Pacific Grove, CA

Woman fatally struck by truck while crossing Rodriguez Street

WATSONVILLE—A woman was killed Friday afternoon while crossing the street at the intersection of Rodriguez and West Beach streets in downtown Watsonville. Watsonville Police Department Sgt. Mike Ridgeway confirmed that a female pedestrian died at the scene after she was pinned beneath a white Ford F-250 pickup while using a crosswalk. He said she was walking west across Rodriguez Street around 3:15pm when the truck approached from eastbound West Beach Street.
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Restaurant owner, airport management in dispute over transition plan

WATSONVILLE—Ella’s at the Airport opened at Watsonville Municipal Airport in 2015, and since then has garnered a large following of customers. Owner Ella King, who at the time also owned the popular Cafe Ella, took the building—closed for one year after the previous restaurant was shuttered—and transformed it into a successful California cuisine eatery that has remained profitable even through the slowdown caused by the ongoing pandemic.
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Salinas police make 2 arrests in separate child molestation investigations

SALINAS, Calif. — The Salinas Police Department reported on Friday that it arrested two people for child molestation in two separate cases. In April, officers investigated a report of a sexual assault that had taken place in 2020 against someone under the age of 14. The victim identified the perpetrator as Jorge Rosas Flores, 39.
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Watsonville police arrest 3 for sex crimes against children

WATSONVILLE, Calif. — Three people have been arrested for committing sex crimes against children, the Watsonville Police Department announced on Friday. Daniel Alanis, 39, Armando Venegas, 26, and Arthur Decaney, 58, were all arrested in the past two weeks for separate incidents, police said. Alanis was accused of committing "lewd...

Salinas couple to be sentenced for welfare fraud

A Salinas couple pleaded no contest this week to felony charges of welfare fraud. Manuel Arriaga-Galloso, 30, and Gloria Torres Ramos, 30, entered their pleas on Thursday after fraudulently receiving food stamps and cash aide benefits for three years. The Monterey County District Attorney’s Office said the couple racked up close to $17,000 in benefit overpayments...
Santa Cruz Sentinel

King tide event to hit Santa Cruz coastline over weekend

SANTA CRUZ — Santa Cruz County waters will likely be pulled to a biannual peak over the weekend, with the arrival of a “King Tide” event. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts ocean tides will reach a high mark of around 6.7 feet at Santa Cruz beaches through Sunday.

Santa Cruz Man Sentenced To 6 Years In Federal Prison For Vicious Hate Crime Attack

SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — A 45-year-old Santa Cruz man has been sentenced to 6 years in federal prison for committing a federal hate crime in connection with stabbing a Black man 10-20 times while yelling the racial slurs during a vicious assault with a knife on a city street in 2020. Ole Hougen was convicted of the crime on April 9 and was sentenced on Thursday. According to evidence presented at trial, Hougen confronted a 29-year-old Black man who was crossing the street in Santa Cruz. Hougen began screaming racial slurs at him and then brandished a nine-inch knife and slashed multiple...

Deal to Sell Watsonville Community Hospital Announced

Editor’s note: The following statement was issued Dec. 3 on the future of Watsonville Community Hospital. Watsonville Community Hospital has reached a preliminary agreement to sell its operations to a new healthcare district sponsored by the Pajaro Valley Healthcare District Project to secure the hospital’s future and continue its role as a critical healthcare provider.

Pacific Grove holds Parade of Lights

PACIFIC GROVE, Calif. — People came out Thursday night to check out the Pacific Grove Parade of Lights. There were holiday floats, marching bands, dance teams and Santa. After the parade, carolers sand and families were able to snap pictures with Santa.

CIF State football playoff brackets: Previews, predictions, top players of the lower divisions (5-AA, 5-A, 6-AA, 6-A, 7-AA, 7-A)

— North: Sutter (10-1) vs. San Marin (12-1) at River Valley H.S. – Friday, Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m. If you’ve heard it once or twice, you’ve heard it a million times – a Northern Section squad is a moderate underdog heading into a heavyweight battle against an NCS team. Sutter’s only loss this season came 21-0 before league play against Foothill (Palo Cedro), but every other game it’s played this season has been a win, almost every one coming in blowout fashion. That said, the Huskies defeated a strong, battle-tested Paradise squad in overtime in the Division 3 championship to make it here, so they should be ready to operate under pressure if this is a close game. Their well-balanced offense prefers to run but passes well, and is led by RB Nic Fisher and QB Trevor Eck. LB Joseph Martinez and SS Leighton Tarke are both above 100 tackles, and Sutter has racked up 78 tackles for loss and 31 sacks as a team in an egalitarian manner.
Santa Cruz Sentinel

State grants nearly $21 million for Santa Cruz housing, infrastructure project

SANTA CRUZ – The City of Santa Cruz on Thursday received $20.9 million in grant funding for its Pacific Station Redevelopment project which will provide 100% affordable housing and infrastructure improvements to the city. The California Department of Housing and Community Development awarded the city the funding out of its...

Annual Christmas tree lighting celebration held in Marina.

Marina, Calif. (KION) People in Marina are now feeling the holiday spirit. On Friday evening the Marina Foundation along with the City of Marina organized a tree lighting ceremony with people in the community. The Marina Police Department carried out a Facebook live at the event. Residents gathered at Vince Dimaggio Park at 6 p.m. The post Annual Christmas tree lighting celebration held in Marina. appeared first on KION546.

Prescreening underway for potential employees in Monterey County Cannabis Equity Program

Individuals with previous cannabis-related criminal charges could get a second chance at job opportunities with a new equity program. The Monterey County Cannabis Equity Grant Program is currently calling for potential employees to apply for a prescreening process for those interested in working at or owning a business in the local cannabis industry.