Stabbing Along Hells Trail
Monday afternoon around 1:30PM, SCPD responded to the Ross department store in Gateway Shopping Center after a man staggered into the business asking for help. He was suffering from a stab wound to the gut before he collapsed in front of the doors. The victim was a transient who was well known to police. Police believe the stabbing took place along “Hells Trail”, the notorious homeless highway that nobody seems able to control. Numerous units responded to the dead end of Felker Street to look for the suspect but apparently nobody was arrested. The victim was treated by AMR for his injuries. SCPD seemed to have a suspect in mind though.
Suicidal Mom Arraigned on Attempted Murder Charges
The Live Oak woman who intentionally drove her car with her two young children in it over a cliff and into the bay was set to be arraigned on attempted murder charges this past Wednesday. On September 17th, Santa Cruz Sheriff’s deputies responded to Sunny Cove Drive around 8AM after getting reports of a black Nissan seen going off a cliff. A Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson later said the driver appeared to be going at a high rate of speed when the car crashed through a guardrail and wooden bench on the cliffside. After landing in the water, the Nissan was pushed back into a cove by oncoming waves and has not been removed from the area, according to the Sheriff’s Office. With the help of a couple of nearby local surfers, the driver and her two young children were helped out of the water. The driver was airlifted to a trauma center for her injuries, while the children suffered only minor injuries. The Santa Cruz County District Attorney’s Office filed charges against the woman, including two counts of attempted murder, with enhancements for serious felony violations, assault with great bodily injury and willful cruelty to children. She’s been sitting in county jail for the past month on a no bail hold.
Naked Guy With Machete Finally Calms Down
Last Saturday, SCPD responded to the 200 block of Columbia Street for a report of a naked and delusional guy causing a disturbance. He was reportedly lighting road flares in his apartment and was armed with a machete. After ordering a shelter in place for the building, SCPD managed to finally arrest the man without incident.
You Gotta Keep Them Separated
Speaking of naked mayhem, just past midnight early on Monday morning, SCPD responded to the parking lot at Cowells Beach after getting a report of a physical brawl. Witnesses reported seeing 3 different people involved, two of them were possibly naked, and one of them might have been swinging a knife. After they got there, they managed to to get the parties separated and eventually arrested a 54 year old naked woman with warrants out of San Luis Obispo for being drunk in public. Another 34 year old woman was also arrested and charged with domestic violence and violating her probation. The naked guy was free to go.
Let’s Get Physical
Last Sunday around 5PM, SCPD responded to the 700 block of Broadway after getting reports of a possible home invasion robbery. A woman reported a male transient who appeared to be high on drugs entered an unlocked back door and attempted to rob her after “getting physical” with her. Police were looking for someone to arrest and charge with attempted robbery and battery but they couldn’t find the suspect.
Driver Suffers Seizure on Mission Street
Last Saturday, SCPD received multiple calls about a reckless driver on Mission Street who was driving about 40 miles an hour on the sidewalk. A witness followed the vehicle and officers intercepted the vehicle after the driver stopped on Crespi Court. After approaching the driver, he didn’t comply with commands and the car doors were locked, while the car was running and in gear. Officers determined the driver was likely suffering a medical emergency and blocked the vehicle in with their patrol cars. After breaking the passenger window with a baton, the driver was removed, and medics treated him for a diabetic seizure. No pedestrians on Mission Street were hit or injured.
Dropping Dead in Derby Park
Last Saturday, SCPD responded to Derby Park for a welfare check on three people lying in the bowl of the skate park. After they arrived, they determined all three were overdosing on Fentanyl. Santa Cruz Fire and medics responded and administered Narcan to revive them. AMR transported them to Dominican Hospital. I heard later at least one person died.
The Gift That Keeps on Giving
Just after 11AM on Sunday morning, SCPD got a report of a purse snatching near the Post Office in downtown Santa Cruz. The female victim told police that a transient woman pulled a knife on her and stole her purse. The victim and another witness followed the suspect to the Post Office where police arrested her and charged her with robbery, giving police false ID, drunk in public, and violating her probation. County probation. The gift that keeps on giving! Last check she’s still in jail for the time being on a $50K bond.
Flash Not in the Can
Wednesday night around 8PM, SCPD responded to the Jack in the Box on Ocean Street after getting reports of a guy with a gun in the lobby. He apparently flashed it at someone according to witnesses, maybe as part of an argument with an acquaintance. The gun flasher left on foot and SCPD caught up with him near the Chase bank, where two were arrested at gunpoint. Apparently flashing a gun is a misdemeanor now, but he was also charged with felonious forgery and identity theft. He’s not in jail.
Zooming in on the Santa Cruz City Council
This week, the Santa Cruz city council nudged forward a proposed ordinance which would ban oversized vehicles from parking on Santa Cruz streets between the hours of midnight and 5AM. The first reading passed by a 5-2 vote on Tuesday night, after nearly three hours of presentations, public comment and deliberation. The ordinance was first presented back in September by councilmembers Brunner, Kalantari-Johnson and Golder. They also mandated the creation of at least 30 parking spots and safe parking programs within the next four months. The ordinance is set to go into effect within 30 days. In addition to the overnight parking ban, oversized vehicles would be also prohibited from using electric, gas and utility connections, open fires, having unattached trailers, maintaining unsafe and unsanitary conditions, and parking within 100 feet of intersections. Moving in the right direction, even if it means at a snail’s pace.
Santa Cruz Kind Of Has a New City Manager
We probably have a new city manager for the city of Santa Cruz. And it’s not Ryan Coonerty! It’s the current city manager of Watsonville. It’s not “official” until the city council votes to make it official but it sure sounds unofficially true. Multiple local news outlets are reporting it, and even have quotes from the mayor about it. She wouldn’t be talking to the press about it if the deal wasn’t done.
Make it a Thriller
This coming Sunday is Halloween in Santa Cruz. What can we expect? The usual stuff plus a bit more. I’m guessing Pacific Avenue will be open for business, and the closed block (“Restaurant Row”) will undoubtably be hopping with with revelers. I’ll probably mask up and go downtown at some point. Have a safe and fun Halloween everyone.
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