(07:45) Santa Cruz - The murder suspect accused of raping and killing a Santa Cruz girl was back in court yesterday. 15 year-old Adrian Gonzales was arrested on suspicion of killing 8-year-old Maddy Middleton in 2015 at their Santa Cruz Tannery Arts Center apartment complex. The judge is deciding whether Gonzalez will be tried as an adult or a juvenile. The hearing will resume today in a Santa Cruz County Superior Court Room.
(7:15) A boy has been found safe after he was reported missing yesterday. 9 year-old Daniel Morozov was abducted by his dad, 48 year-old Konstantin Morozov. Authorities reported that Konstantin shot and killed his estranged wife early yesterday morning in Santa Barbra and fled the scene was his son. Officers found Konstantin at an apartment in San Fernando Valley last night. A shooting ensued, and Konstantin Morozov was pronounced dead after being transported to a hospital. Daniel was taken into protective custody.
(06:50) One person is dead after a car crash on Highway 101 yesterday. The incident took place just south of Lagomarsino Avenue between Greenfield and King City. CHP reported that a red four-door tried to make a u-turn and collided with an RV. One person died on scene.
VANESSA ZENDEJAS LEFT HOME IN CERES, CALIFORNIA ON AUGUST 19TH AROUND 12 PM. THE CERES POLICE DEPARTMENT CONSIDERS HER “AT RISK” BECAUSE OF A RECENT SOCIAL MEDIA POST SHE MADE STATING SHE WAS GOING TO MEET SOMEONE IN THE SALINAS AREA. THE FAMILY FEARS SHE LEFT THE MODESTO AREA TO MEET AN ADULT MAN IN MONTEREY COUNTY. IF YOU SEE ZENDEJAS, OR KNOW OF HER WHEREABOUTS, CALL CERES POLICE AT 209-538-5712. SHE IS 13, HAS BROWN EYES, IS 5’1 (FIVE-FOOT-ONE) AND WEIGHS ABOUT 110 POUNDS.
SANTA CRUZ AND SOQUEL CREEK WATER DISTRICT ARE LOOKING TO TEST DISCOLORED WATER AND IF THE TESTING PROCESS RAISES NO ALARMS, THEY COULD SELL THE EXCESS DRINKING WATER FROM THE RIVER. THEY PROPOSED A PIPE-LOOP STUDY BY RANCHO CORDOVA-BASED BLACK & VEATCH CORPORATION. THEY WILL RUN SANTA CRUZ WATER INTO PARTS OF SOQUEL WATER DISTRICT PIPE AND SEE HOW DIFFERENT WATER CONDITIONS AFFECT THE MINERAL DEPOSITS INSIDE THE PIPELINES. THEY WILL VOTE ON THIS PROPOSAL ON TUESDAY, AT THE SANTA CRUZ CITY COUNCIL MEETING AT 2:30 PM.
A 14-YEAR OLD BOY IS RESPONSIBLE FOR A SHOOTING THAT OCCURRED ON THE 100 BLOCK OF N. MILDRED STREET AND WAS ARRESTED LAST WEEK ON AUGUST 15TH. THE VICTIM WAS AN 18-YEAR OLD HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT WHO WAS SITTING IN HIS CAR. AFTER HE WAS SHOT, HE WAS TRANSPORTED TO MEE MEMORIAL HOSPITAL. HE HAD A NON-LIFE THREATENING GUNSHOT WOUND. POLICE ARE LOOKING FOR ANOTHER SUSPECT THAT MAY HAVE BEEN INVOLVED, AND BELIEVE THE TWO MALE SUSPECTS WERE INVOLVED IN AN EARLIER SHOOTING THAT DAY. THE CASE WAS TRANSFERRED TO THE MONTEREY COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE.
IT WAS ANNOUNCED TODAY THAT VIOLETA CHACON CERVANTES WAS SENTENCED TO 11 YEARS IN PRISON FOR THE DEATH OF SCOTT KENNETH BRUNTON. CERVANTES WAS ARRESTED FOR VEHICULAR MANSLAUGHTER WHILE BEING INTOXICATED AND FLEEING THE SCENE OF THE ACCIDENT. ON DECEMBER 11TH, 2016, AT 8:40 PM, CERVANTES HIT BRUNTON WHILE DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF METHADONE AND VALIUM. BRUNTON WAS BIKING ON FREEDOM BOULEVARD, AND CERVANTES DROVE AWAY AFTER HITTING BRUNTON BUT WAS CONVICTED BY THE CALIFORNIA HIGHWAY PATROL APPROXIMATELY 6 MILES NORTH OF THE INCIDENT.
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