(10:40) Santa Cruz - Jurors in Santa Cruz County Superior Court found a man guilty of shooting and killing another man. 31 year-old Damian Baxter was convicted yesterday for shooting and killing 33 year-old Jesus Rocha at an apartment complex on Palm Avenue in 2015. Baxter is scheduled to be sentenced on July 26, and faces up to 11 years in prison.
(10:15) Santa Cruz County - Capitola police have identified two of the four women accused of stealing lingerie from Victoria’s Secret in Capitola Mall on Monday. 20 year-old Jaelonda Burns, of Oakland, and 18 year-old Antonique Watkins, of Union City, and two 17 year-old girls were arrested on burglary charges. Burns, who led police officers on a high speed chase through Santa Cruz County, was also charged with felony evading. Burns and Watkins were released from custody yesterday (Tuesday) afternoon.
(09:45) Santa Cruz - The city of Santa Cruz's 2nd annual State of the City meeting was held last night. City leaders discussed several key issues including homelessness, housing, the city's budget deficit and aging infrastructure. City leaders will be hosting small neighborhood meetings as well increasing their presence on social media in a effort to connect with the public and receive input on community issues.
(08:45) Salinas - A new all-inclusive playground is scheduled to open a year from now in Salinas. Tatum’s Treehouse is being designed to allow every child use of the equipment regardless of any physical impairments or the need to use a wheelchair or walker. The first all-inclusive playground, Tatum’s Garden, opened in 2013 on North Main street in Salinas. The success of the park inspired a second park to be built inside Toro County Park of Highway 68. Tatum’s Garden Foundation is currently in the planning stages with the county.
(07:55) - Authorities released new information regarding the Santa Cruz doctor and the 2 nurses involved in a child sex abuse case. Detectives reported that Rashel Brandon, of Watsonville, and Emily Stephens, of Pima Arizona, are accused of abusing their own children. A total of 7 children have been placed into protective custody. Brandon and Neurosurgeon James Kohut, who is also accused of child sex crimes, are scheduled to be in court on Friday.
The Santa Cruz County Coroner is working to determine the cause of death for a man, whose body was discovered Monday by hikers. It was found in the Aptos Creek Area of Aptos, between Highway 1 and Spreckles Drive.
A man who was shot and killed in Salinas earlier this month has been identified. 23 year-old Gabriel Hernandez Rangel, who did not have any history of being involved with gangs…was shot while on the 100 block of Paloma Avenue. That may 12th shooting, took place late on the night of May 13th, and is being investigated as gang-related.
A 30 year-old woman suffered minor injuries when she was hit by a car in Watsonville tonight. The incident occurred on the 1900 block of Main Street in Watsonville, near the C-V-S store.
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