A 32 year-old woman was arrested after she led Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s deputies on a chase through the Santa Cruz Mountains on Monday. Samantha Vetter is believed to have broken into a home on the 8-thousand block of Highway 9, before deputies arrived and she fled in a vehicle she stole from the home’s garage. She was later arrested in the Happy Valley area of Santa Cruz, after she went door-to-door there asking for gasoline for her car. Vetter faces a variety of charges that include burglary and vehicle theft, as well as being a felon in possession of a firearm, and carrying a loaded firearm.
Another woman faces a charge of assaulting an arresting officer. This time the arrest was in Soquel, and was done by a C-H-P officer. Rochelle Sherman tried to kick out the windows of the patrol car, and when the officer returned, she spit at him. Although she was taken to Dominican Hospital first for a medical clearance, Sherman was booked into Santa Cruz County Jail.
Motorists are being reminded (yet again) to remain extra alert when driving through any of the more than 900 active construction projects being worked on statewide. This reminder comes after a contract worker was hit and killed today in southern California. Motorists are also reminded that State Law requires them to move over a lane (when that’s safe to do); or to slow down when approaching vehicles that have flashing amber warning lights.
A 28 year-old forklift operator died very early Monday, when his rough terrain forklift flipped and rolled down an embankment near Soledad. The just after midnight accident occurred along Camphora-Gloria Road. The forklift driver was from El Centro.
A 9th opium poppy field has been found on the central coast. Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s deputies discovered the poppy field on a property on the 1000 block of Riverside Drive in Watsonville. The field included about 400 poppy plants, that had been planted between weeds and other plants as cover. The property has been vacant for over 90 days. Spokesmen for both the Santa Cruz and Monterey County Sheriff’s Offices say their Poppy Investigations are ongoing.
1 person died in a fatal accident in the Carmel Valley this morning. The crash occurred on Cachagua Road, west of Tassajara Road around 11:30 a.m. The vehicles involved were a truck and a motorcycle, and the motorcyclist (68 year-old Salinas resident William West) was declared dead at the scene.
Watsonville Police Department is recruiting volunteers for its Post Incident Team. The group would work with officers to talk with residents and calm fears by dispelling any rumors and providing information on community resources. People interested in joining should call 831-763-5678 by June 15.
Commencement ceremonies for UC Santa Cruz are set to run through the weekend. Saturday will have six ceremonies, with the first starting at 9 a.m. with the last starting at 5:30 p.m. Sunday will feature four ceremonies, the first of which will start at 9 a.m. and the final ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. More information can be found at specialevents.ucsc.edu.
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