A decision was made yesterday to reverse a public gathering permit in the City of Santa Cruz from 50 to 100 people. City council members decided to revert back to 100, after Council members lost on a 4-to-3 majority last month to change the threshold to 50. The issue was raised again last night during a final reading of ordinance changes governing public expression and commercial events, and council members agreed unanimously to move forward with the reversal.
A stranded fisherman was brought to safety after falling into the ocean off West Cliff Drive in Santa Cruz yesterday. The man, who was in his sixties, was fishing off rocks near Coumbia Street, when he slipped and fell into the water. The man was able to climb back onto the rock about 30-feet from shore with head injuries, before someone on the road spotted him about an hour later and called 9-1-1. Santa Cruz Fire rescue swimmers arrived, helped the man aboard a personal watercraft, before he was transported by ambulance to a nearby trauma center.
No injuries were reported after a Salinas home caught fire last night. Fire crews responded to the home on the 300 block of California Street shortly before 7 o’clock. Officials believe the fire erupted after the home’s owner said she forgot to unplug a light bulb hanging from an extension cord in her attic. The woman told authorities she smelled smoke and noticed flames coming from that area. The woman was able to escape unharmed. Good Samaritans meanwhile were able to assist the woman to safety, along with several pets inside the home.
A King City High School History teacher and wrestling coach has been arrested on suspicion of beating up a 15-year old student. According to Monterey County Sheriff’s Deputies, the student and a 15-year old female family member of 45-year old Michael Ciccarelli are both on the wrestling team and are dating, when the two were absent from wrestling practice on November 21st. Ciccarelli discovered the two in a compromising position when he went to the boy's home and broke down the door to the teen's bedroom before punching and kicking the boy in the face. The boy suffered a broken nose. The incident was reported the following day and Ciccarelli was arrested after an arrest warrant was served.
The YMCA will begin providing domestic violence counseling for south Monterey County abuse victims, after being awarded a contract by Medi-Cal. Counseling services start next year on January 1st, and will be provided every Wednesday in Soledad at the Behavioral Health Clinic located at 359 Gabilan Drive. The agency will also serve King City clients on Friday at the Behavioral Health Clinic located at 620 Broadway Street.