., which knocked down live wires. pg and e crews were called to repair the pole and clear the wires. Traffic began moving slowly through the area after 1-lane was re-opened at 11:30 a.m., however traffic remained backed up for several hours.
A scotts valley man pleaded “no contest” thursday to multiple charges, for molesting 2-teenage girls. David Escobar was convicted of 12-charges, including child molestation, 4-counts of statutory rape, and other crimes. Escobar had originally faced 48-counts, related to his abuse of the 2 underage victims. He is scheduled to be sentenced on September 26th. Until then, escobar is expected to remain in custody at santa cruz county jail.
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