12 HOTEL GUESTS WERE EVACUATED TODAY, AFTER A STAND-OFF BEGAN A GILROY MOTEL TODAY. IT BEGAN JUST AFTER 10 O-CLOCK THIS MORNING, WHEN VACAVILLE POLICE OFFICERS CONTACTED THE GILROY POLICE DEPARTMENT ABOUT AN ARMED ROBBERY SUSPECT….THAT WAS THOUGHT TO BE HOLED UP IN THE MONTEREY ROAD MOTEL 6. AFTER 6 HOURS OF NEGOTIATIONS, THE SUSPECT SURRENDERED AND WAS BOOKED INTO SANTA CLARA COUNTY JAIL.
One person is under arrest and two others are still being sought after a 68-year old woman had her purse stolen from a Santa Cruz grocery store over the weekend. Police say the mother of the 17-year old San Jose suspect recognized her son on the Santa Cruz Police Department’s blog, and turned him over to authorities yesterday. Police meanwhile are still looking for two hispanic males in their late teens or early twenties. The suspect car has been described as a red small car with white lettering across the back that stated “indow tint”, like window but without the w. The crime occurred at the Safeway on Morrissey Boulevard when the woman was attacked by the three suspects as she was leaving the store.
Nearly 300 blood drives across the state have been canceled due to severe weather. As a result, The American Red Cross will be holding several blood drives this month across the Tri County area in an effort to help with a possible blood shortage. In Santa Cruz County, you can donate blood tomorrow at Twin Lakes Church in Aptos at 2701 Cabrillo College Drive from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., followed by another blood drive on January 27th at Watsonville Community. In Monterey County, a blood drive will be held at Carmel High School on January 29th and in San Benito County the Salinas Rabobank on Main Street will hold a donation on January 24th. To make an appointment or get more information, visit www.redcrossblood.org.
An environmental group held a protest in Salinas yesterday during a meeting run by state officials over the practice of fracking. People against the practice protested outside the National Steinbeck Center, while oil and gas officials held a public comment session inside. Representatives from the Department of Conservation listened to the concerns made by community members over the process, known as hydraulic fracturing, which extracts natural gas from shale rock by injecting highly pressurized liquid into the rock.
Police in Hollister say they are one step closer to solving the 2013 murder case of Michael Cortez. An abandoned silver 2007 G-M-C Sierra pickup truck was found in the area of Bolsa Road at Bloomfield Avenue, the same truck with the same license plate number police were searching for after Cortez was murdered. The truck was found to have belonged to the suspect in the case, Heriberto Onate Ramirez. Police believe it may have been used in the murder, and that recent work done on the truck is consistent to the damage reported during the homicide investigation.
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