Three women were robbed at gunpoint last night in a Capitola parking lot. The victims were sitting in a car in the Brown Ranch Marketplace parking lot just before 9pm when they were approached by a man whose face was covered by a red bandana. The man brandished a handgun and demanded the women turn over their property. The three vicims handed their purses to the thief, and he left the area on foot. Capitola Police and Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s deputies searched the area with a K9 unit, but were unable to locate the robber. The investigation is still ongoing.
Officials with the gilroy garlic festival have reported that 18-thousand dollars was stolen from the festival’s receipts. The money was taken from a cash drawer during the course of the weekend festival, which was held july 27th to the 29th. The money was reported missing august 2nd, however Gilroy police do not plan to take up the investigation until resources are available, (as other investigations continue in the city). The robbery comes in addition to the theft of 1-thousand tickets, that were stolen before the festival began.
Firefighters from cal-fire were able to contain a grass- fire to 2-and-a-half-acres monday afternoon. The fire erupted just after 3 p.m. near the shooting range on a county park (north of monterey-salinas highway). Air tankers were called in to help fight the blaze, which was contained before it got out of hand. The cause is under investigation.
A salinas city councilman who failed to meet the filing- requirements to seek re-election, will instead run for mayor. After 3-terms as a city councilman, Sergio sanchez was informed that he had not turned in enough valid signatures ahead of last Friday’s deadline. However, the deadline to submit paperwork to run for mayor is not until wednesday, so sanchez plans to seek that role instead. Mayor dennis Donahue is not seeking re-election.
Meanwhile, in santa cruz county, many county positions and positions in cities around the county have had their filing-date extended. The deadline is now august 18th to file paperwork to enter those respective races.
A car fire in salinas that was discovered early Monday- morning is believed to have been set intentionally. Salinas police officers and firefighters responded to the 1-hundred block of west alisal street, after receiving a report about a car ablaze. The fire was extinguished, and investigators determined the incident was “suspicious.” The blaze is now being investigated as arson.
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