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Watsonville man arrested for multiple charges including lewd acts with a child

WATSONVILLE, Calif. — Watsonville police reported that after speaking to multiple victims they have arrested a man they believe sexual abused teen girls over several years. Investigators reported that Daniel Meza-Cortez, 24, was arrested on nearly half a dozen charges, which included lewd and lasciv


Earthquake Jolts Santa Cruz County

BOULDER CREEK, CA— A magnitude 2.9 earthquake struck Boulder Creek, according to the United States Geological Survey. The temblor was reported at 2:35 p.m. The quake was felt across Santa Cruz County. No injuries were reported as a result of today's quake.


Southern California hit by tiny earthquakes every 3 minutes, study finds

WASHINGTON -- There's a whole lot of shakin' going on in Southern California - 10 times more than seismologists had thought. But most of those earthquakes are so tiny that no one feels them.


420 Farm Tour: A public look at a new industry

WATSONVILLE — For years, local farmers and greenhouses have opened their doors and welcomed visitors for once-a-year, open house-style tours created to shine a light on Pajaro Valley’s agriculture industry.


Court asked to drop 15 felonies

SANTA CRUZ — A barrage of motions are disputing whether or not charges warrant trial for a former Watsonville nurse, Santa Cruz County brain surgeon and the surgeon’s girlfriend accused of molesting and facilitating sexual violence among children more than two years ago.


Fire in Paradise, California, poisoned the water with 'toxic cocktail'

PARADISE, Calif. — The drinking water in Paradise, California, where 85 people died in the worst wildfire in state history, is contaminated with the cancer-causing chemical benzene, water officials said.


Motorcycle officers conduct special operation in Watsonville

WATSONVILLE, Calif. - More than 100 traffic tickets were handed out in Watsonville during a special enforcement operation. According to Watsonville Police, it’s part of the BADGES program, which stands for Before Aggressive Drivers Get Everyone Stopped. The program brings together motor units from d


Amber Alert issued for missing California teen

Two murder suspects considered "armed and dangerous" in California were last seen driving a car with a Nevada license plate. It's believed the teen daughter of one of the suspects is with them.


Man arrested for sex crimes with minors

WATSONVILLE — A Watsonville man was arrested Wednesday for multiple sex crimes involving two minors. Daniel Meza-Cortez, 24, was charged with lewd or lascivious acts with a child of 14 or 15 years old, sexual penetration with force, fear, annoying or molesting a child under 18 and sexual battery.


10 Big-Ticket Events Coming Up Near Watsonville

WATSONVILLE, CA — New and exciting events are coming to the Watsonville area all the time. Whether you're looking to attend a concert or sporting event, theater performance or magic show, Patch's partnership with TicketNetwork has you covered. Here's your weekly roundup of the top big-ticket events


Third Person Arrested In Vegas In Slaying Of California Doctor

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Authorities say a third suspect has been arrested in the killing of a California doctor whose body was found in the trunk of a car in the desert outside Las Vegas.


California cold case rape, killings of 2 women linked to dead inmate in Washington

More than four decades after two women along California's central coast were raped and murdered, officials revealed Wednesday that DNA from an old razor has linked the cold case killings to a man who died of cancer while in prison.


Thousands in California may owe state taxes because of technical glitch

SANTA ANA, Calif. -- The California Franchise Tax Board says a technical glitch error resulted in thousands of possibly incorrect refunds. As the FTB worked to review those more than 23,000 returns some local tax preparers said they had no idea about this error. They are bracing for calls from clien


3 Convicted In California Of Trafficking Cocaine Worth $28M

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Federal prosecutors say three South American men face life in prison after being convicted in California of trafficking $28 million worth of cocaine on the open ocean.


Santa Clara County Jail Bus Crashes On 880; Inmates Injured, Car Burst Into Flames

MILPITAS (CBS SF) — A Santa Clara County Sheriff’s inmate bus and four other vehicles were involved in a chain reaction crash on Highway 880 early Thursday, blocking four southbound lanes and sending five inmates to the hospital with minor injuries, authorities said.


Knott’s Berry Farm Is the Most Affordable Theme Park to Visit in California, Study Finds

Anyone who has visited a theme park in California recently knows how expensive it can be to go for a single day, with the cost of admission, parking and food potentially adding up to hundreds of dollars for a family of four.


Abandoned harbor seal pup rescued at Carmel Beach, first of the season

CARMEL-BY-THE-SEA, Calif. — Volunteers made their first Monterey County harbor seal pup rescue of 2019 at Carmel Beach on Thursday. The pup was found alone on the sand and fortunately, citizens quickly called it into the Marine Mammal Center. The animal has been named Astrid and she is just a few da


The future of the Ross homeless camp is at a cross road

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. — Santa Cruz is in a stalemate over the fate of the Ross camp. Now, city officials remain tight lipped about its current plans for this five month old tent camp. While city leaders work to find a permanent solution for the Ross camp, fire dangers remain a top concern.


Walmart plans remodel for local stores

Walmart’s Gilroy and Morgan Hill locations will join 18 other stores across the state as part of the retail giant’s $145 million remodel plan. “The investments in California stores Walmart has planned this year demonstrate our commitment to our customers and the communities where we operate,” Todd S


Crash Prompts Road Closure In Santa Cruz: PD

SANTA CRUZ, CA — Police in Santa Cruz have closed Soquel Avenue both directions between Ocean Street and Ocean View Avenue following a collision this morning. Police are investigating the crash and there was no estimate of when the road would reopen. Drivers are asked to avoid the area.