It sounds like a war zone outside. Oh, it’s just the 4th of July in Santa Cruz, where fireworks are both illegal and everywhere. In other news, we had three people shot in Watsonville, another recidivist home invasion burglar gets arrested again, a Watsonville standoff ends peacefully, gang banging on the westside, local shoplifters nabbed in stolen car, John Doe 2019, someone steals a plane from the Watsonville airport, accident clogs up Highway 1, plant carnage at the Home Depot, recall petition updates, and Pride and Joy at the Boardwalk.
Three People Shot in Watsonville After Neighborly Spat
Monday night around 7PM, three people were shot after what authorities called a dispute between neighbors on the 600 block of Rodriguez Street. All three were transported to the hospital and are in stable condition. The victims included two men and a teenage girl. Watsonville Police said it started as a fight between neighbors.
Keeping Him in Jail Would Help
Monday night, SCPD responded to the 300 block of Oceanview Avenue for a report of an attempted home invasion burglary. Police said the homeowner chased the suspect out of the kitchen before officers caught and arrested the suspect in the Jesse Street marsh, and apparently they are familiar with him for doing the same exact same thing multiple times before. Sound familiar? He was previously arrested for prowling in the same area and is a suspect in another case.
Watsonville Standoff Ends Peacefully
Tuesday afternoon, a 39 year old man barricaded himself inside a home on the 200 block of Center Street in Watsonville after refusing to surrender to police who were attempting to arrest him for a parole violation. The police standoff lasted nearly three hours before the parolee finally surrendered peacefully. According to Watsonville Police, officers spotted the man on the street and as they approached him, he ran inside a family member’s house and refused to come out. According to police, he was most recently placed on parole for felony hit-and-run and felony reckless driving with great bodily injury.
Gang Banging on the Westside
Sunday around 6PM, SCPD responded to the area around Woodrow and Errett Circle after reports came in about a possible gang confrontation. Apparently gunfire was exchanged in that area but no victims were found and nobody was arrested.
Local Shoplifters Nabbed in Stolen Car From Sacramento
Last week, two people arrested for shoplifting from a business on the 2000 block of Soquel Avenue were also busted for driving a car they apparently stole out of Sacramento, according to the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office. With the help of SCPD and their K9, deputies arrested the pair for possession of a stolen vehicle and shoplifting, as well as drug possession and having an open container while driving.
X Marks the Spot
Saturday around 4PM, SCPD responded to the 300 block of Pacific Avenue for a report of a robbery. They caught up to the suspect, who gave them a false name so he was arrested as “John Doe 2019”.
Plane Stolen From Watsonville Airport
Last week, someone apparently stole a small plane from the Watsonville airport. Federal investigators are looking for anyone involved in stealing a 2001 Cessna 172 SP model aircraft with white paint and blue trim. Watsonville Police said they have surveillance footage of the theft taking place. The FBI and FAA are now involved in trying to solve who stole the plane. I know bikes and cars are a daily local occurrence but now planes? I wonder if it was a repo?
Accident Clogs Up Highway One
Friday afternoon, Northbound lanes of Highway 1 near Rio Del Mar were briefly shut down after power lines fell onto the road. A nearby tree fell over onto the lines, causing them to sag across the highway. The wires then clotheslined a motorcyclist, who suffered serious injuries and had to be taken to a trauma center.
Plant Carnage at the Home Depot
Thursday morning around 1AM, Santa Cruz Sheriff’s deputies responded to the Home Depot on 41st avenue after an employee at the store reported a transient was trashing the plants in the outside garden area. He apparently just started picking up the potted plants and tossing them around the parking lot. I guess he was arrested but he’s probably out of jail already, if he even went to jail.
Recall Petition Updates!
Where You Can Sign Petitions This Week:
There are a few locations where you will find volunteers with recall petitions this week! Please stop by and sign!
740 Front Street, Suite 115 C
9 am – 1 pm daily
Surf City Barber
831 Front Street
10 am – 2 pm, Wednesday thru Saturday
Friday, July 5:
- Java Junction, Seabright Ave. 2 pm to 4 pm
Paige Concannon will be there with petitions to sign.
Saturday July 6th:
- Frederick Street Park (near the dog park) 10AM – 2PM
- Pacheco Dog Park (Prospect Heights) 10AM – 4PM
- West Cliff (by Surfer’s Memorial Statue near Lighthouse Point) 2PM – 4PM
Pride and Joy Plays For Free at the Boardwalk!
Pride & Joy brings their timeless pop/soul music back to the boardwalk for two free shows this Friday night at 6:30 and 8:30PM. Best free Friday night entertainment in Santa Cruz. The people watching alone is worth the price of admission.
The Santa Mierda Podcast Network
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