Two Hispanic men in their late 20s are being sought after an elderly couple was robbed at gunpoint early this morning in Salinas. The couple was confronted by the suspects around 1:30 a.m. near their residence on the 700-block of East Romie Lane, when one of the men pointed a gun at the victims and demanded money. Police say the second suspect punched the 66-year old male victim after he said he had no money, while the first suspect grabbed the purse from the 69-year old female victim before they fled on foot. A fake firearm was found after police believe one of the suspects dropped it when they bumped into a parked car.
Beginning today, the new Crazy Horse Canyon Road Interchange in Monterey County opens to traffic. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held yesterday signaling the completion of work, that will now allow motorists on Highway 101 to exit and enter at Crazy Horse Canyon and Echo Valley Roads without making left turns across traffic. Barriers were installed yesterday to eliminate left hand turns across the Highway at those areas. The Crazy Horse Canyon Interchange Project is part of the overall Prunedale Improvement Project, which is roughly 80% complete.
Over 3,500 PG&E customers in North Salinas were left in the dark for several hours last night after a power line fell across a portion of Highway 101 near Laurel Drive during rush-hour traffic. The incident occurred at 6:24 p.m. when the wire fell, damaging two vehicles as a result. CHP says the line was sparking as cars drove by it, causing a portion of the highway to be shut down. Traffic was routed on to Laurel Drive until the wire was deactivated and cleared from the highway around 7:30 p.m. Power was restored as of 12:30 this morning. The cause of the downed line is still being investigated.
The Soquel Creek Water District is looking into other options after a plan was approved last week to stop pursuing desalination as an alternative water supply. One of the options the District will consider tomorrow is to either join a regional desal project in Moss Landing or build it’s own plant. Officials will hear from the group DeepWater Desal about plans to collect water a mile offshore from Moss Landing. The plan would call for sending the water through a new regional data center that would turn the salt water into drinking water. The district is also expected to discuss building it’s own plant on one of two undisclosed, privately owned sites. The meeting will take place at 7 p.m. at the Capitola Council Chambers.
Five suspects were arrested today in a homicide that took place last year in Santa Cruz. 19-year old Andrew Carrera and four teens, all Watsonville residents, were taken into custody after 12-year old Joey Mendoza was shot to death on August 8th at the intersection of San Lorenzo Boulevard and Bixby Street. Police say Mendoza was standing on the sidewalk when he was confronted by a group of suspects in a car. During the confrontation, several shots were fired killing Mendoza. The investigation revealed the motivation for the homicide as gang related. Police expect to arrest a 6th suspect in the case sometime next week.
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