A jogger who was shot twice in the leg yesterday near Soledad has been identified as an online sexual predator. Police say 20-year old Ruben Martinez was jogging along Metz Road around 3:30 p.m. when two people traveling northbound in a silver Honda, got out near Stonewall Canyon Road and fired multiple shots at him. Martinez was one of 14 men who was recently arrested in a child sex sting called Operation Mama Bear. No suspects have been identified and whether the victim’s recent arrest was behind the motive, remains under investigation.
Firefighters from multiple agencies responded to a wild land blaze that ended up closing one lane of Highway 17 for about an hour this morning. Officials say the fire broke out in Scotts Valley near Crescent Drive at about 10:30, after being started by a log that had caught fire from discarded embers of a campfire that burned a few days ago. The far right, northbound lane of the highway was closed while crews extinguished the blaze in about 10 minutes. No injuries were reported and no structures were damaged.
THE INVESTIGATION INTO WHY A DRIVER LOST CONTROL OF HIS S.U.V. IN NORTH MONTEREY COUNTY SUNDAY NIGHT CONTINUES. THE 10:10 P.M. ACCIDENT OCCURRED WHEN THE 18 YEAR-OLD DRIVER FAILED TO CORRECTLY NEGOTIATE A TURN ON LIVE OAK ROAD, WEST OF McGINNIS ROAD. HIS 18 YEAR-OLD PASSENGER, RUBEN HUERTA, SUFFERED MODERATE INJURIES IN THE CRASH, AND WAS AIR-LIFTED TO SAN JOSE REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER.
TOYS FOR TOTS IN SANTA CRUZ COUNTY IS STARTING TO COLLECT TOYS FOR THIS HOLIDAY SEASON. THE 25 YEAR-OLD ORGANIZATION, THAT WAS STARTED AFTER THE 1989 LOMA PRIETA QUAKE, HOPES TO RECEIVE 14 THOUSAND TOYS BY DECEMBER 16TH OF THIS YEAR. THE ORGANIZATION COLLECTS NEW, UNWRAPPED TOYS; AND THEY CAN BE DROPPED OFF AT MORE THAN 30 PLACES IN SANTA CRUZ COUNTY. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THOSE LOCATIONS, PEOPLE CAN GO ON-LINE TO:
AUTHORITIES HAVE SHUT DOWN 1 LANE OF HIGHWAY 17, DUE TO A FIRE ON THE NEARBY HILLSIDE. THE BLAZE, WHICH IS NEAR CRESCENT DRIVE, APPEARS TO HAVE BEGUN AS A TREE-ON-FIRE, AND THEN IT SPREAD. FIREFIGHTERS ARE WORKING TO GET IT UNDER CONTROL.
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