So I heard the city is now waffling on the Camp Bernal closing date again. Spineless like jellyfish. But while they keep putting this off, one of their drug addled campers tried to kidnap an 11 year old boy from a city park this week! We’ve also got a guy with a knife taken down at gunpoint at Taco Bell, the city wants to double the size of the Homeless Services Center, SCPD parks their trailer at Gateway Plaza, a couple of Scotts Valley car chases with guns, fire torches Aptos home, naked guy trashes west side house, creeper at the local high school swim meet, Watsonville gang banger busted with assault rifle, getting pepper sprayed in the face by the bartender, and we have a new K9!
Attempted Child Abduction Near Grant Street Park
Friday around 10AM, SCPD responded to a call about a possible kidnapping of a child near Grant Street park. A serial recidivist reportedly grabbed and dragged an 11 year old boy who was walking his dog nearby. Police said said the boy was dragged about 200 feet before he ran away screaming for help. His mother called police. Apparently the suspect was also throwing rocks at people. She’s originally from Modesto. She’s been arrested 13 times locally. She was arrested 2 weeks before this happened. She was arrested and charged with 2 felonies and a misdemeanor in this case and was in court on Wednesday morning.
And here’s the real kicker. She’s been living in Camp Bernal. Will she go back to the new River Street camp once the county kicks her out of jail and back to the curb yet again?
Knife Wielding Man Stopped at Gunpoint
Thursday night around 7:30PM, SCPD responded to a report of a disturbance at the Taco Bell on Mission street involving a man with a knife. They were able to take the guy down at gunpoint and arrest him.
The City of Santa Cruz Wants to Double the Size of the Homeless Services Center
In another one of those outrageous stories that nobody seems to be talking about, I got a tip from a friend that the city is in closed door negotiations to buy the property directly adjacent to the current Homeless Services Center at 115 Coral street. The city has been negotiating to buy the property at 125 Coral street, currently the home of Sea Berg Metal Fabricators. If the city is successful in purchasing this property, the intent is to use this location for a new homeless “navigation” center the county wants to open using money they received from the pending HEAP grant money.
Notice the top line item? “City of Santa Cruz land purchase for emergency shelter day services”
From a February 12th Closed Session meeting of the Santa Cruz city council discussing a potential land purchase of 125 Coral Street, next door to the current Homeless Services Center
From a March 26th Closed Session meeting of the Santa Cruz city council discussing a potential land purchase of 125 Coral Street, next door to the current Homeless Services Center
The proximity to the current Homeless Services Center as seen from Google Earth. It is literally next door and adjacent.
So the county wants to open another homeless “day center” and stick it within the city limits. How predictable is this? Instead of putting one in another part of the county, say Scotts Valley or Felton, we end up with another one across the street from the current Camp Bernal we’re trying to get rid of. We can’t get out of our own way. And city manager Martin Bernal keeps blasting out emails about homelessness but never once does he talk about this. Nobody is talking about this. Except me. I’m talking about this.
SCPD Sets Up Shop in Camp Bernal
It came to my recent attention that SCPD has been parking their mobile trailer over in Camp Bernal on a regular basis, about three times per week as a way to hopefully deter crime in that area. Gateway Plaza businesses have requested the command unit to be stationed at the plaza more frequently than three days a week but so far they seem to be getting three. Police said the unit is helpful in case of medical emergencies as well. According to Chief Mills, there have been a lot of calls for service from SCPD for outstanding warrants, probation violations, drugs, weapons, and violence, as well as property related crime. He admits the camp has a high concentration of people with various criminal pasts, including many with a significant criminal history. Despite that grocery list of crime related service calls, Mills refused to call the camp a crime hot spot.
Driver Bails While Passengers Go to Jail
Sunday night around 6PM, Santa Cruz Sheriff’s Deputies were trying to stop a car on Mt. Hermon Road when the driver decided he wasn’t pulling over and led deputies on a short pursuit which ended on Whispering Pines Drive. Two passengers were apprehended at the scene but the driver fled before they arrived. One of the passengers had a handgun on them. The driver wasn’t found or arrested.
Hit and Run With a Gun
Sunday afternoon, Scotts Valley Police helped Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s deputies arrest two suspects who fled on foot following a pursuit and collision. One suspect had a loaded handgun.
Fire Destroys Aptos Home
A Sunday night fire on Valencia School Road, near Trout Gulch Road completely destroyed a home in Aptos. There were no reported injuries.
Naked Home Invasion Drama Ends Peacefully
Friday night around 6:30PM, SCPD responded to a home on the 500 block of Meder drive off Western drive in Santa Cruz for a report of a possible home invasion burglary. When SCPD arrived, they could see a man inside the residence trashing the inside of the house. SCPD called for a dog from the county. At one point, the suspect took all his clothes off and was seen smoking drugs of some kind and raiding the home owners medicine cabinets of prescription meds. After far too much time of tolerating this tweeker’s nonsense, they finally managed to get him to come outside before arresting him. Drug fueled naked guy breaks into your home, steals your meds and trashes your house. Welcome to Santa Cruz!
Creeper at the High School Swim Meet
Last Friday, apparently there was some creeper who was taking pictures at the high school swim meet between Harbor and Santa Cruz high schools. According to law enforcement, the 21 year old male was hiding in a porta-potty and was filming through a crack or a hole. Coaches noticed him hanging around and alerted law enforcement to his presence. He was arrested on the charges of child annoying and disorderly conduct in the restroom, both of which are misdemeanors. He wasn’t associated with either school or any of the swimmers. The incident triggered an email from the principal to parents explaining what happened.
High Risk Search Warrant Finds Assault Rifle in Attic
Wednesday morning around 7AM, Watsonville Police and the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s department served a high risk search warrant on Green Meadow Drive in Watsonville. While clearing the apartment, they found a duffle bag in an attic space that contained an assault rifle. A 24 year old male with known gang affiliations who has prior felony convictions, including one involving a shooting was arrested.
Turning Red at the Med
Last Sunday night around 8:30PM, Santa Cruz Sheriff’s deputies responded to the Med, a local dive bar on the 200 block of Center street in Aptos after a patron was so drunk and violent he got pepper sprayed by the bartender. Once deputies found the guy, he resisted arrest and made threats to kill law enforcement while kicking the rear door of a Deputies vehicle so hard it caused the door frame to break. He was arrested and taken to the County Jail.
The New Dog
SCPD announced this past week they have a new K9! His name is Ryder and he was officially sworn in last Friday. Welcome Ryder!
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