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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...

Man arrested near U.S.-Mexico border prime suspect in Watsonville homicide

Watsonville homicide
WATSONVILLE—A Santa Cruz man has been arrested on suspicion of killing his reported girlfriend at an apartment complex on the 300 block of Clifford Avenue Tuesday evening. Watsonville Police Department spokeswoman Michelle Pulido said Mexican authorities near the San Luis, Ariz. border crossing to Mexico...

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...

The Farm House opening in Watsonville

WATSONVILLE—If Dino Saavedra had it his way, he would open his new Watsonville restaurant this weekend. “My dad just wants to start cooking already,” Saavedra’s daughter, Andrea Saavedra, said. “I think we’re all excited to open up.” Dino and Andrea Saavedra will have to keep a...

E.A. Hall Middle School principal arrested for alleged sexual assault

A Santa Cruz man was arrested Thursday for allegedly sexually assaulting an intoxicated woman, and Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s deputies are seeking additional victims. Dagoberto Garcia, 58, is listed on the Pajaro Valley Unified School District website as Principal at E.A. Hall Middle School. He has...

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...

Man killed in Watsonville crash

Watsonville crash
WATSONVILLE—A 20-year-old Salinas man died in a head-on crash on the Riverside Drive Highway 1 overcrossing in Watsonville on Nov. 20. Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Ashley Keehn identified the victim as Cesar Romero. Sam Courtney of the California Highway Patrol said Romero was driving...

Pedestrian killed in rollover crash on Freedom Boulevard

freedom boulevard woman killed
CORRALITOS—The 25-year-old woman who died Tuesday after an SUV struck her on the 4800 block of Freedom Boulevard has been identified as Stephanie Bell of Aptos, according to Ashley Keehn of the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office.  California Highway Patrol officer Alyssa Gutierrez said a...

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...

Where to get a Covid-19 test in Watsonville

Watsonville covid-19 testing
Health officials throughout the nation have said testing is an essential factor in the battle against the novel coronavirus, and with case numbers rising in communities near and far getting a test is critical to understanding where the virus is and how officials can...
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