A Hollister teenager is being investigated for his possible involvement in several recent attempted car-jackings, and a shooting. 18 year-old Tristan Scally, and 2 minors, reportedly ordered one victim and his passenger out of a car in Gilroy at gunpoint. The 3 were booked into Santa Clara County Jail.
The cause of this morning’s structure fire on Riverside Drive in Watsonville is still being investigated. Both directions of Highway 129, between Lakeview and Blackburn were closed while crews from 5 fire agencies worked to put out the house fire. No injuries were reported in connection with that blaze.
Santa Cruz county homeowners looking to build Accessory Dwelling Units now have more help from county officials. The county released an on-line toolkit that has a cost estimator, guides on design and a geographic information tool that determines if a property is A.D.U. compatible. The county is also looking to roll out financial assistance for homeowners looking to build an A.D.U. The financial aid and toolkit are rolling out, in part, to address the area's housing crisis.
The 26th annual Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is scheduled for this Saturday, May 12th. People are encouraged to put non-perishable foods next to their mailboxes (before their carrier arrives Saturday morning). In addition to picking up and delivering mail that day, the postal carriers will pick up the food donations….which will be given to local food banks. Stamp Out Hunger, which is held on the 2nd Saturday in may each year, is the country's largest single-day food drive, and is held in 10 thousand cities and towns in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Guam.
A “True Hero” was honored recently for helping to capture a fleeing suspect. Santa Cruz county sheriff Jim Hart presented the commendation to Steven Mello at a recent awards ceremony.
A man, suspected of robbing a bank branch in Salinas yesterday afternoon, was arrested last night. The 3:50 p.m. robbery took place at a financial institution on the 1900 block of Natividad Road. 48 year-old Marcus Trujillo was booked into Monterey county jail.
A Greenfield man was arrested this afternoon in connection with last month’s alleged kidnapping and robbery in Soledad. Jose Luis Mendez Rojas is believed to have kidnapped another man at gunpoint, and then robbed and beaten him. Rojas was booked into Monterey county jail.
A 40 year-old Moss Landing man has been found guilty of killing a man, and could face a possible 50 years in prison. Jose De Jesus Estrada, who had worked as a property manager for 10 years before he shot (and then beat-up) a man he believed was stealing his job. De Jesus Estrada is scheduled to be sentenced June 15th in a Monterey county court room.
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