Army officials at the former Fort Ord called Tuesday’s controlled burn the last one of the year. After a mandatory cool down period, the army will now proceed with detonating and removing unexploded munitions and explosives left over from the days when Fort Ord was an active military base. The Army says Monday’s burn was a success while Tuesday’s burn caused some concern for a nearby school and homeowners when it went over the containment line. The Army reportedly still has 3,000 acres left to burn on the site. The entire project is slated to be completed in 8-to-10-years.
Local surfer Nat Young has won the title “Rookie of the Year” while performing on the Association of Surfing Professionals World Tour. A tour spokesperson says the 22-year old Santa Cruz surfer’s performance with the Semi-Final Berth today secured his title in the 2013 ASP World Championship Tour. In addition, Young also surfed his way to the final at the Rip Curl Pro Portugal, he defeated Sebastian Zietz, Josh Kerr and world title contender Jordy Smith on his way to the final in Portugal.
A man suspected in the random murder of a Santa Cruz shop owner last year, will be sent back to a state hospital. The decision came yesterday after a Santa Cruz County Superior Court Judge deemed Charles Anthony Edwards the 3rd incompetent to stand trial after being evaluated by two psychologists. Edwards, who has been diagnosed with schizophrenia, had just been released from a San Francisco state hospital under a clerical error, when he attacked and fatally stabbed 38-year old Shannon Collins in broad day light in May of 2012. Edwards is due back in court on October 30th to decide which state hospital he will be sent to.
A North Salinas murder-suicide investigation is currently under way. Officers responded to the 300-block of Kelton Drive last night to a call of shots fired just before 9-o’clock. Police say upon arrival they found 29-year old Daniel Lucas Dacpano dead from a single gunshot wound. Investigators later found the body of his girlfriend, 26-year old Guadalupe Alfaro in her car at Dacpano’s residence. Police say Dacpano admitted killing his girlfriend to his father.
Santa Cruz County saw a spike in the number of homeless people over the past two years. A biennial homelessness survey out this week revealed a 30% jump in the number of people living on the streets. The 2013 report found the number of homeless adults and children at 3,536, up 765 since the 2011 count. Un-sheltered numbers were up as well, with 44% on the street and 28% living in cars or other vehicles. 230 additional homeless persons are now living in Santa Cruz compared to two years ago, and 373 new homeless persons were found living in the Live Oak area.
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