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July 14, 2024

Police respond to stabbing | About Town

Emergency officials dealt with a man Monday after he pulled a Watsonville Police officer over on Harkins Slough Road and told him that he had been stabbed. Read more at https://pajaronian.com/watsonville-stabbing-victim-taken-to-trauma-center/. • For the past three weeks I have regularly counted 8-15 photos and 6-12 articles...

Photo: Wine and Roses returns

Ana Ramirez (center) and Kim DeChicchio-Sanchez line up to sample wine from Integrity Wines Saturday evening at the Evening of Wine & Roses at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds. The 39th annual silent auction and fundraiser, presented by the Community Health Trust of the...

Farmer’s Market keeps ticking | About Town

I stopped by the watsonville Certified Farmers Market today, my first such visit in months. While I was glad to see the market up and running, the skimpy showing of people was a bit disheartening. However, I was there before 1:30pm and figured it...

From Christmas to New Years | About Town

Tarmo Hannula: I learned in the newspapers the other day that Germans are credited with starting the tradition of Christmas trees in the 1500s. • At midnight Tuesday, as Christmas Eve slipped into Christmas Day, I heard an interesting bit on my police radio from a...

Photo: Nature Center demolition, upgrade underway

A demolition crew tears out the last of the Watsonville Nature Center in Ramsay Park as part of a major upgrade to the park. The center, a small portable building located toward the back of the park, was the only free, bilingual environmental education...

Holiday Lights returns to Fairgrounds Nov. 25

WATSONVILLE—Work is underway at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds in preparation for the annual Holiday Lights drive-thru light show. Born out of the 2020 Covid lockdowns as a way for the community to celebrate the season safely, the event invites families to drive though colorful...

One last commute for retiring Watsonville cop

Tarmo Hannula: Robert "Rolo" Leonardich hung up his keys at the Watsonville Police Department Friday for the last time after 41 years of service. About 50 people packed into the briefing room at WPD to share cake and words of respect and recognition of...

Shelter-in-place order tested

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The Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a body that was found over the weekend. Spokeswoman Ashley Keehn said the body was discovered outdoors in a rural setting by someone checking on property lines on Redwood Drive near Glen Canyon Road Saturday afternoon. The...

Custodian keeps schools tidy for four decades

“This is who I wanted to be; this was my dream and I am where I have always wanted to be,” said Ohlone Elementary School custodian Raúl Gonzales.  He has now put in 42 years at various schools, starting out at Freedom School in 1979....

Historical tune up | About Town

Tarmo Hannula It’s the last day of January 2020. • I noticed a paint crew has started a major paint job on the historic home on the corner of East Beach and Lincoln streets. That’s the towering white place with tall majestic columns, almost identical to the...
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Watsonville Police: suspect had ghost gun in stolen truck

Police on Sunday were looking for a man who escaped after leading them on a vehicle pursuit in a stolen pickup and a foot...