The identity of a Hollister man killed in a three car accident on Highway 25 last week has been released. 57 year old Efrain Moreno, of Hollister, was killed when a truck involved in an accident was knocked into oncoming traffic colliding head on with Moreno’s Prius. At this time no charges have been filed in connection with the fatal accident.
A two-day firearm recovery operation resulted in the seizure of a pistol. Santa Cruz County law enforcement agencies teamed up with agents from the California Department of Justice (DOJ) Bureau of Firearms to locate guns owned by individuals who are prohibited from possessing firearms. The operation was scheduled as a compliance measure and was not in response to any specific threat or incident. Investigators found a high-degree of compliance with firearms laws in Santa Cruz County. During the two-day operation beginning January 16th officers checked 47 addresses, and seized one semi-automatic handgun leading to the arrest of an individual who was not allowed to have a gun due to a domestic violence restraining order.
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(10:40) Santa Cruz - The Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office reported that inmates at the Santa Cruz County Jail created barricades, after complaints that the temperatures inside their housing units were too cold. On Tuesday the inmates refused to comply with correctional staff and used mattresses as makeshift barricades and prepared tools as weapons. There have been no reports of any serious injuries of the inmates or the Sheriff’s Office staff.
(10:00) Santa Cruz - A man was hit in the head with a bat after a road rage incident took place yesterday morning in Santa Cruz. The incident occurred around 9 a-m northbound Highway 1, at the Fish Hook in Santa Cruz. Marcos Donoso is charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon and driving on a suspended license. His bail was set at $25,000. The victim was treated at an area hospital.
(08:00) Hollister - The Hollister Police Department is seeking the public’s help in finding 2 people involved in an armed robbery. On December 12, around 12:30 am, Hollister Police Officers responded to the Quikstop gas station, located at 10 San Felipe Road, regarding an armed robbery. Later that day, around 8:22 am, the stolen winning scratchers from the robbery were cashed at the 7-11 store in Hollister, located at 915 San Benito Street, by another suspect. A picture of one of the men can be seen on the Hollister Police Department’s Facebook Page. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact authorities.
(06:40) Santa Cruz - A former U-C Santa Cruz student is scheduled to be sentenced to spend 6 years in prison, after pleading no-contest to charges in connection to a deadly head on collision. Two Years ago Lynnea Hernandez was driving her friends down to Big Sur when she veered into oncoming traffic, killing one of her passengers Lillian Scott and another driver, Nikolas Malliarodakis. On Wednesday Hernandez pleaded no contest to 2 counts of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence and 2 counts of reckless driving. Hernandez is scheduled to be sentenced on March 23rd.
(05:50) Salinas - A Salinas couple was sentenced for their role in a murder that took place in 2016. 47-year-old Jeffrey Madruga was sentenced to 30 years in prison and Julie McClure was sentenced to 25 years in prison for the beating, kidnapping, and death of Ronnie Cronn Jr. Madruga and McClure helped law enforcement locate Cronn's remains in a remote area of Chualar. Paulo Barcenas who was also involved in the homicide was previously sent to prison for more than 50 years.
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