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Deputies: Aptos Woman Raped While Sleeping

Deputies: Aptos Woman Raped While Sleeping

One man is behind bars after he was accused of sexually assaulting a woman while she was asleep.

Deputies say that the victim met a 23-year-old Charles Lee Steppes, Jr. while she was out with friends in mid March. Stepps and the victim allegedly went to a house in Aptos, where the woman fell asleep.

The woman says that she woke up to find Steppes sexually assaulting her and forced Steppes to leave the house, deputies say. The victim called the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office to report the crime.

Friday Steppes was arrested for one count of rape of an unconscious person at his home in Monterey. He was booked into the Santa Cruz County Jail and his bail is set at $50,000.00.

It is unknown if Steppes may have done this in the past to others.  Anyone with information regarding this incident or any other is encouraged to call Sergeant Liberty at (831) 454-2311.

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Push-Up Bikini For Kids, You Can Buy One at Abercrombie

Push-Up Bikini For Kids, You Can Buy One at Abercrombie

A push-up bikini top may not sound to racy, until you find out that it is for a 7-year-old. The Ashley Push-Up triangle bikini is in the current spring line for Abercrombie Kids.

As you can probably imagine, many parents are saying the swimsuit it too sexy for children.

Some experts also believe the clothing can even be dangerous, saying it gets young girls to think about themselves in sexual ways.

Abercrombie & Fitch released a statement saying it has removed the words "push-up" from the description of the top on its website. However, the padded tops are still available.

Fans of Central Coast News seemed to be split about what the think of a children's push-up bikini.

Felicia Nicole Cota wrote "provocative??? children Don't even know what that means! All they know is they look cute and feel cute. Is that so wrong?"

Ashley Ray wrote, "Looking CUTE is one thing...

San Lorenzo River Reaches Flooding Point, Evacuations Issued

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Warning for the San Lorenzo River that is expected to last till 6:00 pm. The San Lorenzo River at Big Trees Gage location is now at flood stage of 18.3 feet .

The Santa Cruz Office of Emergency Service says that they have issued evacuations because the San Lorenzo River has reached the flooding point. 

The Siren system was activated at approximately 2:54 pm to evacuate approximately 224 homes along the San Lorenzo River. 

In addition, the Reverse 911 system was activated at approximately 3:25 to evacuate the areas of Felton Grove, Paradise Park and Gold Gulch.  The Reverse 911 system affected approximately 825 people.  The evacuation is not anticipated to last for an extended period of time.

A staging area has been established at the Safeway parking lot in Felton.  The Red Cross has been dispatched to the staging area.

Various roads a

Evacuations for Capitola Village

The Capitola Police Department issued an evacuation order for Capitola Village and Pacific Cove Mobile Home Park at approximately 5:30 PM.  The Reverse 911 system was activated and affected approximately 620 homes.

A safe area has been established at the Jade Street Community Center and the New Brighton Middle School gym.  The Santa Cruz County Red Cross has been notified.

The evacuation order is still in effect for the areas of Felton Grove, Paradise Park and Gold Gulch affecting 825 homes.  A staging area has been established at the Safeway parking lot in Felton.  The Santa Cruz County Red Cross has been dispatched to the staging area.

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Aptos man accused of stealing silver bars worth $21k from his mother

From the Mercury News

A 20-year-old Aptos man was arrested Monday on suspicion of stealing six silver ingots worth $21,000, the Sheriff's Office reported.

A woman noticed during a move from La Selva Beach to Corralitos that six, 100-ounce ingots were missing, said Sgt. Dan Campos. She reported to deputies Monday morning that her son had stolen them, and the son told authorities that he sold them to a Santa Cruz pawn shop, deputies said.

About 11 p.m. Monday, Lucas Justin Savoie was arrested at a home in Aptos on suspicion of grand theft and false verification of ownership to pawn shop, Campos said.

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Homeless skateboarder wins civil award for crash on Soquel Avenue hill

From the Mercury New

Civil court jurors Thursday awarded $387,000 to a homeless man struck by a car while riding his skateboard on Soquel Avenue and Capitola Road more than three years ago, in a case that has attorneys for the skateboarder and driver accusing one another of greed and damaging smear campaigns.

Jurors originally awarded 41-year-old Shawn Erwood more than $600,000, but reduced it after finding he was 37 percent responsible for the accident, attorneys said.

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Flood Advisory Issued for San Benito, Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif - The National Weather Service-San Francisco Bay has issued and urban  and small stream flood advisory for Monterey, Santa Cruz, San Benito and Santa Clara Counties starting at 9:00 am Thursday until 5:00 pm Thursday.

Mondels are indicating a moderate to strong frontal system will approach the Central Coast region on Thursday morning bringing the potential for moderate to locally heavy rainfall to the advisory area.