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176 LBS METH-3/24/14-1728-PMD

A CENTRAL CALIFORNIA ILLEGAL DRUG SEIZURE COULD AFFECT LOCAL COMMUNITIES.  DRUG AGENTS AIDED BY HOMELAND SECURITY, LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT, AND THE C-H-P RAIDED A HOUSE IN MADERA AND SEIZED 176 POUNDS OF METHAMPHETAMINE AND 58-THOUSAND DOLLARS IN CASH.   THE DRUGS APPEARED TO HAVE BEEN SMUGGLED INTO THE COUNTRY FROM MEXICO IN LIQUID FORM.  AUTHORITIES STATED THAT LABORATORY EQUIPMENT FOR CONVERTING THE LIQUID TO CYRSTAL WAS PRESENT AT THE HOME.   NO ARRESTS HAVE BEEN MADE AT THIS TIME

 

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CORRECTION OFFICER SENTENCED-3/24/14-1710-PMD

A FORMER SALINAS VALLEY STATE PRISON CORRECTIONS OFFICER WAS SENTENCED  ON  FRIDAY.  28 YEAR OLD CRUZ AGUIRRE WAS CONVICTED OF BRIBERY, SMUGGLING CELL PHONES AND DRUGS TO INMATES, THAT  AFTER AN INTERNAL AFFAIRS INVESTIGATION AT THE PRISON. A MONTEREY COUNTY JUDGE TURNED DOWN AGUIRRE’S REQUEST FOR PROBATION, ANDIN TURN SENTENCED HIM TO 3 YEARS IN PRISON FOR VIOLATING HIS POSITION OF TRUST.

 

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100 day dash-2/23/14-1650-PMD

A MORGAN HILL MAN WAS CHARGEDWITH THE ATTEMPTED MURDER OF A PEACE OFFICER.    THE INCIDENT BEGAN WHEN THE SANTA CLARA COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SENT 3 PATROL UNITS TO INVESTIGATE A REPORT OF A SUSPICIOUS VEHICLE ON ESTHER LAKE DRIVE EARLY SATURDAY MORNING. SOURCES SAY AS DEPUTIES EXITED THEIR VEHICLES,  42 YEAR OLD MICHAEL MATAGULAY RAMMED THE PATOL UNITS SEVERAL TIMES BEFORE ESCAPING INTO THE WOODS ON FOOT. AN  OFFICER FIRED AT LEAST1 SHOT AT THE CAR DURING THE ATTACK.    MATAGULAY  WAS APPREHENDED A COUPLE HOURS LATER.   HE WAS BOOKED IN TO SANTA CLARA COUNTY JAIL ON ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON AND ATTEMPTED MURDER CHARGES.

 

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100 day dash-2/23/14-1450-PMD

THE 100 DAY DASH IS MORE THAN HALFWAY PAST ITS GOAL OF PERMANENTLY HOUSING SANTA CRUZ’S MOST CHRONICALLY HOMELESS. THE DASH IS THE NICKNAME FOR THE LOCAL 180 - 180 INITIATIVE, WHICH HAS A SUB-GOAL OF HOUSING 25  OF THE MOST HIGHLY VISIBLE HOMELESS IN SANTA CRUZ AND 12 IN WATSONVILLE BY MAY 7TH.   THE 180-180 PROJECT STANDS FOR OFFERING 180 HOMELESS PEOPLE THE CHANCE TO CHANGE THE DIRECTION OF THEIR LIVES 180 DEGREES BY JULY 1ST. TO DATE 153 PEOPLE HAVE RECEIVED HOUSING COUNTYWIDE.

 

 

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SCRABBLE EVENT-2/23/14-1135-PMD

THE SANTA CRUZ COUNTY BUILDING WAS THE SIGHT OF THE 5TH ANNUAL BENEFIT SCRABBLE TOURNAMENT OVER THE WEEKEND.  18 CONTESANTS COMPETED IN THE FUND RAISER HELD IN THE COUNTY PUBLIC LAW LIBRARY ON SATURDAY. THE LAW LIBRARY IS NOT PART OF STATE OR COUNTY BUDGETS AND IS FUNDED THROUGH CIVIL COURT FILING FEES AND BENEFITS SUCH AS THIS ONE, WHICH SPLIT THE EVENT PROCEEDS WITH TEEN PEER COURT.  WINNERS WERE PICKED ON WORD DIFFICULTY WITH EXTRA POINTS WERE GIVEN TO COMPETITORS THAT USED LEGAL TERMS AS A CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY AND 2 SUPERIOR COURT JUDGES OVERSAW THE MATCHES.

 

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