(07:00) Watsonville - A gang member was arrested, after officers conducted a traffic stop on Saturday in Watsonville. 26 year-old Robert Meza was pulled over just after 8 p.m. on Rodriguez and Second Streets. Officers reported that Meza tried to walk away and began to physically resist arrest and spat at police. During a search of Meza’s car, officers found a loaded gun under the driver’s seat. Meza was arrested and booked into the Santa Cruz County jail for being a felon in possession of a gun and ammunition, resisting arrest, battery on a police officer, DUI, and gang enhancements.
(06:20) Santa Clara County - Firefighters reported that they are battling a wildfire that started yesterday in Santa Clara County, near Gilroy. The fire began just after 4:00 p.m. near the intersection of Castro Valley Road and Highway 101. As of 8:45 last night, the fire has burned 150 acres and is 50 percent contained. No structures have been threatened and no injuries have been reported.
(05:55) Gilroy - A woman died, after a short police chase in a stolen car on Saturday. 28 year-old Rya Leonard was spotted in the stolen vehicle around 2:30 p.m. on First Street and Wren Avenue in Gilroy. Moments into the car chase, Leonard crashed into a tree, and succumbed to her injuries at a nearby hospital.
(05:40) Salinas - A man was fatally shot this morning in Salinas. The incident took place just after midnight on Paloma Avenue. Police reported that the 20 year-old victim was shot multiple times and died at the scene. This is Salinas’s 21st homicide of the year.
Tomorrow (Tues), the County of Santa Cruz and Allstate will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony and clinic at Pinto Lake County Park to celebrate soccer upgrades donated to the County in conjunction with the biennial 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup. The generous donation includes a visit from the CONCACAF Gold Cup trophy, and was made courtesy of Allstate Insurance Company, the Official Protector of the CONCACAF Gold Cup Trophy.
The event will feature the County, Allstate, and the Aztecas Youth Soccer Academy. The clinic will include renowned goalkeepers Adolfo Ríos and Brad Friedel, and the equipment includes new bleachers, goals, covered benches, flags and nets.
Volunteers celebrated the one year anniversary of the Sobranes Fire with clean up events. Because the Soberanes Fire was started by an illegal campfire at Garrapata State Park and could have been avoided, groups clean up camp sites and removed fire rings from areas where campfires are no prohibited. The 132 thousand acre wildfire was the most expensive fire to fight in U.S. history.
The Tiburon man charged with producing and sharing child pornography with 19 year old Yran Spencer of Aptos is scheduled to change his plea. 24 year old Bryan Peterson pled not guilty when he was indicted on4 counts of conspiracy to distribute and receive child pornography; distribution of child pornography; receipt of child pornography; and possession of child pornography on May 11th. He will be back in court on Wednesday to enter a plea change, it will be up to the judge whether or not to accept the revised plea.
A Monterey County narcotics enforcement team executed a search warrant in Salinas on Thursday. The warrant was obtained after 52 year Michael Hackett was arrested in Hollister at the Independence Day Rally on cocaine charges. The search produced 150 grams of marijuana and guns and ammunition. Hackett owns a Salinas pizzeria and operates a medical marijuana farm. At this time an investigation is ongoing and no arrests have been made.