For the second year in a row, the Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County has received an art works grant for the National Endowment for the Arts. The council received $40,000 from the organization to support its grant making program to fund local theater, music, dance, literary and visual art activities in Santa Cruz County. The Cultural Council distributed $137,000 in grants to artists and art organization last year, and this grant from the NEA will allow them to give a second round of grants themselves. The Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County is one of just 788 non-profit organizations nationwide to receive the endowment.
Monterey County will be cracking down on DUIs beginning Friday for a period of 18 days that they call Avoid the 18. A checkpoint will be set up in Salinas, extra DUI patrols will be conducted in Carmel and Soledad, and local CHP will saturate the freeways in an effort to cut down on instances of driving under the influence. The Salinas Police Department says that they saw a 25% reduction in DUI’s last year from the year before, and they would like to see that number continue to drop. The increased enforcement begins this Friday, the 17th, and ends September 3rd.
A collection box benefiting a Corralitos equestrian team was stolen from a convenience store on Friday, but the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s office has come to the rescue. The thieves stole the box containing $300 that was to go toward travel expenses for four girls from the Gwen Davies Horsemanship team for a competition next month. Without the money, the young riders would be unable to make it to the show. However, upon hearing of the theft, the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Posse and Deputy Sheriff’s Association donated $600 to help out. The girls plan to make up rest of the cost by selling baked goods and horsetail wraps outside of General Feed and Seed in Santa Cruz every weekend for the next 5 weekends.
A Capitola man was arrested last night after threatening his ex-boyfriend with a kitchen knife. 22-year-old Ian Joseph Slavonia reportedly threatened the life of his ex-boyfriend while brandishing a knife at him, shortly after 9pm on the 1900 block of 46th Avenue. The victim was forced into his car and instructed to drive to a store on Bay Avenue, where Slavonia demanded he purchase him alcohol. When the victim escaped, he contacted police, who located Slavonia. Slavonia was booked into Santa Cruz County jail on charges of brandishing a weapon, kidnapping, and criminal threats.
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.
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