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Multiple people dead after planes collide at Watsonville airport

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UPDATE, Aug. 19: Federal investigation into fatal plane collision underway ORIGINAL ARTICLE: WATSONVILLE—Two men, a woman and a dog died in a mid-air collision between two small private planes above Watsonville Municipal Airport Thursday just before 3pm. One witness, who went by the name Steve, said he...

Watsonville man shot in attempted homicide

WATSONVILLE—A Watsonville man was shot early Monday morning in front of a home on the 100 block of Paseo Drive in Watsonville. Watsonville Police Sgt. Brian Fulgoni said police received a call around 2am about some form of disturbance. Around that time police also received...

Finding his roots, telling his story: Local filmmaker looking for cast, crew

Pedro Gonzalez-Renteria
As a young child growing up in Watsonville, Pedro Gonzalez-Renteria dreamed of being a filmmaker.  That dream was fomented when his father got a video camera, and he and his friends and siblings would use it to make their own versions of skit comedy shows...

Film crew hits Watsonville

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Anyone passing through the streets of downtown Watsonville for the next few nights may notice a crew shooting for an upcoming film. The production includes a car rigged with cameras and lights, and will take place in local restaurants and wetlands. The film is “They Know...

Violent, court-ordered removal of children sparks community outcry

SANTA CRUZ—For the purposes of this article, Maya and Sebastian Laing’s story begins on Oct. 20, when a group of strangers paid a late-night visit to their grandmother’s house where they had been staying.  After trying unsuccessfully to convince the kids to come with them...

Filmmaker, Watsonville native seeking hometown talent

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Filmmaker and Watsonville High School alumnus Gabriel Medina already has several independent Hollywood-level movies on his resume, with various roles including writer, producer and director.  He recently earned his MFA from University of Southern California’s famed Peter Stark Producing Program, and has now returned to...

Watsonville Public House taproom opens in Watsonville

The former Watsonville Meat Locker building — which later became Stevie G Meats — was a huge draw Thursday, but this time it was for something new: a pint of homemade beer inside a sparkling new brewery and taproom on Main Street. The Watsonville Public...

County Supervisor candidate Dutra faces sexual assault lawsuit

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WATSONVILLE—A man has filed a civil lawsuit in Santa Cruz County Superior Court, claiming that 4th District Supervisorial candidate Jimmy Dutra molested him when he was 12. A case management conference is scheduled for Feb. 3. The Pajaronian typically does not name victims in stories involving...

Six from PVUSD earn competitive national scholarship

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As high school seniors across the nation plan their adult lives, many are considering colleges and universities. Invariably, these questions are guided by a single factor: how to pay for it. While scholarships are an option, these are often competitive and come with a host...

Man killed in shooting

WATSONVILLE—A Watsonville man was shot and killed Sunday afternoon in downtown Watsonville. Watsonville Police Sgt. Jarrod Pisturino  said the shooting took place around 11:16am between the 100 block of Brennan Street and the 100 block of Sudden Street in a large parking lot shared by...
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New School Community Day School teacher Bryan Love left a 20-year career in sales and business 14 years ago after a family emergency forced...