Time for the latest news and views from Santa Cruz! This week, a Watsonville man was arrested for possibly murdering his stepdaughter in Miami, COVID strikes a Watsonville nursery facility, the latest local COVID numbers, the fires are contained, fire in Zayante quickly extinguished, mischief in the mountains, dirty laundry, bums being bums, our number one public safety hazard, pick 3 for the city, and we say farewell to Atlas.
Watsonville Man Arrested For Cold Case Murder in Miami
A 16 year cold case murder out of Miami has been successfully solved after Watsonville Police arrested a 46 year old Watsonville man. He is accused of murdering his 16 year old stepdaughter in Miami on September 17, 2004. He was arrested and taken into custody on Monday night with the help of Santa Cruz Police. He faces first degree murder charges and is currently in the Santa Cruz County Jail. Watsonville Police were contacted by investigators from the Miami-Dade Police Department after new physical and circumstantial evidence linked the suspect to the case. WPD officers assisted in finding and arresting the man. The suspect will be extradited to Florida once the legal extradition process has taken place.
COVID-19 Outbreak Strikes Watsonville Nursing Home
It was announced on Thursday that Watsonville Post Acute reported 27 residents and 4 employees have tested positive for COVID-19. Watsonville Post Acute is a skilled nursing facility in Santa Cruz County. Everyone who tested positive has been placed in isolation, according to the facility.
Santa Cruz County COVID-19 Updates
There have been 2,294 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Santa Cruz County, according to the Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency. 9 people have died. 1,983 people have recovered from the disease. A total of 46,048 people have tested negative. 148 have been hospitalized in total. According to a state count, 17 people are currently hospitalized and three are in the ICU. Santa Cruz County is currently in the red tier of the “Blueprint for a Safer Economy”.
CZU Lightning Complex Fully Contained
As of Tuesday evening, Cal Fire declared full containment on the CZU Lightning Complex fires. While evacuation warnings have dropped or been eliminated, nearly 1,000 people are still evacuated, according to Cal Fire. The fire is among the top 10 most destructive fires in California state history. A total of more than 1,100 structures burned in Santa Cruz County since the fire began Aug. 16th. Of those structures, 925 are single-family residences. Fire officials said 86,509 acres have burned so far and destroyed 925 homes. An estimated 3,837 structures remain threatened by the flames in Santa Cruz and San Mateo counties.
Scotts Valley Blaze Quickly Contained
This Wednesday, Cal Fire responded to a fire burning near the community of Zayante in the Santa Cruz Mountains. The fire burned timber in a dense area off of Upper Ellen Road. Around 4PM, the Scotts Valley Fire Department reported that the fire burned about half an acre before forward progress was stopped.
Mischief in the Santa Cruz Mountains
Last Friday night around 11:30PM, deputies from the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s office responded to the 16100 block of Redwood Lodge Road where a report came about a home burglary in progress. The homeowner caught the suspected thief stealing his tools and attempting to flee in his truck. When confronted by the victim, the suspected thief drew a shotgun and tried to run the victim off of the road with his truck. The suspect was somehow detained by the victim and eventually arrested by deputies. The 25 year old male suspect was charged with grand theft and assault with a deadly weapon. His bail was set at $25K but he’s apparently no longer in jail.
Wednesday afternoon around 12:30PM, Santa Cruz Sheriff’s deputies stopped a driver along Highway 9 in Felton and ended up charging him with a laundry list of charges, including being a felon in possession of a concealed and loaded gun and drug possession. His bail was set at $25K and last check he’s still sitting in jail.
Bums Being Bums on the Westside
Last Friday around 5:30PM, SCPD responded to the 400 block of Bellevue Street in Santa Cruz where they arrested a 38 year old male and charged him with assault with a deadly weapon and resisting arrest. As of Thursday, he’s still in jail on a $25K bond. No word on any victims.
County Probation is Our Number One Threat to Public Safety
Wednesday night around 6:30PM, the Santa Cruz Sheriff’s Department Special Enforcement Team (SET) conducted a number of probation searches on the 100 block of Chaminade lane, leading to multiple arrests. They arrested a 30 year old Capitola man who was in possession of an ounce of meth, nearly two ounces of heroin, along with cash, packing materials, and a scale. And he’s on parole. Of course he is. His bail was set at $50K and he’s still in jail. Another man was found in a nearby vehicle and was in possession of narcotics for sale. In the hotel room associated with him, detectives also found another parolee who is on probation. He fled out the back door of the room leaving behind approximately 2 POUNDS of methamphetamine and a suppressed AR-15 style rifle. Both men were taken into custody and booked into county jail with increased bail.
End of Watch
This week we say goodbye to Atlas, brave and faithful K9 warrior for the Scotts Valley Police Department, loved by many who turned out for a nice memorial in Scotts Valley this week. Atlas passed away in August. The department said Atlas died due to complications from ongoing medical issues. He had been evacuated twice and poor air quality from smoke from recent fires may have contributed to his death.
Atlas served the Scotts Valley community loyally and faithfully since October of 2014. He will be sorely missed and never forgotten. Thank you for your service Atlas.
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