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Shopliter Stabs Witness in Escape 8/6/12 10a AF

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.

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Slow Speed Chase 8/6/12 8.30a AF

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.

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Publicily Intoxicated Man Puches Officer 8/6/12 7.30a AF

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.

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Scotts Valley Growing Operation Busted 8/6/12 7a AF

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.

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Electrical fire in restaurant 08/05/12 TDH

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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