Watsonville High School was briefly placed on lockdown this morning due to a theft near the campus. Police say school the school, located on Blackburn and East Beach Street, went on lockdown at 10:30 as a precautionary measure after a report of someone with a knife robbing a near-by business. No injuries were reported. The lock down was lifted as of 10:37.
When they meet tomorrow, The Monterey City Council is expected to consider a hotel tax plan that would go towards funding renovations to the Monterey Conference Center. Under the proposed rate plan, Monterey hotels next to the Conference Center would pay a rate of 4.15% of room revenue while full service hotels would pay 1.6%, and limited hotels would pay 0.8%. Proponents say a major remodel of the Conference Center is in need to keep up with convention industry demands. If the plan passes, it will go to a special property owners election in February.
Two suspicious packages were destroyed after being found at the Santa Cruz Resource recovery Facility last week. Police say workers came across two cylindrical objects capped at both ends with wires sticking out of them at about 9 a.m. The objects, which were thought to have been pipe bombs, were found in a remote part of the landfill, in the electrical recycling area. The Santa Cruz Bomb Squad destroyed the objects. The remains are expected to undergo examination. Officials say there was no threat to the public.
A man with ties to the Salinas area is wanted by the FBI in connection with federal drug charges. The Federal Bureau of Investigation says 46-year old Matthew Duke Maley is considered armed and dangerous. A Federal arrest warrant was issued last week for the Tucson, Arizona resident for distributing methamphetamine along with aiding and abetting. Anyone who sees Maley or knows of his whereabouts is being warned not to approach him, but instead should contact the bureau’s Albuquerque, New Mexico office.
A Santa Cruz County Man known for his philanthropic contributions, and his longtime involvement with the Gilroy Garlic Festival, has died. Peter Ciccarelli was 60-years of age when he died Saturday after battling with multiple sclerosis for years. Ciccarelli began working for the Gilroy GarlicFestival in 1997 in media relations. He was also a volunteer of the ATT Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Friends of Ciccarelli say he was a positive person who had a love of life. He was born in Buffalo, New York, spent his childhood in Texas prior to settling down in Capitola with his wife Connie. Ciccarelli is survived by his wife, Connie and daughter Amanda.
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