Welcome to 2020! We pick up right where we left off last week! Our NYE party downtown was nice and thankfully mostly uneventful, a homeless man died on the sidewalk next to the Post Office and the county shrugged, assault with a nine iron, shiv the guy a break, CHP shuts down racers near Aptos, mething around, Saint Joe isn’t impressed, better call Wendy, killing her softly, turnstilers of the week, counting the days, running in the wrong direction, Capitola Wharf closed, thousands demand no more needles, supporting the recall effort, and more!
Downtown New Year’s Eve Party is Pretty Uneventful
At least when it came to crime this year! According to SCPD reports, they made a few of the usual drunk in public and probation/bond violation arrests but there were no major incidents. They estimated the crowd downtown at the clock tower to be about 1,500 and said officers responded to 83 calls for service. Thank you Santa Cruz for being mostly well behaved downtown this year! And even the illegal fireworks weren’t that bad!
Homeless Man Dies on Sidewalk Next to Downtown Post Office
Last Friday, a homeless man died along the sidewalk next to the Post Office in downtown Santa Cruz. Is anyone actually surprised by this news? This is what happens when our willfully ignorant police chief refuses to enforce the law. He allows people to just set up tents in the middle of the sidewalk, where they can go to shoot up or die. How is this compassionate? Andy Mills puts the ASS in compassionate. He’s got no sack. He’s a puppet and a political pawn to the city manager and the city council. And he obviously doesn’t understand the ENFORCEMENT part of Law ENFORCEMENT. Despite what you might hear from grifters and liars looking to capitalize on and manipulate the poor man’s death, he did not freeze to death. He was a well known (to authorities anyways) alcoholic who refused to stay at local shelters because they wouldn’t let him drink there. How many of our local homeless are like him? How many choose the bottle (or the needle) over shelter and treatment? We’ll never know as long as we refuse to address the obvious. As long as the county chooses the jail and the street as the preferred options over actually investing county money in drug and mental health treatment programs, guys like this will continue to die on our sidewalks downtown. We coddle people to death in Santa Cruz. We don’t give people what they need. We give them what they want.
Assault With a Nine Iron
Monday around noon, Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the area near Soquel Drive and Soquel Avenue after getting reports a man assaulted someone with a golf club. When they arrived on scene, they found a victim with visible injuries and arrested a 49 year old male transient for assault with a deadly weapon. Last check he was still sitting in county jail with bail set at $25K. He’s been arrested 8 times locally since 2014. We keep swinging and whiffing with this guy. Maybe someone at the county can explain why to the latest victim.
Shiv the Guy a Break Already!
Last Friday morning around 10AM, deputies at the Santa Cruz County jail found some kind of manufactured weapon in the possession of a 45 year old male inmate. He’s been arrested 24 times locally since 2015. More new charges were added to his already impressive and extensive rap sheet. But at least he’s still in jail. For now!
CHP Shuts Down Street Racers on Highway 1 near Aptos
On Saturday, about 20 cars attempted to race each other along Highway 1 in Aptos. Passengers in the cars racing were seen hanging out car windows recording each other. CHP officers shut it down and issued numerous citations.
Just Mething Around on the West Side
Monday around noon, the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office Narcotic Enforcement Team (NET) arrested a 57 year old transient male in his car near Shaffer Road and Delaware Avenue. The man was on searchable probation and appeared to be hiding something under his seat so deputies searched the car and found more than two ounces of methamphetamine and about 10 grams of heroin. Investigators later conducted a search of a storage unit the suspect uses and found nearly eleven POUNDS of methamphetamine, scales, packaging and cash. He was booked on additional charges for possession of controlled substances for sales. Arrested 7 times locally since 2014. This is what county probation delivers to us weekly! At least this time he’s still sitting in county jail with bail set at $100K.
Saint Joe Isn’t Impressed
Monday morning around 12:30AM, SCPD responded to the Shrine of St. Joseph church on the 400 block of West Cliff Drive for a report of vandalism to the church property. They arrested a 42 year old male and charged him with vandalism. And you know what else they charged him with? Do I need to even say it? A probation violation! You don’t say! He’s been arrested 12 times local since 2014. County probation. Making the Baby Jesus cry. The gift that keeps on giving!
Better Call Wendy!
It’s the boy who refused to grow up! Where’s Tinker Bell? Did she get busted too?
Killing Her Softly With Our Song and Dance
Monday morning around 10AM, SCPD responded to the area near Shaffer Road and the railroad tracks where they arrested a 31 year old transient woman for resisting arrest and assault on a peace officer. Santa Cruz has been slowly killing this poor woman for the past 9 years through coddling and idiot compassion. Euthanasia. It’s one way of dealing with the local junkie problem. Keep feeding them more junk.
Turnstilers of the Week
Early Thursday morning, Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s deputies responded to reports of numerous cars being broken into near the area of Valley Drive and Plateau Drive in Felton. While investigating, deputies saw an occupied car possibly matching the description of the suspect’s car and when they attempted to stop it, the driver refused to initially pull over, resulting in a low speed pursuit. The driver and a passenger were eventually arrested on Gail Drive in Felton on drug charges, warrants, probation violations and evading law enforcement.
He’s Counting the Days
Last Friday night around 6PM, SCPD responded to the 100 block of Walnut Avenue where they eventually arrested a 32 year old male for being drunk in public, trespassing, and resisting arrest. He listed his occupation as “accountant”. Not the guy I want doing my taxes. Last check he was surprisingly still in county jail.
Running in the Wrong Direction
Watsonville Police arrested a man on New Year’s Day who tried to evade them and was caught and arrested by another officer across the street from the police station. The 32 year old male, who was a known gang member, was a passenger in the back seat of a car that was pulled over by officers on Elm Street. As soon as the car stopped, the suspect got out of the vehicle and ran off. He was arrested on several charges, including being a felon in possession of a firearm and resisting arrest. A loaded gun that the suspect tossed while running from officers was recovered and booked into evidence. The driver of the vehicle was also arrested.
Capitola Wharf Closed Indefinitely Due to Storm Damage
The city of Capitola has closed their municipal wharf indefinitely after extensive damage was discovered to the pilings that support the wharf. Heavy waves and surf damaged and broke a couple of pilings which support a large crane that is used to lower and lift boats out of the water. The 160 year old pier will remain closed indefinitely until the emergency work can be completed to repair the damaged pilings.
Stop the Needle Madness in Santa Cruz!
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