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USDA conducts rare training event at Ocean Mist

USDA conducts rare training event at Ocean Mist

CASTROVILLE, Calif. More than 45 staff from five departments at Ocean Mist Farms participated in a custom training session recently led by the United States Department of Agriculture. Ocean Mist Farms’ headquarters in Castroville was the site for this unique training event.

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Velador back in court Wednesday

Velador back in court Wednesday

WATSONVILLE. Calif. A woman accused of *nearly* killing a 10 year old boy in March is expected in court tomorrow.

Watsonville police arrested Brenda Velador last week. They say she sped through a crosswalk and hit Jesse Ventura who was crossing Main Street with his family.

The boy remains in a coma at a bay area hospital.

Velador pleaded not guilty to reckless driving charges Monday. Prosecutors want to increase her bail from $60,000 to $250,000.

Artichoke farm fire controled

Artichoke farm fire controled

CASTROVILLE, Calif. Electrical wires sparked a small fire at an artichoke farm in castroville Tuesday.

It happened on nashua road and fire crews quickly responed. Fire and PG&E crews put out the flames at "Pezzini Farms." The business had power restored that night. It seems the fire started in well pump and water stopped for a time. There were no reports of injuries.

Avoid the 20 DUI Task Force set

Avoid the 20 DUI Task Force set

SALINAS, Calif. - Those who take the risk to drink and drive stand a high probability of getting caught. Why? Because law enforcement is especially looking for the those driving under the influence between now and Labor Day. The 'Avoid the 20' task force is set to get starting Friday, August 15.

Expecting to arrest between 100 and 140 DUI suspects over 18 days, city and university police, sheriff’s deputies and California Highway Patrol officers in Monterey and San Benito Counties are beginning their summer mobilization.

The Avoid the 20 effort, named for the number of law enforcement agencies in the two counties, gets its funding from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, said Salinas police traffic Sgt. Gerard Ross.

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Dear Jon: There’s hope for pet owners who can’t afford care

 Dear Jon: There’s hope for pet owners who can’t afford care

You may have been in a situation where your pet had a life threatening condition, but you couldn't pay for care due to one reason or another. It's a really tough situation to be in, the thought of losing your pet to a lack of funds. Shelly wrote to me and asked, “Dear Jon, my pet has a serious medical condition, but I can't pay for care, is there any hope?”

Yes there is hope and one resource I’ve located here on the Central Coast is called the BirchBark Foundation.

Sex offender taken into custody in Castroville

Sex offender Michael Rose was taken into custody in Castroville Wednesday for not complying with conditions of his probation and sex offender laws.

The Monterey County Sheriff’s Department Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement task force arrested Rose near Highway 156.

Rose failed to comply with sex offender registration requirements and violated his probation. 

He was taken into custody without incident and transported to Monterey County Jail.

 

 

Monterey County veterans “Stand Down” this weekend

Monterey County veterans “Stand Down” this weekend

FORT ORD, Calif.- Monterey County’s homeless veterans will have a community of their own for 3 days beginning at noon August 1. During the Stand Down homeless veterans, men, women and families will have access to free medical and dental care.

“Our Stand Down,” says Terry Bare, Executive Director of the Veterans Transition Center, “is fully encompassing. Our goal is to get our veterans back on their feet. If we can we can provide opportunity and hope, then we’ve done our job.”