Parents and caregivers, of children 2 years-old and younger, are being warned that teething gels and creams (that contain Benzocaine) can cause rare, but potentially deadly, side effects on those children. That’s because Benzocaine can cause a rare blood condition that has been linked to breathing problems. Symptoms can include shortness of breath, headache, and rapid heart rate. Although there are similar over-the-counter products for adults (with toothaches and cold sores), Benzocaine is not considered to be dangerous for adults.
Although a number of area residents objected, Santa Cruz county leaders have approved the construction of a Nissan dealership at the corner of 41st Avenue and Soquel Drive in Soquel. The groundbreaking of the 12 million dollar project, on the 2.6 acre lot, is slated to take place this July. To ease the expected congestion, a traffic light will be installed at the nearby intersection of Soquel Drive and Robertson Street.
A $1,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person, or people, involved in abandoning a pony in Salinas. The pony was found last Thursday, wandering in the 500 block of San Juan Grade Road. The gray mare is blind in one eye, and appears to have been neglected for some time now. She is believed to be about 11 years-old.
Anyone with information on this case is encouraged to contact the S-P-C-A For Monterey County.
A necropsy has determined that 2 whales that died in the San Francisco Bay Area did so from human-caused injuries. The 45-foot long juvenile female Fin whale was hit by a ship, while a 35-foot long adult female Gray whale died after becoming entangled in what appeared to be fishing gear.
A 16 year-old Los Banos boy has been reported missing, and is thought to possibly be headed to either Salinas Or Stockton. Daniel Vega is described as being 5 feet 10 inches tall, with brown hair and brown eyes. He also has a scar on his right cheek near his lip. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact their local authorities.
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