Officials report a relatively quiet night last night after Halloween revelers took to the streets in downtown Santa Cruz. The festivities brought in an estimated crowd of 20,000 people, and as of 11 p.m. last night the 120 police officers patrolling the area made 18 arrests and issued a handful of citations. Santa Cruz Deputy Police Chief Steve Clark says that’s a pretty low number compared to 32 arrests made last year, and that number was also down from 50 in 2011. Streets were blocked on Pacific Avenue between Mission and Laurel Streets. Police are expected to release final arrest totals later today.
A WATSONVILLE MAN WAS ARRESTED EARLIER THIS WEEK THAT AFTER HE FORCIBLY SHAVED PART OF ANOTHER MAN’S BEARD. A 66 YEAR OLD MAN CALLED POLICE TUESDAY NIGHT REPORTING THAT A NEIGHBOR HAD HELD HIM DOWN AND TRIED TO SHAVE OFF HIS BEARD. POLICE ARRESTED 59 YEAR OLD KEITH LAURENCE RASMUSSEN ON BATTERY CHARGES.
THE SANTA CRUZ COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY SYSTEM NOW HAS A COUNTY WIDE FREE TUTORING PROGRAM. THE PROGRAM GREW OUT OF A SERVICE STARTED BY A GROUP OF ADVANCED PLACEMENT HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS WHEN THEY STARTED FREE TUTORING AT THE MAIN BRANCH IN DOWNTOWN SANTA CRUZ. OVER THE LAST YEAR A-P STUDENTS FROM ALL OVER THE COUNTY HAVE VOLUNTEERED THEIR SERVICES AND THE FREE TUTORING FOR SUBJECTS RANGING FROM CALCULUS TO SPANISH, HAS SPREAD TO VIRTUALLY ALL THE COUNTIES LIBRARIES.
A RASH OF BURGLARIES PROMPTED SANTA CRUZAND SANTA CLARA COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENTS TO CO-HOST A COMMUNITY MEETING EARLIER THIS WEEK. THE MEETING WAS IN RESPONSE TO 10 RECENT BURGLARIES IN SUMMIT ROAD NEIGHBORHOODS, OFFICIALS WARNED RESIDENTS TO BE ON THE LOOK OUT FOR SUSPICIOUS BEHAVIOR WHILE INFORMING THEM THAT BOTH AGENCIES ARE ADDING PATROLS TO THE AREA.
SANTA CRUZ COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES CLEANED OUT A HOMELESS CAMP IN FREEDOM. THE DEPUTIES WHO HAD DAYS AGO POSTED SIGNS WARNING OF THE PENDING CLEAN UP OF THE CAMP ON THE BANKS OF THE CREEK NEAR THE CORNER OF AIRPORT AND FREEDOM BOULEVARDS. THE CREW OF DEPUTIES AND INMATE HELPERS RECOVERED 70 SHOPPING CARTS AND AT LEAST 1 DUMPSTER FULL OF RUBBISH. DEPUTIES ALSO ISSUED TRESPASSING CITATIONS TO PEOPLE THAT DISREGARDED POSTED WARNINGS.
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