A new communications tower is being planned for north Santa Cruz county. Officials say the new cell tower is needed for police and 9-1-1 communications due to frequent failures of the current aged system. The new communications system is scheduled for construction in spring on the CEMEX property near Davenport. The project is expected to be complete in the summer of 2018.
The Monterey County Sheriff’s office is looking for a suspect who evaded arrest on Friday. 20 year old Desmond Hatton was able to get away from deputies following a traffic stop in Castroville. An assault rifle, a semi automatic pistol and drugs were found in the car. Hatton is considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with any information on his whereabouts is encouraged to contact authorities.
Watsonville police are investigating a stabbing that took place during a Friday morning carjacking. Shortly before 6:30 a.m. two men, thought to be in their 20’s forced a man into his U-Haul rental on the 2000 block of Freedom Boulevard. The suspects drove the victim to the 300 block of Green valley Road where they robbed and stabbed him and made off with the U-Haul. The victim is in stable condition at an area hospital. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact authorities.
(12:30) Ben Lomond- The Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office has identified the man shot and killed in self defense by his father on Sunday. 30-year-old Richard Oates Jr. died on the scene of his Ben Lomond home after authorities responded to a report of a gun shoot wound at approximately 4:30 p.m. in the 100 block of Ridge Road. The homicide is currently under investigation and no arrests have been made.
(07:55) Soledad - A Soledad man faces a minimum of 5 years in state prison after he was found guilty of 28 charges related to domestic violence. 36-year-old Rudy Revillas Jr. is charged with stalking, felony vandalism and violating a domestic violence restraining order. Revillas Jr. was also found guilty of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. He faces a minimum of 5 years and a maximum of 8 years in state prison. If you or a loved one are experiencing domestic violence and need assistance, call the YWCA at 831-372-6300 or the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).
(07:25) Salinas - A Salinas man has been sentenced for sexually abusing a teen. 35-year-old Justin Flickinger pled guilty to sexually abusing a 13-year-old girl. Flickinger was sentenced to 25 years and four months in state prison on Tuesday.
(07:25) Salinas - A gang member was arrested after he was caught with drugs and a loaded gun. The incident took place yesterday just before 4:30 p.m. in Salinas. An officer conducting a traffic stop pulled over a vehicle with 4 occupants inside. 19 year old Carlos Torres was searched and a loaded firearm was found concealed inside his waistband. He was also found to be in possession of marijuana and prescription drugs. Torres was booked into Monterey County Jail.