Happy May Day! It’s been a crazy and violent week here in Santa Cruz, especially if you consider people were supposed to be sheltering in place. Which seems to bring out the worst in some people. This week, the beaches are kind of open?, we’ve got a murder victim found in the Soquel hills, a couple of stabbings off Laurel and Coral streets, a porta potty dump truck ran over a homeless guy sleeping in San Lorenzo park, attempted murder isn’t much of a local news story, so much for protecting the victim, more mayhem on Coral street, double the trouble, hefty bail for local car thief, joy riding ends with a trip to jail, Felton and Aptos robbery suspects arrested, Grant Street Park jerk, the new “public safety”, turnstiler of the week, motorcyclist killed on Highway 9, Chaminade villa burns down, a functional city council again, district elections are coming, and the madness of The Wicker Man.
The Beaches Are Closed! The Beaches Are Open! The Beaches are Kind of Open!
In the span of about 24 hours on Wednesday and Thursday, we went from having a proclamation from the governor that he would be closing all beaches in California to no wait, he only meant the beaches in Orange County. What a clusterfuck life has become lately. So apparently, the county is still controlling beach access right now, and the county has decided local county beaches will be closed from 11AM until 5PM every day until further notice, and access during other times is only for “exercising” (in other words you can go if you keep moving but sitting or laying on a blanket is a big no).
Locals only! That’s obviously the message you send to people over the hill when you close the beach from 11-5. And it’s a good message to send. Keep your germs and your trash on your side of the hill.
Dead Body Found Above Soquel
Last Sunday, Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s deputies and investigators responded to a wooded area near Redwood Drive off of Glen Canyon Road in the Soquel hills area for a report of a dead body. Someone apparently came across the body on Saturday while they were checking the property line. Given the suspicious circumstances with the location and condition of the body, an autopsy was conducted and it was determined the victim was murdered. Initial findings show the victim had been stabbed. I heard an unconfirmed report the victim had been found stabbed in the head with a screwdriver. Sounds like he was murdered to me! Investigators later identified the man as a 36 year old Santa Cruz County resident who had been listed as a missing person since December 2019 with the Santa Cruz Police Department.
Sunday Afternoon Stabbing On Skid Row
Santa Cruz Police confirmed there was a stabbing on Coral Street in Santa Cruz Sunday afternoon. Police said it happened around 2:00PM and one person was injured. No story from Dandy Andy about it. I noticed in the arrest logs a 43 year old male was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon and making criminal threats around the same time in the same vicinity (“Highway 1 and Railroad tracks”) so I think it’s safe to assume he’s the stabber. He’s still sitting in county jail on a $25K bond. And he’s a bum recidivist, been arrested locally 29 times since 2013. We coddle guys like this.
Stabbing Near Downtown Sends Man to Trauma Center
Saturday around noon, multiple SCPD units responded to the 1100 block of Laurel Street for a report of a stabbing. Details are scarce as usual, but apparently a male was stabbed in the chest near a creek that runs near Laurel and California streets and made his way up to a residence on Laurel, which is when police were called by a homeowner. The victim needed a life flight over the hill to a trauma center for his injuries.
Porta-Potty Dump Truck Runs Over Homeless Squatter in San Lorenzo Park
Wednesday morning around 6:30AM, a truck that pumps the porta-potties the city placed in the benchlands area behind the county building and court house apparently ran over a homeless person who was sleeping or passed out in the grass. This is one of those “only in Santa Cruz” stories I can’t make up. I’m sure the driver was pretty shaken up. As for the victim, I have no idea on their condition but I think they were taken to a trauma center over the hill for their injuries. Here’s a novel idea. Get the fucking squatters out of the San Lorenzo Park benchlands! Put them into shelters or jail. Both provide a roof, indoor plumbing, and meals. We know the sheriff doesn’t want ANYONE in his jail right now, so that option is out. But stop turning San Lorenzo Park into a human dumping ground. The county has their head up their ass as usual here. Where’s Ryan Coonerty? Anyone seen or heard from him lately? (of course not).
Attempted Murder Isn’t Much of a News Story
Apparently not in Santa Cruz anyways! Monday morning around 2AM, SCPD arrested a 37 year old male for assault with a deadly weapon, domestic violence, and attempted murder. It was serious enough that his bail was increased to $450K and he’s still sitting in jail last time I looked. Nothing on the news about it. Nothing from Chief Wiggum about it. But there it is!
So Much For Protecting the Victim
Last Friday night around 5PM, SCPD responded to the 1900 block of Mission Street where they arrested a 51 year old male for assault with a deadly weapon and elder abuse. He bailed out of jail on a $25K bond. Where’s his $450K bond? I hope his victim got a protective order.
More Mayhem on Coral Street
Still waiting to hear from Chief Wiggum on this one too.
But hey, crime is down right Chief!
Double the Trouble
Saturday afternoon around 4PM, deputies from the Santa Cruz Sheriff’s department responded to the 5200 block of Soquel Avenue where they arrested a 58 year old vagrant for two counts of assault with a deadly weapon. Still in jail on a $25K bond.
Hefty Bail for Local Car Thief
Sunday morning around 3AM, Scotts Valley Police responded to the 100 block of Bean Creek Road where they arrested a 34 year old male and charged him with stealing a car, possession of a stolen car, and drug possession. He’s still in jail with a $250K bond. I’m not sure why his bail is set so high for seemingly charges he’d get the Get Out of Jail Free card for. Maybe it was a really expensive car or he had a lot of drugs on him (or both!).
Joy Riding Ends With a Trip to Jail
Friday night around 10:30 PM, SCPD was involved in some kind of chase through the lower Ocean and Beach Flats area with a reckless motorcyclist who was speeding and running red lights with no helmet on. They eventually chased him to a motel on the 300 block of Ocean street and arrested him in one of the rooms there. He was also wanted out of Marin County, and had a suspended license and was on probation.
Felton Armed Robbery Suspect Arrested
Last Friday, Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a 28 year old Felton man as the suspect in an armed robbery at the CVS in Felton earlier this month. He is being held on $125K bail.
No Get Out of Jail Free Card for Aptos Robbery Suspect
Sunday morning around 10AM, deputies from the Santa Cruz Sheriff’s department responded to the 500 block of Willow Heights in Aptos for a report of a robbery. After they arrived, they arrested a 41 year old male for robbery and resisting arrest. At least he had to pay to get out of jail. He bailed out on a $50K bond.
Just Another Jerk at Grant Street Park
Saturday around 5PM, SCPD responded to Grant Street Park after getting reports of a man masturbating next to the playground. I’m guessing it was just another cite and “release”, resulting in a happy ending for the local pedophile in the park.
Nothing like a one cent bail for brawling at a 7/11, drug possession, possession of a stolen firearm, carrying a concealed firearm in a vehicle, and of course the $1000 ticket! It might be time to just buy a gun for self protection. The worst they will do is give you a one cent bail for carrying it around with you. Who needs a CCW permit?
Turnstiler of the Week
Sunday afternoon around 1:30PM, Santa Cruz Sheriff’s deputies responded to “Chanticleer at the tracks” (is that even an address?) where they arrested a 38 year old woman for being drunk in public and resisting arrest. The self proclaimed “accountant” has been arrested locally 27 times since 2014 and is our Turnstiler of the Week!
Motorcyclist Killed in Solo Accident on Highway 9
Monday afternoon around 5PM, a solo motorcyclist died along Highway 9 after apparently hitting a guardrail and crashing near Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. The Felton Fire department reported two witnesses attempted CPR on the victim until Felton firefighters arrived on the scene but the victim was pronounced dead at the scene.
Chaminade Villa Burns Down
This week the old Chaminade Villa, a dilapidated and abandoned house located on the Chaminade property, burned to the ground. Mostly likely it was being used by homeless squatters and the fire was a result of that. The fire itself was quickly contained which prevented it from spreading to other buildings on the property.
The Santa Cruz City Council is Functional Again!
Amazing what a few weeks does here. It’s been about a month since Chris Krohn and Drew Glover were fired by the community, and the new city council is getting shit done! In their second full meeting (sequestered at home for the most part and limited to meeting online), the city council managed to have another relatively productive, functional, fake-drama free, meeting. Gone is the endless narcissistic flatulent pontificating. The big take away from this meeting was barely a blip on the radar here. See the next item!
District Elections Are Coming to Santa Cruz
I’ve been saying saying this for years. It’s just a matter of time and the time is apparently now, or 2022 to be more precise. In this week’s meeting, the city council met to discuss an item in closed session (not open to the public) where they discussed an item to posed “significant liability” to the city. Normally we don’t hear much if anything or at all about these items, but this week city attorney Tony Condotti gave a quick “update” on the item during the later open session in the afternoon. That’s where the reveal was made that the city council unanimously approved moving forward with settling any pending lawsuits and litigation by planning for the city to transition to district elections for the city council beginning in the fall of 2022.
Happy May Day!
Go watch the classic Wicker Man (not the shitty Nicolas Cage version but the original).
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