A small wildfire that broke out between two strawberry fields near La Selva Beach today was extinguished. Fire crews responded to the blaze near the 500-block of Water Tank Road around noon. About 100-square feet were burned. The blaze was extinguished by the time firefighters arrived. Officials say the blaze apparently started with cigarettes and improperly discarded smoking materials. No one was injured and no buildings were damaged.
Additional victims are being sought after a Watsonville farmer has been charged with sexually assaulting a woman looking for possible employment opportunities in agriculture. 60-year old Manuel “Juan” Cobarruvios Alvarez was arrested after a woman who was looking for work at Alvarez Farm on Melody Lane, claims Alvarez took her to a secluded area and sexually assaulted her. Alvarez was arrested on October 4th on multiple charges including sexual assault to commit rape, and sexual battery.
INVESTIGATIONS ARE UNDER WAY IN HOLLISTER AFTER ONE PERSON WAS FATALLY STABBED, WHILE ANOTHER WAS STRUCK BY A VEHICLE EARLY THIS MORNING. POLICE ARRIVED TO THE 700 BLOCK OF EAST STREET AROUND 2 A.M. TO FIND TWO VICTIMS, ONE WITH MULTIPLE STAB WOUNDS WHILE THE OTHER WAS SAID TO HAVE APPEARED AS THOUGH HE HAD BEEN HIT BY A VEHICLE. BOTH MEN WERE AIR LIFTED TO THE HOSPITAL. THE STABBING VICTIM DIED WHILE BEING TREATED, AND THE STATUS OF THE OTHER IS UNKNOWN. POLICE BELIEVE THE INCIDENT IS GANG RELATED.
THREE MEN WERE ARRESTED SATURDAY ON SUSPICION OF SPRAY PAINTING GRAFFITI ON THE KING CITY HIGH SCHOOL CAMPUS. SANTIAGO VALENTIN, JESUS VALENTIN AND JOSE CHAVEZ WERE STOPPED JUST BEFORE 5 P.M. LEAVING THE AREA IN A WHITE PICK UP TRUCK. UPON SEARCHING THE VEHICLE, OFFICERS FOUND A LOADED REVOLVER AND SEVERAL CANS OF SPRAY PAINT. ALL THREE MEN WERE BOOKED INTO MONTEREY COUNTY JAIL ON SUSPICION OF PARTICIPATING IN A CRIMINAL STREET GANG, POSSESSING A CONCEALED FIREARM, CRIMINAL CONSPIRACY AND VIOLATION OF PROBATION WITH GANG ENHANCEMENTS.
A CAPITOLA FAMILY WAS LEFT HOMELESS AFTER THEIR HOUSE WAS DESTROYED IN A FIRE OVER THE WEEKEND. FIRE CREWS RESPONDED TO THE 700-BLOCK OF MONTEREY AVENUE AROUND 9:30 SATURDAY NIGHT, TO DISCOVER MOST OF THE DAMAGE WAS COMING FROM THE BACK SIDE OF THE HOME. THE FAMILY WAS ABLE TO SAFELY EVACUATE AFTER BEING ALERTED BY THE HOME’S FIRE ALARMS. THE CAUSE OF THE BLAZE HAS YET TO BE DETERMINED.
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