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May 21, 2022

Two stopped in alleged carjacking

Santa Cruz County Sheriff's deputies detain one of two men Wednesday on Freedom Boulevard at Corralitos Road on suspicion of carjacking.

Three quakes strike Central Coast

Three earthquakes hit the Central Coast and inland areas early Tuesday morning, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS). A 3.5 magnitude quake struck at 9:34 a.m., centered 14 miles south of Tres Pinos in San Benito County. The strongest shaker, magnitude 3.8, came at...

Butane honey oil lab explosion injures woman

AROMAS—A Watsonville man was arrested Monday after an illegal butane honey oil lab at his residence exploded, seriously injuring a woman. Jason Mendez, 22, was charged with manufacturing a controlled substance, arson and other drug-related charges. He was not in custody at Monterey County Jail...

Popular Watsonville eatery expands to Aptos

Mr. Z's Crepes and Tea Aptos
In 2019, a new kind of restaurant settled into The Hangar complex near Watsonville Municipal Airport. Mr. Z’s Crepes and Teas, created by owner Rocky Patel, offers a wide selection of offerings: Fresh savory and sweet crepes, bubble teas, waffles, acai bowls, coffee drinks...

Police warn of card skimmers at gas station

Watsonville police are warning residents to be on the lookout for credit card skimmers, devices often installed on gas pumps by criminals to steal credit card information. According to Watsonville Police spokeswoman Michelle Pulido, five of the devices were found Tuesday on pumps at East...

Freedom Boulevard facelift scheduled for next fiscal year

WATSONVILLE—The city of Watsonville this coming fiscal year will use nearly $5 million in Measure D and Senate Bill 1 funds to move forward on several road improvement projects within city limits. The list of projects, approved 6-0 by the City Council Tuesday, includes a...

Watsonville welcomes downtown police officer

The Watsonville Police Department announced that Officer Juan Bribiesca is the new downtown officer.

Local sixth-grader heads to national Invention Convention

WATSONVILLE—A sixth-grader from Ceiba College Preparatory Academy in Watsonville will soon be heading across the country to participate in Invention Convention Worldwide’s national competition. Maxx Davis, 12, was selected to be one of 550 students across the United States to display his invention at the...

Man arrested for threats with gun

Watsonville Police on Friday arrested a man after he allegedly threatened several people with a handgun, and tried to choke a victim.

Santa Cruz County restricts beaches, loosens order to reopen several industries

Watsonville beach covid-19
SANTA CRUZ COUNTY—Santa Cruz County Health Officer Gail Newel on Thursday indefinitely extended the shelter-in-place order issued on March 31. She also closed the county’s beaches between the hours of 11am and 5pm. Both moves are meant to further reduce the spread of COVID-19 by...
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‘Catz earn top seed in CCS D-II field | High school...

It wasn’t whether or not the Watsonville High softball team was going to qualify for the Central Coast Section playoffs. The big question was where...