(09:40) In support of breast cancer awareness month, Watsonville Police Officers will wear pink police patches on their police uniforms for the month of October. The pink patches are intended to generate conversation with the community and to encourage public awareness about the importance of early detection and the on-going fight against the disease. The pink patches are being sold at the Watsonville Police Department for $1.000 each. All proceeds will be donated to breast cancer research.
(09:30) Santa Cruz County- A teen, who was reported missing over the weekend has been found safe. 15 year-old Melia Betancourt reportedly ran away from her Capitola home early Saturday morning. Betancourt returned home safely yesterday. The Capitola Police reported that do not suspect any foul play in this case.
(09:00) Save our Shores reported that 6 tons of trash was removed from the Monterey Bay Shores on Saturday. Nearly 3,000 volunteers showed up for Save Our Shores 33rd Coastal Cleanup Day. In just 3 hours, volunteers removed 12,269 pounds of trash from 77 beach, river and slough cleanup sites along an 85 miles stretch of coastline between Northern Santa Cruz and Monterey County.
(07:40) Watsonville - Officers are searching for a man who robbed a store yesterday in Watsonville. The robbery took place just before 8:30 p.m. at Walgreens’s on Freedom Boulevard. The man reportedly brandished a handgun at the pharmacy techs, then jumped over the pharmacy counter and demanded prescription medications. The robber was last seen fleeing the store on foot towards Green Valley Road. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Watsonville Police Department.
(07:15) Santa Cruz - CAL Fire reported that a brush fire in Santa Cruz is 100 percent contained. Crews contained a 1-2 acre brush fire in Wilder Ranch State Park. The fire started just before 3:00 yesterday afternoon and was completely contained around 4:30. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.
(06:50) Salinas - A gunman is at large in Salinas. A 21-year old male was shot around 8:45 last night at Calle Cebu and Sherwood Drive. Authorities reported that the victim was a passenger in a car stopped at the intersection. The gunman pulled up alongside the victim in a dark colored sedan and fired one round. The victim is being treated for non life threatening injuries. The shooting is being investigated as gang related. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Salinas Police Department.
The Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s bomb squad was called out on Friday. The squad was called to a residence on the 200 block Center Street to examine an apparent explosive device uncovered by Watsonville police executing a search warrant on the premises. No injuries were reported during the incident.
A Saturday traffic stop led to the recovery of a stolen firearm in Greenfield. The stop took place on the 200 block of Chardonnay Drive. The occupants were found to be on probation and a compliance search was performed, 23 year old Leonel Gonzales and 21 year old Christopher Ayala were arrested on suspicion of having the loaded gun, gang enhancement and possession of cocaine with intent to sale.
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