(10:45) Castroville - Police are searching for a person of interest in a murder that took place last week in Castroville. 28 year-old Melissa Paniagua allegedly shot and killed 37 year-old Cynthia Medina, last Thursday on Merritt Street. Paniagua and her 35 year-old sister, Sylvia Navarro, went into hiding after the shooting. Paniagua was taken into custody yesterday on the 3000 block of Owen Avenue in Marina. Police are still searching for Navarro, who may have information about this case. Anyone with information on Navarro’s whereabouts is encouraged to contact authorities.
(10:40) Cal Fire reported that the Park Fire, burning at the border of Fresno and Monterey Counties is 99% contained. The fire started around 6:30 p.m. on Parkfield Road and Highway 198 on Monday, July 17th . The fire, which is still threatening 5 structures, has burned 1,649 acres of brush. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
(07:00) Watsonville - A gang member was arrested, after officers conducted a traffic stop on Saturday in Watsonville. 26 year-old Robert Meza was pulled over just after 8 p.m. on Rodriguez and Second Streets. Officers reported that Meza tried to walk away and began to physically resist arrest and spat at police. During a search of Meza’s car, officers found a loaded gun under the driver’s seat. Meza was arrested and booked into the Santa Cruz County jail for being a felon in possession of a gun and ammunition, resisting arrest, battery on a police officer, DUI, and gang enhancements.
(06:20) Santa Clara County - Firefighters reported that they are battling a wildfire that started yesterday in Santa Clara County, near Gilroy. The fire began just after 4:00 p.m. near the intersection of Castro Valley Road and Highway 101. As of 8:45 last night, the fire has burned 150 acres and is 50 percent contained. No structures have been threatened and no injuries have been reported.
(05:55) Gilroy - A woman died, after a short police chase in a stolen car on Saturday. 28 year-old Rya Leonard was spotted in the stolen vehicle around 2:30 p.m. on First Street and Wren Avenue in Gilroy. Moments into the car chase, Leonard crashed into a tree, and succumbed to her injuries at a nearby hospital.
(05:40) Salinas - A man was fatally shot this morning in Salinas. The incident took place just after midnight on Paloma Avenue. Police reported that the 20 year-old victim was shot multiple times and died at the scene. This is Salinas’s 21st homicide of the year.
Tomorrow (Tues), the County of Santa Cruz and Allstate will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony and clinic at Pinto Lake County Park to celebrate soccer upgrades donated to the County in conjunction with the biennial 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup. The generous donation includes a visit from the CONCACAF Gold Cup trophy, and was made courtesy of Allstate Insurance Company, the Official Protector of the CONCACAF Gold Cup Trophy.
The event will feature the County, Allstate, and the Aztecas Youth Soccer Academy. The clinic will include renowned goalkeepers Adolfo Ríos and Brad Friedel, and the equipment includes new bleachers, goals, covered benches, flags and nets.
Volunteers celebrated the one year anniversary of the Sobranes Fire with clean up events. Because the Soberanes Fire was started by an illegal campfire at Garrapata State Park and could have been avoided, groups clean up camp sites and removed fire rings from areas where campfires are no prohibited. The 132 thousand acre wildfire was the most expensive fire to fight in U.S. history.