(10:00) Soledad - A man accused of kidnapping an infant, sparking at Amber Alert out of Soledad, was in court yesterday. 43 year-old Raymond Guiterrez has been charged with kidnapping and car theft with an enhancement for a prior car theft. On Monday Guiterrez stole a car with 8 month old Emiliano Salinas in it. A few hours after Salinas went missing, he was found safe in San Jose, rescued by good samaritans. Bail for Guiterrez was set at $1 million.
(09:00) Hollister - Authorities reported that 4 juveniles were taken into custody for allegedly breaking into a school in Hollister earlier this week. The incident took place at Cerra Vista School. Officers found a 12-year-old, a 15-year-old and two 17-year-olds near one of the classrooms. During the investigation evidence was found linking the juveniles to another burglary that occurred at Calvary Christian School, a short distance away. All 4 subjects were booked into Juvenile Hall.
(08:50) Salinas - Salinas Police are investigating a shooting at Natividad Creek Park. A 20 year-old man was shot around 8:00 last night. His condition is unknown. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact authorities.
(08:20) Authorities reported that 8 gang members were arrested for smuggling drugs into a local correctional facility. On Tuesday morning Watsonville Police Officers assisted by the California Highway Patrol and California State Parole served several arrest and search warrants at residences in Watsonville, Moss Landing, and the unincorporated area of Santa Cruz County. Street level amounts of marijuana, tobacco, Cocaine and 5 firearms were seized. The suspect’s charges include conspiracy to smuggle drugs into a correctional facility while being active participants of a criminal street gang.
(06:55) Watsonville - During a probation search at a motel officers arrested a man in possession of a loaded revolver. The incident took place at 6:00 last night at a room at National 9 Motel in Watsonville. The room was occupied by 36 year-old Jesus Melgoza. During the search, Officers located a loaded revolver with its serial number defaced. Melgoza was arrested and booked into the Santa Cruz County Jail for being a felon in possession of a firearm with a defaced serial number.
A MAN HAS BEEN ARRESTED FOR CARRYING A LOADED GUN. ON TUESDAY, THE CALIFORNIA HIGHWAY PATROL AND THE SALINAS POLICE DEPARTMENT SERVED A SEARCH WARRANT IN VENTURA WAY IN SALINAS. BRYAN MAGDALENO, 23, WAS IN POSSESSION OF A LOADED FIREARM. OFFICERS ALSO FOUND AN ASSAULT RIFLE, A SHOTGUN, AS WELL AS OTHER FIREARMS. MAGDALENO WAS CHARGED WITH CARRYING THE LOADED FIREARM IN PUBLIC.
A WILDFIRE HAS HIT THE RUGGED MOUNTAINS OUTSIDE YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK AND HAS PLACED 1,500 STRUCTURES UNDER THREAT. THE DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY AND FIRE PROTECTION SAYS THAT THE FIRE NEARLY DOUBLED IN SIZE OVERNIGHT AND HAS SCORCHED ABOUT 71 SQUARE MILES. 2,000 PEOPLE IN MARIPOSA ARE UNDER EVACUATION AS THE FIRE BURNS DENSE VEGETATION. THE END OF THE DROUGHT AND MORE RAINFALL WAS GREAT FOR THE VEGETATION, BUT THIS HAS FUELED THE FIRES EVEN MORE. GOVERNOR JERRY BROWN CALLED FOR THE STATE’S RESOURCES TO BE USED TO BATTLE THE FIRE, AND THE CAUSE OF IT IS UNDER INVESTIGATION.
ACCORDING TO THE NEEDS SOLUTION TEAM, 14,620 NEEDLES HAVE BEEN DISCARDED IN PUBLIC OVER THE PAST 4 1/2 YEARS IN SANTA CRUZ COUNTY. SYDNEY FISHMAN HAS MORE FOR KSCO.
VOICER: SANTA CRUZ COUNTY TOOK OVER AND IMPLEMENTED CHANGES IN 2013, BUT SYRINGES HAVE BEEN FOUND AT MANY BEACHES. MORE THAN 550 NEEDLES WERE FOUND LAST MONTH. ONE 6 YEAR OLD CHILD MISTOOK A SYRINGE FOR A THERMOMETER AND PUT IT IN HER MOUTH, ANOTHER 11 YEAR OLD CHILD STEPPED ON A SYRINGE ON SPRING STREET WHILE SWIMMING IN A LOCAL POND. EVEN IF ADULTS AND CHILDREN DON’T GET SICK, THEY OFTEN NEED TO BE TESTED TO MAKE SURE THEY DIDN’T CATCH ANYTHING. THE GIRL WHO PUT THE SYRINGE IN HER MOUTH WAS TESTED FOR HEPATITIS B AND C.
OQ.......STUDIES HAVE SHOWN THAT NEEDLE EXCHANGE PROGRAMS CAN REDUCE POLLUTION, AND JASON HOPPIN, A SPOKESMAN FOR SANTA CRUZ COUNTY, HAS STATED THAT THE COUNTY HAS STOPPED ALLOWING DRUG USERS TO GET NEEDLES WITHOUT TURNING IN AN EQUAL NUMBER OF USED ONES.