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January 26, 2021

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Watsonville police investigating two homicides

Watsonville shooting
UPDATE (12:57am, 10/25) Watsonville police say a third man was shot before midnight Saturday on Blackbird Circle behind Ramsay Park—a short walk from the scene of the night’s second homicide. The victim was in critical condition, Watsonville Police Department spokeswoman Michelle Pulido said. It is unclear if...

Man diagnosed with coronavirus dies at Watsonville hospital

Watsonville coronavirus
WATSONVILLE—A man that tested positive for COVID-19 died Friday at Watsonville Community Hospital, Halsen Healthcare CEO Dan Brothman confirmed on Saturday morning. Brothman did not release any information about the victim.   Two sources, however, said the victim was not from Santa Cruz County. They were speaking...

Newsom lifts stay-at-home order, some services to resume

SACRAMENTO—Outdoor dining and other services can resume after Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday ended the state’s regional stay-at-home order based on intensive care unit...