Three suspects have been arrested in connection with several gang murders and shootings that took place in the City of Seaside over the past year. Police announced the arrest of Francisco Chacala Valdez, Juan Hernandez Delado, and Christian Vengas Cruz at a news conference held yesterday. The community’s support and video surveillance are being credited in solving the two murders and three shootings. Police believe however, the suspects took part in several other shootings that occurred during the same time frame, and that others may be involved.
One of Santa Cruz County’s most wanted men was arrested in Watsonville yesterday afternoon. Police say they spotted Jose Munoz walking in the area of Roosevelt Street just after 3:30, when he fled from officers and led them on a foot chase through several residential neighborhoods. Munoz was eventually located after he jumped over a fence into a backyard on Oregon Street, before barricading himself inside of a garage. After a brief struggle, he was arrested on warrants and suspicion of resisting arrest, he was also found in possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia after his arrest.
The City administrator for Sand City announced his retirement this week. Steve Matarazzo, worked for the city as an administrator since 2008, he was also the city’s director of community development before that. He began working in Sand City in 1994 and worked for over 40-years in the public sector, which he says he plans to return to. Kelly Morgran, who is the city’s former administrator, was named to take on both jobs that Matarazzo was doing on an interim basis.
A 24-year old Capitola man was found in a fatal SUV crash near Lexington Reservoir this week after he was tracked through his cellphone’s GPS system. Police say Kevin Michael Rocha was last seen Sunday night in San Francisco, when he was on his phone with family members while driving back to Capitola. Police believe Rocha crashed that night. Authorities say they were unable to locate his GMC Yukon because it was not easily visible from the road. Rocha was reported missing Tuesday when he didn’t’ show up for work. Searchers used GPS coordinates from his iPhone, and found his car Tuesday night about 100-feet downhill from southbound Highway 17 near Alma college Road. The cause of the incident is still under investigation.
A preliminary hearing is expected to continue today for a man accused of fatally striking two women outside of Nativiadad Medical Center in November. Francisco Miranda Jr. was arrested on suspicion of killing 57-year old Cynthia Lane and 24-year old Linda Rascon. Rascon, who worked as security guard at the hospital, ran out to help Lane, who had fallen into the street, when Miranda reportedly fatally struck the two in a hit-and-run incident. Miranda, who had been driving while high on marijuana, was arrested on two counts of murder, felony DUI, felony hit-and-run and driving on a suspended license. The hearing will begin at 9 a.m.
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