The Monterey County Superintendent of Schools will be running for re-election on June 3rd. Nancy Kotowski formally announced her plans in a press release. Kotowski says she plans to continue on focusing on building a strong foundation for success that includes student achievement, fiscal accountability, student safety and health, and effective teachers and leaders.
Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Deputies are investigating a report of a fake shooting last night in Capitola. Deputies responded to the 600 block of 34th Street around 9 p.m. to find a vacant home under construction. Deputies received the call from a third party line, and were unable to trace the number back, but believe it came from someone affiliated with UC Santa Cruz. Deputies say the report is a hoax.
A Pacific Grove man was sentenced this week on two counts of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated after being accused of fatally striking two Pebble Beach women last year while driving under the influence. The conviction comes after 30-year old Stuart Elder waived his right to a preliminary hearing earlier this month. Elder is accused of killing 65-year Linda LaRone and 72-year old Sharon Daly after crashing into their 2005 Ford last April. A pretrial hearing is slated for May 7th.
King City Police are searching for a girl who was reported missing after she was dropped off at school this week. Police say 15-year old Estefani Alvarado arrived to school at 7:45 a.m. on Tuesday, but teachers say she wasn’t in any of her classes. Police were called after she did not return home. She was last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with the word “California” on it and blue jeans. Police say the girl has a history of running away. Anyone with any information is asked to contact King City police.
A Live Oak Mother and son, accused of killing a Capitola Property Manager last year, were held to answer on murder charges yesterday. 28-year old Daniel Cohen and 58-year old Diana Cohen were each held to answer on one count of murder in the November 9th death of Jonathan Gordon Smith. The ruling came after a Santa Cruz County Judge heard 2 days of testimony from 6 Capitola police officers and a Santa Cruz County Coroner. The Cohens are slated to return to court on February 13th, where a trial date is expected to be set. Both face 15-years to life in prison each if convicted of the murder charges.
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