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AIR QUALITY AWARENESS WEEK 4-28-14 1825 OG

THIS WEEK IS AIR QUALITY AWARENESS WEEK IN MONTEREY, SAN BENITO, AND SANTA CRUZ COUNTIES. THE MONTEREY BAY AIR POLLUTION CONTROL DISTRICT IS ASKING RESIDENTS TO BE AWARE OF THEIR INDIVIDUAL CONTRIBUTIONS TO AIR POLLUTION AND TO CONSIDER USING ALTERNATE FORMS OF TRANSPORTATION. EACH DAY THIS WEEK WILL HAVE A DIFFERENT THEME AND FEATURED TOPIC. FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT MONTEREY BAY CLEAN AIR DOT ORG (WWW.MONTEREYBAYCLEANAIR.ORG)

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MONTEREY D.A. DROPS CHARGES 4-28-14 1750 OG

ALL CHARGES HAVE BEEN DROPPED AGAINST U-S AIR FORCE CAPTAIN NICOLAS AQUINO. AQUINO WAS ARRESTED IN DECEMBER 2013 IN FRONT OF HIS OWN CARMEL HOME BECAUSE A SHERIFF REPORTEDLY THOUGHT HE WAS A BURGLAR. MONTEREY COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY DEAN FLIPPO ANNOUNCED MONDAY THAT HE THOUGHT A JURY WOULD LIKELY FIND CHARGES OF RESISTING ARREST AND OBSTRUCTING A PEACE OFFICER AN UNFORTUNATE MISUNDERSTANDING AND NOT A CRIMINAL OFFENSE. CAPTAIN AQUINO IS A STUDENT AT THE DEFENSE LANGUAGE INSTITUTE.

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PANETTA LECTURE SERIES TONIGHT 4-28-14 1725 OG

TONIGHT’S INSTALLMENT OF THE 2014 PANETTA INSTITUTE LECTURE SERIES WILL BE BROADCAST ON K-S-C-O BEGINNING AT 7 P-M. THE TOPIC WILL BE THE ROLE OF GOVERNMENT: DEPRESSION, WARS, AND EQUALITY. SECRETARY PANETTA WILL MODERATE THE PANEL, INCLUDING BARNEY FRANK AND ALAN SIMPSON

 

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SC OFFICER PROMOTED 4-28-14 1650 OG

THE SANTA CRUZ POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED THE PROMOTION OF OFFICER CARTER JONES TO SERGEANT ON MONDAY. JONES HAS BEEN ON THE POLICE FORCE FOR OVER 11 YEARS, SERVING IN THE STREET CRIMES UNIT, AS A PEER COUNSELOR, ON THE SANTA CRUZ TACTICAL MEDICAL TASK FORCE, AND MOST RECENTLY, AS A FIELD TRAINING OFFICER. IN ADDITION TO HIS PATROL AND FIELD TRAINING DUTIES, HE WILL REMAIN A RESCUE DIVER AND AN OPERATOR ON THE SWAT TEAM. SERGEANT JONES WAS BORN AND RAISED IN SANTA CRUZ AND GRADUATED FROM SOQUEL HIGH SCHOOL.

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WHALE ENTANGLED IN MONTEREY BAY 4-28-14 1620 OG

THE WHALE ENTANGLEMENT TEAM WITH THE MONTEREY BAY WHALE WATCH IS TRACKING A HUMPBACK WHALE. THE HUMPBACK WAS SPOTTED A FEW MILES OFF THE MONTEREY BAY ON SUNDAY TANGLED IN 50 FEET OF ROPE WITH CRAB TRAPS AND BUOYS ATTACHED. THE TEAM BELIEVES THE ROPE BECAME WRAPPED AROUND THE WHALE’S TAIL AND HAVE ATTACHED A SATELLITE TAG TO THE WHALE TO BE ABLE TO FOLLOW IT. WHILE THE DISENTANGLEMENT TEAM IS OPTIMISTIC THEY CAN HELP FREE THE WHALE, THEY ARE ALSO CONCERNED THAT OTHER WHALES MAY BECOME ENTANGLED AS WELL AND HAVE NOTICED THAT THE HUMPBACK IS STARTING TO MOVE MORE SLOWLY AS IT TIRES FROM THE STRUGGLE. OFFICIALS ARE STRONGLY ADVISING WELL-WISHERS TO NOT TO TRY TO ASSIST THE WHALE IN ANY WAY AS THE PRESENCE OF PEOPLE AND BOATS COULD DISTURB THE WHALE EVEN MORE.

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