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April 22, 2021

Watsonville Covid-19 testing site now open to all area residents

Watsonville covid-19 testing
WATSONVILLE—The Covid-19 community testing site at Ramsay Park in Watsonville is now open to all residents of Santa Cruz and Monterey counties. First opened to frontline healthcare workers, first responders and employees working in essential services and roles, the site will now test everyone, including...

Watsonville man sentenced to 104 years in prison for trafficking Gilroy woman

Andre William Furtado
By Michael Moore, Morgan Hill Times Editor A Watsonville man was sentenced to 104 years in prison Tuesday after being convicted of pimping, trafficking and abusing a Gilroy woman over several years, according to authorities. Andre William Furtado, 33, was convicted by a jury in Santa...

Correctional officer party likely cause of new Santa Cruz County outbreak

Santa Cruz county jail
By Jake Pierce, Good Times News Editor There are now 10 confirmed Covid-19 cases among correctional officers in the outbreak at the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office. Also, seven officers are in isolation while they quarantine due to possible exposure to the novel coronavirus that’s driving the...

Owners of La Perla in Watsonville living their ‘American dream’

La Perla del pacifico Watsonville
WATSONVILLE—It has been three decades since Gabino Torres and Anna Martinez opened a small Mexican seafood restaurant on Main Street, a business they launched as a way to pair their love of their native cuisine with a drive to support their family. La Perla del...

Watsonville man killed in crash on Amesti Road identified

Amesti Road Watsonville
WATSONVILLE—The Watsonville man who died early Friday morning in a solo-vehicle crash on Amesti Road has been identified as Andres Garcia Vidal. California Highway Patrol officer Sam Courtney said Vidal, 33, was driving a blue 1998 Volkswagen Beetle eastbound on Amesti Road east of Cypress...

City pens official apology to Filipino community for 1930 race riots

WATSONVILLE—In a historic move at Tuesday’s City Council meeting, the City of Watsonville officially apologized to the local Filipino community for the 1930 anti-Filipino race riots, which ended in the death of one man and ignited unrest across California.  It did so in a resolution...

Prostitution date gone wrong leads to two arrests

WATSONVILLE—Watsonville police on Monday arrested a woman on prostitution charges after a man who solicited her services called 911. That call came after the woman’s associate pulled a gun on the victim when he refused to pay the agreed price. Tianna Mitchell, 19, was arrested...

Watsonville man dies after four-vehicle crash on Highway 1

highway 1 crash
SANTA CRUZ—The 27-year-old Watsonville man who died March 25 after a four-vehicle crash on Highway 1 in Santa Cruz has been identified as Cameron Olsen. According to California Highway Patrol officer Alyssa Gutierrez, a 77-year-old Moss Landing man was driving south on Highway 1 at...

Two arrested for weapons, drug charges

RIO DEL MAR—Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s deputies on Monday arrested two men for drug and gun charges after one of them pointed a loaded gun at another driver in a road rage incident. Damian Hernandez, 20, and Israel Ibarra, 18, both Morgan Hill residents, were...

Manhunt underway for suspect in wife’s homicide

Cesar Hernández Watsonville murder
WATSONVILLE—Watsonville police are searching for a man who they believe is the primary suspect in his wife’s murder. Police believe that Cesar Hernandez, 47, murdered his 24-year-old wife at their Watsonville home on the 700 block of Rodriguez Street, and then drove her in the...

O’Neill Sea Odyssey hosting Virtual Earth Day event Thursday

SANTA CRUZ—On Thursday, April 22, O’Neill Sea Odyssey and its partners will celebrate the 51st anniversary of Earth Day with a free virtual event...