Time for everyone’s favorite part of Friday – the latest Weekly Dump! This week, we’ve got beanbags flying in Boulder Creek, getting a little action in, dust in the wind, throwing your life away at 22, was it one of those homeless hotels, teen arrested in Texas for Santa Cruz murder, Felker Street vagrancy, down on Main Street, the weekly bumfight, the mayor of Seabright, the latest COVID numbers, the battle over needle pollution is far from over, and we say adios to a couple local landmarks.
Bean Bagging in Boulder Creek
Tuesday morning around 11AM, Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the 100 block of Brook Lane in Boulder Creek after getting a report of a man carrying a rifle walking into a tent trailer. When they arrived, deputies spoke to the owner of the trailer who told them that nobody should be inside. Deputies then saw a man come out of the trailer but when they tried to speak to him, he went back inside and refused to come out for nearly 7 hours. SWAT and Crisis Negotiation teams tried to talk to the man to no avail. Finally around 6:30PM, he emerged from the trailer holding a machete. After refusing to drop the machete, deputies used bean bag rounds to get him to comply. The 32 year old man had a previous felony conviction and was not allowed to have guns. The Sheriff’s Office also believe the man had an explosive device which went off when he was hit with the bean bag rounds. He had minor injuries. He faces 15 charges including battery, resisting arrest, flashing a weapon, making criminal threats, trespassing, and more. His bail was set at $25K and last check he’s still in jail.
Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting
Last Saturday night around 6:30PM, SCPD responded with multiple units to the 100 block of Beach Street after getting reports of a brawl involving multiple people with weapons. When they arrived, the brawlers scattered but one person with facial lacerations was arrested at the scene. The person with the knife was eventually cornered and tased on the 400 block of 2nd Street. No idea if either is still in jail at this time but I’m guessing probably not.
Dust in the Wind
A 34 year old homeless woman from Kansas who had been camping near land burned by fire last summer was arrested in connection with two fires in the Boulder Creek area this week. She was camping in the area of Pond View Drive in Boulder Creek when she was arrested by CalFire. Last check she’s still in jail facing 4 felony arson charges.
Throwing Your Life Away at 22
Last Thursday, officials with the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office Special Enforcement Team arrested a 22 year old male who was wanted in connection with a recent kidnapping investigation led by Santa Cruz police. When he was found, he had a loaded gun in his waistband, a fake gun and eight pounds of cannabis. He also had outstanding arrest warrants from law enforcement in San Jose and San Francisco for a number of gun related crimes. He faces 24 charges in all. Last check he’s still in county jail being held without bail.
Was This One of Those Homeless Hotels?
Last Thursday, officials with the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office Special Enforcement Team executed a search warrant on an Ocean Street hotel, where they arrested two men on drugs and guns charges. They found 438 grams of methamphetamine, 10 grams of heroin, a gram of cocaine, an AR-15 assault rifle, and a revolver. They also found packaging, scales, and pay and owe sheets. I’ll go out on a limb here and venture a guess that these guys might have been dealing drugs from this hotel room.
Teen Arrested in Texas for Santa Cruz Murder
Last Thursday, deputies from from the Harris County Sheriff’s Office in Harris County, Texas arrested a 16 year old male in connection with the killing of a homeless man off of Emeline Avenue back in January. Police made the arrest after getting a tip about the teen, who was in Harris County in Texas at the time of his arrest. Detectives investigated and obtained a warrant to arrest him. The victim was a transient from Pennsylvania who was found dead early on the morning of Saturday, January 17th on the 700 block of Emeline Avenue in Santa Cruz. He suffered blunt force trauma to his head, police said.
Did He Live on Hells Camp Trail?
This past Tuesday morning around 7:30AM, SCPD responded to the 100 Block of Felker Street for reports of a robbery after someone was robbed of their phone at knifepoint. They ended up arresting a 44 year old male and charged him with robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, as well as having an outstanding felony warrant. Last check he’s still in county jail.
Down on Main Street
This past Tuesday around 7:30PM, SCPD responded to the 300 block of Main Street where they arrested a 31 year old male and charged him with burglary, assault with a deadly weapon, and stalking. Last check he’s still in jail on a no bail hold.
The Weekly Bumfight
Thursday night around 7:30PM, SCPD got reports about 2 transients fighting with weapons near the intersection of Highways 1 & 9. Welcome to Santa Cruz tourists! Skid Row! A witness reported seeing a male swinging a machete at another male who was swinging back with a metal pipe. SCPD fanned out along the railroad tracks and around the bum camps still lingering along the side of the Mission Street bypass. They had good descriptions of the bumfighters but I don’t think anyone was caught or arrested.
Shout out to my friend Paige, who really did a fantastic job mobilizing her neighbors and the Seabright community in the face of growing concern that the city council was going to dump their problem into her lap. I call her the “Mayor of Seabright” for a reason! She was interviewed on KSBW and featured in Good Times this week, talking about the issue of the city’s inability to control an out of control homeless problem they created. And Paige isn’t some dopey armchair social justice warrior. She volunteers to feed the homeless every week at St. Francis’s kitchen. She’s been doing it for many years.
The Latest COVID Numbers From Santa Cruz County
Hey, remember that pesky thing called COVID? It’s still around. Don’t get lazy or cocky about it. There have been 15,759 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Santa Cruz County, according to the Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency, with 148 known active cases. 204 people have died, 483 have been hospitalized, 2 are currently hospitalized, and none are in the ICU.. 15,407 people have recovered. A total of 129,851 people have tested negative. Santa Cruz County is in the orange tier of the Blueprint for a Safer Economy. Its adjusted case rate is at 1.4, and it needs to be at 0.9 or below to move up. It also has a 0.6% positivity rate, and that needs to be at 1.9% or below to move up.
The Battle Over Needle Pollution is Far From Over
While the public comment period regarding the California legislature trying to eliminate environmental reviews of groups that randomly distribute hundreds of thousands of needles into the community with no repercussions is over, the item itself has yet to be voted on and discussed within the committee. I want to sincerely thank everyone who signed and shared this online petition! Almost 400 signatures and emails were sent out saying we don’t support this, and hundreds of other emails were sent out individually. The proposed bill will be heard by the committee on April 28th (next week!). You can listen in on the hearing itself from this link (click “Listen to this hearing” link).
Adios Saturn Cafe
It was announced this week that the Saturn Cafe won’t be reopening. I won’t shed any tears here. I’ve lived in Santa Cruz for about 20 years and I think I ate here once, and it wasn’t very good or I would have gone back. I’m kind of surprised it lasted as long as it did. It based itself on a theme (1950’s diner kitsch?) and the emphasis on vegetarian food really didn’t appeal to this particular carnivore. The theme was pretty dated to anyone under the age of 75. It’s a prime location for whatever comes next. There’s gonna be a brand spanking new commercial and housing development going up right across the street. And then there’s Bonesios! (at least Taco Bum is gone for good now).
Adios India Joze
I read somewhere that India Joze on Front Street will be shutting down in the coming months. I won’t shed any tears here. For years, he allowed Keith McMuffin and his crew to use his filthy kitchen to cook food, and let them set up in his parking lot where they prepped vegetables, making a general mess and probably contributing to the many rats found along the levee near that location. Old Joze was definitely a whacky Santa Cruz character who kept it weird. I think the location is part of a larger redevelopment project taking place on that block of Front Street.
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