A SALINAS PAROLEE WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY LAST NIGHT AFTER A WOMAN WAS ROBBED IN WATSONVILLE. POLICE SAY THE WOMAN WAS WALKING HOME FROM WORK ON THE 100 BLOCK OF WEST BEACH STREET JUST BEFORE 9 O’CLOCK, WHEN SHE WAS APPROACHED BY 2 MEN WHO DEMANDED HER PURSE. ONE OF THE SUSPECTS TOOK THE WOMAN’S PURSE BEFORE FLEEING ON FOOT. POLICE WERE IN THE AREA, WHEN THEY SAW 27-YEAR OLD ADAM LEE DELGADO RUNNING AND ACTING SUSPICIOUSLY. HE WAS STOPPED, AND A SHORT TIME LATER POLICE WERE NOTIFIED OF THE ROBBERY BY THE VICTIM, WHO IDENTIFIED DELGADO AS THE SUSPECT. DELGADO, WHO WAS ON PAROLE AFTER SERVING TIME FOR ATTEMPTED MURDER, WAS ARRESTED ON SUSPICION OF STRONG ARMED ROBBERY AND PAROLE VIOLATION. THE OTHER SUSPECT WAS NOT FOUND.
A PEDESTRIAN WHO WAS HIT BY A SANTA CRUZ METRO BUS NEAR THE DOWNTOWN TRANSIT STATION YESTERDAY, IS IN CRITICAL CONDITION. POLICE SAY THE 76-YEAR OLD MAN SUFFERED MAJOR INJURIES TO HIS LEGS DURING THE 1:40 P.M. INCIDENT THAT OCCURRED AT PACIFIC AVENUE AND CATHCART STREET. THE DRIVER OF THE BUS HAS BEEN PLACED ON PAID LEAVE DURING THE INVESTIGATION, AND SO FAR NO CRIMINAL CHARGES HAVE BEEN FILED AGAINST HIM. A METRO SPOKESPERSON SAYS THERE WERE NO PASSENGERS ON BOARD THE BUS DURING THE TIME OF THE INCIDENT. THE COLLISION IS CURRENTLY UNDER INVESTIGATION.
A man who was pulled over for crossing a double yellow line on Highway 68 this morning, was arrested after attempting to flee from Monterey County deputies. Alejandro Langoria was stopped around 2 a.m. near York Road, when he drove off in his 1993 Ford Mustang leading deputies on a high speed chase. Langoria was arrested without incident after he his vehicle eventually ran out of gas. A search of his car turned up credit cards stolen out of San Jose. He was also found to be driving under the influence of a stimulant and Cannabis.
U.S. Forest Officials say Big Sur residents will be back in their homes in time for Christmas. The decision to let roughly 100 residents return to their homes was made yesterday after PG&E was able to get power restored to the area. Meanwhile, the cause of the Pfeiffer Fire remains undetermined. The fire destroyed 34 homes, four other buildings, burned 917 acres and displaced about 100 residents. 100 fire crews are still on the scene monitoring hot spots. Highway 1 through Big Sur remains open and Andrew Molera State Park remains closed. The fire was 100% contained Monday night. It started at around midnight on December 16th.
Out of control revelers celebrating New Years Eve in downtown Santa Cruz, can expect to be penalized with triple fines this year. Police say they plan to have extra patrols throughout the city with all available officers working to enforce safety that night. The triple-fine “safety enhancement zone” is expected to cover the downtown area and will run from 5 p.m December 31st to 5 a.m. January 1st. Triple fine citations will include $288 tickets for littering, $576 tickets for graffiti, and for urinating in public and over a thousand dollar tickets will be issued for destroying plants.
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