Dancing to the Jailhouse Rock
Monday afternoon, county officials announced that an active COVID-19 outbreak was taking place at the Santa Cruz County Jail. Ten correctional officers tested positive and are not working, and another six officers are in quarantine because of their contact with infected employees. So far, the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office said none of the inmates have tested positive or showed symptoms.
Then days later, News Kids on the Block scooped the story that apparently, the outbreak was related to some kind of party thrown by staff from the county jail! Imagine that. We’re supposed to be RESPONSIBLE and stay home, don’t socialize in groups, and these dopes decide to have a party knowing the possible consequences and outcome? I have two very serious questions I’d love to have answered here. 1. Was Sheriff Jim Hart in attendance? Simple yes or no answer. 2. If he was not there, did he know about it and when did he learn about it? Another simple question. If he didn’t know about it until now, I’m just as concerned with how oblivious he is as much as I’m horrified about how irresponsible his staff is. Jim Hart! Were you there and when did you learn about this party?
Shooting at Local Homeless Camp
Wednesday night around 8PM, SCPD and medics responded to the area along Highway 9 near Vernon Road after getting reports of a possible shooting in the area of the railroad tracks and SR-9. After they arrived, officers searched and eventually located the 33 year old victim in a campsite on a hillside in Sycamore Grove. Apparently the man’s injuries aren’t life threatening. Nobody has been arrested and the victim was uncooperative with police.
Man Stabbed in Downtown Santa Cruz
Last Friday night around 6PM, reports came in about a stabbing in a parking lot at the corner of Laurel and Front streets in downtown Santa Cruz. This is the parking lot that the city has seemingly given up on and given to Food Not Bombs (and their friends) to squat on. According to various reports, a woman stabbed a man in the parking lot after some kind of confrontation and physical altercation. When they arrived, SCPD found a 46 year old male suffering from a stab wound. He was transported by life flight to Valley Medical Center in San Jose for treatment, where he was last listed in stable condition. The victim was on formal probation out of Fresno, after pleading no contest and having various robbery, battery, and domestic violence charges dismissed. Police arrested a 19 year old female on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon after collecting evidence at the scene and getting independent witness statements. She’s still in jail with bail set at $75,000. Neither the suspect or victim was cooperative with investigators and no motive was given for the stabbing.
The Latest COVID Numbers From Santa Cruz County
There have been 4,750 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Santa Cruz County, according to the Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency, and 1,131 are active cases. 37 people have died. 3,582 people have recovered from the disease. A total of 76,547 people have tested negative. 235 have been hospitalized in total. According to a state count, 47 people are currently hospitalized, and 9 people are in the ICU.
Santa Cruz County is in the purple tier of the Blueprint for a Safer Economy, meaning many non-essential indoor business operations are closed. Its adjusted case rate is at 11.3, and it needs to be at 7 or below to move up. It also has a 4.6% positivity rate, and that needs to be at 8% or below to move up.
Look For the Union Label
Last Saturday around noon, SCPD spotted a known criminal recidivist they had been looking for near High Street. He tried to run away from police but after a short chase he was caught and arrested. Battery. Resisting arrest. Giving false ID to police. Grand theft. Selling drugs and drug possession. Isn’t he one of Bad Mom’s buddies? Isn’t he a card carrying, “officer” of the local Homeless Grifters Union? Didn’t he join up with Bad Mom & Slippery Tony to try to sue the city over shutting down the toxic drug camp behind Ross? Where’s his “union” to bail him out? His bail is set at $100k and he’s still in jail.
The Gift That Keeps on Giving
Saturday morning around 7:30AM, SCPD responded to the 600 block of Front Street where they arrested a 39 year old male and charged him with assault with a deadly weapon, battery, vandalism, drug possession, and drunk in public. And of course the “revokable” probation violation. County probation. The gift that keeps on giving. Last check he’s still in jail on a no bail hold.
Sunday afternoon around 2:30PM, SCPD responded to the area of Chestnut and Walnut after getting reports of a disturbance. They eventually arrested a 45 year old male and charged him with battery after an apparent road rage incident of some kind. I’m sure getting arrested helped calm him down.
I’m Still Waiting
In what seems to be an annual tradition, the local commercial crab fishing season has been pushed back again, leaving local crab lovers like me feeling rather crabby. Now it’s scheduled to begin on December 15th. This is the second delay this season, after the original targeted opening in mid November was delayed. The delays are mostly a result of issues with whale entanglements in crabbing lines, according to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Santa Cruz District Attorney Shows Sense of Urgency With Local Issues
Ok not really. But I got your attention! The Santa Cruz County District Attorney’s Office announced this week that they have filed a lawsuit against the Match Group, a conglomerate of online dating service sites, including Match.com, PlentyOfFish, OkCupid and Tinder. In the complaint, their office states the company took part in “unfair and unlawful business practices” and violated the California Dating Service Contract Law and the California Auto Renewal Law.
Because God knows, we’ve got no bigger problems facing us here in Santa Cruz, and there’s nothing better than having the DA and his staff waste our city resources and tax dollars chasing litigation from national companies with deep pockets looking for an easy payout. That’s what grifters do. Can’t do anything about certain groups that squat on city property handing out food and other crap illegally, but let’s chase dating websites for a shakedown. That’s your district attorney Santa Cruz.
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