Enjoy the last week of local bliss before the UCSC kids are back. At least we got our beach back. In other stuff worth klatching about, we had a pair of guys get popped in a stolen BMW with a loaded assault rifle near the Boardwalk, we had a frequent flyer on the county shuffle waving a gun around downtown, we had an attempted kidnapping become a case of mistaken identity, we had a woman from Boulder Creek tossing a bloody tampon at the state assembly, a serial grifter goes to prison, the gift that keeps on giving, knucklehead arrested yet again, mission impossible to fix, deputies brush up on their work, father and son arrested again in Watsonville, Felton accident kills woman, everything but anchovies, it’s called Best BUY, stolen ATM machine gets no love, city council talks needles, the king has left the stage, updates on where to sign the recall petition this weekend, and more!
Two Men Arrested in Santa Cruz With Stolen Car and Assault Rifle
Tuesday morning, SCPD responded to a motel on 3rd Street after receiving a report of a stolen convertible BMW parked outside the motel. When officers arrived, they detained three people who were associated with the car in a motel room. Inside the car, they found a loaded assault rifle, drugs, other weapons, and tools to make fake ID cards. A 51 year old man from Oregon was arrested on suspicion of possession of a stolen vehicle, unlawful storage of a loaded assault rifle, possession of high capacity magazines, possession of brass knuckles, possession of a baton, and possession of heroin. A 46 year old man from Santa Cruz was also arrested on suspicion of forgery, possession of meth, possession of heroin and identity theft.
Man Seen Waving Gun Around Arrested Near Downtown
Sunday around 2PM, SCPD responded to Cedar and Lincoln streets for a report of a man waving a handgun around. A witness reported that after she saw him, he tucked it away and ran towards Water. SCPD caught up with the guy near Walnut and Cedar. He’s a well known SCPD criminal recidivist. Arrested 15 times since 2013. What’s one more?
Attempted Kidnapping In Scotts Valley Case of Mistaken Identity
Sunday afternoon around 4PM, Scotts Valley responded to the area near Mount Hermon and Kings Village roads after getting a report that a man tried to kidnap a teenage girl. The 17 year old girl was crossing the street when a man stopped and forcibly pulled her to his vehicle. An unidentified witness caused the man to stop and leave the scene. The uninjured victim did not know the suspect. Then a few days later, it was announced that the suspect thought the girl was his daughter, and it was all a case of mistaken identity. Talk about getting a story wrong!
Another Bloody Fool From Santa Cruz Makes National News
Last Friday night, a Boulder Creek woman was arrested in Sacramento for disrupting a legislative session at the State Capitol by tossing a bloody tampon from the public viewing gallery down onto the Senate floor, according to reports from the California Highway Patrol and national news media sources. Witnesses said the woman was protesting mandatory vaccinations. State senators just finished voting when Boulder Creep threw the bloody tampon, saying “That’s for the dead babies.” I think I’ve seen her at a local city council meeting. She looks familiar. She certainly acts familiar.
CHP quickly cleared the Senate chambers after the incident and the woman was arrested in the hallway by CHP officers. She was charged with assault, vandalism, disrupting State Capitol business, obstructing the use of state property, preventing the legislature from meeting, and disrupting a legislative session. She was released from Sacramento County Jail Saturday morning. Of course she was! They couldn’t wait to send her ass back to Boulder Creek. We have such a high tolerance for personal stupidity and lack of accountability and such a low threshold for acceptable behavior here.
Serial Grifter Gets Four Years in State Prison
A 38 year old Santa Cruz County man convicted of 20 felonies and nine misdemeanors was sentenced to four years in state prison this past week. His criminal activity involved 11 victims and took place over a two year period in and around the Santa Cruz area. He reportedly stole more than $15,000 from at least six victims as part of a rental scam. Many victims were left with no place to live and no means to rent another after being defrauded out of thousands of dollars. He also defrauded the county’s welfare and food stamp applications, resulting in the theft of more than $7,000 in benefits he was not entitled to. Apparently some of the victims were women he dated, and he threatened two girlfriends with physical harm and tried to have their children taken from them, according to the district attorney’s office. He also posted nude photos and videos of some of his victims on social media, which were taken without consent while the victims were unconscious.
The Gift That Keeps On Giving
Thursday morning around 2:30AM, SCPD responded to the 1200 block of Mission Street for a report of a burglary in process. When they arrived, they found a 41 year old man matching the description of the suspect. He had pliers, pipes, multi-tools, two backpacks and other burglary tools in his possession. He tried to flee on his bike and resisted arrest when officers attempted to detain him but eventually they were able to get him in handcuffs. He was arrested on suspicion of attempted robbery, probation violation, possession of burglary tools and resisting arrest. Police said he also had an outstanding felony and misdemeanor warrants. He’s been arrested 7 times locally in the past 2 years.
Knucklehead Arrested Yet Again
Last Thursday around 2AM, Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a commercial business on the 2700 block of Soquel Avenue after receiving a report of a prowler. When they arrived, the found a 36 year old male who ran but was quickly apprehended. The suspect was found to have two non releasable warrants, and he was in possession of brass knuckles. He was booked into County Jail for possession of an illegal weapon and for the outstanding warrants.
Mission Impossible to Fix
Last Friday night around 9PM, SCPD arrested a 52 year old man in Mission Plaza Park on a number of charges, including drug possession, possession of a weapon at a school, theft, and drunk in public. Sounds like another vagrant bum hanging around near Holy Cross acting badly. Despite a relatively low bail, he’s still in jail last time I checked.
Santa Cruz Deputies Brush Up on Their Work
Last Friday afternoon, Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s deputies were attempting to arrest a man who had a felony warrant for criminal threats out of San Francisco. When deputies tried to detain him, he jumped down an embankment into brush along Capitola Road near Harbor Liquor and tried to hide in the brush. After about 30 minutes, they found him with the help of Harbor Patrol and Santa Cruz police and he was arrested and taken into custody.
Father and Son Arrested Again in Watsonville
A father and son from Watsonville who just can’t seem to stay out of trouble with the law were arrested again this week. Thursday morning, Watsonville police and California Highway Patrol officers arrested the 47 year old man and his 26 year old son after a weeks long investigation into drugs being sold at their home on Lawrence Avenue. They are both accused of running an illegal marijuana growing and selling business. Police had been called to the home before In July of 2018, after two armed men entered the home and stole a large amount of cash and marijuana. Both father and son shot at the robbers as they tried to flee, and one suspected thief died in the driveway. The father was arrested for murder in December of 2018 and was free after posting a million dollars for bail. After his release, police say the two men continued to sell drugs from the home. Last month, members of the Watsonville Police Special Investigations Unit served a high risk search warrant at the Lawrence Avenue address, where they seized nearly $200,000 worth of illegal marijuana plants and products.
In a separate investigation, the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office Marijuana Eradication Section team located an illegal marijuana grow belonging to the same family. Deputies seized nearly 200 plants, and both men were booked into the Santa Cruz County Jail facing charges of unlawful sales, possession and cultivation of marijuana, and maintaining a drug house.
Felton Accident Kills Woman and Seriously Injures Man
Saturday night around midnight, a single vehicle accident in Felton killed one woman and seriously injured another man after their truck crashed and rolled about 100 feet down an embankment on Felton-Empire Road near Fetherston Way, according to the California Highway Patrol. No arrests have been made and the CHP is investigating whether any other vehicles were involved.
Everything But Anchovies
Last Thursday night around 10PM, a 35 year old man from Ben Lomond was arrested by Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s deputies at the Round Table Pizza on the 6200 block of Graham Hill Road because he had 7 outstanding warrants for stuff ranging from theft, shoplifting, drug possession, possession of stolen property, drunk in public, trespassing, weapons possession, and resisting arrest. Did I miss anything? Last check he now faces 14 charges and still sits in county jail (although his bail is set at $5K so who knows how long he’ll be in there).
It’s called Best BUY
Last Thursday around 5PM, Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the Best Buy on the 2600 block of 41st Avenue after receiving a report of a larceny. The suspect stole some stuff and fled from deputies before being taken into custody in Capitola. The stolen merchandise was not recovered. The 51 year old man from Corralitos was arrested for shoplifting and resisting arrest.
Stolen and Abandoned ATM Machines Get No Love
Last week, deputies from the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s office responded to a report of two abandoned ATM machines on the 1900 block of Vine Hill Road. After locating the machines, they determined they were taken during a burglary from Santa Clara County. Based on the location and condition of the machines, the investigating detective declined to respond and process the items. They also contacted the owner of the machines who also declined to retrieve the items.
Santa Cruz City Council Talks About the County’s Dirty Needle Problem
On Tuesday, the Santa Cruz city council will discuss the county’s needle distribution program, and the problems the city suffers from as a result of having too many dirty needles being dumped around the city. The sponsors of this are Cynthia Mathews and Donna Meyers (thanks to both of you!). Please send an email of support to firstname.lastname@example.org and show your support. Thanks! You can read more about this item here.
The King Has Left the Stage
Eddie Money was like the King of the Boardwalk Friday Night Summer Concert Series. For as long as I can remember, he has played it. Seemingly every year until recently, when health issues prevented him from making his annual appearance on Main Beach.
Where to Sign the Recall Petition This Week!
This week, I challenge everyone who already signed to get someone who hasn’t signed to join the critical mass of community members who want to end the dysfunctional grandstanding at city hall. We need a group of elected officials who can work well together, and right now we don’t have that. But we the people have the power to change that, and you can flex with just your signature. And we need your muscle. Here’s where you can sign the petition this weekend. Bring a friend who hasn’t signed!
- Harvey West Soccer Field: 8AM until 4PM
- Westside Farmers Market: 9AM until 1PM
- West Cliff Drive Surfer Statue: 7AM until 7PM
- Whole Foods (Soquel Avenue): 9AM until 7PM
- Aldos: 9AM until 5PM
- Frederick Street Park: 9AM until 5PM
- West Cliff Drive Surfer Statue: 7AM until 7PM
- Whole Foods (Soquel Avenue): 9AM until 7PM
- Pacheco Dog Park: 9AM until 5PM
- Aldos: 9AM until 5PM
Weekly Shoutouts and Thanks!
I just want to thank Surf City Barber Shop, Stockwell Cellars, Central Coast Welding and Fabrication, Java Junction Coffee Roasting, 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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