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Velador back in court Wednesday

Velador back in court Wednesday

WATSONVILLE. Calif. A woman accused of *nearly* killing a 10 year old boy in March is expected in court tomorrow.

Watsonville police arrested Brenda Velador last week. They say she sped through a crosswalk and hit Jesse Ventura who was crossing Main Street with his family.

The boy remains in a coma at a bay area hospital.

Velador pleaded not guilty to reckless driving charges Monday. Prosecutors want to increase her bail from $60,000 to $250,000.

Avoid the 20 DUI Task Force set

Avoid the 20 DUI Task Force set

SALINAS, Calif. - Those who take the risk to drink and drive stand a high probability of getting caught. Why? Because law enforcement is especially looking for the those driving under the influence between now and Labor Day. The 'Avoid the 20' task force is set to get starting Friday, August 15.

Expecting to arrest between 100 and 140 DUI suspects over 18 days, city and university police, sheriff’s deputies and California Highway Patrol officers in Monterey and San Benito Counties are beginning their summer mobilization.

The Avoid the 20 effort, named for the number of law enforcement agencies in the two counties, gets its funding from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, said Salinas police traffic Sgt. Gerard Ross.

Suspected car thief sought by authorities in Santa Cruz, Monterey counties

 Suspected car thief sought by authorities in Santa Cruz, Monterey counties

Authorities in Santa Cruz and Monterey counties are seeking a 28-year-old man suspected in numerous auto thefts, vehicle burglaries and possible identity theft in both counties.

Matthew Clark is approximately 5’9’, 150 pounds, with brown hair and green eyes. There is an active $50,000 warrant for his arrest in Monterey County.

If you have information regarding Clark’s whereabouts, authorities ask that you contact the Santa Cruz County Auto Theft task force tipline at 465-7433.

Watsonville police identify 44-year-old man as victim of Sunday's homicide

Watsonville police have identified Hilario Hernandez Ramirez as the victim of Sunday night's fatal shooting.

Officers found 44-year-old Ramirez unconscious outside the Wall Street Inn on Beach Street around 9:30 p.m., with a gunshot wound to his neck.

Officers and paramedics attempted life-saving efforts but Ramirez died on scene.

Police have not taken anyone into custody and have not released a possible motive.

Two arrested after chase in Watsonville

Two arrested after chase in Watsonville

Four suspects in a stolen car led police on a chase Thursday morning in Watsonville.

An officer spotted the car near Brewington Avenue and Orchard Street just before 8 a.m. and after running its license plate, discovered the car had been stolen during a recent carjacking in Stockton.

Watsonville issues illegal fireworks warning

During this 4th of July weekend, the Watsonville Police Department is urging the community to celebrate safely. Extra police officers will be in marked and under-cover police vehicles patrolling the city to ensure only “Safe and Sane” fireworks are being used. A zero tolerance policy has been adopted by the city to protect the citizens from the dangers of illegal fireworks. If people are found in possession or using illegal fireworks, they will be issued an administrative fine of $1,000 and the fireworks will be confiscated. Illegal or dangerous fireworks are classified as those that leave the ground and/or explode.

Santa Cruz police: Teen arrested in Monday's fatal shooting

A 16-year-old boy is being held in Juvenile Hall in connection with the fatal shooting of a Watsonville boy, Santa Cruz police said Tuesday.

Police responded just before 7 p.m. Monday  for reports of a shooting victim inside a Santa Cruz apartment located across the street from the Santa Cruz Police Department.