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SANTA CRUZ SHOOTINGS – 22:00 update 02/26/13 20:00 S.S.

3  PEOPLE  WERE  SHOT  AND  KILLED  THIS  AFTERNOON  IN  SANTA  CRUZ.       28  year  veteran  of  the  Santa  Cruz Police  force,   Sergeant  Butch  Baker;    and 10 year veteran  Detective  Elizabeth  Butler,   were  shot and  killed  around  3:30  this  afternoon,   DURING  AN  INVESTIGATION  ON  THE  800  BLOCK  OF  NORTH  BRANCIFORTE  AVENUE (BETWEEN  SUNNYSIDE  AVENUE AND  DOYLE  STREET).       About  30  minutes  later, their shooter (35 year-old Jeremy Peter Goulet) was shot and killed  ON  DOYLE  STREET (DURING  A  CHASE  WITH  LAW  ENFORCEMENT  OFFICERS).     DURING THE  INVESTIGATION  OF  THOSE  SHOOTINGS,  NUMEROUS  STREETS  WERE  CLOSED,  AND  AREA  SCHOOLS  WERE  LOCKED-DOWN.

SANTA  CRUZ  POLICE  CHIEF  KEVIN  VOGEL SAID  HIS  DEPARTMENT  IS  IN  MOURNING,   AND  THAT  IT  WAS  A  HORRIBLE,  HORRIBLE  DAY FOR  THE   POLICE   DEPARTMENT AND THE COMMUNITY  OF  SANTA  CRUZ.

THE  SANTA  CRUZ  COUNTY  SHERIFF’S  DEPARTMENT HAS  TAKEN  OVER  THE  CRIMINAL  INVESTIGATION  OF  THESE  SHOOTINGS.

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Mexican Independence Celebrated in Watsonville 9/17/12 9.45a AF

A crown gathered in downtown Watsonville yesterday to celebrate Mexican Independence Day.      The Fiestas Patrias De Watsonville event celebrating Mexico’s independence from Spain has been held in the area since 1990.    The crowds enjoyed food and live traditional music.      Health related informational booths were also found at the event.    Attendance was estimated to be at around 5,000.

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Stolen Weapon Recovered in Marina

Marina Police arrested a man on weapons charges after they chased him down when he tried to flee.      Police arrived at a residence on the 700 block of Landrum Court to find several men, 2 of whom tried to flee.     21-year-old Nathan Ortiz was stopped and arrested for public intoxication.    Ortiz was uncooperative with police, and when he was searched officers found a stolen semi-automatic handgun in his pocket.     The gun was reported stolen from Salinas several months ago.     The charges of possession of a stolen firearm and of a concealed weapon were also given to Ortiz, who was booked into Monterey County Jail.

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Gilroy Man Shot 9/17/12 9a AF

A 22-year-old victim was shot multiple times in a Gilroy apartment complex early this morning.      Just after midnight, the victim was attacked at the complex on Westwood drive.    By the time officers arrived on the scene, the wounded man had been driven to St. Louise Hospital, where he was being treated before he was transported to a Bay Area trauma center.    Officers found evidence of the shooting in the parking lot of the complex, and are currently investigating the incident.

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Boy Sets HouseOn Fire 9/17/12 8.45a AF

A residential fire in Boulder Creek that cause and estimated 400 thousand dollars in damage on Thursday was caused by a child playing with a lighter.      The 10-year-old boy accidentally lit a bed on fire around 7pm in the upstairs bedroom of the Old County Highway home, and tried to put the blaze out himself.   However, the fire quickly spread, and began to burn the residence.   The boy and his twin sister ran outside and began calling for help.     Mike Swanson, the children’s father, returned from a trip to the grocery store to find the house ablaze.    5 people were displaced as a result of the damage.

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