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July 12, 2020

Four Covid-19 ‘clusters’ found in Watsonville

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EDITOR'S NOTE: This story was updated from a previous version first published on May 22. WATSONVILLE—Four ‘clusters’ of Covid-19 cases have been identified in the Watsonville area, all of them associated with large family gatherings, according to Santa Cruz...

Watsonville native plans to transform Corralitos restaurant

WATSONVILLE—Jesus Montejano is eager to put his skills to use for the community he calls home. After recently graduating with honors from Cabrillo College’s business program, Montejano has set his sights on transforming a restaurant located next to the...

Confusion widespread after Trump reverses immigration policy

President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that he would reverse policies which had been separating the children of illegal immigrants with their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Watsonville Police arrest suspected arsonist

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WATSONVILLE—Watsonville Police on April 16 arrested a homeless man for allegedly setting two fires. Ortega Elio Ortega, 41, was charged with arson. He was booked into Santa Cruz County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bail,...

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...

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...

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 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...

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. 

Smaller classes, fewer days lead district’s plans for fall semester

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WATSONVILLE—Many students unable to return to class when school starts on Aug. 14 due to Covid-19 restrictions will attend a virtual academy, an all-online option created by Pajaro Valley Unified School District as it plans for the coming academic year.
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San Jose man arrested in connection to fatal shooting in Santa...

SAN JOSE—Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s deputies on Thursday arrested a San Jose man suspected of a fatal shooting that occurred on June...