Authorities have identified a suspect from a recent burglary of a Santa Cruz County non-profit organization. 18-computers, (valued at 35-thousand dollars were recently taken from the Aptos office of Community Bridges. The fingerprints of Devin McKnight, who was arrested for an unrelated crime, allegedly match those found at the scene, and he is expected to face charges for the thefts.
Santa Cruz City Council Members are set to consider a proposal on Tuesday, to pledge more than 53-million dollars to the city's Redevelopment Agency. The move is in response to Governor Brown's plan to eliminate redevelopment agencies throughout the state. In an effort to protect existing funds from being taken, Council Members will consider a contract to commit more than 30-million dollars to already-approved projects. A tentative contract to commit more than 20-million dollars for future projects will also be considered, with hopes that state leaders will be more reluctant to cancel planned- projects. Those future projects, though, would go through the normal approval and public comment process. The money is expected to fund improvements to Highways-1 and 9, as well as the Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf, local roads, and several low-income-housing projects. Santa Cruz County Supervisors are set to consider a similar proposal tomorrow as well. Watsonville City leaders already passed a contract with their redevelopment agency last month, for 187-million dollars.
A 17-year-old was rescued by first responders in Santa Cruz, after falling down a cliff. Firefighters, police officers, State Parks officials, and medical crews responded to the Saturday afternoon incident, which occurred at East Cliff Point (at the San Lorenzo River Mouth). The victim was treated, and lowered from the cliff, before ultimately being air-lifted out of the county for further treatment.
A Salinas man was arrested on Friday night, after leading Salinas Police Officers on a brief pursuit. 44-year-old William Collins was pulled over on San Benacio Road, before he fled, at speeds up to 70-miles an hour. Police say he surrendered after about 3-miles, and was taken into custody on suspicion of D.U.I.
A 27-year-old man was arrested in Salinas on Friday on several charges, including possession of a firearm. Matthew Redford Speight was taken into custody after authorities conducted a vehicle check on a truck parked in the parking lot of Wal-Mart (on North Davis Road). The truck was searched after it was discovered that Speight was on parole. The Monterey County Sheriff's Office said in a release, that authorities found a meth pipe, used syringes, and a gun with the serial number scratched off. Speight also told deputies he was a member of the Vagos motorcycle gang. He was taken to Monterey County Jail.
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