It’s back to school time and thank goodness Costco has “bullet resistant” backpacks for the kids! And with 3 shootings locally in the past week, Costco knows a good opportunity and good market when it sees one! This week, we’ve got a shooting near Grant Park, a shooting on Chestnut, a shooting on Bay, a knife fight on Main Beach, a woman stabs another with a syringe on Coral Street, the Santa Cruz Main Jail is shut down as HAZMAT is called in, a Watsonville man is busted for sex trafficking, a smash and dash near the Boardwalk, 19 times and counting, cooling his jets in jail, downtown robbery suspect busted, beat it kook, Door Dash driver gets a big surprise, recall updates, Weekly Shoutouts and Thanks, and more!
Shooting Near Grant Street Park
Tuesday night around 9:30PM, Santa Cruz suffered their 3rd shooting in the past week, this time around the Grant Street Park area. Bullet casings were also found at the scene and they shut down the block for a couple hours to investigate. SCPD looked for suspects and victims but came up empty handed. This was also the same night as the “First Night” event held at SCPD to promote safety in the community. All smiles. Good times. I heard the Chief throws some mean cornhole. I have become comfortably numb.
Shooting on Chestnut Street in Downtown Santa Cruz
Saturday around midnight, SCPD responded to the 300 block of Chestnut after reports of gunfire and someone shooting at a house. Witnesses reported hearing 4-8 shots fired. After checking with Dominican, a man was reportedly dropped off at the emergency room with a gunshot wound shortly after this happened. Imagine that! What a coincidence. Investigators believe an exchange of gunfire occurred between two people or groups and could have possibly been gang related. Nobody has been arrested and police have no suspects.
Joyriding and Shooting at People
Saturday night, SCPD responded with multiple units after a man reported having his back window shot out by a group of people near Bay and Laguna on the west side of Santa Cruz. SCPD determined the gun was likely some kind of pellet gun, and they speculated based on other calls and witness reports that the group of suspects was driving around shooting at random people and cars. Again, nobody was caught or arrested. No wonder crime is “down” (according to Chief Mills). They rarely seem to catch anyone.
Knife Fight Near Boardwalk on Main Beach
I heard from multiple sources about an apparent knife fight that took place on Main Beach in front of the Boardwalk this weekend. Packed with tourists. These guys were tourists! A 24 year old man from Los Angeles and a 33 year old man from Fresno were both arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon. Witnesses told me they thought it was possibly gang related. Like bears to honey. Like stink on mierda. We roll out the old “Sanctuary City” welcome mat for gangs.
Woman Stabs Another Woman With Syringe on Skid Row
Thursday morning around 8:30AM, SCPD responded to the 100 block of Coral Street (aka “Skid Row”) after one woman apparently stabbed another woman with a syringe. Plenty of those laying around down there. I’m guessing it was a weapon of opportunity. Delivered with love by the crazy Oracle of Aptos and her Harm Reduction Shit Show. The transient stabber was arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon. No word on the victim’s condition.
Santa Cruz Main Jail Temporarily Shut Down
Around 11AM on Wednesday, a HAZMAT team responded to the Santa Cruz County Jail after correctional officers found suspected drugs in a cell during a pod check. One inmate and several correctional officers at the Santa Cruz County Jail were hospitalized. The incident began after an inmate was thought to have swallowed narcotics during a search, according to reports from the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office. Fentanyl maybe? No official explanation was given. Not that I was really expecting one.
Watsonville Man Arrested For Sex Trafficking
A 32 year old Watsonville man has been arrested for sex trafficking a woman from Gilroy, according to reports from the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office. Officials say the woman had been severely beaten and hospitalized due to the abuse. Sheriff’s Detectives arrested him in Gilroy last week. He faces numerous felonies including human trafficking, pimping, pandering and kidnapping. He is currently on parole and a registered sex offender. ON PAROLE AND A REGISTERED SEX OFFENDER. Can someone just castrate him already?
Smash and Dash Near the Boardwalk
Sunday night around 10PM, reports came in about a 35 year old vagrant bum who smashed the windshield of a passing car with a rock or some kind of object at the roundabout by the Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf on Beach street. About a dozen callers and witnesses near the Las Palmas Taco Bar saw the suspect flee near 3rd and Front. SCPD caught up with the suspect near 3rd and Younger, where witnesses made a positive identification. He was arrested on assault with a deadly weapon, battery and vandalism charges. Last check he was still in jail.
Nineteen Times and Counting!
Sunday morning around 9AM, a 39 year old local criminal recidivist was arrested near Bertolli Drive and Empire Grade in Santa Cruz YET AGAIN on a number of charges, including car theft, obstruction, vandalism, battery, resisting arrest, and of course, a PROBATION VIOLATION. He’s been arrested 19 times since 2016.
Cooling His Jets in County Jail
Sunday night around 8:30PM, SCPD arrested an unemployed 18 year old male on the 2200 block of Lagoon Court in Santa Cruz for making criminal threats and battery. Last check he was still sitting in county jail on a $10K bond.
Robbery Suspect Busted Downtown
Saturday night around 6PM, a 30 year old transient was arrested on the 800 block of Water Street for robbery and assault with a deadly weapon. He appears to still be locked up in jail last time I checked.
Beat It Kook
Thursday afternoon, SCPD responded to Cowells Beach after getting a report of a man sitting on the wall masturbating while watching kids. He was arrested. He’ll probably be back out there tomorrow morning.
Door Dash Driver Gets Mistaken For Prowler
Tuesday night around 10:30PM, SCPD responded to a call about a possible prowler at a residence on the 400 block of Washington. Someone knocked on her back door, then came around to her front door, and then starting peering inside her windows while she was home alone. Turns out it was a Door Dash driver. Apparently the flaky woman forgot she ordered food. It’s kind of funny in hindsight but I’m sure it wasn’t funny for that driver being confronted by multiple SCPD units.
Where to Sign the Recall Petitions This Week!
- Westside Farmer’s Market
Saturday, Aug 10
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
2801 Mission Street
- Kelly’s Bakery (The Dinner Market Event)
Saturday, Aug 10
5:30 PM – 9:30 PM
402 Ingalls Street
- Whole Foods (On Soquel Ave)
Monday, Aug 12
4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Living Colour Plays For Free at the Boardwalk!
Living Colour is an American rock band from New York City, formed in 1984. Stylistically, the band’s music is a creative fusion influenced by heavy metal, funk, jazz, hip hop, punk, and alternative rock. They are best remembered for their signature anthem “Cult of Personality”, which won a Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance in 1990. They were also named Best New Artist at the 1989 MTV Video Music Awards and won their second Grammy Award for their follow-up album Time’s Up. 2 free shows at the Boardwalk at 6:30 and 8:30PM.
Weekly Shoutouts and Thanks!
I just want to thank Surf City Barber Shop, Stockwell Cellars, Central Coast Welding and Fabrication, Java Junction Coffee Roasting, Union Foodie Truck, KSCO, Bone-A-Fide Dog Care, Brooks Properties, Carolyn Livingston Campaign Services, Damon Bruder Construction, Biomarcommunications, Jane Becker, and all the other local businesses and business owners who are actively supporting the recall efforts. Please support these brave local businesses, who are being stalked and harassed by recall critics for simply exercising their first amendment freedom of speech rights. They deserve our ongoing support and our business.
Also thanks and kudos to David Plumlee Terry Spodick, Don Reimann, Robert Stone, David Quesada, Scott Richards, Elizabeth Clifton, Carol Polhamus, and everyone else who has donated their time and money to the recall campaign. Your contributions are very much appreciated!
And thanks and bon voyage to my friends Patti and Paul, who are leaving for greener (or maybe browner) pastures. Thanks for all you did to make Santa Cruz a better place.
The Santa Mierda Podcast Network
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