This week’s freezing temperatures have caused damages in the millions to this year’s lemon crop. A vintner, who grows about 10% of the 1,000 acres of lemon orchards in the Santa Lucia Highlands says the overnight 27-degree weather has caused a roughly 5% production loss as of Wednesday night. Last year the grower claims his lemon crop generated a gross value of 15.2 million dollars countywide. The grower said wind machines along with a helicopter were used this week in an effort to help generate heat.
The building owner of a former Monterey Fisherman’s Wharf restaurant claims his former tenant vandalized the place before it officially closed it’s doors this week. Nino Palma said he evicted Tene Shake, the former owner of Isabella’s restaurant, because he was always late with his rent. Palma claims Shake left him with over $100,000 worth of damages after the restaurant officially shut down Monday. Palma found rotting vegetables and seafood still sitting in the kitchen when he walked in Tuesday, along with windows covered in white paint, dirty dishes piled throughout the restaurant and paintings and shelves ripped from the walls. Shake meanwhile denies any wrongdoing saying he left because his lease was up.
Two Capitola women are safe after escaping a fire that started in the garage of a sober living house yesterday afternoon. Fire crews responded to the 100-block of Cortez Drive just before 12:30 and were able to prevent the fire from spreading to other areas of the home by containing the blaze to the garage. The blaze was fully out by 1:30. The garage roof, and items stored inside, sustained most of the damage. Authorities are still investigating whether cigarette butts found in an ashtray in the garage caused the blaze. About 8 people living in the home, were temporarily displaced.
A man was left homeless yesterday after a fire damaged his Live Oak home on the 3800 block of Floral Court. Authorities say the man was varnishing a desk while using a space heater in the room Wednesday night, when he left the home and the fire erupted. The blaze was reported just after midnight. Firefighters arrived to an unoccupied home and extinguished the blaze. The home sustained smoke and heat damage. No injuries were reported.
A portion of Highway 9 in Boulder Creek was closed down for nearly 5 hours Wednesday after a woman driving under the influence of drugs, crashed her SUV into a power pole. Police say the incident occurred at about noon, when Boulder Creek resident 54-year old Colette King was traveling Southbound on Highway 9, when she struck the pole north of Flat Road. The road was closed till about 4:30 while PG&E crews cleared the downed power lines. King was arrested but later posted a $5,000 bail.