A huge white blimp could be seen floating across Central Coast skies this week. The so called “Cloud Lab” hovered over Salinas, Santa Cruz, and the Monterey Bay gathering atmospheric data for a documentary by the British Broadcasting Corporation on the environment. Onboard a team of British scientists studied insect life, the relationship between trees and the air we breathe. The BBC says the documentary is designed to educate people on how we can predict the weather like climate change. Cloud Lab wrapped up it’s data collection Wednesday. The documentary is set to air next year.
A motorcyclist was air-lifted to an area trauma center yesterday after an afternoon crash in Salinas left him in critical condition. Police say the 56-year old man was riding his 1987 Harley Sportster motorcycle on West Rossi Street westbound toward Sansome Street, when a 25-year old driver of a 2013 Hyundai made a left turn in front of him. After colliding with the Hyundai, police say the motorcyclist was launched over the vehicle. The man was found unconscious when officers arrived. The case is still under investigation.
Six turkeys didn’t quite make it to Thanksgiving yesterday after a plane landing at the Monterey Airport ran over and killed them. The General Manager of the Monterey Regional Airport says the birds trotted onto the runway around 5 p.m., when the pilot of a United Express plane was landing when he rolled into them. It took the airport about 30 minutes to hose the runway down while delaying the landing for other planes. It was not confirmed how many people were aboard the 25-seat passenger plane, but no injuries were reported and the plane did not sustain any damage.
A puppy that was stolen Tuesday from the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter has been recovered, and the thief who stole him has been arrested. The 2-month old black Pit Bull named Boots, was spotted yesterday inside the PetSmart on River Street, after a man tried to get medical treatment for the dog. Staff members called Police after recognizing Boots. The man and the puppy were found at the Santa Cruz Homeless Services Center around 3 p.m, when authorities seized the puppy. Police arrested 18-year old Daniel Anthony Sciucchetti on suspicion of burglary and possession of stolen property.
WATSONVILLE POLICE ARRESTED 4 JUVENILES YESTERDAY (THURS). OFFICERS RESPONDED TO THE 700 BLOCK OF LINCOLN STREET AT ABOUT 10 A-M AFTER A WITNESS REPORTED SEEING SOME SUSPICIOUS TEENS RUNNING DOWN AN ALLEY CARRYING FLAT SCREEN TELEVISIONS. POLICE SEARCHED THE AREA AND DETAINED 4 SUSPECTS, AFTER A BRIEF INVESTIGATION ALL 4 WERE LINKED TO A NEARBY BURGLARY AND ARRESTED ON CONSPIRACY AND BURGLARY CHARGES. 35 HUNDRED DOLLARS WORTH OF STOLEN PROPERTY WAS RECOVERED.
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