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Santa Cruz Water Supply Advisory Committee seeking public input

The Water Supply Advisory Committee in Santa Cruz is seeking public input on what the committee should be evaluating.

"We welcome any and all ideas," said Sarah Mansergh, committee member and co-chair of the Santa Cruz Surfrider Foundation. “It’s time to hear from the community as we all work toward finding a solution to the ongoing issues that threaten the future of our water supply.”

Submissions should be no more than two pages and briefly describe the idea or strategy, its potential effectiveness, environmental impacts and practicability.

Please send to santacruzwatersupply@gmail.com or by hand or mail delivery to WSAC at 212 Locust St., Suite A, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 by 5 p.m., Monday, July 28.

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Live grenade found in Watsonville home

Watsonville Police closed the 300 block of Palm Avenue around 2:00 pm Saturday from Lincoln Street to Jefferson Street.

This area is closed to vehicle traffic and foot traffic for the next 4-5 hours.

Watsonville Police say a homeowner was cleaning when they found a live hand grenade and called police.

Nearby homes were evacuated and the street was closed for public safety. A military crew is on its way to take custody of the device.

Parking hikes proposed for downtown Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz city officials are proposing a hike to parking rates downtown - though they say that even with the increases, the cost to park in downtown Santa Cruz will still be cheaper than in neighboring cities.

The following changes are being recommended:

Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office appoints first female canine handler

Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office appoints first female canine handler

The Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office has appointed its first female canine handler.

Deputy Cassandra Cassingham will serve with her new partner, Duke, a 3-year-old German Shepherd on patrol.

Deputy Cassingham and Duke completed an intensive eight week training program approved by the California Peace Office and Standards Commission.

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Alix Tichelman pleads not guilty in Santa Cruz yacht death

A Santa Cruz County Superior Court judge denied a reduction in Alix Tichelman's bail Wednesday morning.

Tichelman, the 26-year-old alleged prostitute who is accused of injecting 51-year-old Forrest Hayes with a lethal dose of heroin on his yacht, pleaded not guilty to all eight counts -- including felony manslaughter.

A felony manslaughter charge carries a possible maximum sentence of 11 years in prison, according to California law. Tichelman also faces a number of drug-related charges, among others.

Her parents and sister were in court for the first time but refused to talk to News Channel 5 or any media as they left the courtroom.

Tichelman will be back in court on October 20th to set a date for a preliminary hearing.  She is being represented by the public defender's office.

Monday, CNN obtained the bond report for Alix Tichelman which talked about her family and alleged intentions before the arrest.

2nd Saturday on the Farm

WHEN: Saturday, August 9, | 11am-3pm

WHERE: Santa Cruz Co Fairgrounds 2601 East Lake Avenue, Watsonville, CA 95076

COST: FREE

 Join us on Saturday, August 9, as we celebrate Beef, Broncos and Berries!  There’s always something for everyone, including roping, rope making, crafts and story telling from our own Laura Taay!  This month we’ll having a horseshoeing demonstration by Kim Kobow.  Enjoy live animals, including chickens and rabbits.  As always, there will be tractor driving and hayrides.  Don’t miss this free, fun, family event on Saturday, August 9, from 11am-3pm at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds. FREE

Great white sharks growing in population, study shows

Great white sharks growing in population, study shows

Story by Jacqueline Tualla