SANTA CRUZ

Predictive police check leads to arrest

A 57-year-old man was arrested on an outstanding warrant early Tuesday morning after police spotted him trying to break in to a car.

An officer was on a predictive policing check about 12:20 a.m. on the 100 block of Park Avenue, said Santa Cruz police spokesman Zach Friend. The checks try to stop thefts and other property crime based on previous crimes.

The officer saw a man standing near the passenger side of a car with the hood up on his sweatshirt. He looked like he just got out of the car, and he started running south on Park Avenue when he spotted the officer, Friend said.

The officer caught Joseph George Watts on the East Cliff trestle. Watts was arrested for an outstanding felony warrant, Friend said.

Police found a door of the car unlocked. Its owner said nothing was missing.

WATSONVILLE

Pedestrian seriously hurt in Riverside Drive crash

A 61-year-old Watsonville man suffered major injuries about 4:30 a.m. Monday when he ran in front of a Honda Accord that was heading from Riverside Drive onto northbound Highway 1, the California Highway patrol said.

The 1994 Honda was driven by a 46-year-old Watsonville man, and investigators found about 50 feet of skid marks on the road as he tried to avoid the man, officer Sarah Jackson said.


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The pedestrian, later determined to be intoxicated, ran across the on-ramp eastward, Jackson said.

Due to foggy weather conditions, he was driven to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, she said.

SALINAS

Physical therapist convicted of abusing father, 94

A licensed physical therapist from Watsonville was found guilty Monday of abusing his late father, according to the Monterey County District Attorney's Office.

The Salinas Californian reported that George Taylor Jr., 51, and his girlfriend, 53-year-old Kathleen Park, were convicted of misdemeanor elder abuse at the conclusion of a two-week trial.

George Taylor Sr. was 94 when the abuse occurred in May 2010. Taylor Sr. testified in a videotaped examination in January 2011 that his son had slapped and punched him in the abdomen, wrenched his arm behind his back and called him profane names. Prosecutors said Taylor Sr. also testified that Park slapped him, grabbed his face, pulled his ears and called him profane names.

Taylor Sr. died less than two weeks after speaking with prosecutors.

The landlord of Park and the younger Taylor notified Adult Protective Services, which led to an investigation by the Monterey County Sheriff's Office.

Park and Taylor were acquitted of felony elder abuse. They are scheduled for sentencing on the misdemeanor conviction on Nov. 27.

Taylor's physical therapy practice is located in the Aromas area, according to records.