This week Camp Bernal gets it’s official eviction notice, DHS pops by and nobody blinks, drugs not slugs, SCPD has their dirty laundry aired, FIT to be tried, the truth can be offensive, the garden of low hanging fruit, Mommy Dearest, a royal flush, medical emergency causes Highway 1 crash, gang fight near Capitola mall, water under the bridge, the Weekly Seen, and never forget one of the saddest days in our city’s history.
City of Santa Cruz Officially Evicts Camp Bernal
It’s about time right? This past Friday morning, the city of Santa Cruz gave formal notice on all the people currently squatting in Camp Bernal by posting what amounts to a 30 day eviction notice. Everything basically needs to be gone by March 15th, exactly 30 days from when they posted the notice. So here’s the 10 million dollar question. Why now? Mind you, I’m not complaining. Well maybe I’m complaining it took this long. But again, if they can do this now, why couldn’t they do this in November? I think we will never get an honest answer from the city to that question.
DHS Drops By For a Visit and Nobody Blinks
Around 4AM last Friday morning, numerous people reported hearing some kind of blasts or explosions, as well as a recording or an amplified voice speaking instructions in Spanish. I read lots of chatter about this on social media. Turns out it was the Department of Homeland Security, dropping by to snatch someone wanted on a Murder warrant in the middle of the night when all the progressive kooks are fast asleep. It helps keep the rhetorical fear mongering from reaching a steaming point. They woke a few people up, they got their guy, we have one less bad guy doing bad things here. Veni Vidi Vici. They came, they saw, they kicked some ass. And then they left without incident. The early morning arrest on the 500 block of Windsor Street reportedly had nothing to do with immigration enforcement. More than a dozen unmarked cars and vans and a team of officers were brought in to enforce an arrest warrant. This guy doesn’t sound like a choirboy. A Watsonville attorney in contact with the family of a couple brought in for questioning thought the investigation was linked to the killing of a 33 year old police officer in Stanislaus County last year. Santa Cruz Police Chief Andy Mills said SCPD was notified about a search warrant being served in the city but they did not participate or help. Which is probably just as well.
Drugs Not Slugs
This is such a crazy story. The level of entitlement, the narcissistic self centered stupidity, and the complete lack of fear of any sort of possible punishment is just so Santa Cruz. In a story that seemed to make national headlines (and keep us looking weird), an 18 year old freshman was arrested for dealing drugs at UCSC. He created an app to deliver them around campus. The “Banana Plug” app let customers place orders for cocaine, ecstasy, meth, and mushrooms through their phones. The suspect then communicated with buyers through Snapchat to set up the sale, according to authorities. The suspect even had the gall to put up posters advertising the service around campus. Eventually, campus police caught on, made a couple buys, and busted the boy genius.
The Department of Justice even put out a press release about it! I’m sure the UC Regents are loving this press.
SCPD Has Dirty Laundry Aired
New public records disclosures have recently revealed that a 44 year old veteran patrol officer with SCPD from Salinas was fired last year after being accused of fondling three female police officers and another former female sworn colleague. According to court documents, he’s been charged with four misdemeanors of sexual battery by touching. He served for 19 years before he was fired in May of 2018. He was arraigned in November of 2018 and pleaded not guilty in December after being released without bail, according to court documents.
FIT to be Tried
Last Friday around 1AM, SCPD arrested a member of the county’s “FIT” program on the 2200 block of Mission street for being drunk in public, vandalism and defacing property, theft, and having an outstanding bench warrant for a felony out of Los Angeles. Outstanding. I can see this program is paying for itself! Last check he was still in jail.
The Truth Can Be Offensive
Thursday afternoon, I saw a video that was posted over on Facebook that was shot by a guy who won’t be mentioned (since I can’t share the video anymore) that showed a pretty graphic (and slightly hilarious) bum fight in Camp Bernal. One of the locals was being “interviewed” when suddenly, out of camera range there was a commotion and the camera pans to three bums brawling, falling into somebody’s tent, before a 4th bum takes a crack at the pile with a 2×4. That’s when the video ends. So I have no idea how the brawl ended. Well, I know exactly how it ends. The same way this story always ends. It doesn’t.
The Garden of Low Hanging Fruit
Saturday night around 7PM, a 37 year old male transient was arrested on the 100 block of Coral street (otherwise known as “skid row”) on a variety of charges, including brandishing a gun, assault with a deadly weapon, resisting arrest, and more. He was actually arrested at the Homeless Services Center on all these charges.
Sunday night around 7:30PM, a woman was arrested on a variety of charges at the Dream Inn, including willful child endangerment, domestic violence on a spouse, and assault with a deadly weapon.
A Royal Flush
This past week, Watsonville Police and the Santa Cruz County Gang Task-force arrested a suspected drug dealer on Hillcrest Road in Royal Oaks. While serving the warrant, the suspect threw a handgun out of a window and during the search, officers located two more handguns, a shotgun and a disassembled assault rifle. They also found heroin and methamphetamine.
Medical Emergency Causes Highway One Crashes
Tuesday morning, Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of an SUV plowing through slow traffic on northbound Highway 1 near Freedom Blvd. where a driver collided with several vehicles and kept driving. The driver was found to be suffering from some sort of medical emergency and received medical care at the scene.
Gang Fight Near Capitola Mall
Monday afternoon, Capitola Police responded to a report of a fight in the area of 41st Ave and Clares street. During the fight, a handgun was reportedly flashed and deputies along with K9 Colt searched the area and found a handgun hidden in a bush in a parking lot. Three others were also arrested in the incident.
It’s Just Water Under the Bridge
Wednesday morning around 9:30AM, reports came in about a male transient out of control yelling threats at SCPD under the Water street bridge. Multiple units responded to the scene and the bum eventually complied peacefully.
The Weekly Seen
Camp Bernal. Literally a “free for all” of needles, trash, and idiot compassion.
Never Forgetting Our Fallen Heroes
Next Tuesday will mark the 6 year anniversary of the tragic deaths of Sergeant Detective Loran Butch Baker and Detective Elizabeth Butler of the Santa Cruz Police Department, who were ambushed and killed in the line of duty. They were standing on the doorstep of Jeremy Goulet’s house in the 800 block of North Branciforte Avenue on Feb. 26th of 2013 after going there to interview him following a sexual assault claim. After talking to him through the front door for about 10 minutes, he closed the door, went out a back door, and came around the front and shot and ambushed both of the officers. After stealing a police car and their weapons, he engaged in a shootout with authorities along a nearby street where he was shot and killed.
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