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SC OFFICER PROMOTED 4-28-14 1650 OG

THE SANTA CRUZ POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED THE PROMOTION OF OFFICER CARTER JONES TO SERGEANT ON MONDAY. JONES HAS BEEN ON THE POLICE FORCE FOR OVER 11 YEARS, SERVING IN THE STREET CRIMES UNIT, AS A PEER COUNSELOR, ON THE SANTA CRUZ TACTICAL MEDICAL TASK FORCE, AND MOST RECENTLY, AS A FIELD TRAINING OFFICER. IN ADDITION TO HIS PATROL AND FIELD TRAINING DUTIES, HE WILL REMAIN A RESCUE DIVER AND AN OPERATOR ON THE SWAT TEAM. SERGEANT JONES WAS BORN AND RAISED IN SANTA CRUZ AND GRADUATED FROM SOQUEL HIGH SCHOOL.

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WHALE ENTANGLED IN MONTEREY BAY 4-28-14 1620 OG

THE WHALE ENTANGLEMENT TEAM WITH THE MONTEREY BAY WHALE WATCH IS TRACKING A HUMPBACK WHALE. THE HUMPBACK WAS SPOTTED A FEW MILES OFF THE MONTEREY BAY ON SUNDAY TANGLED IN 50 FEET OF ROPE WITH CRAB TRAPS AND BUOYS ATTACHED. THE TEAM BELIEVES THE ROPE BECAME WRAPPED AROUND THE WHALE’S TAIL AND HAVE ATTACHED A SATELLITE TAG TO THE WHALE TO BE ABLE TO FOLLOW IT. WHILE THE DISENTANGLEMENT TEAM IS OPTIMISTIC THEY CAN HELP FREE THE WHALE, THEY ARE ALSO CONCERNED THAT OTHER WHALES MAY BECOME ENTANGLED AS WELL AND HAVE NOTICED THAT THE HUMPBACK IS STARTING TO MOVE MORE SLOWLY AS IT TIRES FROM THE STRUGGLE. OFFICIALS ARE STRONGLY ADVISING WELL-WISHERS TO NOT TO TRY TO ASSIST THE WHALE IN ANY WAY AS THE PRESENCE OF PEOPLE AND BOATS COULD DISTURB THE WHALE EVEN MORE.

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VEVA VIRGIL SENTENCED 4-28-14 1550 OG

A SANTA CRUZ JUDGE SENTENCED 42 YEAR OLD VEVA VIRGIL OF APTOS TO PATTON STATE HOSPITAL IN SAN BERNARDINO TODAY. A JURY HAD DETERMINED THAT VIRGIL KILLED HER YOUNG DAUGHTER IN NOVEMBER 2008 AFTER A 4-DAY METHAMPHETAMINE BINGE BUT WAS LEGALLY INSANE. VIRGIL HAS BEEN IN SANTA CRUZ COUNTY JAIL FOR THE PAST FIVE YEARS.

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MONT. COUNCILMEMBER AZERBAIJAN- 04-28-14 12:00 P.S.

A MONTEREY COUNCILMEMBER WILL BE ATTENDING A CONVENTION IN WASHINGTON D-C THIS WEEK. COUNCILMEMBER NANCY SELFRIDGE, ALONGSIDE OTHER POLITICAL LEADERS, WILL ADDRESS CULTURAL TOLERANCE AS WELL AS ENERGY AND TRADE RELATIONS BETWEEN THE U-S AND AZERBAIJAN.     OVER THE PAST THREE YEARS, SELFRIDGE HAS BEEN INSTRUMENTAL IN CREATING A RELATIONSHIP WITH THE COUNTRY, FORMING A SISTER-CITY PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN MONTEREY AND LANKARAN.  

 

 

 

 

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CALTRANS PUBLIC MEETING- 04-28-14 10:00 SG

CALTRANS DISTRICT FIVE HAS ANNOUNCED THEY WILL BE CONDUCTING AN OPEN FORUM PUBLIC NEXT WEEK.    THE MEETING WILL ADDRESS AN UPCOMING STORM WATER PROJECT ON STATE ROUTE 17.   THE PROJECT WILL INVOLVE INSTALLING WIRE MESH TO STABILIZE THE SLOPES ALONG THE ROADWAY. COMMENTS ON THE PROPOSED MITIGATION ARE CURRENTLY BEING ACCEPTED AT THE CALTRANS DISTRICT OFFICE IN SAN LUIS OBISPO.     THE HEARING WILL BE HELD TUESDAY, MAY 6TH, STARTING AT 5 P-M IN THE MULTI-PURPOSE ROOM AT BRANCIFORTE JUNIOR HIGH.

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