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MISSING S.C. COUNTY WOMAN FOUND 03-30-11 07:30 a.v.

A 63-year old woman, who was reported missing yesterday in Santa Cruz County, has been found safe. The Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office says they found Sherri Thomas, after she was last seen at her Aptos home around noon yesterday. Thomas reportedly called her husband last night saying that she was in the area.

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SALINAS APPROVES PRELIM. LAYOFFS 03-30-11 07:30 a.v.

A preliminary layoff was approved last night by Salinas City Council members in an effort to reduce a 7-million dollar budget deficit. The layoff would affect as many as 53 Salinas employees in the coming month, as well as eliminate 66 positions, 14 of which are vacant – as part of the city’s 90-day layoff process. The layoffs would impact about 22 positions in the city’s Police Department, which would affect the agency’s anti-gang unit, as well as the city’s paramedic program, and library system.

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S.C. HARBOR UPDATE MTG. 03-30-11 06:30 a.v.

At a town hall meeting held last night to discuss recovery efforts for the Santa Cruz Small Craft Harbor, Port Director Lisa Ekers gave updates on the harbor’s recovery process and also updated damage to the harbor’s infrastructure, which has now reached 28.5 million dollars. Ekers maintains the harbor’s overriding priority continues to be restoring service to live-abroad customers, and securing all other boats. She suggests those who were affected by the harbor damage, to contact the Small Business Administration as a conduit for federal aid, since the minimum for federal funding is 44-million dollars.

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CORRALITOS HOSPITALIZATION 03-29-11 21:30 a.v.

A woman was hospitalized in Corralitos this afternoon with moderate injuries after her leg was pinned between her truck and another car. The woman was pulled over on the shoulder of the road near the 4-Corners Market at Amesti near Varni Roads around 3:30 p.m. trying to tie down some cargo, when a car traveling south around 10 miles per hour bumped her. A Cal-Fire official said the woman suffered a deep laceration to her leg, and is expected to be in the hospital for a few days.

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MAY HEARING FOR LAMB 03-29-11 21:0 a.v.

A hearing date was set in Monterey County today to determine whether a convicted sex offender will remain under state supervision. Under the state’s conditional-release program, 51-year old convicted child molester James Lamb, was being treated as an “out” patient for the past 2 years. A hearing is required by the state 30-days of the expiration period of the out-patient treatment, which is Sunday March 27th. The estimated 2-day hearing is slated to take place on May 26th . The case is said to return to court before then on May 3rd for a status update.

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