A lawsuit filed by a UC-Santa Cruz graduate student alleges their daughter’s breathing problems were caused by a toxic mold found in his University campus apartment. Matthew Richert and his wife filed the suit against UCSC and are seeking an excess of $25,000. Richert says they started noticing mold on their walls in the Fall of 2011, around the same time his 1-year old daughter’s respiratory problems started. The university conducted a mold inspection in may and found about 60 of the 200 family units needed repair.
Two Central Coast fire departments are about to join forces to provide emergency services. Officials say the partnership between the Monterey and Monterey Airport District fire Departments will significantly lower fire and emergency response times especially along the Highway 68 corridor, the airport commercial district, Ryan Ranch and the Deer Flats and Fisherman’s Flats neighborhood. A formal announcement of the partnership is expected to be made at a news conference tomorrow at 11 a.m.
America’s largest cycling race will return to the Central Coast next year. Monterey will host the start of Stage 4 of the Amgen Tour of California on May 14th. Cyclists will travel 100-miles along the Pacific Ocean before ending in Cambria. The Tour of California is an eight-day Tour de France-style cycling road race that starts in Sacramento on May 11th and ends in Thousand Oaks on May 18th. Monterey County last hosted the Tour of California in 2006. For more information, go to www.amgentourofcalifornia.com.
An in-home health-care provider has been arrested on suspicion of taking more than $20,000 from her Scotts Valley client. Police arrested 42-year old Crystal Gilbert yesterday on suspicion of elder abuse, grand theft, and embezzlement after money was found missing from the man’s trust account. Police found two of the man’s credit cards after a search was conducted on Gilbert and her apartment.
An accident that killed a 40-year old Santa Cruz cyclist was caused after the driver of the vehicle that struck the man, said he fell asleep at the wheel. The incident occurred Saturday at 11:30 a.m. when a 63-year old man driving a Tesla, drove into a group of cyclists riding in the opposite direction on Highway 1 near Dimeo Lane, and fatally struck one of the cyclists, Josh Alper. Police say the impact of the crash caused Alper to go head-first into the Tesla’s windshield. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Meanwhile the driver of the Tesla cooperated with investigators and was not arrested.