The cause of yesterday’s fatal house fire in Capitola is still being investigated. That after firefighters found the bodies of 30 year-old Gabriel Harley Dixon, and a cat, inside the home on the 700 block of Sunset Drive. The fire occurred in a granny unit on the property.
Firefighters were able to keep the blaze from spreading to the main house.
Eriks Deli Café has donated $10,000 to the American Red Cross. The funds will be used to help offset the costs of fire relief efforts. The funds were raised from a percent of sales 1 day last month.
A police chase in Watsonville was called off shortly before a fatal crash occurred on Highway 1 near Jensen Road. The 26 year-old driver was declared dead at the scene, and his 30 year-old passenger suffered major injuries in the crash and had to be extricated from the vehicle. A handgun and an assault rifle were tossed out of the vehicle during the chase.
The driver of a vehicle, that crashed into a sign on the 100 block of Ocean Street in Santa Cruz this morning, is said to have been drunk at the time. The vehicle hit the sign for the Ocean Gate Inn shortly after 2 a.m. 21-year-old Jonathan Mullin, who suffered only minor injuries in the accident, was arrested for D-U-I.
A man, believed to have killed a Santa Cruz woman, has bee identified and arrested. Dale Dean Pierce is thought to have killed 51 year-old Remi Casillas, and buried her body behind a gas station on Rio Road in Carmel. Pierce, who is awaiting extradition to Monterey (from Taos New Mexico), reportedly confessed to committing premeditated murder.
A woman, who is believed to have been the driver in a fatal hit-and-run crash last night in Salinas, has turned herself in to Salinas police officers. 36 year-old Sonia Cano was booked into Monterey county jail this morning on charges of Gross Vehicular Manslaughter While Intoxicated, Hit-And-Run Causing Death, Fleeing The Scene Of A Crash, and Driving Without A License. Those charges were in connection with the hit-and-run that took place around 7 p.m. on North Main Street. 52 year-old Alan Ellis suffered fatal injuries in that accident. In the 2nd fatal traffic accident last night, 27 year-old Jay Bradley was pushing his shopping cart across East Laurel Drive around 5:30 p.m. Anyone with information about either fatal incident is encouraged to contact the Salinas Police Department.
A blaze, that broke out in the Big Sur area early this morning, was contained to 1.6 acres. 61 firefighters responded to the vegetation fire, that occurred on North Coast Ridge Road, about a mile from Highway 1…..just a little ways behind the Ventana Inn. Firefighters were still mopping up this morning, after containing the blaze shortly after 3:30 a.m.
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