It’s been a wild and crazy ride this week on the Weekly Dump! Topics include the armed robbery at O’Reilly’s, the infamous lingerie thieves of Highway 17, guys with knives at CVS, body found off West Cliff, car hits tree on Mission, local bike thief nabbed, body found in Aptos creek, bum passes out in traffic, car rolls in Glen Canyon, 3 car accident clogs Mission and Fair, Brent feels your pain, Quote of the Week, city council midyear performance evaluations, The Weekly Seen, Weekly Shoutouts, and the Year of Living Vibrantly Honest. Thanks for reading!
Armed Robbery at O’Reilly’s Auto Parts Thursday Night
Thursday night around 9PM, reports came in about an armed robbery at the O’Reilly auto parts store, off Water street near Ocean. Police were looking for the suspect in the San Lorenzo park area. The suspect was described as a Black male with a hoodie and revolver. SCPD brought in a K9 unit that seemed to track the suspect toward the U-Haul place on Ocean. At the time we published this week, the suspect was still at large.
Lingerie Thieves Arrested at Gunpoint on Highway 17
I’ll bet I got your interest with that headline! In the grand tradition of keeping Santa Cruz weird, we get this made for the tabloids story on Monday. Around 12:30PM on Monday afternoon, Scotts Valley Police Department officers pulled a VW Jetta over at gunpoint on Highway 17 near Sugarloaf Road. More than $1,000 worth of stolen lingerie was found inside the car. Two teenage girls and two women were arrested and taken into custody. They were charged with felony evading and burglary. No injuries or collisions resulted from the incident. It all began at the Capitola Mall when a Capitola Police Department officer spotted a black VW Jetta that was connected to an ongoing Victoria’s Secret lingerie theft investigation. The officer saw the Jetta pull out of the mall’s parking lot and called for backup from the CHP as he chased the Jetta along 41st Avenue, where the suspects got on Highway 1 and the chase continued south. After exiting at the Rio Del Mar exit, the Jetta turned around and sped back onto Highway 1 heading north. The chase was later called off as being too risky around noon as the Jetta drove recklessly through traffic around the fishhook and sped into downtown Santa Cruz. Police knew that the women would eventually attempt to drive north back to Oakland, so officers were staked out at key positions along Highway 17, where they eventually caught and arrested them near the Sugarloaf Road exit. The four women were arrested on burglary charges. The driver was also charged with felony evading. All of the women had been released from the Santa Cruz County Jail by Tuesday afternoon. In one day, out the next! That’s Santa Cruz! The County Shuffle™
Knife Fight at CVS on Front
Monday night around 8:30PM, a report came in that a man was fighting and lunging at another man with a knife downtown. SCPD arrived pretty quickly and arrested the man at gunpoint. At least I think they arrested him. Because an hour later…..
Man Pulls Out Knife While Wandering Aisles at CVS on Front
Around 9:30PM on Monday, a man was wandering the aisles holding a knife and saying he was looking for “loss control”. Described as a Hispanic man in a tank top, SCPD sent multiple units to the scene. I heard they detained him and had him in cuffs. I hope it wasn’t the same guy from an hour earlier (but honestly, I wouldn’t be surprised in this town).
Body Pulled Out of Ocean Off West Cliff Drive
Around 11AM on Thursday morning, I heard about a water rescue, which turned out to be a body recovery, off West Cliff Drive, near Fair Avenue. Witnesses reported a decomposed, dead body was found at the waterline on the beach. No word on whether foul play was involved.
Car Hits Tree on Mission Street
Thursday afternoon around 4PM, I heard reports of a car crashing into a tree on the 600 block of Mission street. Apparently the driver was injured bad enough to require an air ambulance evacuation. No word on their current condition.
Local Bike Thief Arrested
A Santa Cruz man was arrested on Monday, after SCPD said a cyclist chased and photographed an accused bike thief after they witnessed the theft of a $5,000 Santa Cruz mountain bike. The suspect allegedly stole the bike from its owner near Ocean and Felker streets on Sunday, according to SCPD. The witness chased the suspect to the area of railroad tracks near Encinal Street, where the witness took photos of the suspect as he fled in traffic. SCPD located the man and arrested him riding a different bicycle in the same area on Monday. When he was arrested, information led SCPD to another bike, a $3,000 Specialized Epic bike, which was found in the bushes near San Lorenzo Park. The suspect was arrested on suspicion of three felonies, theft, assault with a deadly weapon and probation violation, according to court documents. He was held at Santa Cruz County Jail in lieu of $40,000 bail Wednesday afternoon, according to jail records. I looked this guy up. He’s a local recidivist (of course he is!). Since 2015, he’s been arrested 12 different times. I’m sure number 13 isn’t far behind, because we know how the County Shuffle™ works! In one day, out the next!
Body Found In Aptos Creek
Monday afternoon, a hiker found a decomposed body in Aptos Creek. The body was discovered around 3:00PM in a heavily wooded section of Aptos Creek between Highway 1 and the Spreckels Drive bridge. The Santa Cruz County coroner’s office is performing an autopsy and working to make an identification of the remains. The body appears to be an adult male.
Bum Camper Blocks Traffic as Driver Takes a Nap
Thursday afternoon around 12:30PM, a report came in that a beat up camper van was blocking traffic at the corner of Ocean and Water streets. The male driver was passed out and hunched over the wheel of his car, while the car was parked in one of the busiest intersections in Santa Cruz. SCPD was sent out to move the guy along.
Car Rolls Over on Branciforte at Glen Canyon
Friday night around 11:30PM, a report came in that a car had flipped over onto it’s side on Branciforte at Glen Canyon. SCPD responded with fire and rescue. Turns out the car was a Hertz rental car out of Los Angeles. OH SNAP! I hope they have good insurance.
Three Car Accident at Mission and Fair Clogs Traffic
Friday afternoon around 2PM, reports came in about a multi car accident at the corner of Mission and Fair. This is the corner where Ferrell’s Donuts is, and it’s a notorious intersection for people making left turns onto Fair from Mission (no left turn lane so it clogs the left lane if traffic is coming from the North). It didn’t sound like anyone was seriously hurt. Traffic was rerouted at Miramar.
Brent Adams Feels Your Pain Santa Cruz!
Local narcissist and serial homeless advocate Brent Adams had his bike stolen. Again. But he got it back! By paying some “junkie” (his words) $30 for it, after it had been stripped of his GoPro and other stuff. Was he an “unhoused” junkie or just your run of the mill transient bum? I’m sure he’s a regular at the Food Not Bombs slopfests outside the Post Office or in front of City hall. Did he call SCPD and report it? Apparently not. Instead, he went to his friends in the “underground bum network” of local bike thieves, drug addicts, and low hanging fruit. And they helped him out by returning his bike to him after making him pay a ransom to get it back. The jokes just write themselves sometimes! I’m glad he got his bike back, even though he rewarded his bike thief with $30 for stealing from him. He might not be the brightest bulb, but he means well.
Hugh Takes the Week Off
No “Hugh’s News” this week. Sorry. He is dealing with some personal business, and honestly, I don’t have the stomach for what he does. There was a city council meeting this past week. It was a typical circus. I tried to watch some of it but every time the incessantly whiny Krohn or goofy Brown would open their mouths, I would immediately hit mute or change channels. So instead of Hugh’s meeting notes, I’ll use his time to give my quick 6 month performance evaluations. Krohn: mouthy, whiny, obnoxious, but I do appreciate his ongoing attempts to lift the iron curtain at city hall and make the city manager and staff more transparent in what they are doing. I gave Krohn a backhanded compliment! Cheers! Mathews: I’m surprised she’s lasted this long sitting next to Krohn without spilling a hot cup of coffee on his lap. She’s status quo and she’s still status quo. Nothing new here. Watkins: I haven’t really seen or heard much from her in 6 months. Too quiet. Step up and assert yourself already. You won the last election. Show us something. Terrazas: I like what I see. DT seems to be asserting himself nicely this year, setting up for him to take over as mayor in 2018. I think he’ll be a much better mayor than Chase: Over her head. Talks in cliches and platitudes ad nauseum. Never seems to have an original thought. Can’t run a city council meeting for mierda. She’s just way too nice for this job. Noroyan: I don’t always agree with her but she’s probably the most outspoken and pragmatic of all of them. She’s doing fine, but likely feels a lack of support from other perceived “moderates” on the council. I feel that way. Brown: Goofy, seems to be unprepared for council meetings by not reading or being familiar with the material before the meeting. Asks way too many dumb questions. Tries to position herself as the “voice of the unrepresented” but usually comes across as lost, inarticulate, and leaving everyone wondering what she’s talking about.
Quote of the Week
“The Santa Cruz government is run by overworked elected residents who are in turn willing to rely on technocrats to shepherd councilmembers into making the basic decisions to keep the city running. Change does not come easy within this kind of system.”
Who said that? Why it was CHRIS KROHN! I agree with him 100% (that’s 2 Krohn compliments this week. I’m not drunk!)
The Weekly Seen
Regular Dump reader and commenter Mabel sent me this photo of the front of the Post Office the other day. That brown stuff someone splattered all over the side of the wall? You probably guessed what that is. Mierda. Shows you why the fence is there in the first place. This shows you why we can’t have nice things in Santa Cruz.
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The Year of Keeping Santa Cruz Vibrantly Honest
Happy Birthday to us! Last May, I launched this website mostly on a lark. This week we celebrate our 52nd straight edition of the Weekly Dump. Through rain and snow, sleet and hail, crazy and mundane, we’ve done our best to keep it vibrantly honest here. We certainly have our fans and critics alike here. I didn’t really have a lot of goals (or forethought) about what I was trying to do here when this began. I was making it up as I went along. I did know a few things I didn’t want to do. I didn’t want to turn this into something commercial. No ads. No spam. I didn’t want people to think I was trying to make money off their interest here. And that still rings true going into Year 2. I didn’t want this to be predictable. I didn’t want this website to be a “left wing” or “right wing” thing. I’ve tried hard to keep it balanced, mostly because I try hard to stay balanced. And much of this site is a reflection of me. My opinion. What I deem to be newsworthy (or not). What’s worth my time to talk about (or not). It’s been a labor of love (although some might call it hate) since day 1 and that remains to this day moving forward. And big thanks to Hugh, who is a real person with a real opinion different than mine. Hugh is Robin to my Batman, Harry to my Lloyd, Ernie to my Bert. – BD
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