A distraught man attempted to provoke Santa Cruz police into a shoot out over the weekend. Sunday evening patrol units responded to reports of a man brandishing a gun on the 300 block of Jesse Street. At the scene officers and a family member worked to deescalate the confrontation. The man surrendered what turned out to be a pellet gun to a family member. He later said he was trying to commit suicide by cop.
Yesterday (Mon), the Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency and members of the County's Medical Reserve Corps began training exercises using the County's first-ever Mobile Medical Hospital. The mobile unit is stationed at Watsonville Community Hospital, the Mobile Medical Hospital enhances our disaster response capabilities in the event of a natural or man-made emergency, such as a mass casualty event, flu epidemic or other outbreak.
Salinas police thwarted the burglary of a construction company Sunday night. At about 8:30 p.m. police responded to an alarm at Seatec Underground Utilities on the 400 block of Airport Boulevard. Officers observed a truck with stolen equipment in the bed. 34-year-old Agustin Castillo, 48-year-old Arturo Rodriguez and 36-year-old Lilo Cortez were in possession of eight earth compactors valued at 24 thousand dollars. The men were booked into Monterey County Jail on Burglary and outstanding warrants.
A Santa Cruz marijuana dispensary has added a vending machine to its store. KindPeoples installed the machine in their Soquel Drive location. Customers will still have to show an I.D. to gain entrance to shopping area where the vending device is located. Although the vending machine contains fewer selection it was added as a customer convenience.
Gonzalo Curiel has been guilty of murder in the abuse and torture deaths of two children. A jury took less than two hours to convict Curiel for the murders of 7 year old Shaun and 3 year old Delylah Tara. Because Curiel, now 20 years old, was a minor when the crimes were committed he is not eligible for the death penalty. Co defendant 42 year old Tami Huntsman pled guilty to murder charges to avoid a possible death sentence.
the Port District is holding a third public meeting at the Santa Cruz Harbor Public Meeting Room. The previous meetings examined a proposal requiring slip renters to have insurance policies on their vessels. At this time a majority of meeting attendees support the proposal. The meeting takes place in the Santa Cruz Harbor Meeting Room This Thursday at 3 p.m. For more information call the harbor office at (831) 475-6161
A Santa Cruz man, who was facing Attempted Murder charges, will now face a charge of Murder….because his victim has died. 39 year-old Miguel Castaneda was arrested and booked into Santa Cruz county jail, after the Friday morning shooting (of 36 year-old Santa Cruz resident Victor Vasquez Lopez) in Watsonville. Castaneda is scheduled to be arraigned tomorrow in a Santa Cruz county courtroom.
The 102 year-old red caboose, that is adjacent to the new Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Center For Ocean Education And Leadership building, is up for sale. The 20-ton Western Pacific Wood Caboose number 641 was built in 1916 as an outside-braced boxcar, and it stands 14 feet tall, 10 feet wide, and 45 feet long. For the last 44 years, it’s been a railroad memorabilia shop, and the current owners plan to sell the memorabilia separately from the caboose.