(06:40) Santa Cruz - Santa Cruz Public Works announced that Branciforte Drive will be subject to traffic delays from Happy Valley School to Granite Creek Road between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Monday. These delays are necessary for pavement coring & testing operations, one lane will remain open during work with traffic control in place. The public is advised to seek alternate routes during these times. For more information visit: sccroadclosure.org.
The Soquel Creek Water District is announcing an open meeting has been cancelled. An open meeting of the board of supervisor’s for the Mid-county Groundwater Association, scheduled for January 18th, has been cancelled. The public is invited to the next scheduled meeting on March 15th.
An investigation into a firearms brandishing case has led to the arrest of a suspected gang member. Watsonville police obtained a search warrant for the residence of 30 year old Pedro Magana after he reportedly brandished a fire arm on January 1st. Police executed the search warrant yesterday and seized drugs, a loaded firearm, a stolen motorcycle, and gang paraphernalia. Magna was booked into Sant Cruz County jail.
Santa Cruz police are investigating a bank robbery that took place on Wednesday. Authorities say that shortly before 5 p.m. an armed suspect entered U.S. Bank at the corner of Morrisey and Water Streets. The robbery then brandished a firearm and demanded money from the tellers. The subject fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash. Police searched an area near High Street, however at this time the suspect remains at large.
Santa Cruz police arrested a transient following a vandalism investigation early Thursday morning. Shortly after midnight patrol units responded to reports of a man throwing a chair through a window after he was asked to leave a business on the 2200 block of Mission Street. Officers were unable to locate the suspect until they were called back to the scene after 1 a.m. where they located 43 year old Michael Richards. Richards fled the scene in a vehicle and a pursuit ensued. At one point the suspect ramed a police car. Richards was apprehended after an hour long standoff in the San Lorenzo River. Multiple charges are pending.
The Santa Cruz County DA’s office has announced a settlement agreement has been reached with E Harmony. Santa Cruz county is one of several participants in a protective suit against the on-line dating site. The suit was brought after allegations of financial irregularities were investigated. E- Harmony agreed to pay 75 thousand dollars in legal fees, 1 point 2 million in civil penalties and up to 1 million dollars in restitution to customers.
Greenfield authorities have released the identity of a January 4th murder victim. Shortly after 8 a.m. patrol units responded to the 1200 block of Oak Street to reports of a shooting. At the scene officers located 16 year old Luis Cuevas Gonzales. Gonzales was pronounced dead at the scene. Anyone with any information is encouraged to contact Greenfield police.
(10:45) Greenfield - A man was arrested yesterday in connection with a shooting that took place last month in Greenfield. On December 25, just after 8 p.m. officers responded to the 100 block of El Camino Real regarding a report of a women being shot. The suspect was identified as 34 year-old Aaron Aguilar. Yesterday officers contacted Aguilar and he was booked into Monterey County Jail. Authorities reported that the victim has been released form the hospital.