Spring forward and fall back! It’s time for the latest Weekly Dump. Spend some of that hour you gained by catching up on what’s new in Santa Cruz. This week, a local judge delays the trial of a suspected murderer, a sexual predator is arrested for molesting children for the past 10 years, a junkie with a gun at Denny’s, bumming around Cowells, the gift that keeps on giving, turnstiler of the week, flinging hens, flash in the can, man dies after riding bike off cliff, cartman, magic mushrooms, move it or lose it, thefts rise at UCSC, a fairly benign Halloween downtown, not in their back yard, get Wyze, the Weekly Seen, and more!
Santa Cruz Judge Delays Trial of Woman Accused of Murder
This Wednesday, a Santa Cruz judge suspended all future court dates and ordered a mental competency evaluation for a 24 year old woman who basically ran over and murdered a 23 year old woman with her SUV while she was walking in her neighborhood on Modesto Avenue in July 2018. She was scheduled to have her trial date set but the judge instead punted that decision. The woman faces a number of felony charges that include murder for killing the woman on Modesto, and attempted murder charges in a separate case that involved trying to run over a bicyclist. I covered the original story here. More than a year later and Santa Cruz judges are still dicking around on this, and a family lacks closure or punishment for the suspected murderer.
Sexual Predator Arrested in Santa Cruz
This past week, Santa Cruz Sheriff’s deputies arrested a 59 year old man from Soquel on more than a dozen counts of sexual assault and lewd acts with a child. According to their investigation, the crimes occurred over at least a 10 year period at different social occasions involving family and friends. At least 3 victims have come forward to report abuse, and the suspect is being held in Santa Cruz County Main Jail on $1,000,000 bail. Jail has a way of dealing with child rapists in ways that our local courts just aren’t capable of dispensing. His karmic payback is coming. Ask James Kohut. Oh wait. You can’t. He’s dead.
Junkie With a Gun at Denny’s Evades SCPD
I’m sorry but that headline was just too good to pass up. Saturday night around 7:30PM, I heard reports about a man shooting up in the bathroom of the Denny’s on Ocean Street. I know, so what right? Happens daily. Except this one reportedly may have had a gun. After he was kicked out, but before SCPD arrived apparently, he left the restaurant and fled towards Felker Street. Maybe he was trying to get to the homeless storage place before they closed. Do they store guns? I’m sure all the tourists in Denny’s at the time (because nobody local would dare eat there) have a great story to take home with them.
Bumming Around on Cowell’s Beach
Last Friday morning around 1:30AM, SCPD responded to the Cowell’s beach area where they arrested a 34 year old male for domestic violence, resisting arrest, and battery on a peace officer. The suspect also reportedly spit on the arresting officer. I think he’s new in town. He’s got three mugshots in the past week and nothing earlier. Like flies on mierda. Welcome to Santa Cruz dude. Now GTFO.
The Gift That Keeps on Giving
Sunday around midnight, SCPD responded to the 400 block of Washington Street where they arrested a 49 year old woman for being drunk in public, resisting arrest, and a probation violation (of course!). She’s got 3 mugshots in the last 2 days. I’m just going to start calling this out as “turnstiling”.
Turnstiler of the Week
Last Friday around 6PM, SCPD responded to the area near Mission Street and Shaffer Road where they arrested a 39 year old man on a variety of charges including assault with a deadly weapon, making criminal threats, drug possession, and violating the terms of his bail bond agreement. He’s been arrested six times in the past year. Turnstiling.
Monday morning around 2AM, Santa Cruz Sheriff’s deputies responded to Henflings Tavern out on the 9400 block of Highway 9 where they arrested a woman for being under the influence of drugs and resisting arrest. She’s been arrested 6 times in the last year. Turnstiling. And based on the looks of her 6 mugshots, I’m guessing the “under the influence” part involved meth. It’s basically ruined her life. And the county response is the equivalent of a turnstile.
Flash in the Can
Last Saturday around 6PM, reports came in about some guy who was flashing a gun near the basketball courts at the end of Chestnut Street in Santa Cruz. Apparently he was even posing for selfies with it and flashing gang signs. SCPD got wind of it and staged around the area and on the other side of Neary Lagoon on California. Witnesses reported hearing police ordering them out of their vehicle at gunpoint. At least one juvenile was arrested on a number of charges, including a probation violation, giving a false ID to a peace officer and bringing a controlled substance into jail.
Man Dies After Riding His Bike Off Cliff
Friday night around 7:30PM, SCPD responded to the area of West Cliff Drive and David Way for reports that a bicyclist had gone over the cliff and into the ocean. Police and emergency crews responded and found an injured man below the cliff’s edge. Fire crews administered medical aid but the cyclist died at the scene. Police are investigating the incident as a fatal solo-bicyclist collision, and foul play is not suspected at this time.
Did Cartman Get an Anal Probe?
Early Saturday morning, Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s deputies responded to Seascape Resort in Aptos for a report of a man stealing a golf cart. The suspected thief crashed the cart and then stole a bicycle from a nearby home and fled. He was found a few blocks away and staff identified the 19 year old man from Aptos as the thief. He was arrested for grand theft and booked into county jail.
Justin Cummings Wants to Decriminalize “Magic Mushrooms”
I was watching the Thursday night news on KSBW and up pops a news story about how Santa Cruz city council member Justin Cummings wants to talk “magic mushrooms” at the next city council meeting. Seriously. You can’t make this kind of stupid up. Like we have nothing else to talk about, no more pressing problems. Public safety, housing, homelessness, business development, city department budgets, pending litigation, and this dope wants to talk mushrooms. We voted for this! So at the next city council meeting, Cummings wants to basically decriminalize possession of hallucinogenic mushrooms and make enforcing laws against them the lowest priority for SCPD. Because let face it, what we really need is more self medicated people wandering around in traffic hallucinating. Is there room for one more on the recall ballot?
Move It or Lose It
Vehicles with registrations that have been expired for months will now be towed in the city of Santa Cruz. The police department said it can now tow vehicles that have had expired registration for more than 6 months or have more than 5 unpaid parking tickets. Police said three vehicles were towed Wednesday night and 13 were asked to move in the area around Natural Bridges and Delaware. So why now? I think they’ve always been able to do this. They’ve just chosen not too. I think I heard the Chief say something about an inability to tow oversize vehicles (I’m calling BS on that excuse) and an inability to store them (likely the real reason). I think the issue was (and has been) no local tow company was willing to do the tow, not because they couldn’t but because they wouldn’t likely get paid, and they’d have to store some shitpile RV with expired registration, lots of unpaid tickets, and not worth the cost of the tow, let alone the storage fees. Until now! I guess SCPD is storing them somewhere, and likely has a contract with one of the local tow operators to tow them to an offsite location while still getting paid.
Thefts Rise on UCSC Campus
UCSC Police announced last week a rise in the number of thefts on campus last month, including three reports of burglaries, seven reports of grand theft and 10 reports of petty theft. Many of the thefts happened in residence halls or parking lots. Let’s see. What large public greenbelt lies adjacent to the UCSC campus? The Pogonip. What large public greenbelt is full of homeless “campers”? The Pogonip. Make your own correlations here.
A Fairly Benign Halloween Downtown
During last Thursday’s annual Halloween celebration along Pacific Avenue in downtown Santa Cruz, police reported receiving more than 200 calls for service between 5PM on Thursday night and 8AM on Friday morning. Crowd estimates ranged from 8,000 to 10,000 people, while about 100 members of law enforcement patrolled the area. There were no significant acts of violence. Police arrested 23 people: 19 for public intoxication, two for DUI, one for battery and one for felony possession of a billy club. The number of arrests and citations during the event was up from last year. Officers also issued 59 citations, with 44 for “Triple Fine” violations, and most of those were for open alcohol containers.
Not in Their Back Yard
Tuesday morning around 5:30AM, SCPD arrested a man trying to steal a bike from their back yard. The 41 year old man was arrested after being caught trying to steal a bike from the locked and secure parking lot of the SCPD main station on Center Street. He was charged with grand theft, drug possession, and being drunk in public.
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Full disclosure: Neither one of us is getting paid for endorsing this.
I will say this. If SCPD is using this for their own personal use at home, that’s a pretty good endorsement by itself for me. Check them out if you’re thinking about getting a security camera setup for your home or business.
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