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April 5, 2020

Boys pull man from burning tent

WATSONVILLE—Edwin Rodriguez and Adrian Maldonado were hanging out with friends in their neighborhood on Arista Court one Wednesday afternoon when they saw a large column of smoke rising into the air nearby. The boys assumed at first it was...

Two seriously injured in major 3-car crash

WATSONVILLE—Two people were seriously injured in a dramatic three-vehicle crash early Thursday on Freedom Boulevard. Watsonville Police Sgt. Donny Thul said the male driver of a white SUV was traveling north on Freedom Boulevard north of Stanford Street around...

Coroner: Santa Cruz Jail inmate was strangled to death

SANTA CRUZ — The man found dead in his cell Monday at Santa Cruz County Main Jail was strangled, sheriff’s spokeswoman Ashley Keehn announced early Thursday. German Carrillo, 24, of Watsonville, was in custody on murder charges since April 2013. 

Two boys struck in crosswalk suffer major injuries

WATSONVILLE—Two boys were seriously injured early Tuesday morning when a car struck them as they crossed Walker Street. Watsonville Police Sgt. Donny Thul said the boys, ages 11 and 12, were using a crosswalk to cross Walker Street from...

Watsonville couple reflects on 50 years of marriage

Marcia Hashimoto was 16 years old in 1963 when her Buddhist youth group asked 28-year-old Mas Hashimoto to present a slide show of his recent cross-country road trip. Mas was president of the Young Buddhist Association, and was...

Barsi’s Liquor Store closing next month

WATSONVILLE—After a half-century in business, Jim Barsi has sold his eponymous liquor store, and will retire in December. That’s when new owners will take over, and rename it Watsonville Fiesta Liquor. But that’s a story for the future.

Police find missing Watsonville girl

WATSONVILLE—Watsonville Police on Thursday afternoon found the 12-year-old Watsonville girl that ran away from home Tuesday evening. WPD found Mary Guadalupe Curiel Lopez at Callaghan Park around 2 p.m. "She is safe and we're speaking to...

Premiere Raspberries closing, laying off hundreds

Premiere Raspberries
WATSONVILLE—While some will be celebrating the birthday of activist and labor leader Cesar Chavez on March 31, a major raspberry grower in Watsonville will close its doors, and hundreds of employees will be laid off. A representative at Premiere...

Watsonville’s Adam Bolaños Scow challenging congressman Panetta in primary

WATSONVILLE — With Watsonville’s City Plaza as the backdrop, Democrat Adam Bolaños Scow announced Tuesday he will challenge current U.S. Rep. Jimmy Panetta in next year’s primary election. A longtime advocate and strategist for environmental issues, Scow said he...

Reward offered, video released in kidnapping case

PLEASURE POINT—The Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s office on Wednesday released a video of the suspects who allegedly kidnapped a man from his Pleasure Point home last month and then killed him. Tushar Atre, 50, was kidnapped from his upscale...

Small business lifeline | About Town

A painting crew has been busy adding a fresh coat of paint and a new look Thursday and Friday to the long-standing...