Sherriff’s deputies were able to recover a stolen vehicle in Live Oak after three men were seen working on the car. A tip about suspicious activity at 3:30am Sunday night led deputies to the 3200 block of Sylvaner Circle. After realizing that the Dodge pickup had been reported stolen, deputies arrested the three men. 19-year-old Sergio Aragon, 20-year-old Zachary Birch, and 19-year-old Nathaniel Simon-Pillai was arrested on various charges, including possession of stolen property, drug paraphernalia, and suspicion of prowling.
A Live Oak Elementary School kindergartener received a special surprise on Monday when his father returned home from Afghanistan. 26-year-old Marine Corps Staff Sergeant Juan Estrada entered his son Michael’s classroom while the children were singing and dancing to a flag song. When the little boy saw his father, a big smile spread across his face. Sergeant Estrada has served two tours in Afghanistan and one in Iraq as a combat engineer. He and his wife Elisa have two young daughters as well. The family is preparing to move to Camp Pendleton where Estrada will work with a Wounded Warriors Battalion.
Salinas Police responded to a shooting in front of a Bank of America at the 800 Northridge Shopping Center at 6 pm last night. Officers arrived to find a 54-year-old victim who had been shot in the leg. An investigation revealed that while the victim was headed to the bank with the day’s earnings from his business, he was approached by a man wearing a red bandana over his face and wielding a handgun. When the thief pointed the handgun at him, the victim attempted to grab it away from him, and was shot in the leg during the process. The robber grabbed the deposit bag and was seen running across North Main Street. The victim was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Anyone with information on this incident is encouraged to contact the Salinas Police Department.
Greenfield mayor John Huerta may narrowly avoid a recall after a count of the votes showed a narrow 42 vote difference in his favor on Monday. However, more than 6,000 votes remain uncounted, and with just 51.7% voting “no” in the recall, it is still too close to call. Two other Greenfield board members were recalled by a landslide in the June 5th elections. If Huerta is recalled, two-time former mayor Leonard Dart is prepared to take the seat.
More than 2,500 UCSC students will attend commencement ceremonies this weekend. Students from the University’s 10 colleges will gather on the East and West fields from Friday to Saturday to receive their degrees; most will be awarded with Bachelors degrees, but a select number will receive Masters and Doctorate degrees. Among the speakers slated to be present at the commencement ceremonies are author Johnathan Franzen, NPR reporter Richard Harris, and former Santa Cruz mayor Ryan Coonerty. Though new graduates will be entering a tough job market, with the California unemployment rate at nearly 11% in April, plenty of enthusiastic cap-throwing is expected.
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