WATSONVILLE

'Most Wanted' man arrested

A 24-year-old man on Santa Cruz County's Most Wanted list was arrested Sunday night after an officer recognized him in a car.

George Martinez, 24, was spotted on the 100 block of Eucalyptus Drive in Watsonville, said police Sgt. Saul Gonzalez.

Martinez was wanted on suspicion of domestic violence, possession of a firearm and drug sales, according to police.

He appeared on the Most Wanted list Aug. 30.

WATSONVILLE

Man arrested on lewd acts charge

A 35-year-old man was arrested Saturday night on suspicion of committing lewd acts with a girl younger than 14.

Police received a tip Saturday that Jose Manuel Gomez-Americano had committed the acts against a girl who was an acquaintance, said Watsonville police Sgt. Saul Gonzalez.

Detectives investigated and arrested Gomez-Americano about 11:50 p.m. on the 100 block of Airport Road, according to arrest records.

He is being held in County Jail in lieu of $200,000 bail, according to jail records. Gomez-Americano listed his occupation as a carpenter.

SANTA CRUZ

Watsonville man gets 8 years for drug sales

A 44-year-old Watsonville man was sentenced Tuesday to eight years in custody after admitting to drug sales and having served two prior prison terms for drug sales.


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Eduardo Arguello had two pending cases. He was arrested by the Santa Cruz County Gang Task Force in October 2011, after it found drugs and evidence of drug sales during a parole search, prosecutor Johanna Schonfield said.

In September, California Highway Patrol officers arrested him in the Seacliff area on suspicion of crimes including driving under the influence and possessing drugs for sale.

He pleaded guilty Tuesday to selling methamphetamine and heroin, concealing evidence, driving while under the influence of a prescription painkiller and driving with a suspended license. He also acknowledged two prior prison terms, for drug sales, and for committing the crimes while out on bail.

Arguello also has a "strike" for armed robbery, with a knife, Schonfield said.

Only one of his prior drug sales convictions was used to enhance his sentence Tuesday, she said.

After the hearing, defense attorney Nancy de la Pena said Arguello had only "minute" amounts of methamphetamine and heroin.

SANTA CRUZ

Man sentenced to jail for Soquel Drive assault

A Del Rey Oaks man was sentenced Tuesday to nine months in County Jail for a burglary and assault last year at a Soquel Drive market.

Gregory Hagio, 42, was accused of assaulting a cashier and battering a bystander who tried to help the cashier at Garden Liquors and Deli in the Mid-County area near Dominican Hospital.

In a plea agreement Tuesday, he pleaded no contest to second-degree burglary, a "non-strike" felony assault, and misdemeanor battery. He was sentenced to nine months in jail and three years probation.

Judge Samuel Stevens advised him he could face four years in prison if he violates his probation terms.

SANTA CRUZ

Man sentenced in CVS robbery case

A 32-year-old Santa Cruz man was sentenced Tuesday to one year in County Jail and one year in a residential drug treatment program for stealing razor blades from a Mission Street drug store, along with drug possession offenses and having served two prior prison terms.

Prosecutors filed robbery charges against Michael McBride White because he used a syringe to assault a security guard who confronted him at CVS.

Outside court, a family member said the guard accosted White from behind and White didn't know who it was and was defending himself.

Judge Paul Burdick told him he had a four-year suspended sentence hanging over him if he doesn't complete a drug program or if he commits another crime.

"Good luck with this," Burdick told him. "I really want to see you succeed in this program."

White served time in prison for commercial burglary and drug sales, prosecutors said. He was represented by public defender Anthony Robinson.

BEN LOMOND

Car strikes Glen Arbor bridge, knocks out power

A car struck an electrical pole and the side of Glen Arbor Bridge just before 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to California Highway Patrol dispatchers. The crash occurred in the area of Newell Creek Road and caused major front-end damage to the car.

The northbound lane of Glen Arbor Road was temporarily closed because of the accident, which knocked out power to approximately 30 customers in the area. Power was expected to be restored by 8:45 p.m. Tuesday. PG&E employees reported.

The driver was suspected of driving while intoxicated and was taken to Dominican Hospital.

No further information was available Tuesday night.

SANTA CRUZ

Assault charges dropped in stabbing

Assault charges were dropped Friday against a Watsonville woman accused of assault in connection with a stabbing last month in the parking lot of a Freedom Boulevard liquor store.

Rachele Lee Garcia, 24, was arrested earlier this month and jailed with bail set at $50,000.

Friday, prosecutors made a motion to dismiss the case, defense attorney Jesse Ruben said. It is unclear what prompted that motion, and prosecutor Jason Gill could not be reached Tuesday afternoon to comment.

Ruben said his client was clear from the beginning that she had been at the store earlier, but not during the stabbing.

Outside court Tuesday, a family member said the case cost them thousands of dollars in bail fees and in repairing the front door of their home, which was destroyed by police.

On Oct. 27, a 23-year-old man was stabbed several times in a store parking lot near Freedom Boulevard and Prospect Street after being approached by a group of men who shouted gang slogans, police said.

Police arrested Joshua Anthony Zepeda, 23, on suspicion of attempted murder and gang crimes after Zepeda arrived at Watsonville Community Hospital for treatment of a stab wound to his hand, police said.

He has pleaded not guilty and remains in County Jail.