(07:45) Santa Cruz - The Santa Cruz County Anti-Crime Team’s Gang Task Force arrested a gang member on Friday. Officers served a search warrant at the residence of 25 year-old Javier Diaz in the 600 block of Riverside Avenue. Officers seized 345 grams of herion, a loaded .45 caliber firearm and $20,000 in cash. Diaz, who is known gang participant, was arrested on eight charges including the sale and transport of narcotics, gun charges and gang enhancements.
(06:35) Santa Cruz - Santa Cruz Police Department reported a man was arrested Friday, after he was caught passed out in a car with drugs inside. The incident took place around 1:00 p.m. on the 100 block of Blaine Street in Santa Cruz. Officers contacted two individuals slumped over inside a silver BMW. After knocking on the windows, officers were eventually able to wake up the occupants. Officers found heroin, methamphetamine, cash, and additional drug paraphernalia in the vehicle. 37 year-old Paul Otey was arrested and booked into Santa Cruz County Jail.
The name of a man who was reported missing last week, and who died as the result of a solo-vehicle accident on Bear Creek Road, has been released. 33 year-old San Lorenzo Valley Resident Ryan “Rocky” Duane Pebbles, was a well-known fixture in the local music community. His dog “Indi”, who was unharmed in the accident, was also found inside the vehicle.
Governor Brown appointed 3 people today, and one of those was a Corralitos woman. 59 year-old Jody Belgard was appointed to the 14th District Agricultural Association, Santa Cruz County Fair Board Of Directors. This position does not require senate confirmation.
A starving sea lion pup was reportedly rescued recently by a Santa Cruz surf instructor. It was high tide when the little sea lion was spotted trying to make it to shore. The pup was then picked up by a volunteer of the Marine Mammal Center to be taken to their rehabilitation center. A Marine Mammal Center spokesperson suggests that contact between humans and marine critters be minimized, so the critters do not get used to people.
A 52 year-old Gilroy man died when his motorcycle crashed into an S-U-V in Gilroy Saturday evening. The driver of the S-U-V, and his 2 passengers, suffered minor injuries in the 5:25 p-m incident on Leavesley Road. The cause of the fatal accident is still being investigated.
A man who killed 2 of his estranged wife’s relatives in Salinas in 2015 has been sentenced. Samuel Ejaz, who Pleaded Guilty last month to trying to kill his wife (and 3 of her relatives), was ordered to spend the rest of his life in prison. The shooting took place outside the social security office in Salinas.
(11:30) Santa Cruz - Two of Santa Cruz's county supervisors have sent a letter to Assemblymember Eggman, to take Santa Cruz County off a pilot supervised injection services program. Assembly Bill 186 would allow heroin addicts to shoot up in a supervised injection site. In a letter to Assemblymember Eggman, Supervisors Ryan Coonerty and Bruce McPherson stated that Santa Cruz is actively working on strategies to address opioid addiction, but an injection services program is not part of the county’s approach. The Safe Injection Site Bill is scheduled to go before the state assembly public safety committee tomorrow.