The County of Santa Cruz has approved proposed renovations at the Rancho Del Mar shopping center in Aptos. After a public hearing approval to begin façade renovations and other improvements at the 10.5-acre site, including a renovation of the outdoor dining area, signage replacements, parking lot landscaping improvements and ADA accessibility upgrades. The project also includes the renovation of the vacant cinema building into retail space, as well as removal of the cinema sign. Rancho Del Mar serves as a primary shopping destination for the community of Aptos.
(11:00) Castroville - A woman was shot and killed in Castroville last night. The shooting took place just after 7:00 p.m. on the 10300 blcok of Merritt Street. The Monterey County Sheriff’s Office reported that an argument between two acquaintances escalated and a women in her 30’s was shot to death. The gunman is still at large. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact authorities.
(11:00) Santa Cruz - Authorities reported that 3 people were arrested in Santa Cruz, after being caught with drugs and stolen property. The incident took place earlier this week on the 500 block of Ocean Street, adjacent to Soquel Avenue. The Santa Cruz Neighborhood Enforcement Team observed 3 people acting suspicious in a truck. Officers contacted the suspects who had in their possession drugs, stolen passports, ID cards, and social security cards. 38 year-old Silverio Vasquez, from Soquel, 34 year-old David Archuleta, from Boulder Creek, and 25 year-old Nicole Hard, from Clearlake Oaks, were all arrested for warrants and drug related charges.
(10:45) A man pleaded “no contest” to charges related to a 2016 Soledad kidnapping that triggered an amber alert. On April 14, 2016 28 year-old Carmen Maldonado stole a vehicle from a Soledad home around 6:45 a.m. with 2 year-old boy, Jacob Vargas, in the back seat. Maldonado parked the vehicle in a shed off River Road, locked the child in the car and fled on foot. The child was found safe at 1:30 p.m. on the same day. Maldonado was arrested after a 5 day manhunt. Maldonado is charged with kidnapping a child, child abuse, and auto theft. He will be sentenced to 8 years in prison on September 1.
(10:40) Santa Cruz - A man was arrested after he was caught with drugs On Wednesday. The incident took place around 4:00 p.m. in Winkle Park in Soquel. Deputies reported that while they were on patrol they came across Philip Willis who was franticly trying to pack up his stuff. Willis had 5 warrants for his arrest, and was in possession of heroin, methamphetamine, burglary tools, shaved keys and stolen credit cards. Willis was booked into Santa Cruz County Jail.
(07:55) Santa Cruz - A man has been arrested and charged for grand theft in Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Investigators reported that Grant Peuse had clients invest large amounts of cash into his auto restoration business, GMP Speed & Machine. Peuse told his clients he would build or purchase cars for them. During the investigation deputies learned that tens of thousands of dollars Peuse received from clients, was being spent on other things. Peuse was arrested yesterday and charged with five counts of grand theft, theft from an elder, money laundering, forgery, and having automatic machine guns. The Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office is looking for more victims who haven’t yet come forward. Contact Detective Roger Galvin at 831-454-7642
(06:55) A man was arrested for allegedly shoplifting from numerous Target stores throughout the Central Coast. On July 17, officers arrested Sean Eschelback for steeling at a Target store in Marina. During the investigation Eschelback was linked to other thefts from Target stores. The total amount of stolen merchandise is more than $2,000. Eschelback was arrested and booked into the Monterey County Jail.
A Salinas man is in a vegetative state in an Italian hospital following a swimming accident. R. C. Schwertfeger was vacationing with his family when he was resuscitated after nearly drowning at a pool. However CT scans indicate he has massive brain damage. The Schwertfeger family has started a go fund me account to raise the 137 thousand dollars needed to bring their family member home to the central Coast.
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