(11:45) Santa Cruz- With the string of natural disasters across North America the central coast has shown an increase in natural disaster preparedness. The Santa Cruz County Community Emergency Response Teams (C.E.R.T.) offers information on how to to take care of yourself, families, and friends in the event of a natural disaster. C-E-R-T training is free to the community. For more information visit: santacruzcountycert.org.
(07:25) Santa Cruz - Volunteers removed invasive plants along the San Lorenzo River in Santa Cruz yesterday. As part of the River Health Day series, volunteers were led by the Coastal Watershed Council and native plant experts and removed plants such as fennel, pampas grass and ice plant from the river ecosystem. For more information on the Coastal Watershed Council visit: coastal-watershed.org.
The San Luis Obispo County Coroner's Office issued an amended cause of death for a woman who died at a summer music festival. 20 year old Baylee Gatlin attended the Lightning in a Bottle music and arts festival at Lake San Antonio for 4 days before being hospitalized and dying on May 27th. Th Coroner had originally claimed that Gatlin died of an LSD overdose. The cause of death has been changed to multi-organ failure, hyperthermia, and dehydration.
Santa Cruz Police Chief, Andy Mills, wrote a letter to President Trump requesting he reverse his decision on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.
The letter reads: Dear Mr. President, As the Chief of Police of Santa Cruz, a small city in California, I write to implore you to reverse your decision on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). I believe an important part of a leader’s role is to protect the vulnerable. Here is an opportunity for you to demonstrate leadership through the incredible power of your position.
As you know Mr. President, law enforcement officers use discretion when enforcing the law. We look at the intent of the legislation, ensure even application of those laws and determine if the enforcement of the law in this circumstance does more harm than good. I plead with you to do the same. Please examine the law and determine if deporting children who do not speak the language, or have support systems in a country they do not remember is a sound decision. I pray you will conclude that the choice to remove the DACA Program should be reversed.
Finally, as an American, patriot, servant of the people and a public leader, I believe that how I lead improves or diminishes my community’s sense of civility. Here is an incredible opportunity to increase common sense civility in America. Best regards, Andrew G. Mills, Chief Of Police.
(07:50) Salinas - The Salinas Police Department completed the Summer/Labor Day DUI enforcement campaign. The campaign ran from August 18th through September 4th. During that time period, there were 8 DUI collisions, officers arrested 13 drivers for driving under the influence and 5 people were injured. Funding for this DUI operation is provided to the Salinas Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Santa Cruz police arrested a San Jose man after he crashed into a front yard on Saturday. Shortly after 11 p.m. 21 year old Daniel Lee lost control of his car on the 1600 block of Bay Street. The vehicle jumped the curb, hit two trees, and a sign before coming to rest on a fence. A search of Lee’s vehicle uncovered marijuana, cocaine, and several used whip-it (nitrous oxide) canisters. Lee was booked into Santa Cruz County jail.
(07:20) Salinas - Salinas Police Department is seeking the publics help in identifying a man who allegedly stole items from the Salinas Target several times last week. The man was last seen driving a stolen older model Chevy pickup with California license plate 5X65997. A picture of the man can be found on the Salinas Police Department’s Facebook Page. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Salinas Police Department.
The Santa Cruz CHP is offering child safety seat inspections this month. According to Safe Kids World Wide, 73% of Car Seats are installed or used incorrectly. The Child Safety seat inspections will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday at the Toys R Us parking lot, 1660 Commercial Way, in Santa Cruz.
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