(08:00) Capitola - Authorities are investigating the cause of a house fire and death that took place last night in Capitola. The fire broke out just after midnight on the 700 block Sunset Drive. Authorities reported that after the fire was extinguished a man was unresponsive inside the home. The cause of the fire and death is still under investigation.
(07:50) Scotts Valley - The public is invited to the General Plan Advisory Committee meeting tonight in Scotts Valley. There will be a briefing on economic development trends, followed by a review of the draft economic development section. The meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at Scotts Valley City Hall, at 1 Civic Center Drive.
(07:25) Watsonville - The Pajaro Valley Unified School District board in Watsonville elected new officers for 2018 last week. Leslie DeRose will serve as board president and Maria Orozco will serve as vice president/clerk.
A Soledad man convicted of murdering his child’s mother has been sentenced . 30 year old Ernesto Hernandez was found guilty of shooting 19 year old Abigail Gasca-Chavez 7 times in the head while their 2 year old daughter witnessed the killing. On Friday Hernandez was ordered to life without parole in state prison.
Gilroy police have identified a suspect wanted for murder. Investigators allege 20 year old Jay Robert Vasquez is responsible for the shooting death of 32 year old Jason Contreras on November 29th. The fatal shooting took place on the 7500 block of Alexander Street and is believed to be gang related.
A Salinas man was arrested after a brief stand off on Friday. Shortly after 4 p.m. patrol units responded to a trailer park on the 300 block of Williams Road to investigate reports of a domestic disturbance between an adult male and his mother. Officers surrounded the trailer, the suspect was arrested without incident at about 5 pm.
Watsonville police are investigating firearms recovered during a car pursuit. At 10 p.m. on Friday, a patrol unit attempted to stop a speeding vehicle on West Beach and Lee Road. The suspect vehicle, a 1993 Lexus sedan, sped off and a pursuit ensued to southbound Highway 1, where several items were thrown frown from the car. The chase was ended due to concerns for public safety. A pistol and assault rifle were recovered from the roadway.
A new communications tower is being planned for north Santa Cruz county. Officials say the new cell tower is needed for police and 9-1-1 communications due to frequent failures of the current aged system. The new communications system is scheduled for construction in spring on the CEMEX property near Davenport. The project is expected to be complete in the summer of 2018.