Two Men Arrested For Murdering Inmate in Santa Cruz County Jail
Two weeks after a 24 year old inmate was found dead in his jail cell at the Santa Cruz County jail, two men have been arrested in connection to the murder. The Sheriff’s Office arrested a 33 year old Santa Cruz man and a 25 year old Watsonville man. The victim, who had been in custody at the jail on murder charges since April of 2013, was found dead in his cell. The suspects and the victim shared a cell and were in a housing unit for active gang members. Investigators determined he had been strangled early in the morning on Oct. 13th, and they confirmed that the victim was dead for a full day before his body was found. Uh, how in the hell does that happen? Incompetence? This is the second death INSIDE the jail this month.
Man Beaten and Left For Dead in the Middle of the Road in Live Oak
This past Monday, Santa Cruz Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 7th Avenue in Live Oak for reports of a male lying in the middle of the road. When they arrived, witnesses informed deputies that several people assaulted the man and fled towards the harbor. The victim’s injuries required him to be flown to a nearby trauma center for treatment. No word on his condition, and it doesn’t appear anyone has been arrested of if they even have any suspects at this time.
Falling Tree Kills Homeless Woman in the Pogonip
This past Sunday, SCPD and fire and rescue personnel responded to the Pogonip for a report of a tree falling on someone. It took them a while a find the victims, who were apparently camping about 200 yards off a trail in deep brush and rough terrain. SCPD had been tracking the location through a pinging open line phone. When first responders arrived, they found a woman in her fifties pinned under a tree and a man who complained of back injuries. The woman was unconscious and unresponsive so SCPD attempted CPR for almost an hour before she passed away at the scene. Even if they were able to revive her, they would not have been able to evacuate her due to her condition and location. This is why you can’t just be letting people camp anywhere they want in our greenbelts (and just ignoring them until they need a massive rescue effort like this one). Emergency medical evacuations are almost impossible and the victim ends up dying based on location. It’s a sad, tragic accident that could have been easily avoided with better choices.
The B40 Stolen Car Lot
Anyone had their car stolen recently? It might be sitting up on the 5200 block of Branciforte Drive. SCPD and the CHP were serving a search warrant at a residence on that particular block last Friday when they discovered 10 stolen cars along with a 12-gauge shotgun. The suspect refused to comply while barricading himself inside a trailer. After several hours of negotiating, the man, who had prior felony convictions, gave up peacefully and was arrested. He was booked into the Santa Cruz County Jail for vehicle theft, possession of stolen vehicles, violation of parole, and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Fire Burns Hillside Near Depot Park (Again)
Tuesday afternoon around 3PM, a vegetation fire burned a hillside near Depot Park and the trestle bridge. It seems to be in the same area other fires have burned in the past. The Santa Cruz Fire Department responded to the fire and were quickly able to extinguish it, which apparently started after a welding spark from the nearby bike park started it. According to the fire department, the fire was accidental and started from metal fabrication happening in the area. Who was the dumbass out welding on a dry, blustery day with heavy fire warnings in effect and a hillside of dry brush (adjacent to homes) literally feet away? Where’s the common sense?
Just Asking to be Busted
Saturday night, Watsonville Police stopped a man for a traffic violation and got more than they bargained for. The driver had expired registration tags, but that led to them finding an unregistered gun and jars of marijuana in the vehicle. The 30 year old driver was arrested on several charges including possession of a firearm and ammunition by a prohibited person and possession of marijuana for sale. He was taken to jail.
UCSC Creeper Evades Police After Brief Chase
Monday night around 11:30PM, UCSC police were flagged down by a female student on Hagar Drive near Steinhart Way after a man in a truck stopped and asked if she needed a ride. I’m not sure what law was broken there, but when they attempted to stop the suspected vehicle, he led UCSC police, SCPD, and the CHP on an extended chase along Highway 1 past Davenport before they gave up and let him go.
Raging at the Ramada
Sunday morning around 11AM, reports came in about a transient woman who went into an open room at the Ramada Inn on Water Street that was about to be cleaned by housekeeping. She was pounding on the wall of the room screaming. She also was wearing a GPS ankle monitor. The gift that keeps on giving!
Maybe He Couldn’t Find a Parking Spot
Early Sunday morning, a suspected drunk driver was arrested by Watsonville police after he crashed his truck and it landed on a parked car. The 21 year old man, who was on probation (naturally!) crashed (parked?) a Chevy Tahoe on the 600 block of Tuttle Avenue. Nobody else was injured. He was arrested at the scene on suspicion of DUI and a probation violation.
Jump Into the Ocean
This weekend, SCPD responded to a report about an intoxicated woman who threw a Jump bike off of West Cliff Drive near Cowells Beach. Witnesses reported seeing it and gave a description of the suspect to SCPD, who quickly located the suspect matching the description at Beach and Cliff streets. The 24 year old drunk woman from the Central Valley was arrested for public intoxication, vandalism, and violation of California State Fish and Game codes and booked into the county jail.
SCPD Gets Points For Trying
Saturday night around 11PM, SCPD responded to the 300 block of Pacific for a report of a male and female who were physically fighting. A guest staying at the lodge witnessed seeing the male punch the female in the face. Both the suspected victim and suspect were seen wandering off into Depot Park before SCPD arrived. SCPD found a couple matching their description but the pair wasn’t cooperating with police, the witness refused to cooperate, and a whole lot of time was wasted. Do us all a favor. If you aren’t willing to help the police, don’t bother calling them as a witness to a crime. You’re just wasting their time and our money.
Freedom in Name Only
This past week, Santa Cruz Sheriff’s deputies arrested a convicted sex offender in Freedom who was not complying with the terms of his registration. The Sheriff’s Office also said he had a one way ticket to Asia leaving later that same day and may have been trying to flee the country. Deputies went to his home and served a warrant for his arrest. He was booked into the Santa Cruz County Jail.
Tweekers Arrested With Really Nice Bike
This week, Santa Cruz Police arrested two men for possession of heroin and methamphetamine, paraphernalia, misappropriation of found property, and use of a police scanner for criminal activity, which violates probation terms. Also, in their possession was this bicycle with the serial number scratched off. My money says it’s stolen.
Sunday Morning Hit and Run Injures Watsonville Woman
Sunday morning, a 23 year old Watsonville woman was seriously injured after being struck by a truck in a hit and run. Police have video of the incident, which shows the truck police believe to have struck the victim, who was walking to a parked car when she was hit and left unconscious in the street. The victim suffered a fractured pelvis, spinal column and internal bleeding. She was flown to a trauma center, where she is in stable condition after undergoing major surgery on Wednesday.
On Your Way Down
People fly high begin to lose sight
You can’t see very clearly when you’re in flight
It’s high time that you found
The same people you misuse on your way up
You might meet up
On your way down
RIP Paul Barrere.
Dia De Los Muertos
This Saturday, Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) makes its way through downtown Santa Cruz from 12:30PM until 2PM. The procession begins at Cooper Street in Downtown Santa Cruz at the MAH. Vibrant dance performances, face painting, and delicious food are all on tap. The parade moves to Evergreen Cemetery for more dancing, music, and activities. For more information, click here.
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