An 18 year-old suspect, in a Greenfield murder, was arrested this morning in Soledad. The arrest took place on the 200 block of East 8th Avenue. Nathan Gallardo was wanted in connection with the February homicide of Joseph Suniga. Gallardo was booked into Monterey county jail.
In recent years, traffic fatalities have spiked 12 percent on April 20th….which is similar to the increase in such accidents on Superbowl Sunday. With this being the first year of 4/20 with legalized recreational marijuana in California, AAA will be offering their Tipsy Tow service. It will start at 4:20 p.m. Friday, and continue until 4:20 a.m. Saturday morning. People who want to take advantage of the service are asked to call 1-800-AAA-HELP (which is 1-800-222-4357) and ask for a Tipsy Tow. The service provides a free ride home, and vehicle tow of up to 10 miles. For mileage beyond that, motorists are charged a standard towing rate. People do not need to be AAA members to use the service.
The pilot, who died in a fatal plane crash in Marina recently, was 85 year-old Watsonville (and Palm Springs) resident Gordon Leroy Holley (better known as Lee Holley). He was a Warner Bros animator, and later worked for Hank Ketcham on Dennis The Menace. According to the N.T.S.B., Lee Holley had owned the plane since 1990, and had more than 2600 hours of flying experience. Lee Holley is survived by his wife, daughters, siblings, grandchildren and a great grandchild. Services are scheduled to be held Friday at Ave Maria Memorial Chapel in Watsonville, and a Celebration Of His Life is scheduled to take place afterward at the Seacliff Inn in Aptos.
A Salinas woman has pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit fraud. 43 year-old Ana Bajo conspired with others to file more than 2300 fraudulent Income Tax Returns with the I-R-S. Bajo is expected to be sentenced to spend 10 years in prison when she returns to a Monterey county court room to be sentenced September 26th.
A tan and white dog was reportedly found in Morgan Hill….with a rope tied around its neck, and severe road rash. The dog, who is thought to have been dragged from a vehicle, is believed to have been left injured on the side of Dougherty Road. The dog is now being cared for by workers with Santa Clara County Animal Care.
A PANEL DISCUSSION, ON THE PROS AND CONS OF GUN CONTROL, IS SCHEDULED TO BE HELD TONIGHT IN THE CITY OF MARINA. THE 3rd, IN THE "CIVIL DISCOURSE AT THE LIBRARY" SERIES, IS SLATED TO BE PRESENTED FROM 6 - 7:30 P.M. AT 188 SEASIDE CIRCLE. THE EVENT IS FREE, AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
The Watsonville Police Department will start Bike & Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operations on Thursday April 19th. Officers will be looking for violations made by both drivers and bicycle riders that can lead to injuries. Special attention will be directed at speeding drivers, failing to stop for signs, and failing to yield. Bicycle and pedestrian fatalities are rising in California. Locally the Watsonville Police Department has investigated six fatal pedestrian collisions, one hundred-13 injury pedestrian collisions 1 fatal bike collision and fifty-eight injury bike collisions during the past three years. Funding for this program will be provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety.
Local residents are being encouraged to join the Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz in celebrating National Volunteer Week April 15th-21st. On April 11th the Volunteer Center was awarded the 2018 California non-profit of the year for volunteerism and service. Santa Cruz County volunteers are part of a national movement of more than 62 million individuals who annually volunteer in their local communities. To learn more about National Volunteer Week visit www.scvolunteercenter.org
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