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    Bay City News SANTA CRUZ — Santa Cruz County and UC Santa Cruz have announced a partnership to expand the county’s COVID-19 coronavirus testing and analysis capacity. Using $805,000 in funding from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, UCSC’s Molecular Diagnostic Lab acquired additional testing analysis equipment like robotic liquid handling platforms and a PCR system that will allow local testing capacity to reach up to 800 tests per day. The Molecular Diagnostic Lab is increasingly one of the most popular testing locations for local health organizations, according to county officials. The lab has generally been able to return test results in 24 to 48 hours. “We are grateful to the county for these funds, which will help...
    SANTA CRUZ COUNTY (CBS SF) – A magnitude 3.2 earthquake struck off the Santa Cruz County coast Thursday morning, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The USGS reports the quake struck at 9 a.m., with the epicenter located near Ano Nuevo State Park. Visitors to the agency’s website, mostly from the Santa Cruz Mountains, said they reported light shaking. There are no immediate reports of any damage or injuries. Map of magnitude 3.2 earthquake that struck off the Santa Cruz County coast on August 6, 2020. (USGS) This article will be updated as information warrants, and follow KPIX 5 on Twitter at @KPIXtv for updates on breaking news anytime. DID YOU FEEL IT?: USGS Shake Map For Northern California LIVE...
    SANTA CRUZ (CBS SF) — With COVID-19 case rates increasing in Santa Cruz County, local leaders began implementing creative options to limit the spread of the virus this week. After reporting over 800 news cases last week, county public health officer Dr. Gail Newel announced on Wednesday two new countywide initiatives: an urgency ordinance for health order violations and the Blue Check program.  The urgency ordinance, passed unanimously by the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, allows law enforcement officers or designated staff to penalize health order violations through administrative citations instead of misdemeanors. The citation will result in a $100 fine for the first violation, $200 for a second, and $500 for a third within a calendar year....
    A dead humpback whale roughly 36 feet long drifted Thursday afternoon onto Platforms Beach in Aptos. Gabriel McKenna, public safety superintendent for California State Parks said they don’t have a cause of death. “State Parks is evaluating expedient ways of removing the dead whale from the beach,” he said. “We are working in conjunction with Long Marine Lab and NOAA.” State Parks advised the public to stay away from the whale and view from afar to ensure safety. On Tuesday, the whale remained at the beach. McKenna confirmed that they are monitoring the weather and tides to determine when they can safely tow the whale back out to sea, likely later this week. He said the plan is to tow the...
    SANTA CRUZ — Violating masking rules and other pandemic-related restrictions is now an infraction in Santa Cruz County — punishable by fines starting at $100. Billed as a less severe sanction for those flouting COVID-19 health orders, the infraction was adopted under an emergency ordinance unanimously approved by county supervisors Tuesday. Because it was passed as an emergency ordinance, it immediately took effect in unincorporated areas of the county. Violating health orders related to the COVID-19 pandemic is also a misdemeanor offense under California’s health code, carrying heftier penalties up to a $1,000 fine and six months in prison. By creating an infraction with lower fines, law and code enforcement officers would have more flexibility to enforce the rules with...
    REDWOOD CITY (CBS SF) – Effective immediately, residents and businesses that do not comply with state COVID-19 health orders in San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties are subject to fines after lawmakers voted unanimously in favor emergency ordinances, Tuesday afternoon. Supervisor David Canepa introduced the law in San Mateo County, which includes face masks and other statewide measures to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. “If you don’t wear your face mask, then you should be fined. This ordinance decriminalizes violations of the health order essentially but at the same time gives us an added tool to enforce compliance of the state’s face covering and social distancing mandates,” Canepa said. Individuals in both counties may be fined $100...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The outbreak of COVID-19 is having a major impact across the world but also in cities across Northern California. A shelter-in-place has been issued in the Bay Area, along with a similar order statewide.The latest number of confirmed cases in the U.S. can be found at the CDC's 2019 Novel Coronavirus in the U.S. page. (The CDC updates the webpage on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.)Join anchor Kristen Sze for ABC7's new daily, interactive newscast about the novel coronavirus outbreak in the Bay Area and around the world. You can check here to stream the show Monday-Friday at 3 p.m. GET HELP: Resources and information about COVID-19 COVID-19 RISK CALCULATOR: Quiz yourself on the safest, most...
    Waves filled with bioluminescent phytoplankton put on a blue light show at Seacliff State Beach shortly after midnight on Monday. Phytoplankton, also known as microalgae, are similar to terrestrial plants in that they contain chlorophyll and require sunlight in order to live and grow. Most phytoplankton are buoyant and float in the upper part of the ocean, where sunlight during the day penetrates the water. Related Articles 23 gorgeous Bay Area beaches to try as coronavirus keeps us closer to home Video shows sharks near unsuspecting surfers and swimmers off California coast Some celebrated July Fourth virtually while others packed beaches despite coronavirus surge Letters: Crowded beaches | Whites must fight racism...
    SANTA CRUZ — After more than five years, legal resolution in a case of a child’s murder that rocked the Santa Cruz community has made little forward progress. On July 26, 2015, Adrian “A.J” Gonzalez, at the time 15 years old, was arrested and charged with the gruesome murder of his 8-year-old neighbor, Madyson “Maddy” Middleton. Maddy had gone missing a day earlier. Since that time, Gonzalez’s case has swung back and forth between juvenile and adult courts, caught in the wave of evolving state justice reforms, particularly those aimed at alleged juvenile offenders. AJ Gonzalez, accused of killing 8-year-old Madyson Middleton five years ago, looks past District Attorney Jeff Rosell during a 2018 court hearing. (Dan Coyro — Santa...
    SANTA CRUZ — Short of moving their operations outside, Santa Cruz County malls, gyms, churches and more will be forced to shutter indoor operations by 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, according to county officials, due to rapidly increasing coronavirus cases. Continuing a trend previously outlined by officials, the county moved on Saturday from one that had been “flagged” for watching by state officials to one of those listed on the state’s county monitoring watch list, according to Santa Cruz County spokesman Jason Hoppin. On Monday, the California Department of Public Health notified Santa Cruz County, after three consecutive days under state observation, that new orders rolling back indoor commercial operations were pending and would be in effect Tuesday, Hoppin said. The county government...
    SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (KGO) -- On Monday afternoon, Governor Gavin Newsom confirmed, "We now have 37 counties- we've just included Santa Cruz on the monitoring list."Landing on that list means a number of indoor businesses will have to close at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday. Or, business owners must come up with a way to shift their operations outdoors.WATCH LIST: 37 California counties where COVID-19 is getting worseSanta Cruz County had been flagged late last week. Without enough improvement, the county found itself on the state's coronavirus monitoring list over the weekend.According to the county, it logged around 130 cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 people. The data exceeded the state's threshold of 100 cases per 100,000 people."Things are good, but they're...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The outbreak of COVID-19 is having a major impact across the world but also in cities across Northern California. A shelter-in-place has been issued in the Bay Area, along with a similar order statewide.The latest number of confirmed cases in the U.S. can be found at the CDC's 2019 Novel Coronavirus in the U.S. page. (The CDC updates the webpage on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.)Join anchor Kristen Sze for ABC7's new daily, interactive newscast about the novel coronavirus outbreak in the Bay Area and around the world. You can check here to stream the show Monday-Friday at 3 p.m. GET HELP: Resources and information about COVID-19 COVID-19 RISK CALCULATOR: Quiz yourself on the safest, most...
    SANTA CRUZ (KPIX 5) — The Santa Cruz Seaside Company, which runs the Santa Cruz Boardwalk, has announced it has laid off about a third of its full-time workers because of financial impacts from the pandemic. The Boardwalk is still open, and still an attraction for thousands of people. But with the brakes put on rides, most attractions and many food choices, people aren’t spending money like they used to. “I think it’s kind of boring and not worth it to go anymore,” said Brooke Harris, who came over from Sacramento and was glad to pick up a corn dog, garlic fries and cotton candy but she missed everything else. “It’s not the same without the rides, like the energy...
    As had been expected, Santa Cruz County was added Sunday to the list of California counties being monitored because of concerns about coronavirus. The county’s per-capita number of cases for the previous 14 days exceeded 100 per 100,000 residents on Wednesday. The following day it was notified that it would be added to the monitoring list if there was no improvement by Sunday. Thirty-seven of California’s 58 counties are being monitored by the state because of concerns about coronavirus. On the map above, Santa Cruz County is shown in orange. The 36 others (in red) have been on the watch list for more than three days, meaning they are under restrictions that forbid the operation of the following businesses:...
    SANTA CRUZ — Defendants charged with the kidnapping and murder of Pleasure Point entrepreneur Tushar Atre physically appeared in court Friday to answer allegations. Dressed in orange jail jumpsuits and black face masks — due to the COVID-19 pandemic — they were brought into the courtroom one at a time, two of the men, Kurtis Charters, 22, and Stephan Lindsay, 22, pleaded not guilty to murder, robbery, kidnapping, carjacking, burglary and numerous criminal enhancements before Santa Cruz County Superior Court Judge Syda Cogliati. Attorneys for codefendents Kaleb Charters, 19, who did not appear in court Friday, and Joshua Camps, 24, were granted a delay until Aug. 14 to answer charges against them. Camps is facing an additional enhancement of use...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The outbreak of COVID-19 is having a major impact across the world but also in cities across Northern California. A shelter-in-place has been issued in the Bay Area, along with a similar order statewide.The latest number of confirmed cases in the U.S. can be found at the CDC's 2019 Novel Coronavirus in the U.S. page. (The CDC updates the webpage on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.)Join anchor Kristen Sze for ABC7's new daily, interactive newscast about the novel coronavirus outbreak in the Bay Area and around the world. You can check here to stream the show Monday-Friday at 3 p.m. GET HELP: Resources and information about COVID-19 COVID-19 RISK CALCULATOR: Quiz yourself on the safest, most...
    SANTA CRUZ (CBS SF) — Public health officials in Santa Cruz County announced Thursday that the county has been flagged by the state for a significant increase in COVID-19 cases, with shutdowns of many types of indoor businesses and activities imminent. The county was flagged Wednesday after passing 100 cases per 100,000 residents and is currently over 850 cases countywide, according to Public Health Officer Dr. Gail Newel. More than 500 of those cases occurred in the last two weeks. The county will be flagged for three days before it officially gets put on the state’s watchlist. When it is placed on the watchlist, all indoor operations like gyms, hair/nail salons and religious gatherings will have to shut down to...
    Hundreds of COVID-19 tests that have already come back positive sat unreported in Santa Cruz County as of Thursday, health officials there said, due to continued technical problems with the state’s online database. Two-thirds of the county’s 848 publicly reported cases have come in the past two weeks, Dr. Gail Newell, the county’s health officer, said Thursday, and she expected that number to be “well over 1,000” by early next week. “We’re overwhelmed by the sheer number of cases that are increasing every single day,” Newell said. Although the county has a larger contact-tracing operation than recommended by the state, the spread has grown too large to test and trace every case. The numbers already in the system were enough...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The outbreak of COVID-19 is having a major impact across the world but also in cities across Northern California. A shelter-in-place has been issued in the Bay Area, along with a similar order statewide.The latest number of confirmed cases in the U.S. can be found at the CDC's 2019 Novel Coronavirus in the U.S. page. (The CDC updates the webpage on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.)Join anchor Kristen Sze for ABC7's new daily, interactive newscast about the novel coronavirus outbreak in the Bay Area and around the world. You can check here to stream the show Monday-Friday at 3 p.m. GET HELP: Resources and information about COVID-19 COVID-19 RISK CALCULATOR: Quiz yourself on the safest, most...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The outbreak of COVID-19 is having a major impact across the world but also in cities across Northern California. A shelter-in-place has been issued in the Bay Area, along with a similar order statewide.The latest number of confirmed cases in the U.S. can be found at the CDC's 2019 Novel Coronavirus in the U.S. page. (The CDC updates the webpage on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.)Join anchor Kristen Sze for ABC7's new daily, interactive newscast about the novel coronavirus outbreak in the Bay Area and around the world. You can check here to stream the show Monday-Friday at 3 p.m. GET HELP: Resources and information about COVID-19 COVID-19 RISK CALCULATOR: Quiz yourself on the safest, most...
    SANTA CRUZ — California Highway Patrol is looking to the public for help regarding a fatal hit-and-run collision Thursday morning. CHP was requested to respond to Bear Creek Road east of View Drive just before 9:45 a.m. Thursday for a potential hit-and-run traffic collision. According to Julieta Trenado, CHP public information officer, responding officers found a deceased Boulder Creek woman, later identified at 73-year-old Sara Youhas. It appeared Youhas had been struck by a vehicle while walking on the road and was knocked down an embankment next to the roadway, according to Trenado. Youhas had been reported missing as of 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. A post on the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Facebook page said Youhas enjoyed brief walks along Bear Creek and...
    SANTA CRUZ — A surge in COVID-19 cases continued to accelerate in Santa Cruz County this week, with 138 new cases reported since Monday bringing the county closer to falling on the state’s watch list. Counties that remain on the watch list for three or more days must close gyms, hair salons, indoor malls, indoor worship services and nonessential offices — restrictions that go beyond the statewide closures of bars, indoor dining and entertainment businesses announced by Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday. Lagging case reports confirmed Thursday saw Santa Cruz County’s known cases to date rise to 706, an increase of more than 200 from early last week. Known active cases rose to 382, shooting above 300 this week for...
    SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS — A San Jose man has been arrested in connection with a June 14 homicide on Laurel Road. Albaro Amaral  Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s deputies took Albaro Montalvo Amaral, 30, into custody Thursday near his home, assisted by the San Jose Police Department. Amaral is facing felony charges of murder, two counts of attempted murder, carjacking, being a felon in possession of a firearm and illegal possession of ammunition. He was being held Friday in lieu of a $1 million bail at the Santa Cruz County Jail. The carjacking charge is related to a Milipitas Police Department investigation, according to jail logs. If convicted in the case, Amaral could face additional prison time due to a previous...
    SANTA CRUZ (CBS SF) — A San Jose man has been arrested in the June murder of a man in the Santa Cruz Mountains. On June 14, Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s deputies responded to reports of a man with a gun on the 1700 block of Laurel Road and Highway 17. Deputies found a man suffering from a gunshot wound and he was pronounced dead at the scene. He was identified as 27-year-old Kevin Medina-Lopez. Two other victims were located who the gunman had attempted to shoot, the sheriff’s office said. Albaro Amaral (Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office) Sheriff’s detectives identfied the suspect as 30-year-old Albaro Amaral of and issued a warrant for his arrest. On Thursday, Amaral was taken...
    WATSONVILLE — Police arrested a teenage city recreation employee and police cadet Wednesday in the wake of a more than a monthlong investigation into sexual battery allegations against him. This week’s arrest is the second city recreation employee accused of sexual assaults of a minor this year. The Watsonville Police Department is not naming the 17-year-old suspected of the crimes, due to his status as a juvenile. Their investigation, however, began with accusations posted online in early June via Twitter, according to department spokeswoman Michelle Pulido. Detectives identified a first victim by June 19 , with the help of a cross-report from the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office, and a second victim in subsequent weeks, according to Pulido. Related Articles...
    SANTA CRUZ — As COVID-19 cases continue to reach record levels, Santa Cruz County’s health officer is warning that area hospitals may near capacity by the end of July. The county could also soon find itself on Gov. Gavin Newsom’s “watchlist,” facing mandated reopening rollbacks such as the closure of bars and indoor dining. Active known COVID-19 cases in Santa Cruz County reached an all-time high of 216 as of Tuesday, about four times the level seen in early June. The total case count reached 501 including 282 recoveries and three deaths. A day earlier, 37 new confirmed cases broke the county’s single-day record set the prior week — though Mondays typically see higher than average case totals due to...
    SANTA CRUZ — A Santa Cruz County Superior Court judge raised the bail for Pleasure Point surfing mentor Lucas Klatt to $250,000 during his first court appearance Thursday. Lucas Klatt  Judge Rebecca Connolly also agreed to issue a criminal protective order for an unnamed juvenile related to the case. One victim has been identified to date on the Santa Cruz District Attorney’s Office complaint. Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office arrested Klatt, 39, Monday. He has been indicted on charges of burglary, annoying or molesting a child, stalking and using a child to use or sell illegal substances — all felonies. Initial arrest charges also included lewd acts with a victim under the age of 15 and his bail was first...
    SANTA CRUZ — An arraignment in the case of a Portland man who drove off West Cliff Drive into the ocean this week has been deferred by two weeks. John Kenyanjui  John Kenyanjui, appearing Thursday morning by audio teleconference before Santa Cruz County Superior Court Judge Rebecca Connolly, has been charged with seven felony charges, including carjacking, attempted carjacking, two counts of assault with a semiautomatic rifle, illegal discharge of a firearm and evading police. The 56-year-old man has been appointed public defender Alyssa Thompson, who requested the continued arraignment be set for 10:30 a.m. July 10. In the meantime, Kenyanjui is being held in lieu of $100,000 bail. Related Articles San Francisco man arrested in Pacifica stabbing...
    Fourth of July weekend is usually a big beach weekend. For more than 100 years, people from all over California have packed up the car and headed to the water’s edge with ice chests, blankets and picnic baskets to kick back and celebrate America telling King George III to take a long walk on a short pier. But this year, with the coronavirus pandemic still spreading, there are a lot of changes on the coast. Q: Didn’t I hear that Gov. Gavin Newsom closed all the beaches? A: Not exactly. On Wednesday, citing the increasing number of COVID-19 hospitalizations, Newsom announced that all state beaches in Los Angeles and Ventura counties, two areas where there are lots of new cases,...
    SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — A carjacking suspect fleeing Santa Cruz County authorities ended up in the drink and then the clink. The Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office says deputies responded Tuesday afternoon to reports of a man shooting a handgun in the air near Davenport. Soon after, the same man allegedly carjacked someone and fled at speeds over 100 mph (161 kph) toward the city of Santa Cruz, where deputies called off the pursuit for safety reasons. A short time later Santa Cruz police found the vehicle had gone off West Cliff Drive and plunged into the ocean. The Sheriff’s Office says the suspect climbed out of the car and up the cliff, where he was taken into custody...
    SANTA CRUZ — A Santa Cruz man was arrested Monday on suspicion of various sex crimes involving a minor. Lucas Klatt  The Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office arrested 39-year-old Lucas Klatt on charges of annoying or molesting a child, lewd acts with a victim under the age of 15, stalking and burglary. He is being held on $100,000 bail at the Santa Cruz County Main Jail. Klatt, according to the Sheriff’s Office, is known in the Santa Cruz County surfing community. The Sheriff’s Office also believes there could be more victims. If you have any information, call Detective Sgt. Zach West at 831-454-7645. Related Articles Judge warns Assange he must attend next court hearing Prep school responds...
    DAVENPORT (CBS SF) — A dangerous, gun-wielding carjacking suspect terrified guests inside a restaurant in a Santa Cruz County beach town Tuesday afternoon before leading authorities on a high-speed chase that ended with a stolen car going off a cliff. It was later determined the suspect fired shots inside the restaurant before carjacking a victim and fleeing with authorities in pursuit. The wild scene unfolded in the beach town of Davenport in Santa Cruz County. At around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Davenport area after a report of a man shooting a gun in the air near Waddell and Scotts Creek. Sheriff’s deputies arrived at the Roadhouse Restaurant near Highway 1. A...
    Working to curb the rising number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in California, Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday said that the state plans to announce tougher enforcement of health rules on Wednesday as the Fourth of July weekend approaches. Newsom, however, did not specify what those new rules might look like. “Tomorrow we will be making some additional announcements on efforts to use that dimmer switch we’ve referred to and begin to toggle back on our stay-at-home order and tighten things up,” Newsom said at a news conference in Pittsburg. “Our framework is this: If you are not going to stay at home, and you are not going to wear masks in public, we have to enforce and we will,...
    EDWARD'S COUNTY, TX – The Edward’s County Sheriff’s Office announced on Tuesday a second arrest in a seven-year-old capital murder case. Rosa Yareli Medina, 33, a resident of San Antonio, was booked into the Edward’s County Detention Center on Monday and charged with first-degree murder. Medina’s bond was set at $1,000,000. ECSO said the arrest was made with assistance from the Texas Attorney General Office’s Sergeant and the Texas Rangers. Medina is the second person charged in the death of Inez Santa Cruz who was killed in Edwards County on the first or second of September in 2012. Troy Ray Ryder,38, also of San Antonio, was arrested for capital murder on Sept. 13, 2012, by then-Deputy Sheriff Pamela Elliot. Ryder...
    SANTA CRUZ (CBS SF) — The mayor of Santa Cruz is urging residents ahead of the Fourth of July weekend to consider staying home instead of heading to the beach and reminding people about the state’s mandatory face mask requirement. Mayor Justin Cummings said in a prepared statement that with Santa Cruz County beaches now open and crowds expected to visit them during the holiday weekend, he wants people to remain cautious, limit gatherings and avoid crowds. “Santa Cruz has been a leader in the State in minimizing the impacts of COVID-19. I urge our residents to continue to lead by example,” said Cummings. “Consider staying at home or seeking outdoor venues other than the beaches for holiday celebrations. We are...
    From a winery perspective, county-by-county rules about reopening are presenting a great deal of confusion. If you’re in Santa Clara County, you must sell food to serve wine. Not so in Santa Cruz County, which, along with Monterey County, was able to reopen without the food requirement. Still, social distancing, sanitation and protocols set by the state are altering the winetasting experience. In Saratoga, COVID-19 dealt the winetasting scene a major blow. Mindego Ridge and Lexington shuttered their joint tasting room in March and will not reopen.  Lexington wines will be poured at Fogarty Winery in Woodside. Big Basin Vineyards has reopened for tasting Friday through Sunday at the winery in Boulder Creek in Santa Cruz County. They have put...
    SANTA CRUZ (KPIX 5) — Amid a spike in coronavirus cases, Santa Cruz County reopened its beaches to the public on Friday. Just a few months ago, deputies were warning people not to get on the water, or else they’d get fined. But after months of people ignoring the order, the county gave in, and the beaches are back open again. The original closure on May 2 made it illegal to be on the beaches from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., with fines up to $1,000. At first, locals followed the rules. But as time went on, the county said so many people were flouting the rules and going to the beach anyway, that it became impossible for police to...
    Santa Cruz County announced Thursday that it will reopen all of its beaches, starting Friday, following a nearly two-month period where they were mostly closed to curb the spread of coronavirus. Santa Cruz County is believed to be the last of California’s 15 coastal counties to reopen its beaches. The main reason for the shift, said Santa Cruz County Public Health Officer Dr. Gail Newel, was because the public was overwhelmingly ignoring the restrictions. “We had hoped to continue the beach closure until after the Fourth of July weekend,” Newel said. “But it has become impossible for law enforcement to continue to enforce that closure. People are not willing to be governed any more in that regard, and so we...
    As California reported back-to-back record numbers of coronavirus cases this week amid the continued reopening of the state, Santa Cruz County has decided to fully reopen its beaches, noting that the restrictions were becoming increasingly difficult to enforce. The county, which has upheld some of the state’s strictest shelter-in-place guidelines longer than many other locales in California, will lift all beach closures at midnight,officials said. The current order closed beaches from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. for all activities except walking across the sand to enter the water, though people could still use the ocean for recreational purposes during that time. Beachgoers also were prohibited from picnicking, sunbathing, sitting or congregating in a stationary setting when the beach was open...
    SANTA CRUZ COUNTY (CBS SF) — While Santa Cruz County health officials on Thursday reported a significant jump in the number of COVID-19 cases in the last week, the county will reopen beaches due to the challenges law enforcement is having keeping restrictions in place. County Health Officer Dr. Gail Newell said the video press conference on Thursday morning was being held due to several “interesting developments” in the county’s coronavirus response that merited the conference. Dr. Newell reported that Santa Cruz County had an alarming spike in cases with 28 new cases confirmed over the weekend. “This is by far the greatest increase we’ve had to date in COVID-19 in our county,” Dr. Newell said, noting that the department...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The outbreak of COVID-19 is having a major impact across the world but also in cities across Northern California. A shelter-in-place has been issued in the Bay Area, along with a similar order statewide.The latest number of confirmed cases in the U.S. can be found at the CDC's 2019 Novel Coronavirus in the U.S. page. (The CDC updates the webpage on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.)Join anchor Kristen Sze for ABC7's new daily, interactive newscast about the novel coronavirus outbreak in the Bay Area and around the world. You can check here to stream the show Monday-Friday at 3 p.m. GET HELP: Resources and information about COVID-19 COVID-19 RISK CALCULATOR: Quiz yourself on the safest, most...
    SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (KGO) -- Beaches in Santa Cruz County will reopen starting at midnight Thursday night, even as the county's coronavirus continue to rise."We had hoped to continue the beach closure until after Fourth of July weekend, but it's become impossible for law enforcement to continue to enforce that closure," said Santa Cruz County health officer Dr. Gail Newel. "People are not willing to be governed anymore in that regard."COVID-19 RISK CALCULATOR: Quiz yourself on the safest, most dangerous things you can do as California reopensBeaches have been closed to sunbathers and picnickers for weeks in Santa Cruz, with a "keep it moving" policy to discourage congregating. That will no longer be the case starting Friday morning.Starting July 6,...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The outbreak of COVID-19 is having a major impact across the world but also in cities across Northern California. A shelter-in-place has been issued in the Bay Area, along with a similar order statewide.The latest number of confirmed cases in the U.S. can be found at the CDC's 2019 Novel Coronavirus in the U.S. page. (The CDC updates the webpage on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.)Join anchor Kristen Sze for ABC7's new daily, interactive newscast about the novel coronavirus outbreak in the Bay Area and around the world. You can check here to stream the show Monday-Friday at 3 p.m. GET HELP: Resources and information about COVID-19 COVID-19 RISK CALCULATOR: Quiz yourself on the safest, most...
    SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (KGO) -- A memorial service was held Wednesday morning for the Santa Cruz County sheriff's deputy who was shot and killed in the line of duty earlier this month.The procession for Sgt. Damon Gutzwiller was held earlier Wednesday, with several viewing points throughout the county.RELATED: 'We lost a hero': 38-year-old deputy killed, 2 officers injured after ambush in Santa Cruz County, sheriff saysSgt. Gutzwiller was shot and killed while responding to a report of a suspicious van near Ben Lomond on June 6.Gutzwiller worked for the sheriff's office since 2006 and is survived by his pregnant wife and young child. Sheriff Jim Hart described him as a courageous, intelligent, sensitive and caring man."Words cannot express the pain...
    SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (KGO) -- A memorial service is being held Wednesday morning for the Santa Cruz County sheriff's deputy who was shot and killed in the line of duty earlier this month.ABC7 will be airing both events live on abc7news.com, our Facebook and Youtube pages.The procession for Sgt. Damon Gutzwiller was held earlier Wednesday, with several viewing points throughout the county.Whole Foods/Rite Aid parking lot 911 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz38th Avenue to the Hook Parking LotCapitola Mall and BevMo! Parking lots on 41st AvenueSoquel Drive and Park Avenue to Cabrillo CollegeThe service begins at 10 a.m. .Those who do wish to attend are encouraged to arrive early to be seated on time. Officials also say that backpacks and oversized...
    SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (KGO) -- A memorial service will be held Wednesday morning for the Santa Cruz County sheriff's deputy who was shot and killed in the line of duty earlier this month.ABC7 will be airing both events live on abc7news.com, our Facebook and Youtube pages.The procession for Sgt. Damon Gutzwiller was held earlier Wednesday, with several viewing points throughout the county.Whole Foods/Rite Aid parking lot 911 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz38th Avenue to the Hook Parking LotCapitola Mall and BevMo! Parking lots on 41st AvenueSoquel Drive and Park Avenue to Cabrillo CollegeThe service begins at 10 a.m. .Those who do wish to attend are encouraged to arrive early to be seated on time. Officials also say that backpacks and oversized...
    A Santa Cruz County sheriff’s deputy wounded in an “ambush” shooting that killed a sergeant in Ben Lomond earlier this month has been released from the hospital to recover from his injuries at home, the sheriff’s office said Sunday. Deputy Alex Spencer was the second deputy injured in the ambush attack last week. He was shot, hit with shrapnel and struck by the suspect’s car. He not only survived, but is now out of the hospital recovering at home. We will be waiting for the day King27 is back in service. pic.twitter.com/5NsQonsts4 — Santa Cruz SO (@SantaCruzSO1) June 15, 2020 The sheriff’s office on Sunday evening posted a video of Deputy Alex Spencer leaving the hospital to applause...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The outbreak of COVID-19 is having a major impact across the world but also in cities across Northern California. A shelter-in-place has been issued in the Bay Area, along with a similar order statewide.There are confirmed cases in the nine Bay Area counties and California's first COVID-19 related death was a Placer County man who was a passenger on a cruise out of San Francisco. Local emergencies related to coronavirus have been declared in Solano, San Francisco, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Marin, Sonoma, and Alameda counties. The latest number of confirmed cases in the U.S. can be found at the CDC's 2019 Novel Coronavirus in the U.S. page. (The CDC updates the webpage on Monday, Wednesday...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The outbreak of COVID-19 is having a major impact across the world but also in cities across Northern California. A shelter-in-place has been issued in the Bay Area, along with a similar order statewide.There are confirmed cases in the nine Bay Area counties and California's first COVID-19 related death was a Placer County man who was a passenger on a cruise out of San Francisco. Local emergencies related to coronavirus have been declared in Solano, San Francisco, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Marin, Sonoma, and Alameda counties. The latest number of confirmed cases in the U.S. can be found at the CDC's 2019 Novel Coronavirus in the U.S. page. (The CDC updates the webpage on Monday, Wednesday...
    SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (KGO) -- Whether in the mountains, on the boardwalk, or through downtown, people across the City of Santa Cruz told ABC7 News they're ready for any level of reopening.Resident, Kyle Hofstetter explained he's ready to welcome the usual summer rush, during this most unusual time.RELATED: Only one Bay Area county isn't allowing sit-down restaurants to reopen"This place would be packed right now," Hofstetter said, pointing to surrounding downtown streets. "It would be standing room only on the sidewalks, there'd be a line to get into the movie theater."The reality he described may return soon, as Santa Cruz County's newly revised health order, released on Tuesday, lifts some major restrictions that go into effect on Friday.A major change...
    BEN LOMOND, Calif. (KGO) -- The ABC7 I-Team has new information about the suspect in the death of 38-year-old Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Sgt. Damon Gutzwiller.The Sheriff's Department identified the suspect as 32-year-old Steven Carrillo of Ben Lomond.The FBI is investigating whether Carrillo is also responsible for the shooting at the Oakland Federal Building that killed security officer Pat Underwood and injured his partner on May 29th. Security cameras caught this white van as the side door opened and gunfire erupted.Saturday's incident began when someone spotted Carrillo in a white van with weapons and bomb-making materials. Sheriff's deputies followed the van back to his Ben Lomond house, where authorities say he ambushed officers, firing on them and throwing explosives, killing...
    A suspect facing first-degree murder charges in Saturday’s shooting death of a California sheriff’s deputy is an active-duty sergeant in the U.S. Air Force, authorities said Sunday. Steven Carrillo, 32, who was stationed at Travis Air Force Base in Northern California, was shot during his capture in Santa Cruz County and was being treated in a hospital for non-life-threatening injuries, authorities said. Carrillo is accused of fatally shooting Santa Cruz County sheriff’s Sgt. Damon Gutzwiller, 38, in what authorities have described as an ambush attack in Ben Lomond, an unincorporated town of about 6,000 residents in the Santa Cruz Mountains south of the San Francisco area. Two other law enforcement officers were injured in the incident -- including a California...
    BEN LOMOND, Calif. (KGO) -- A Santa Cruz County deputy was killed and other officers were injured after an ambush on Saturday, Sheriff Jim Hart said.Around 1:30 p.m., the sheriff's office received a report of a suspicious van on a turnout at Jamison Creek Road near Ben Lomond. The caller said they saw guns and bomb-making devices inside the vehicle.When deputies arrived at the scene they saw the van leave and followed the vehicle. As the van pulled into a driveway on Waldeberg Drive, the officers were ambushed with gunfire and many improvised explosives, Hart said.Sergeant Damon Gutzwiller, 38, was shot and taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead."In my 32-year career, this is the worst day I've...
    Authorities are responding to "multiple critical incidents," including a shooting in the Santa Cruz mountains.The Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office tweeted Saturday afternoon that a shooting investigation is underway in the area of Alba Rd. and Highway 9 in Ben Lomond. Shooting investigation in the area of Alba Rd and Highway 9 in Ben Lomond. The suspect is still outstanding. AVOID THE AREA.— Santa Cruz SO (@SantaCruzSO1) June 6, 2020Authorities say the suspect is still on the run and people should avoid the area.Minutes later the Santa Cruz Police Department tweeted units were responding to "multiple critical incidents" in the county and that all available units are supporting the multi-agency effort.This story is developing. Stay with ABC7 for updates.
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- As the spread of coronavirus slows, the state is loosening up restrictions - including on its parks.California shut down 280 parking lots at state parks and beaches during the first few weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic to discourage non-local visitors and overcrowding.RELATED: What will restaurants, gyms, flights, stores will look like after COVID-19?In May, they reopened 27 of those lots. Now, that number has grown to 145.Here are the lots that have reopened in the greater Bay Area:Año Nuevo State Park (San Mateo County)Bean Hollow State Beach (San Mateo County)Benicia State Recreation Area (Solano County)Big Basin Redwoods State Park (Santa Cruz County)Burleigh H. Murray Ranch Park Property (San Mateo County)Carnegie State Vehicular Recreation Area (Alameda/San Joaquin...