Progress has been made in 3 homicide cases that took place between 2006 and this January in south Monterey county. A warrant has been issued for Noel Palaez Valentin, who is believed to have been the man who fatally stabbed 21 year-old Jose Cruz Rojas in King City on February 23rd of 2006; on July 5th of 2007 42 year-old Martin Macareno was found lying on his King City garage floor with fatal injuries; and a 3-thousand dollar reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person (or people) who killed 16 year-old Luis Cuevas, who was shot and killed January 4th, on the 1000 block of Oak Street in King City.
3 men were arrested this morning in connection with an April 7th shooting in Salinas. The shooting occurred on the 600 block of Towt Street. 19 year-old Jimmy Aquirre and Miguel Jimenez, and 25 year-old Mark Anthony Valenzuela, have been booked into Monterey county jail. All 3 face charges of Attempted Murder, Conspiracy, and Gang Enhancements.
A 29 year-old Scotts Valley man is facing possible felony domestic violence charges, in connection with beating a woman and holding her against her will in his home. When Scotts Valley police officers responding to a domestic violence call near the 100 block of Mount Hermon Road early Saturday, they found a woman running away from the house, and Schell inside with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Schell is still in critical condition in a San Jose trauma center.
No one was injured when a fire displaced 3 residents, and did about 1000 dollars worth of damage to a duplex in the Santa Cruz Beach Flats this morning. The blaze on the 200 block of Raymond Street was called in just after 4 a.m. Although the exact cause of the fire is still being investigated, an electrical malfunction is believed to have been involved.
How UC Santa Cruz can control traffic will be the subject of a presentation from 7 to 8:15 p.m. Wednesday. Rick Longinotti, the co-chair of the Campaign for Sustainable Transportation, will give the presentation in the community room at the Santa Cruz Police Department at 155 Center St.
A grand jury report called on the Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency to integrate its personnel into emergency responses. The county’s Behavioral Health Division collaborates with law enforcement agencies, the grand jury wants the division to expand its role and respond to 911 calls for people in crisis. That response could reduce load on law enforcement responding to the calls.
Santa Cruz City officials have yet to decide on the site of a temporary homeless shelter. The National Guard Armory was original site for the intended temporary shelter before city officials said it would undergo renovations. Three potential sites are being considered and a fourth site is under preliminary investigation. City employees are expected to update the city council on the shelter efforts at Tuesday’s meeting.
Cal State Monterey Bay sent its largest class yet out into the world. The university graduated 2,321 students over the weekend in its 22nd annual commencement, which stretched into three ceremonies from Friday to Saturday.
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