(08:40) Santa Cruz - A Santa Cruz Bartender has been selected as one of the best 8 flair bartenders in the United States and will compete in the National Finals in Las Vegas next week. Bar manager of Front & Cooper, Blaze Montana, along with 7 other flair bartenders will compete for the opportunity to represent the Unites States of America in the International Bartender’s Association World Flair Championship, later this year in Estonia. Blaze will also compete in a national speed bartending charity competition, “Barmania”, which raises money for St. Baldrick’s Foundation.
(06:55) Monterey - A man was arrested on Saturday in Monterey after he was caught with stolen property. Deputies found a car, believed to be involved in a string of burglaries along the central coast at the Mid-Valley Shopping Center. During a search of the vehicle deputies uncovered stolen purses, credit cards, passports and electronics. Suspect, Reynaldo Gomez, was arrested and Booked into Monterey County Jail. To view the stolen items visit: the Department’s Facebook Page or Contact the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office.
The CHP is investigating a fatal accident that took place Saturday morning. Authorities say that at about 8:15 a.m. A southbound Ford Explorer rear ended another vehicle near Buena Vista Drive. The driver, a 20 year old woman, died at the scene. Three passengers were also hospitalized. Drugs and alcohol are not believed to play a role in the accident.
Carmel police subdued a suspect using non lethal force on Thursday. Authorities say that three officers responded to the Carmel Mission to investigate reports of a man with a gun. At the scene police observed a man, who upon seeing the officers, jumped back into the car. The suspect was shot twice with bean bags before being arrested. A cross bow and rifle were recovered from the vehicle.
The Gilroy Police Department is asking the public’s help in identifying two thieves. Authorities say that two women where caputured on surveillance video stealing purses and back packs from the Michel Kors Outlet on Saturday. Photos have been posted on the departments facebook page. Anyone with any information is encouraged to contact Gilroy police.
A Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s deputy arrested a suspected identity thief on Friday. The deputy was on a routine after hours patrol of the Jose Avenue park where he spotted a vehicle occupied by a known felon. The officer performed a compliance search of the vehicle and recovered a stolen checkbook, social security card, ATM cards and a stolen driver’s license. 51 year old Richard Gilreath was booked into county jail on multiple identity theft related charges.
A Gilroy police officer has been arrested on suspicion of DUI. Authorities say that 40 year old Geoffrey Geurin was off duty when he was taken into custody late last Wednesday in Hollister on suspicion of driving while under the influence. Sergeant Geurin is a SWAT team leader and a 19 year veteran of the Gilroy Police Department. He is presumed innocent presumed innocent until proven otherwise.
A Seaside man convicted of abusing his 83 year old mother has been sentenced to prison. 56 year old Daniel Johnson was found guilty of physically abusing his mother during a September 2016 incident. On Friday Johnson was ordered to spend two years behind bars.