Driver strikes cyclist, crashes into concrete divider
A 64-year-old Watsonville man is accused of felony hit-and-run after striking a cyclist on Branciforte Drive and then crashing into a concrete divider Tuesday evening.
California Highway Patrol officers responded to reports of a cyclist hit on Branciforte at Glen Canyon Road just before 5 p.m.
Eleazar Ayala allegedly struck a 32-year-old Santa Cruz man who was riding his bike southbound on Branciforte and then kept going, CHP officer Grant Boles said. A little farther down Branciforte, Ayala struck a divider, causing his 1998 Nissan pickup to flip onto its side.
Ayala was arrested on suspicion of felony hit-and-run, Boles said.
The cyclist was transported to Dominican Hospital with serious injuries. The status of his condition was not immediately known Wednesday.
Man sentenced in November car chase
A man who led Santa Cruz County sheriff's deputies on a chase in a stolen truck in November was sentenced Wednesday to one year in County Jail and three years of probation.
Judge Ariadne Symons also ordered Jeremy Richard Allen, 36, to enter a residential drug treatment program for a minimum of six months upon his release from jail.
She warned him that his actions were dangerous and could have warranted a prison sentence.
Allen was arrested in November after a sheriff's deputy spotted him driving a stolen Toyota pickup on Soquel Drive and Porter Street a little before 9 p.m. The deputy tried to stop Allen, but he failed to yield, driving through the Soquel and Capitola areas at speeds of up to 60 mph.
The truck eventually ran out of gas and Allen tried to flee on foot but was stopped by a sheriff's K-9.
The truck was determined to have been stolen from a Capitola tow yard. Symons ordered Allen to pay restitution to the tow yard as part of his sentence.
Man reports thousands of dollars in tools missing
A Felton man reported thousands of dollars in hand tools, power tools and golf clubs were taken from his garage this month.
The man reported the burglary to Santa Cruz County sheriff's deputies Tuesday but told them he first noticed the items missing on the 17th, deputy April Skalland said. She did not why he didn't report it sooner.
The Hillcrest Drive resident told deputies someone took a tool chest full of hand tools with an estimated worth of $6,000, as well as a tool bag containing several cordless power tools, estimated at $3,500. He said he also was missing a $350 snowboard and a golf bag and clubs valued at $1,000.
The man told deputies that on the 12th, he had removed everything from his garage and placed it in the driveway so he could clean out the garage. He then put everything back in that same day. He didn't notice the items missing until five days later.
Sheriff's detectives ask anyone with information on the case to call investigations at 454-2311 or the anonymous tip line at 454-2847.