Is summer over before it ever got here? We discuss that and more in the latest Weekly Dump! We’ve also got the latest coronavirus related local updates, New Leaf Aptos shuts down temporarily, K9 Luna drops the hammer, get out of jail free party, machete!, sudden impact, brawling for big gulps, Watsonville bounty hunters, bum camp evacuation, Morgan Hill road ragers, turnstiler of the week, vibrantly honest with Big Vic, and more!
Summer is Over Before it Began
Anyone else feeling that way? There’s a strong possibility that the Boardwalk will stay closed this summer due to the coronavirus. Even if the shelter in place is lifted, the 6 foot rule will be difficult if not impossible to enforce at the Boardwalk. And what about the rides? Boardwalk employees won’t be able to wipe everything down and sanitize after every ride. And I just don’t think people would come here right now even if it were open. Truthfully, the people that would come here from outside Santa Cruz are the people I want to stay the fuck away. I’m fine with taking the summer off from tourists. The city on the other hand would probably have to declare bankruptcy if that happened. It would be a serious blow to the city (and county) revenue streams. City jobs would get cut. Services will inevitably get cut. But I’d much rather be safe than sorry here. We’re waging war against an unknown enemy right now. No need to make that worse than it already is.
The governor this week said there is no fixed date to ease coronavirus shelter-at-home restrictions. He addressed testing, saying the state has set a goal to test 60,000 to 80,000 people a day, up from about 16,000 coronavirus tests being conducted daily currently. He also said he had a phone call with Trump, and they agreed to significantly increase testing across California, with hundreds of thousands of new swabs coming and 86 new testing sites opening.
Face Masks Required While Shopping in Public in Santa Cruz
In Santa Cruz County, the county health officer (who seems to have omnipotent like powers over the public right now) just declared that everyone has to wear a mask when engaging with essential services businesses or in group public settings. The order impacts public, commercial and governmental spaces where face-to-face interactions may pose a risk of transmission, including grocery stores, health care offices, restaurant pickup counters, public transit, essential government offices and more.
And if you want to ride a local bus, better cover your face!
New Leaf Closes Aptos Store After Employees Test Positive For COVID-19
New Leaf Community Markets has temporarily closed their Aptos Village location after seven staff members were recently diagnosed with coronavirus. The Aptos store previously closed and reopened recently after a deep cleaning but has now closed again after multiple employees were diagnosed positive. New Leaf said they are working with health care providers to test all of their Aptos staff and will cover all costs of screening staff members for the virus, as well as continuing to pay their staff while they are home.
K9 Luna Drops the Hammer on Local Bum
Wednesday night around 7:30PM, SCPD responded to the area near Broadway and Clay Streets for a report of a person randomly smashing out car windows with a long pipe and a hammer. Shortly after that, they located the suspect wielding a machete in a parking lot on the 200 block of Ocean Street. After refusing to drop the machete, even holding it to his own throat at one point, he finally dropped it but continued to be non-compliant so officers deployed a 40 mm non-lethal round at the man. He continued to be non-compliant before throwing a hammer at officers. Officers shot with with more non-lethal rounds and with the help of K9 Luna, the man was quickly incapacitated and arrested. The 31 year old man was treated at the hospital for injuries sustained during his arrest before being carted off to jail on charges of resisting arrest, assault with a deadly weapon, brandishing a weapon in a threatening manner, assaulting a police officer, and felony vandalism. A judge granted a $50,000 bail increase and a no release order.
It’s a Get Out of Jail Free Party!
Saturday afternoon around 4PM on Saturday, Santa Cruz Sheriff’s deputies responded to the 5200 block of Prescott Road in Soquel after neighbors heard breaking glass coming from a nearby home. They called 911 after seeing several suspects inside the house. After deputies arrived, one deputy spotted one of the suspects walking towards the creek right behind the home and the other two suspects climbing up the hillside from the creek. With the help of a K9 and several other deputies, all three suspects were arrested and booked for residential burglary, vandalism and resisting arrest. Of course all 3 got out of jail free! It’s the new normal!
Tuesday afternoon, Santa Cruz Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the 1000 block of Emeline Avenue for a report of a robbery where two homeless subjects armed with a machete apparently sliced open someone’s palm and stole his wallet and cell phone. SCPD joined in the search for the suspect, who was located near the Tannery and after a short chase was arrested along the side of Highway 1 near River street at gunpoint . A second suspect known only as “Billy” and/or “Dread”, was not located or arrested. The victim and suspects all knew each other from a nearby homeless shelter. The bum they caught was arrested for robbery and assault. Last check he’s still in county jail on a $25K bond. And he’s been arrested 22 times locally since 2013. We get what we’re willing to tolerate!
Tuesday night around 6PM, Watsonville Police responded to the 200 block of Sudden Street after getting reports about a shooting. After they arrived, they found a 29 year old male suffering from a gunshot wound to the arm sitting in a car with a 4 year old child. The victim was taken to the hospital and is expected to survive. Watsonville police said the suspected gunman was last seen running east on California Street and believe he was wearing a mask at the time of the shooting. They think the shooting could possibly be gang related. No arrests have been made.
Brawling For Big Gulps
Thursday afternoon around 5PM, SCPD responded to the 7/11 on Ocean and Broadway after getting reports about 4 people fighting with some kind of weapons. Three of them left in a black Mercedes heading towards the Boardwalk while another man jumped in a silver Chevy and tried to leave before being stopped by SCPD. They caught up to the 3 people in the Mercedes along Broadway where they executed a high risk stop. They also found a gun in the Mercedes. At least 4 people were detained.
Watsonville Home Invasion Turns Out to be Bounty Hunters
Last Friday around 2:30PM, Santa Cruz Sheriff’s deputies responded to the 100 block of Atkinson Lane in Watsonville for a report of a possible home invasion. Turns out the invaders were actually bounty hunters capturing a fugitive. All’s well that ends well, except for the guy who jumped bail.
Bum Evacuated From Bum Camp
Saturday morning around 6:00AM, SCPD responded to a 911 call in Sycamore Grove for a subject in need of medical attention. Dispatch relayed that possible armed and confrontational individuals were also on the scene. SCPD patrol team formed a contact team with shields, N95 masks, and non-lethal weapons. Officers located the patient, who was taken down the trail to the ambulance.
Road Ragers From Morgan Hill Arrested Near Rio Del Mar
This past Monday, Santa Cruz Sheriff’s deputies responded to witness reports of a driver pointing a firearm at another person during a road rage incident. After getting a description of the vehicle and the license plate number, deputies found the car near Rio Del Mar Beach. They contacted and detained the 20 year old driver and an 18 year old passenger from Morgan Hill. The passenger was in possession of a stolen firearm and the driver had a firearm that was not registered to him. They also had about 5 ounces of marijuana in the vehicle. Both were arrested for possession of marijuana for sale and gun related charges. Both guys are out of jail on bond.
Turnstiler of the Week
Monday afternoon around 2:30PM, Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the Safeway on the 6200 block of Graham Hill Road to deal with a local recidivist bum who was under the influence and causing problems. He was arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance and his usual probation violation. He’s been arrested a whopping 53 times since 2013. And yes, he got yet another “PTA” AKA “Jim Hart’s Get Out of Jail Free” card. He was released on his own recognizance, because of course they know this guy by name by now.
Vibrantly Honest With Ticked Off Vic
This guy is my new hero.
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