(13:50) SALINAS- A Prunedale man accused of stabbing a 19 year old man has been arrested. 21 year old Finees Ruiz is accused of stabbing the victim after an argument over a woman in a Salinas department store parking lot on November 28th, on Thursday Ruiz turned himself in and was booked into county jail.
(13:03) MONTEREY- Monterey police are investigating a Cannery Row double stabbing. Authorities say that shortly after 1 a.m. on Saturday a knife fight broke out between two known gang members outside the Blue Fin Cafe & Billiards. A 40 year old Salinas man and a 27 year old Castroville man stabbed each other, one of the assailants was treated for knife wounds and booked into county jail on attempted homicide charges. The other man is being treated in a trauma center and is facing similar charges.
(12:07) BOULDER CREEK- A fire destroyed two structures in Boulder Creek, Saturday night. Shortly before 7:30 p.m. fire crews responded to a reported fire on Middleton Drive. At the scene firefighters found a carport and garage fully engulfed in flames. Crews were able to contain the blaze and the living quarters sustained minor smoke damage. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
(12:13) OAKLAND- Authorities say that 24 people are confirmed dead from a fire at a dance party in a converted warehouse. The fire broke out at about 11:30 p.m. on Friday in the 4000 square foot building. In November the city opened an investigation into allegations that the former warehouse turned artists studio was being as an illegal residence by at least 12 people, and was serving as a venue for illegal dance concerts. Over 100 people are estimated to have been at the warehouse when the fire broke out and officials are estimating the death toll will rise as debris is searched.
(11:38) SANTA CRUZ- A boat caught fire at the Santa Cruz Harbor before the Lighted Boat Parade was set to begin on Saturday. At about 4:30 p.m. a fire broke out aboard a sailboat docked in the south harbor. Good Samaritans worked to control the blaze until firefighters arrived to extinguish the fire. Fire crews remained at the scene to monitor the site throughout the duration of the lighted boat parade. The cause of the fire is being investigated.
(11:00) Santa Cruz - Due to the recent kidnapping attempt of a UCSC student the UC Santa Cruz Police department has released this statement: Victims are not responsible for being victimized, regardless of any action or inaction on their part. Perpetrators are responsible for crimes and their effects. Report all suspicious persons, in-progress crimes, and emergencies to the UC Santa Cruz Police Department by calling 911. Helpful tips to keep in mind are: Be alert to your surroundings. Attempt to keep a safe distance from strangers. Trust your instincts. If something or someone makes you uneasy, tell someone, avoid the person or leave the area. Encourage the use of the Night Safety Escort Service, offered by the UC Santa Cruz Police Department. Encourage friends to travel in pairs or with trusted companions, especially at night or in remote areas.
(10:45) Santa Cruz - A man has been arrested in connection with the false imprisonment and kidnapping of a UCSC student. A woman reported yesterday that she accepted a ride from a man around the Kresge College area shortly before 1 a.m. When the driver reached the hitchhikers destination he ignored her requests to stop. The woman was able to escape when the vehicle slowed for a turn; she opened the door and jumped from the moving vehicle. Investigators and the UC Santa Cruz Police Department identified 28-year-old Jose Ortiz as the suspect based off leads that were generated during the initial investigation. Ortiz was detained yesterday in Watsonville for a probation compliance check after a traffic stop. He was arrested and booked in to the Santa Cruz County Jail.
(09:50) Santa Cruz - A Santa Cruz County Administrative Officer has received a Distinguished Service Award. Susan Mauriello was recognized by the County Administrative Officers Association of California for her work in boosting participation in public benefit programs and bolstering county reserves. Mauriello is also recognized for advocating criminal justice reforms, which has helped Santa Cruz County become a national model for reducing recidivism and jail populations while saving taxpayer dollars. She is the longest-serving county administrator officer in California.