One man was found dead and one woman critically injured after a shooting in Watsonville early this morning. Watsonville Police Officers were dispatched to the 100 block of Prospect Avenue at 3am, where they found a 22-year-old woman with a life threatening gunshot wound. Officers followed a trail of blood up Prospect Avenue and into an unsecured building, where they found the body of a 37-year-old man. The man had numerous gunshot wounds and was dead on the scene. The young woman was transported to a bay area hospital. The severity of her injuries did not allow the woman to give a description of the shooting, and there are no suspects in custody. Anyone with any information about this incident is urged to contact the Watsonville Police Department. This is Watsonville’s first homicide of the year.
The Santa Cruz City Council gave the go-ahead for a 19-unit co-housing project yesterday. The community, which will be known as Walnut Commons will be built downtown on the corner of Walnut Avenue and Center Street. It will be nearly 14,000 square foot, with units ranging from 1 to 3 bedrooms. Almost half of the complex will feature common or open spaces. The total cost of the project will be $8.4 million, and will be done in a Spanish Mediterranean style. This is the second community of this kind built in Santa Cruz.
A 30-year-old man was shot in San Ardo near the San Ardo School last night. According to Monterey County Sheriff’s deputies, the victim was shot in the chest about 7:45pm. The deputies have determined that the shooter is a man named Alfonso Salazer, and they are currently searching for him. The victim was critically wounded and was flown to a Bay Area Hospital. Anyone with any information on the whereabouts of Alfonso Salazar is asked to contact the Monterey County Sheriff’s Department.
A Santa Clara County probation officer was shot in the leg on Highway 17 near Scotts Valley during an arrest last night. Just past 8:15 p-m yesterday, the San Jose Police Department’s Covert Response Unit pulled over a vehicle they identified as one driven by 22-year-old Angel Solorzano. The suspect had a $1 million warrant for his arrest out for firearms violations. Solorzano and another suspect were taken into custody without incident. However, the probation officer, who was not participating in the arrest, accidentally discharged his gun, shooting himself in the leg. His injuries are non life-threatening. The investigation caused significant traffic and temporary road closures on Hwy 17.
COURT PROCEEDINGS WERE DELAYED AGAIN FOR A MAN ACCUSED OF INTENTIONALLY DRIVING INTO ONCOMING TRAFFIC ON HIGHWAY 17 AND KILLING THE MOTHER OF A FAMILY OF FOUR LAST YEAR. THIS AFTER A DELAY IN THE RECIEPT OF PSYCHIATRIC REPORTS ABOUT THE ACCUSED MAN, 29-YEAR-OLD ERIC RSEL WEERS. WEERS IS CHARGED WITH DRIVING AN SUV NORTHBOUND ON SOUTHBOUND HIGHWAY 17, STRIKING THE CAR OF THE VICTIM, 48-YEAR-OLD ANA LUZ BARAJAS INTENTIONALLY. THE PSYCHIATRIC REPORTS WERE PREVIOUSLY DUE IN MID MARCH, AND AGAIN ON JUNE 4TH, MAKING THIS THE THIRD DELAY IN THE CASE BECAUSE OF THE REPORTS. IN JANUARY, WEERS PLED NOT GUILTY BY WAY OF INSANITY ON A COUNT OF FIRST DEGREE MURDER. ANOTHER HEARING IS SET FOR AUGUST 8TH.
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