A man who allegedly physically assaulted a woman and attempted to sexually assault her in Santa Cruz early this morning, is being sought. Police say the 4 a.m. incident occurred when the 47-year woman encountered the man in the parking lot of a convenience store on the 600 block of Laurel Street. The woman tried to fight the man off after he hit her and dragged her to a trash bin area. Police say the suspect is described as an African American male, up to 5-feet-9-inches tall, weighing up to 180 pounds, with a buzz haircut, a pierced right ear and a tattoo on the right side of his neck. Anyone with information, is asked to call the Santa Cruz Police Department.
According to the results released earlier this month by the California Tobacco Survey, San Benito County has one of the lowest rates of smoking among rural counties. The report, which was released by the California Department of Public Health, shows that San Benito has a prevalence of 12.1%, that percentage is down from 15.9 in 1999. City officials say the new findings can be attributed to an ordinance which requires a retailer licensing fee to sell cigarettes to prevent the sale to minors, along with a voluntary smoke-free policy at county migrant camps.
A Salinas man pleaded “no contest” today after an 8-year old girl suffered serious injuries in a shooting 4-years ago. Abraham Cabrera was arrested a month after the January 14th 2007 incident when the girl was caught in the crossfire during a drive-by shooting between rival gangs while she was sitting in a parked car near the corner of Grandhaven Street and Williams Road in Salinas. Cabrera is slated to return to court in March and is expected to receive up to 16-years in jail for pleading to attempted murder with an enhancement of inflicting great bodily injury and a special allegation of personal use of a firearm.
A 22-year old man was arrested early this morning following a high-speed pursuit through Salinas residential streets. Police say Jesus Garcia was arrested around 1:10 a.m. on the 1000 block of South Main Street on suspicion of hit-and-run, possession of a firearm and vehicle pursuit, after an officer tried to pull over a suspicious vehicle, when the car sped off and a pursuit began. Garcia was eventually pulled over and officers found a loaded handgun after searching through his car. Garcia also had 2 outstanding warrants for his arrest.
Only minor injuries occurred, after Mount Hermon Road between Felton and Scotts Valley, was closed for over 5 hours today after 2 vehicles (including a box truck), crashed just East of East Zayante Road overpass. The accident occurred just before 7 a.m. when the driver of a Toyota Tacoma lost control and collided head-on with the semi. The delivery truck, which was carrying a load of wine products, flipped onto it’s side and resulted in over 50-gallons of diesel fuel spilling into Zayante Creek. The road was re-opened as of 12:20 p.m.
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