(09:40) Santa Cruz - A Santa Cruz judge is expected to announce his decision on whether to try AJ Gonzalez as juvenile or an adult for the murder of 8 year-old Maddy Middleton, sometime next week. Middleton was raped and murdered my Gonzales in 2015, at the Tannery Arts Center in Santa Cruz. The defense will wrap up their statements today. If Gonzalez is tried as an adult he could face life in prison. If he is tried as a juvenile he could be released by the time he turns 23. Gonzalez turns 18 this Friday.
(08:45) Due to the Bear Fire burning in the Santa Cruz Mountains, Salinas and Santa Cruz air quality has been categorized as unhealthy. People with heart or lung disease, older adults, and children should avoid prolonged or heavy exertion. Everyone else should reduce prolonged or heavy exertion. For more information on air quality visit: airnow.gov.
(07:50) Chualar - CHP is investigating a fatal accident in Chualar. The accident took place this morning at Chualar Canyon Road and Old Stage Road. CHP is currently is on scene.
(07:45) Cal Fire is reporting the Bear Fire is now 271 acres and is 10 percent contained. Mandatory evacuations have been issued for the communities of Las Cumbres, Deer Creek, and all residents of Bear Creek Road from Hawk Ridge Road to Skyline Boulevard. 2 evacuation centers have been set up at lakeside Elementary School, 19621 Black Road, in Los Gatos and Zayante Fire Station, 7700 E Zayante Road, in Felton.
(07:35) Hollister - A man was arrested after he brandished a gun during a road rage incident in Hollister. 37-year-old Fidel Pena allegedly cut off a vehicle that was traveling on San Felipe Road. The incident occurred on Sunday around 11:30 a.m. Police located Pena in the area of San Felipe Road and Santa Ana Road. Inside the car officers located Pena, his wife, two teenagers and a 4-year-old son. Officers found a handgun in the car and arrested Pena for brandishing a firearm and child endangerment. Pena was booked into the San Benito County Jail.
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