A 29-year-old Watsonville man was arrested in Santa Cruz yesterday after shoplifting a bottle of alcohol from a convenience store. Christian Martinez was stopped by a security guard after attempting to steal the alcohol, but when the guard detained him, Martinez fought to escape. When a witness stepped in to help the security guard, Martinez pulled out a switch blade and stabbed the witness in the forearm. Martinez ran away, but was found during an area search by officers a short while later. He was taken into custody on charges of brandishing a weapon and assault with a deadly weapon. The stabbing victim was transported to Dominican Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Santa Cruz Police were led on a slow speed chase yesterday evening that resulted in the discovery of a large amount of marijuana and a handgun. Officers attempted to pull over a vehicle driven by 25-year-old Diego Cruz Alvarez for expired registration around 5:30pm. Alvarez did not pull over, and drove for several blocks before pulling into a driveway on the 700 block of Windsor Street. A search of the vehicle revealed a significant amount of marijuana. A handgun and loaded magazine were found in the trunk. Alvarez was arrested on charges of suspicion of evading police, possession of marijuana for sale, and multiple gun violations.
A transient man was arrested in Santa Cruz Saturday after punching a police officer in the face. 42-year-old Nicholas O’Donnell was approached by an officer near Pacific Avenue and Beach Street around 9am after he was seen smoking in a non-smoking area. When the officer made contact with O’Donnell he noticed that the man was displaying signs of intoxication. O’Donnell has been arrested 9 times for public intoxication since March. After O’Donnell was confronted, he began verbally abusing the officer, told him he had better call for back-up, and then punched him in the face. O’Donnell was arrested for suspicion of public intoxication, resisting arrest, and battering a peace officer.
The Scotts Valley SWAT team arrested a man on Friday after a sweep of a home revealed dozens of marijuana plants and some cocaine. The SWAT team searched the Scotts Valley home with a warrant after receiving a tip about possible drug sales at the residence. 39-year-old Matthew Scott Ladage was taken into custody, after officers discovered 120 marijuana plants, a large amount of cash, and some cocaine. Ladage was charged with suspicion of cultivation of marijuana and cocaine possession.
A fire broke out at a restaurant in seaside yesterday afternoon. The 2:30 p.m. blaze erupted at jose’s Mexican restaurant (on contra costa street). the restaurant was evacuated; nobody was injured. firefighters from multiple fire departments responded to the incident, which caused about 4-thousand dollars’ worth of damage. An electrical issue is believed to have sparked the blaze.
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