A Salinas man convicted of the November 2016 murder of his parents has been sentenced. 26 year old Ellin Escamilla pled guilty to the bludgeoning deaths of , 65-year-old Amalia Escamilla and 76-year-old Richard Escamilla. U.S. Marshalls apprehended Ellin Escamilla in January 2017 in southern California. On Friday he was sentenced to 30 years to life in state prison.
A Hollister pot dispensary was reported to have been burglarized of a half million dollars worth of cannabis. The San Benito County Sheriff’s office is investigating what may have been two separate incidents committed, at Purple Cross Rx, between November 17th and the 21st. Deputies also responded to a third incident On November 22, at 1:45 a.m. to reports an attempted burglary and shots fired. An investigation determined an armed security guard had fired at masked burglars armed with a knife. Anyone with any information is encouraged to contact authorities.
A Salinas man convicted of assault and domestic violence has been sentenced to prison. 38 year old Edwin Santiago was found guilty of beating a woman with a metal pole at his work place on East Market Street in August. Santiago was ordered to spend 4 years in state prison.
A Watsonville gang member and a juvenile were arrested following a Friday traffic stop. Shortly before 11:30 a.m. a patrol unit performed a vehicle stop of a car with four occupants near East Lake and Holohan Road. A 14 year old male fled the vehicle on foot and a foot chase ensued. The teen was apprehended nearby and a loaded gun was recovered. 24 year old Albert Mendoza was arrested for gang probation violations.
The Santa Cruz County Sheriffs office is asking the public's assistance locating finding a suspected illegal Butane Hash Oil (BHO) lab operator. An illegal hash oil lab was discovered by firefighters and deputies investigating a deck fire on the 2900 block of Redwood Drive in Aptos. At the residence authorities found the entire dwelling had been converted to a drug manufacturing lab. An arrest warrant has been issued for 24-year-old, Soquel resident, Jimmie Lee Ramirez Junior, anyone with any information is encouraged to contact the santa cruz County Sheriff’s office.
A Central Coast organization is warning fisherman of elevated mercury levels in the Elkhorn Slough (sl-ew). The group Our Children’s Earth issued the warning concerning elevated levels of methyl mercury being found in fish, particularly in rays and leopard sharks. The Cal EPA issued a similar warning in 2016.
A San Lorenzo Valley High School vice Principal was briefly suspended after being accused of sexual abuse 20 years ago. The alleged incident took place in Solano county in 1997, where then 28 year old Ned Hearn is alleged to have had inappropriate relations with a 16 year old girl while he was a swim coach. SLV officials originally placed Hearn on leave while examining the status of the allegations. Hearn was reinstated in the absence of an official investigation at this time.
(10:15) Scotts Valley - The Scotts Valley Police Department announced that they are looking for qualified entry-level and lateral applicants to join their team. Applicants must be 21 years old and a US citizen. For more information and a full list of qualifications visit: scottsvalleypd.com.