A magnitude 4.5 earthquake centered in San Benito County struck early this morning. The U.S.G.S. reports that the quake struck 6 miles south southeast of San Juan Bautista at 12:51 a.m., and as of 6 a.m. this morning, roughly 15 aftershocks ranging from 1.2 to 3.4 were reported all in the same area of the San Andreas Fault. No damage was immediately reported.
Illegal gambling machines targeting young children have been found in Santa Cruz County lately. Law Enforcement Authorities recently learned about Coin Dozer gaming machines found at a county grocery store and at a Watsonville store. Officials say the machines, which have been showing up in mom-and-pop grocery stores, are not like an arcade game, but more of a game of chance attracting children who have been seen feeding the machines with thousands of dollars in quarters. Anyone who spots a coin dozer gaming machine is asked to call the Santa Cruz County District Attorney’s office.
A town hall meeting is slated to take place in Santa Cruz this week to remember those killed and injured during Saturday’s shooting in Arizona. Congressman Sam Farr will host the American Unity Town Hall meeting Thursday January 13th at the 1st Congregational Church at 900 High Street from 6-to-7 p.m. The meeting will also provide constituents with a forum to express their condolences and concerns about the weekend tragedy, and serve as an opportunity to remember and honor, U.C. Santa Cruz graduate, Gabriel Zimmerman and other victims of the shooting.
U.C Santa Cruz administrators would like anyone with information about a graffiti threatening incident that was discovered on campus last month, to please step forward. The graffiti was found by a student in a men’s bathroom in the social sciences-2 building on December 8th. A campus-wide message was sent via email by the university’s executive vice chancellor asking students to be vigilant and report information about the incident to UCSC police.
Police in Santa Cruz and San Jose are asking for the public’s help in finding the same man who robbed 2 different banks. Police say the suspect is linked to crimes that occurred in each city in November and December. The man, who is described as having brown hair and is about 30 years of age, is said to be 5-feet-9-inches to 6-feet tall and weighs between 175 to 200 pounds. the 1st robbery occurred on November 1st at the Camden Avenue Chase Bank in San Jose, and the 2nd robbery was committed in Santa Cruz on December 10th at the Comerica Bank on Mission Street. Anyone with any information on either crime is asked to contact the Santa Cruz and/or San Jose Police Departments.
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