(11:15) Watsonville - CHP reported that both lanes were closed on Highway 129 this morning due to an overturned vehicle, downed power lines and a fire. The solo vehicle accident took place around 4:35 near Murphy Crossing and Rogge Lane near Watsonville. A big rig driver pulled over to help but hit a power line in the process, which then started a fire. PG&E is on scene.
(10:30) Santa Cruz - The 2nd Annual Floating Pumpkin Patch will be held this Sunday at the Simpkins Family Swim Center. In addition to pumpkin picking, there will be games, prizes, music, popcorn, and pumpkin decorating. The event will take place on Sunday from 1-4 P.M., at 979 17th Ave, in Santa Cruz.
(8:00) Monterey County - Caltrans announced construction will resume on westbound Highway 68 with overnight work on Sunday night. Crews will be working on an emergency project to replace a culvert on westbound Highway 68 between Quail Ridge Lane and Corral de Tierra Road near Monterey. Work will take place between the hours of 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. on Sunday through Friday morning, November 3. Motorists will encounter one-way reversing traffic control with delays not to exceed 20 minutes.
(07:35) The Santa Cruz Police Department reported that 3 gun dealers have been broken into in the last month in Santa Cruz County. Yesterday morning Outdoor World, located on River Street, was targeted. Although only clothing was taken from the store, authorities are investigating a trend of gun shops being burglarized. On September 28, the Big 5 in Capitola was burglarized. The thief walked away with a shotgun and BB gun. Days later, Markley’s gun shop was broken into, in Watsonville, and several handguns were stolen. Law enforcement departments in all 3 cities are working together to see if the burglaries are connected.
(06:10) Santa Cruz - Cal fire reported this morning that the Bear Fire, which is burning between Boulder Creek and Los Gatos, is 320 acres and 40 percent contained. Evacuation orders remain in effect for Bear Creek Canyon Road, Deer Creek Road, Rons Road, and Dons Road. Bear Creek Road between Hawk Ridge Road and Highway 35 is open to residents only. 2 Evacuation Centers are set up at Lakeside Elementary located at, 19621 Black Road, in Los Gatos and Zayante Fire Station located at, 7700 E Zayante Road, in Felton. Bear Fire Evacuation Centers will be open from 10 am to 4 pm as drop-in information centers and will remain open every day until evacuations are lifted. If you are an evacuee needing overnight accommodations please call: 1-866-272-2237.
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