San Benito county jail is in the process of being expanded. The 22-million dollar jail “podular” expansion project is designed to provide more space for inmates who are serving longer sentences than they used to. The jail will offer educational opportunities aimed at equipping those inside with real-world skills they can use upon their release.
A 15 year-old was arrested this afternoon, in connection with the April 8th shooting death of a man in front of the Emerald Bay Apartments on Soquel Drive In Santa Cruz county. The juvenile was already in custody for a probation violation, that took place the day after 26 year-old Ivan Villalobos was killed. The teen now faces murder, and attempted murder charges.
The big sister of Shaun And Delylah Tara took the stand today during the double murder trial of Gonzalo Curiel. One of the things she said was that she thought she was going to die at the age of 9 years-old. The 3 children were in the care of their aunt, Tami Hunstman….and her boyfriend Gonzalo Curiel.
A Salinas man faces a sentence of up to 1 year in jail. 29 year-old Ivan Rodriguez Guillen was found guilty of taking videos of his 12 year-old naked stepdaughter with his cell phone, and then attempting to destroy that evidence after it was discovered. Guillen is due back in a Monterey county court room June 29th for sentencing.
A team of five boys aged twelve to fifteen from the Santa Cruz Alternative Family Education home school program, have beat out hundreds of teams from across the country to become one of the six California teams to qualify for the national finals in Virginia in May. The event called the Team America Rocketry Challenge; is the world’s largest rocket contest with one hundred thousand dollars in scholarships and prizes given to the top teams, along with a ticket to the international competition for the champions. The competition is sponsored by the aerospace industry to ignite a passion for STEM amongst America’s youth.
Ten out of the sixty five residential units being built in Aptos Village will be sold under Measure J also called affordable housing, which means those ten units will be priced lower than the surrounding units. Five of the units are expected to be available in fall of this year, families or individuals must apply through the county to be considered for those units. Applications for the phase one homes are due May 18th, and there will be a drawing to decide who gets the first five units on June 1st. The other five affordable housing units are expected to be available in late 2019.
Former Watsonville first grade teacher Robert Krietzman has been sentenced to five years in prison for possession of child pornography. The images were discovered in May 2016 by Santa Cruz Police Department executing a search warrant at Krietzmans home in Watsonville. He was charged on September 6, 2017 with one count of possession of child pornography. Judge Freeman has ordered Krietzman to register as a sex offender and participate in sex offender treatment and counseling.
To improve weekend traffic and reduce delays on State Route 1 during the climbing lane project in Monterey, the southbound left-turn pocket to Rio Road will be closed on weekends until the project is complete. Beginning Saturday April 21st, motorists will be detoured to Carmel Valley Road and Carmel Rancho Boulevard to access the crossroads Carmel shopping center. The closure and detour will only be in effect during weekends from Friday afternoons starting 3pm until Monday mornings at 7am
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