A man was killed in a fatal car collision after he drove into a Santa Cruz County theater last night. The incident took place when the man drove into the façade of the Rio Theater on Seabright and Soquel at about 10:30 p.m. Authorities say The collision destroyed the ticket booth, and the front doors, leaving broken glass and debris through-out the front of the building. Theater Employees were not allowed to enter the building until 3 o’clock this morning. No other injuries were reported. Debris is still being cleared from the theater.
The Scotts Valley City Council heard a plea last night from a local environmental group to ban plastic bags and impose a fee on paper bags. The group Save Our Shores for Scotts Valley made the plea during a time in the council meeting where the public usually speaks on matters without the interruption of council members. Arguments for the ban involved concerns over protecting the environment and sea life. The plea comes after every city in Santa Cruz County the County itself, has already established a ban on plastic bags.
Santa Cruz County firefighters are warning of a recent telephone scam in which callers try to get donations for the fire department. In most cases, the scammers say they are with “your local fire department” or with the “Aptos/La Selva Fire District”, and try to collect money for the so-called “Burn Foundation Charity”. The calls appear to be coming from an 831 area code, where the victims are asked to donate money with a credit card over the phone. Residents are advised not to give any information over the phone and to report the call. The Fire District says it does not and never has solicited donations over the telephone.
A Watsonville woman known as the Central Coast bandit pleaded not guilty in a San Luis Obispo Courtroom yesterday. Christina Padilla is charged with eight felony counts for allegedly robbing seven banks in three counties across the Central Coast. Authorities believe Padilla is responsible for six bank robberies in San Luis Obispo, Monterey and Stanislaus counties since December. She is expected to be back in court on March 10th.
Natividad Medical Center’s new Trauma Center got the go-ahead this week to hire about new medical staff. Monterey County Supervisors approved the plan Tuesday. Officials say the annual 8.8 million dollar cost for the 70 new workers makes up about a third of the projected 26.9 million dollar yearly cost of the county-owned center. Natividad was chosen over Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital in a bidding process to have the trauma center program, the first of it’s kind in the area. The program is expected to be fully operational by the beginning of next year.
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