Car Hits Metro Bus at Coral and Highway 9
Tuesday afternoon around 3:30PM, there was an accident between a vehicle and a Metro bus at Coral street and Highway 9 that made a mess of traffic. I heard the driver of the car may have suffered a seizure or had some sort of medical emergency that may have caused the accident. Other than the driver, it didn’t sound like anyone was hurt.
SCPD Steps Up Patrols Around Camp Bernal
Last Thursday night, SCPD was patrolling in the area of River Street at Mora Street when they noticed a suspicious looking male sitting in the driver’s seat of a Toyota 4Runner. The 33 year old Ben Lomond man appeared to be under the influence of a controlled substance. As he was being questioned and detained, a gun was found in his pocket. A search of his stuff also found heroin, drug paraphernalia, burglary tools, and a ski mask. A ski mask. Planning to rob someone I presume. Or maybe he was headed for a weekend in Tahoe. He was booked into the Santa Cruz County Jail for felony firearms-related charges, drug paraphernalia, burglary tools, and drug-related charges. SCPD has apparently been focusing additional patrols around residences and stores adjacent to River Street in response to increasing complaints of suspicious activity and drug sales. Gee, I wonder why? What’s right next door? Camp Bernal of course.
Road Raging Motorcyclist Busted With Gun Near Costco
Wednesday morning around 6:00AM, SCPD responded to a report of a road rage incident near the corner of River street and Highway 1 involving a motorcyclist brandishing a gun at a driver in a car at a stop light. The victim told SCPD that they had cut off a motorcyclist. When the victim stopped at a light, the motorcyclist drove up and pointed a handgun at the driver’s side window. As the light turned green, the victim sped off and called 911. SCPD quickly located the motorcyclist in the area near Costco and when they converged on a parking lot to conduct a high-risk stop, the suspect pulled the gun from his pocket and tossed it into nearby bushes. The 21 year old suspect was arrested and booked into jail.
SCPD Warns Community of Targeted Scam
SCPD warned the community this week about a targeted phone scam where the caller identified themselves as being from the Santa Cruz Police Department demanding the victim to pay money or get arrested. According to police, the caller ID listed on the victim’s phone used the SCPD non-emergency line number, which was spoofed. The scammer reportedly told the victim the police department had a warrant for their arrest and if they didn’t pay they would be arrested for their “crimes.” Police said scammers also sent emails from a Gmail account with a fake violation letter using SCPD logos.
The Gift That Keeps on Giving
Tuesday afternoon, Santa Cruz Sheriff’s deputies attempted to stop a man in a black Jetta for some sort of vehicle code violations. Rather than just pull over and face the music, the driver took off and found himself trapped in a cul-de-sac, where he ditched the car and jumped a barbed wire fence. Deputies spotted him running on Soquel Drive near Capitola Avenue where he was arrested for reckless evasion, driving on a suspended driver’s license, possession of methamphetamine, and for violating his probation.
Cognac For Breakfast
Tuesday morning around 10:30AM, a 61 year old woman from Monterey was swilling cognac and led Santa Cruz Sheriff’s deputies and the CHP on a chase south along Highway 1 that began in Capitola on Soquel Wharf Road near Porter Street. CHP even attempted to stop the vehicle with spike strips at one point but that was unsuccessful. A second spike strip was successful near Del Monte Boulevard, where the woman tried to turn around in the median of Highway 1 north of Reservation Road in Marina. After her van got stuck, the woman resisted arrest and continued to drink in her vehicle so officers had to smash a window open to arrest her.
Thief Busted Stealing Art From Local Storage Unit
Last Saturday, a thief broke into a storage locker and stole a number of pieces of artwork being stored there. While investigating the burglary, Santa Cruz Sheriff’s deputies noticed a man they were familiar with captured on the security video leaving the storage facility with the stolen paintings. The next day, deputies found the guy and arrested him for burglary. The paintings were returned to the rightful owners.
Happy Loving Couples Make it Look So Easy
Last Thursday around 8:30AM, a man and woman were arrested at the Staples on the 2400 block of 17th avenue on a number of charges, mostly possession and under the influence of drugs, he also had nunchucks and she also had a parole violation. Both were arrested. She seems to be out, he seems to still be in jail.
Bum Chase at Bonesios
Monday morning around 8AM, SCPD responded to Bonesios where they chased a known bum around downtown before finally taking him down at Cedar and Maple. He’s been arrested locally 13 times so yeah, he’s a “known” bum. I guess he need medical attention after he was arrested. Maybe he tripped and fell while he was running from police.
SCPD Loses Bum in Camp Bernal
Monday morning around 12:30AM, SCPD responded to a report of a prowler on the 100 block of Felker. When SCPD arrived, the suspect took off running and was seen jumping a fence near Franklin. A foot chase continued over the footbridge on the levee and into Camp Bernal, where he was last seen. Camp Bernal harbors fugitives? You don’t say!
Fire Destroys Boulder Creek Home
Saturday afternoon, a fire completely destroyed a home on Forest Hill Drive in Boulder Creek. The fire department says everyone in the house made it out safely.
Saturday night around 6PM, there was some kind of assault that took place at the Starbucks on Mission street. I heard at least one person was taken to Dominican after fire and medics were also called to the scene.
Nothing Comes Between Him and His Beer
Sunday afternoon around 3PM, a guy walks into the Safeway on Graham Hill Road in Felton and tried to steal some beer. He had been previously told to stay out of the store. And he was on probation (of course he was!). One of the probation terms was a stay away order from Safeway. He was booked into county jail for trespassing and a probation violation. Did you probably guess that he also out of jail already? He is. Did you know he’s been arrested locally 18 times since 2015? He has. The turnstile is working just fine for this guy.
The Fifteenth Isn’t Far Away
Monday night around 9:30PM, a 27 year old Felton man was arrested near Maple and Cedar streets on a laundry list of of charges, including robbery, resisting arrest, parole violation, and more. He’s been arrested locally 14 times since 2013. Can we say we enable his bad behavior here?
This is What Living Next to Camp Bernal is Like
Monday afternoon around 1PM, a 32 year old man was arrested at Ross for vandalism, defacing property, and burglary. He was arrested and as far as I know he’s still in county jail.
Guns, Drugs, and Recidivism
Tuesday around 1:30PM, a 20 year old male was arrested for having a loaded gun on him in a public place on the 100 block of Bixby street. Apparently, he also tried to bring a controlled substance into the jail with him as well. He’s been arrested 9 times locally since 2016.
The World Outside Our Bubble is Watching
Another Marathon City Council Meeting Passes Lots of Gas
Another long city council meeting this past week. Pretty much the same discussion as last week. Where to park the homeless. Pretty much the same result as last week. We need to think about it some more. Have a “study session”. Let’s see how long they can punt this down the road before someone else forces their hand. There’s so many HAZMAT violations taking place daily. Raw sewage is being leeched into the river and bay. Oh, and the county health services director says the place is full of rats and needs to be shut down. There you go! How much more do you need when even Arnie Leff is calling this human pig sty a public health and safety hazard. And there’s this!
So according to the head of the county health services department, the department responsible for handing out all those free needles, the county spent 26 MILLION DOLLARS on 10 junkies. An average of 2.6 MILLION DOLLARS for each junkie times 10. Can you say Santa Mierda! If this is true, the county health services department needs a serious audit. I want more details to this story. I’ll be talking more about this on the next podcast on Sunday.
Watsonville Man Found Guilty of Murder
A Watsonville man was found guilty this week of shooting his ex-wife and killing her friend back in December of 2016. I actually covered the story in an early Weekly Dump! According to the Santa Cruz County District Attorney’s Office, the man approached his ex-wife and her friend as they were sitting in a car. He then pulled out a gun and shot his ex-wife twice and then shot her friend three times. He faces life in prison.
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