Santa Cruz police arrested a transient following a vandalism investigation early Thursday morning. Shortly after midnight patrol units responded to reports of a man throwing a chair through a window after he was asked to leave a business on the 2200 block of Mission Street. Officers were unable to locate the suspect until they were called back to the scene after 1 a.m. where they located 43 year old Michael Richards. Richards fled the scene in a vehicle and a pursuit ensued. At one point the suspect ramed a police car. Richards was apprehended after an hour long standoff in the San Lorenzo River. Multiple charges are pending.
The Santa Cruz County DA’s office has announced a settlement agreement has been reached with E Harmony. Santa Cruz county is one of several participants in a protective suit against the on-line dating site. The suit was brought after allegations of financial irregularities were investigated. E- Harmony agreed to pay 75 thousand dollars in legal fees, 1 point 2 million in civil penalties and up to 1 million dollars in restitution to customers.
Greenfield authorities have released the identity of a January 4th murder victim. Shortly after 8 a.m. patrol units responded to the 1200 block of Oak Street to reports of a shooting. At the scene officers located 16 year old Luis Cuevas Gonzales. Gonzales was pronounced dead at the scene. Anyone with any information is encouraged to contact Greenfield police.
(10:45) Greenfield - A man was arrested yesterday in connection with a shooting that took place last month in Greenfield. On December 25, just after 8 p.m. officers responded to the 100 block of El Camino Real regarding a report of a women being shot. The suspect was identified as 34 year-old Aaron Aguilar. Yesterday officers contacted Aguilar and he was booked into Monterey County Jail. Authorities reported that the victim has been released form the hospital.
(09:00) Santa Cruz - The Santa Cruz Police Department announced it is now accepting applications for their Citizens' Police Academy. The Citizens Police Academy gives participants a look inside the day-to-day operations of the Department, and the guidelines by which officer’s function. The 14-week program starts on February 6, and ends on May 14.
For more information visit: cityofsantacruz.com.
(08:50) Salinas - The Salinas Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a man who allegedly groped a woman in a store. The incident took place recently on N. Main and Boronda at Walmart. The suspect fled the store when he was confronted by the victim and the store manager. A picture of the man can be seen on the Salinas Police Department’s Facebook Page. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact authorities.
(08:40) Gilroy - The Gilroy Police Department is seeking the public’s help in identifying a man who struck a store manager and vandalized another store that refused to sell him alcohol. The incident took place at 11 p.m. last Saturday, when the suspect tried to steal alcohol from the Gilroy Safeway. When store personnel intervened, he punched the store manager repeatedly before running away. A short time later, he vandalized the 7-11 store on First Street, after a clerk refused to sell him alcohol. A picture of the man can be seen on the Gilroy Police Department's face book page. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact authorities.
(08:10) Santa Cruz County - Santa Cruz County Law Enforcement announced that The 2018 Polar Plunge is coming up and is now open for registration. The Polar Plunge is a unique opportunity for individuals, organizations, and businesses to support local Special Olympics athletes by running into and out of chilly waters of the Santa Cruz Beach. The money raised will provide sports training and competition opportunities to the over 21-thousand Special Olympics athletes. The event will be on March 10th. For sponsorship information visit sonc.org or contact Officer John Hohmann at 831-252-4187.