Wasn’t sure I was going to make it this week when the website went down today but it turned out to be a minor glitch and the reward is a timely Weekly Dump! This week, another young woman dies in Camp Bernal, teen driver sends pregnant mom to trauma center, Watsonville gang members arrested for shooting this week, suspected meth dealer arrested in Live Oak, Watsonville teen arrested with assault rifle at homeless campsite, another “post release community supervision” success story, busted in DRUG Camp Bernal, Santa Cruz city council votes to continue to do nothing about the homeless, juvenile arrested with gun at Davenport Beach, tasers and alcohol don’t mix, drunk driver on the railroad tracks, bike thief evades SCPD in Neary Lagoon, brawling behind the Catalyst, Ryan Coonerty doing critical stuff, Boardwalk announces summer concert lineup, and more!
Another Woman Dies in Camp Bernal
Another woman died in Camp Bernal on Monday and the non response from the city manager and the city council was basically a collective shrug. Oh well. Collateral damage to propping up our idiot compassion. I heard she was actually living in some kind of Tuff Shed there. I guess you’d need a pretty tough shed to deal with the third world conditions that exist there. She may have been suffering from severe asthma related issues recently according to witnesses. Apparently, the woman’s husband also lives in the camp. During their search, police also found drug paraphernalia inside. Four deaths in 5 months. Hard to argue that this place isn’t literally toxic and killing people. The facts speak for themselves.
Novice Distracted Driver Sends Pregnant Mom to Trauma Center
Thursday afternoon, CHP Officers responded to an accident between a Kia and a Range Rover on Highway 17 near the Pasatiempo exit after a 17 year old newly licensed driver from San Jose was distracted as he was driving a few of his teenage friends to the beach. After he looked down to adjust the volume control on his steering wheel, freeway traffic was backed up and he rear ended a car, resulting in several injuries including a pregnant mother who was transported to a trauma center over the hill.
Watsonville Gang Members Arrested in Monday Night Shooting
Monday night around 11:30PM, Watsonville Police responded to reports of shots fired in the area around Rodriguez and Fifth Streets. While police were searching the area, two men in front of a home ran from them and after a short chase, they found an 18 year old man hiding under a car. A second man, who was also a convicted felon, was seen jumping fences and running toward Kilburn Street where officers were waiting for him. After a brief struggle, he was detained and arrested. He also had a loaded pistol on him, which police think was the same gun used in the shooting. The 18 year old man was booked on charges of delaying a police investigation and participating in a criminal street gang. The other man was booked for being a felon in possession of a firearm, participating in a criminal street gang and resisting arrest.
Suspected Meth Dealer Arrested in Live Oak
Sunday afternoon, Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s deputies stopped a driver in Live Oak and while searching the vehicle, they found nearly a half pound of methamphetamine. The man was arrested and taken to the county jail.
Watsonville Teen Arrested With Assault Rifle at Homeless Campsite
Monday afternoon, Watsonville Police arrested a 19 year old man at an illegal campsite near the dead end of Rodriguez Street at Rodriguez Way in Watsonville after he was caught carrying an assault rifle in his backpack. According to Watsonville police, witnesses reported seeing the man carrying a rifle barrel between his back and his backpack. Further investigation revealed the remaining parts to the rifle in his backpack. He was arrested and booked into county jail on suspicion of being in possession of an assault weapon. Suspicion? How much more proof do you need here? You caught him carrying the gun! Apparently, it was the sixth firearm that Watsonville police have taken off the streets in less than a week. Local gangs are busy! Gotta keep Camp Bernal fed!
Another Post Release Community Supervision Success Story!
Last Saturday, SCPD responded to a report of a man with a gun driving a silver Nissan sedan in the downtown area. They quickly located the vehicle and conducted a high risk stop where they arrested a man for possession of a loaded handgun, cash and having a variety of narcotics including heroin and methamphetamine. Back in September of last year, the same guy was arrested while on “Post Release Community Supervision” for narcotics sales. County Probation! Our number one public safety hazard and number one contributor to criminal recidivism in the city. It’s the gift that keeps on giving!
Busted in Drug Camp Bernal
Last Thursday around 4PM, a homeless man was arrested after officers found heroin, methamphetamine, and about $1300 in cash inside his tent at Camp Bernal. Officers from the Santa Cruz County Anti-Crime Team’s Gang Task Force were conducting foot patrols when they came across a 43 year old male they knew was on probation with search terms. After checking his tent, they recovered 69 grams of heroin, 42 grams of methamphetamine, and a digital scale along with more than $1,300 in cash. He was arrested for narcotic sales and probation violation and taken to jail.
Santa Cruz City Council Votes to Continue to Do Nothing About the Homeless
In some of the least surprising news this week, the Santa Cruz city council continues to look for a spine. Or a real leader. What we have are a collection of misfits, being played by people in the county like Ryan Coonerty and the other people we elect (and pay too much) to actually deal with this. They had the chance to close Camp Bernal again. They refused for any number of dubious reasons. They’re scared. They have no backbone. Some of them are trying hard. I have to give Donna Meyers some respect here. She was asking hard questions, and was calling out their bullshit as applicable. Everyone is way too passive here. Dr. Do Little (Cummings) seems to again be the one holding it all up. A REAL doctor would see what public health and safety hazard it is, would actually say it publicly (see Dr. Leff), and they would shut it down. Cummings and Company is trying to figure it all out as he goes along. It’s not brain surgery. It’s not rocket science. It’s common sense and we are failing miserably at it. And don’t get me started on Sweety Muffin Top. The whole things is a mess. And the crowd was even crazier than the normal brand of 5150 we’ve come to expect from Norse and his magic bus of misfits. We had the guy who isn’t a Jedi. We had another guy who just wanted to preach to the audience and the mayor, who claims to run such a tight ship with her meetings, just let this fool fly his freak flag for 3 minutes. Twice!
Life is cyclical. I sure as hell hope we’ve hit rock bottom here so we can start going back up again, but given the players, I think we still still have a ways to sink and stink.
Juvenile Arrested With Gun at Davenport Beach
Wednesday night around 6:30PM, a juvenile who was apparently drunk was arrested at Davenport Beach for possession of a loaded handgun with the serial number removed. The gun was loaded with a high capacity magazine. The juvenile had been drinking alcohol. He was booked into juvenile hall.
Tasers and Alcohol Don’t Mix
Monday night, Scotts Valley Police officers stopped a car for driving without its headlights on. After finding out the vehicle had been reported stolen out of East Palo Alto, a search turned up a Taser and several bottles of alcohol which had been stolen from a nearby Safeway. The juvenile driver from East Palo Alto was arrested and booked at juvenile hall.
Drunk Driver on the Railroad Tracks
Wednesday night, a suspected drunk driver was caught driving on train tracks in Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Deputies and the CHP got a call from witnesses and were able to find him shortly after.
Bike Thief Evades SCPD in Neary Lagoon
Thursday afternoon around 3PM, SCPD was chasing some guy around the water treatment facility and Neary Lagoon after he reportedly stole a bike and resisted arrest. The suspect ducked into the bushes and brush of the lagoon and park and SCPD set up a perimeter of the area but were unable to flush him out (bad pun intended).
That’s a Wrap!
Thursday night around 9PM, there was kind of disturbance in the parking lot behind the Catalyst. The female was combative and fighting with police and they had to use a Wrap (full body restraint) to subdue and restrain her. Shortly after that happened, another male went nuts and had to also be restrained.
Ryan Coonerty Weighs In on Critically Important Stuff
Ryan Coonerty made a rare public statement this week over a growing concern over “preserving our ability to protect local business and residents”. Was he talking about Drug camp Bernal and the massive, out of control homeless issue he’s been ignoring? Nah. Public safety and the lack of it in Santa Cruz? Nah. He was discussing how the county joined a coalition of 25 local governments in filing a lawsuit against the California Bureau of Cannabis Control in an effort to invalidate regulations allowing delivery of commercial cannabis statewide. Attorneys for the coalition say the lawsuit was filed last Thursday in Fresno County Superior Court. I’m curious. Did Monterey County waste their time here? No. Santa Clara County? No. San Mateo County? No. San Francisco County? No. Alameda County? No. Contra Costa County? No. Such a critically important issue. Thank God we have Ryan on top of it!
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Announces Summer Concert Series
This week, the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk announced this year’s lineup of bands for their summer concert series of shows on Friday nights at the Boardwalk. Bummed there’s no Los Lobos but we have been spoiled the past few years. And wheres the BOC?
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