What’s up with all the shootings in Santa Cruz? We had a couple more this week. We also had the guy on bail for murder getting in trouble again in Watsonville, car thieves arrested at gunpoint downtown, taking a turn for the worse, the gift that keeps on giving, fatal accident and a kid hit by a car near Davenport, drunk plows into parked SCPD patrol car, local drug delivery bust, Cat and Cloud robbed, dumb and dumber in Watsonville, thief busted on Pacific, the Brady’s bunch, brawling for breadsticks, thief on probation steals phone from Safeway, where to sign the recall petitions this week, and more.
Gunfight at Taco Bell in Downtown Santa Cruz
Tuesday night around 11PM, reports came in about multiple shots fired at the drive through of the Taco Bell on Pacific and Laurel in downtown Santa Cruz. Shell casings were found at the scene and witnesses reported seeing 2 groups of men shooting at each other. One group of men in the car left the scene before SCPD arrived. One witness reported seeing a man hiding behind parked cars and shooting at the men in the vehicle.
Shooting Victim Found on Mission Street
Around the same time as the Taco Bell shooting on Tuesday night was being reported, another report came in about a victim suffering from a gunshot wound on the 300 block of Mission Street. The victim called SCPD after reporting he had been shot in the leg near the bypass of Highway 1, basically near the corner of Mission and Chestnut. The victims car crashed after being struck at least 4 times by bullets and had to be towed. SCPD would not confirm if the two shootings are related. Nobody was arrested and apparently they have no suspects in either incident. The victim was transported to a trauma center for the gunshot wound to his leg. SCPD reportedly knows the victim to be a gang member, so the shooting(s) are possibly gang related.
High Risk Search Warrant in Watsonville
Last Friday afternoon, the Watsonville Police Special Response Team served a high-risk search warrant on a 26 year old man who is currently out on bail for murder, and apparently continued to sell drugs from his home while out on bail. The warrant came after police received numerous complaints about illegal drug sales being run out of his house. At least two violent confrontations involving firearms have occurred at this residence directly related to the illegal sale of marijuana. Neighbors have reported drugs being sold to minors, with four schools located within close proximity to the home. In July 2018, this home was the center of a murder investigation after an attempted home invasion robbery. Because of the possibility of firearms being inside the home and the two prior violent incidents, Watsonville police locked down the neighborhood and asked residents to shelter in place.
Good Morning Santa Cruz!
Sunday morning around 10AM, SCPD made a high risk stop near Union and Center streets in downtown Santa Cruz and arrested 2 men at gunpoint for being in a stolen car. That’s all I know! Of course this is apparently so common and ubiquitous now locally it doesn’t make the news. Not newsworthy. I think it is! Is this what they mean by crime is down?
Taking a Turn For the Worse
Saturday afternoon around 3:30PM, Santa Cruz Sheriff’s deputies responded to the 2400 block of Daniva Court in Santa Cruz after they got a report about a 44 year old man who was reported to be suicidal and in possession of a gun. When deputies arrived, he was no longer there but he was quickly located and a pursuit took place. During the pursuit, the man tried to ram a patrol vehicle and drove recklessly before finally being stopped and apprehended. He was arrested on a variety of domestic abuse charges, assault and battery, resisting arrest, DUI, and more. Nine charges in all. Last check he was still in jail on a $25k bond.
The Gift That Keeps on Giving
Monday afternoon around 1PM, Santa Cruz Sheriff’s deputies responded to the 200 block of Middleton Drive in Boulder Creek for a report of a prowler. When the homeowner confronted the male suspect, he claimed to live there and told the woman to leave. Out of fear for her safety and for her children’s safety, she left and asked her father for assistance. When her father came to the home and confronted the suspect, he was pepper sprayed by the suspect and a fight ensued with the suspect chasing the father off with a baseball bat. The suspect was eventually arrested and booked into County Jail. He’s been arrested 11 times since 2015. He was arrested twice in 48 hours just last month.
Fatal Auto Accident Shuts Down Highway One Near Davenport
Sunday afternoon around 5:30PM, a driver that was recklessly passing vehicles on Highway 1 near Davenport smashed head on into another car driving the opposite direction. The crash happened just north of the Scott Creek Bridge, five miles north of Davenport Landing. The reckless driver was killed and died at the scene, while two people in the other car suffered serious injuries and were flown to a trauma center in Palo Alto.
Seven Year Old Boy Taken to Trauma Center After Being Hit By Car in Davenport
A 7 year old boy visiting with his family from Hong Kong was hit by a car on Sunday around 6PM while walking on the west shoulder of Highway 1 near Davenport. He was taken by helicopter to Stanford Medical Center. The cause of the crash is still under investigation. The driver did stop at the scene and cooperated with authorities.
Drunk Smashes Into Parked SCPD Patrol Car
Monday morning around 3:30AM, a suspected drunk driver in a van plowed into the back of an SCPD patrol SUV near West Cliff Drive and Merced. The SCPD patrol car was unoccupied at the time as officers as officers were responding to a call for service at a nearby location. The 27 year old woman was arrested for DUI and her vehicle was towed.
Drug Delivery Right Next to Santa Cruz High School
Last Friday night around 9:30PM, a 23 year old male and a 26 year old male were arrested on the 200 block of Myrtle street for for basically selling drugs out of their car. About 60 Xanax pills, suboxone strips, several baggies with heroin, meth and a working digital scale were located on subjects and in the vehicle. One cell phone was seized due to incoming text messages indicative of drug sales. Both subjects were transported to County Jail.
Cat and Cloud Robbed Overnight
Sometime early Saturday morning, someone broke a window at Cat and Cloud coffee on the 3600 block of Portola Drive and stole about $1300 from the business. Santa Cruz Sheriff’s deputies have no suspects and nobody was arrested.
Dumb and Dumber in Watsonville
A couple was arrested at Calabasas Elementary school in Watsonville last week on a number of charges. The first involved a driver who was found parked at the school without a drivers license and in a vehicle with false registration. Another person was called and arrived to drive the vehicle home but that person also had a misdemeanor no bail warrant for his arrest. The original driver was cited and released on scene, while the second person was taken into custody and booked into the Santa Cruz County Jail. No idea what happened to the car.
Thief Busted on Pacific Avenue
A 41 year old woman was busted at a business on the 1200 block of Pacific Avenue for robbery, resisting arrest, and giving a false ID to police. She was taken to jail.
The Brady’s Bunch
Sunday night around 11PPM, SCPD responded to Brady’s for a report of a drunk customer assaulting an employee after being asked to leave and refusing to do so.
Brawling For Breadsticks
Saturday night around 10:30PM, multiple reports came about about a brawl next to the Little Caesars near Canfield and Barson involving about 10 people physically fighting. Multiple units were sent and witnesses reported hearing bottles being broken with at least one person injured. I think at least one person resisted arrest and was eventually detained.
Thief Steals Phone From Safeway Employee
One of the probation department’s low hanging pieces of fruit went to the Safeway on 41st Avenue, walked into the managers office, and stole an employee’s cell phone from a desk. He left on foot but was caught on surveillance. He also apparently left some paperwork behind with his name on it, helping Santa Cruz Sheriff’s deputies figure out who he was. Was he filling out a job application? With the help of the Capitola Police Department, they found the guy in front of the Capitola Mall, with the cell phone he stole in his possession. He was arrested for commercial burglary and for violating the terms of his probation. Did the terms include not being a total dumbass?
Where to Sign the Recall Petitions This Week!
Saturday, Aug 17th
West Cliff Surf Statue
9:30 am – 11:30 am
Saturday, Aug 17th
Corner of Isbel Dr. and Jocelyn Ct
10 am – 1 pm
Saturday, Aug 17th
West Side Farmer’s Market
Mission Street extension and Western Drive
10 am – 12 pm
Sunday, Aug 18th
West Cliff (Between LightHouse and Dog Beach)
9:30 am – 11:30 am
Sunday, Aug 18th
Pacheco Dog Park (Prospect Heights)
10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Monday, Aug 19th
Whole Foods (off Soquel Ave)
911 Soquel Ave
4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
If you haven’t signed yet, please do! Every signature helps get us one step closer.
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!
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