(06:55) Santa Cruz County - The California Highway Patrol is offering a traffic safety program for teenage drivers and their parents. The Start Smart Program is aimed at helping future and newly licensed teenage drivers become aware of the responsibilities that accompany the privilege of being a licensed California driver. The Start Smart program provides teens and parents with information on defensive driving, traffic laws in California, dynamics of traffic collisions, tips on avoiding traffic collisions, and DUI awareness. The Smart Start class is free of charge and will be held on Monday, January 29 from 6:30 pm-8:00 pm at the Aptos Library, located at 7695 Soquel Drive, in Aptos. Space is limited, to reserve a spot call the Santa Cruz CHP Office at 831- 662-0511.
The trial for 41 year-old Tami Huntsman is now scheduled to begin October 15th, while the case against her teenage boyfriend Gonzalo Curiel is still slated go to trial March 5th. Both Huntsman and Curiel face multiple charges in connection with the abuse and deaths of 3 year-old Delylah Tara, and her 6 year-old brother Shaun, as well as the abuse of their older sister.
The homeless encampment at the Benchlands in Santa Cruz is scheduled to be moved to it’s new location on River Street in the next few weeks. A spokesperson for the Santa Cruz Warming Center says he figures they’ll allot spaces for about 40 people at the new site.
A second man has been arrested in connection with a Saturday stabbing of a Gilroy restaurant owner. The man was arrested this afternoon, after allegedly threatening employees at the Church Street pizza place. Both he and Mark Allmond, who was arrested right after the Saturday stabbing, were booked into Santa Clara County Jail.
The owner of the restaurant, 62 year-old Sal Oliveri, received 30 stitches to close the stab wound on his arm.
A 30 year-old Santa Cruz man has been charged with murdering his mother in her Riverside county home. Tosten Walsh-Lommen is expected to be extradited from South Dakota, where he was arrested for leading law enforcement officers on a high speed chase (while his mother’s body was in the backseat of his vehicle).
2 Salinas men were arrested this morning, in connection with last month’s shooting death of a man on the 300 block of Laurel Drive. 28 year-old Gerardo Abel Cerna, and his 21 year-old brother Miguel Angel Cerna, are accused of killing 29 year-old Hector Oswaldo Sandoval. The Cerna brothers were booked into Monterey County Jail.
A Bonny Doon man has been arrested for possessing child pornography, and sending said images over the internet. 31 year-old Neil Abell was arrested in Davenport yesterday. He was booked into Santa Cruz County Jail.
(09:20) Monterey County - A man has been arrested in connection with a robbery and burglary that took place last month in Marina. Officers recently served a search a warrant in the 100 block of Cypress Lakes Court. As a result of the search warrant, 20 year old Trevor Ryan-Tauber was arrested for armed robbery, burglary, manufacturing an assault rifle and possession of an assault rifle. At the time of arrest, Ryan-Tauber was out on bail for another charge of possession of a loaded, concealed firearm. He was booked into Monterey County Jail.