A 23 YEAR-OLD WATSONVILLE MAN HAS BEEN SENTENCED TO 50 YEARS IN PRISON. MANUEL MEZA PLEADED GUILTY LAST MONTH TO 8 FELONY CHARGES (INCLUDING MANSLAUGHTER, THREATENING A WITNESS, AND PARTICIPATING IN A CRIMINAL STREET GANG. THAT GANG REPORTEDLY PREYS ON HOMELESS PEOPLE LIVING AROUND THE PAJARO RIVER LEVEE…WHICH IS WHERE HE COMMITTED THE 2009 KILLING OF 44 YEAR-OLD JOSE BARAJAS.
3 AROMAS RESIDENTS WERE ARRAIGNED IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA YESTERDAY. 41 YEAR-OLD HOLLY SOMARA RAMOS AND HER HUSBAND 40 YEAR-OLD FRANK DONALD HAVERLY ARE ACCUSED OF CONTRACTING A 3RD PERSON TO KILL RAMOS’ MOTHER LAST MONTH. RAMOS’S MOTHER WAS FOUND SEVERELY BEATEN (AND LEFT FOR DEAD) INSIDE HER LONG BEACH HOME OCTOBER 11TH. RAMOS’S MOTHER HAD REPORTEDLY BEEN WORKING TO BECOME A FOSTER PARENT FOR 2 OF RAMOS’ CHILDREN, AFTER RAMOS LOST CUSTODY OF THEM AFTER BEING ARRESTED ON DRUG AND CHILD ENDANGERMENT CHARGES
A WATSONVILLE WOMAN DIED AS THE RESULT OF A SOLO-VEHICLE ACCIDENT ON HIGHWAY 1 THIS AFTERNOON. THE 12:45 P.M. ACCIDENT OCCURRED NEAR FREEDOM BOULEVARD. THE CAUSE OF THE FATAL CRASH IS STILL BEING INVESTIGATED.
An evacuation order was issued this morning for a Salinas flower nursery after a large nitric acid leak was detected. Firefighters and Hazardous materials experts arrived at Old Stage Greenhouses located at Old Stage Road and Herbert Road just after 9 a.m. to shut off the leak, which reportedly involved 500-gallons. no immediate threat to public health was reported. Fire officials say the nitric acid, which is used to make fertilizer, is maintained in a liquid form but vaporizes when it leaks. Containment was expected to take several hours.
Median home prices for Santa Cruz County were higher in October than they’ve been for the past 5-years. The median sales price for a single-family home was $649,000, compared to $500,000 a year a go and $470,000 in 2011. However officials say extremely low inventory is holding sales back. As of the first week of November, there were 648 listings, down from 683 a year ago, and the fewest listings for October in 13 years. Local real estate agents believe the decline is due to potential home buyers getting tired of needing to make multiple offers.
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