(07:25) Watsonville - A man, who was reported missing earlier this week, has been found safe. Yesterday Watsonville Police got a call of a disoriented elderly man behind Martinelli's on Beach Street. Upon arrival officers learned that the man, Gerry Haney, had been reported missing out of the City of Clovis. Officers reported that Haney was in good health and unharmed
A Salinas man, who was found guilty of a violent 12-hour attack on his wife, has been sentence to time in prison. 41 year-old Michael Russ has been sentenced to spend 18 years behind bars. He said he attacked his wife last July (after he got out of prison) because he thought she had been cheating on him while he was serving time for beating his wife in the past.
Gayles Bakery And Rosticceria (in Capitola) turned 40 years-old today. The Bakery opened, in the same location, in 1978. Back then it was only an 800 square foot facility….and they made just 12 products. These days it’s a more than 5,000 square foot facility that serves food, and baked goods, to about 2,000 people per day.
For those who don’t already know, Gayle’s is located on the 500 block of Bay Avenue in Capitola.
A prior scam, is being used again in San Benito County. In the scam, a caller claims to be a local sheriff’s deputy (who explains to the victim that that person has “failure to appear” and “contempt of court” citations….and they need to pay a fine over the phone). The San Benito County Sheriff’s Department wants to remind people that they do not take payments over the phone, and they do not act on behalf of the United States Federal Court system.
A man, who was recently arrested in Santa Cruz, is suspected of killing 2 people in Modesto last fall, in 2 separate shootings. Robert Earl Davis was found in a beach street motel room. Davis is thought to have fired rounds into a home there on October 28th, inadvertently killing a 5 year-old boy and injuring his friend…..and on November 21st, Davis is believed to have killed 21 year-old Cody Lea near a park in a drug-related shooting.
2 other men, who are also believed to have been involved with those killings, have already been arrested.
2 people, who were in possession of burglary tools, stolen license plates, and a controlled substances, were arrested last night. Samuel Beltran, and his passenger Alura Castillo, were in a car with a stolen license plate, when they were stopped by Santa Cruz county sheriff’s deputies near Watsonville. Both Beltran and Castillo were booked into Santa Cruz County Jail.
A Prunedale man now faces an 8 year prison sentence. 56 year-old Crispin Manuel Vasquez pleaded guilty to 1 count of forcing a child to touch his genitals. Vasquez has 4 prior convictions for indecent exposure. He is scheduled to be sentenced May 22nd. Once released from prison he will also be required to register as a sex offender.
(10:00) The City of Santa Cruz and Pacific Gas and Electric Company will be removing dead and potentially hazardous pine trees from Murray Street this month. The tree removal will occur at the west end of the Murray Street Bridge with traffic impacted from Seabright Avenue to 7th Avenue. One lane of Murray Street will be closed. The work is scheduled to take place from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, February 20. All travelers should expect delays and plan alternate routes if possible.