A year ago today, two Santa Cruz police officers were shot and killed during a sexual assault investigation. Detective Elizabeth Butler and Sergeant Loran “Butch” Baker were the first in the department’s 150-year history to die in the line of duty.
This morning, the Santa Cruz Police Department dedicates a memorial garden to honor the fallen officers, and their colleagues reflect on life in law enforcement.
Six King City police officers, including the former police chief and acting police chief, are facing corruption charges. The arrests were made Tuesday morning by the Monterey County Sheriff, the FBI, Salinas Police and the Monterey County District Attorney’s Bureau of Investigation.
Monterey County District Attorney Dean Flippo said the arrests came after a six month investigation initiated by complaints from King city residents. “People saying they take our property, they take our money, they take our cars,” said Flippo.
Investigators are trying to determine who shot and killed three sea otters near Asilomar State Beach in Pacific Grove back in September. California Sea Otters are protected under the federal Endanger Species Act and Marine Mammal Protection Act.
The fact that the cause of death was discovered at all, is a credit to those protections and the broad network of organizations working to aid the recovery of the sea otter.
Singer-Song writer John Lennon died more than 30 years ago, but both his songs and his art live on. And like Lennon once did, his art is doing tours on the road. The traveling exhibit opens Friday in Carmel.
The exhibit features nearly 100 limited edition lithographs, serigraphs and copper etchings of Lennon’s pen and ink artwork, and hand written song lyrics. Rudy Siegel of Legacy Fine Art & Productions says most were printed after Lennon’s death in 1980 and some have been colorized by Yoko Ono.
The AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am is in full swing after a rain delay Thursday. Each year this charitable tournament raises millions of dollars for Monterey Bay Area non-profits, in large part thanks to thousands of volunteers.
In a small trailer about a twenty minute walk from the first tee at Pebble Beach, four volunteer drivers sit waiting for the phone to ring. Tournament players call here when they need someone to take them from the airport or hotels to the golf courses.