WATSONVILLE

Teen arrested with gun for 2nd time, officials say

A 15-year-old Watsonville boy on probation for possessing a stolen handgun was arrested recently after police searched his Sunny Hills Drive home and found a handgun and gang indicia, the Santa Cruz County Gang Task Force reported.

Task force investigators saw the unidentified teen walking on South Green Valley Road south of Main Street about 3:15 p.m. Friday and recognized him from an arrest in September, Sgt. Stefan Fish said.

In that arrest, the teen was caught on Bree Lane, off Ohlone Parkway, after he ran from a vehicle and was found with a stolen and loaded gun, Fish said.

Friday, officers searched him pursuant to his probation terms and found gang paraphernalia, a violation of his probation terms, Fish said.

They searched his home and found a loaded revolver and evidence of involvement in a known local gang, he said.

He was booked into Juvenile Hall on suspicion of several gun charges, gang participation and violating probation, Fish said.

The teen lives on Sunny Hills Drive between Anna Street and Airport Boulevard.

SANTA CRUZ

Blaze guts house on Emeline Street

A fire destroyed most of a home at Emeline Street on Saturday night, but firefighters were able to keep flames from nearby homes and also rescued and resuscitated the homeowner's cat, Santa Cruz Fire said.

Firefighters were dispatched at 11:08 p.m. and arrived to find a home with "significant fire involvement," with the occupants safely outside, Battalion Chief Jason Hajduk said.

Most of the home and contents were destroyed, Hajduk said. He estimated the loss at $450,000.

Firefighters doused the blaze quickly but overhaul was challenging because plywood had been placed over the attic rafters to create extra storage space, and it was difficult to break through, and also added fuel to the fire, firefighters said.

The 18-year-old black and grey cat was unresponsive, but firefighters gave it oxygen and revived it and the owner rushed it to a vet, Battalion Chief Mike Venezio said.

The home did not have a sprinkler system, Venezio said.

The accidental fire started in the kitchen, but it was not caused by cooking, Venezio said. Investigators believe it was sparked by an electrical problem or a malfunctioning appliance, he said.

Red Cross assisted the homeowners and Central and Felton fire departments helped combat the fire.

WATSONVILLE

Police: Spiderman-masked man, cohort rob bar

Two men robbed Wooden Nickel Bar & Grill on Freedom Boulevard Sunday night, police said.

One wore a Spiderman mask and held what appeared to be a semi-automatic pistol, while his cohort wore a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt that concealed his face, Sgt. Brian Ridgway said.

The two masked men stormed into the restaurant about 7:30 p.m. and demanded that everyone put their hands up, Ridgway said.

One of them then went behind the bar and grabbed cash from the register, Ridgway said. They did not rob the patrons, he said.

The duo were last seen running down an alley behind the restaurant. Initially, it appeared no one got a good look at them, police said.

Wooden Nickel is on Freedom Boulevard near Green Valley Road.

Police ask anyone with information to call the Investigations Department at 831-768-3352 or the anonymous tipline at 831-768-3544.