1-person was injured in a drive-by shooting in Salinas on Sunday. Just before 3 p.m., shots were fired from a gray sedan at 3-teenagers who were walking on the 11-hundred block of Del Monte Avenue. A 17-year-old girl was struck in the arm, and was transported to a local hospital to be treated for wounds described as non-life-threatening. Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Salinas Police Department, or call the anonymous crime tip line, at 1-800-78-CRIME.
A small fire in a Capitola antique shop over the weekend, was extinguished before any serious damage was done. Fire crews responded to a report of a structure fire at 8:40 Saturday morning. The fire started in the storage room of a store on the 6-hundred block of Capitola Road, and was extinguished before it could spread. No antiques were involved in the fire, however smoke damage could cause some losses. No injuries were reported in the incident.
Santa Cruz Mayor Mike Rotkin will step down tomorrow, marking an end to 26-years of service on the city council. The 65-year-old is term-limited, after having served 6-terms on the city council, including 5-years as the council's rotating Mayor, over the last 32-years. Santa Cruz City Councilwoman, (and 3-time mayor), Cynthia Mathews is also termed-out, and will serve her last day tomorrow as well.
The Santa Cruz S.P.C.A. has been recognized with several top-honors, in a poll conducted by the magazine "The American Dog." Santa Cruz SPCA's Executive Director Lisa Carter was named the top lobbyist in the country, for animal welfare. The Santa Cruz SPCA's animal shelter was named the 3rd-best shelter in the nation, in a poll which saw 27-thousand votes cast. The agency's website was also honored, being named the best website in the nation, for animal welfare. The local agency will be awarded a 3-page spread in the next issue of "The American Dog," which reaches roughly 5-hundred-thousand people around the country.
A head-on car accident on Highway-156 over the weekend caused serious injuries to 2-people. 1-of the hospitalized drivers, 52-year-old Christina Louise Zuniga-Butler, is suspected of being under the influence of drugs, and faces D.U.I. charges. She remained in intensive care on Sunday. The driver of the other car also was in serious condition over the weekend, and 2-passengers received minor injuries. Zuniga-Butler is expected to be taken into custody, when she is released from the hospital.
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