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Missing Woman Found Dead In Boulder Creek, Sheriff's Office Says

Missing Woman Found Dead In Boulder Creek, Sheriff's Office Says

BOULDER CREEK, Calif. - The Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office has confirmed to Central Coast News that a woman who went missing last week has been found dead in Boulder Creek.

The body of 54-year-old Wendy Elizabeth Rivas was found in a ravine near East Lomond Street on Saturday. A cause of death has not been released.

According to the sheriff's office, Rivas went missing from her home on Wednesday.

Authorities called off the search for her on Friday because they had no leads.

Aptos Man Uses Father's Badge, Plays Cop

Aptos Man Uses Father's Badge, Plays Cop

A 30 year old Aptos man pretended to be a cop, and then got arrested by the real thing last week.

Santa Cruz police were called to a motel on Pacific Avenue, where employees said Randy Costere was being loud in the hallway, talking to two women at 4 a.m.  When staff asked him to keep the noise down, Costere said he was conducting an interview and showed the employee the gun on his hip and a badge.

Costere didn't threaten the man.

Santa Cruz police found Costere in the motel room with the two women and arrested him on charges of  impersonating an officer, carrying a loaded firearm in public and giving a false name to an officer. 

The gun and badge belonged to Costere's father who is a retired police officer and was out of town at the time.

SOURCE: Santa Cruz Sentinel

Parrot Abandoned at Grocery Store in Capitola

Parrot Abandoned at Grocery Store in Capitola

Capitola police want to know who left a red parrot in the Trader Joe's parking lot last week.

The man pulled up in a brown van to the parking lot on Clares St. in the afternoon on May 15, and put the Macaw on top of the shopping carts in front of the store, then drove away.

Witnesses called 911 and police were able to get it to come to one with a large glove.  The bird was taken to Native Animal Rescue on 17th Ave in Live Oak.   Later, the bird was transfered to For the Birds, a San Jose avian veterinary hospital.

The red parrot was not in good shape.  Experts said it was thin, dirty and only about 40 years old, or mid-life.

It also had signs of abuse, scrapes on its face and feet and gum stuck in its feathers.

Bicyclist Hit By Car, Second Bicyclist Crashes

SOQUEL, Calif.- Two men riding bikes on Soquel-San Jose Rd. on Saturday, left in an air ambulance after crashing when a car hit one, causing the crash.

One bicyclist was a 53-year-old Capitola man, the other a 35-year-old Soquel man.

The car, a possible dark Audi, passed the bikes near Rocky Road and then clipped the lead bike when returning to the lane, said Santa Cruz CHP.   The second bike went down trying to avoid the downed cyclist.  

According to investigators, the car fled the scene.

SOURCE: Santa Cruz Sentinel


Aptos Man Hits Car, Flees, Hits Mobile Home Park

SANTA CRUZ - CHP officers arrested an Aptos man after he struck another driver's car, fled the accident scene and then crashed in a mobile home park.

Investigators said Karl Peterson was driving on Highway 1 near the Bay Avenue off-ramp when he collided with a car.

Peterson then fled further south on Highway 1, entered the Aptos Pine Mobile Home Park, where he crashed into a parked car, a mailbox, a fence and a utility pole.

Peterson was arrested and booked on suspicion of felony hit and run, felony DUI, possession of narcotics, driving on a suspended license, driving without insurance, and violating probation.


Modesto Parolee Hides in Tree

Modesto Parolee Hides in Tree

CAPITOLA, Calif.- A standoff ended with a man coming down out of a eucalyptus tree he had been hiding in for hours.

Santa Cruz County Sheriff's deputies and the Capitola police department arrested Louie Joseph Farrell, a 35 year old wanted parolee from Modesto, on the 100 blk of Cliff Ave.

 On Sunday, police say Farrell robbed a man in Watsonville mid-morning with a gun.

Later that afternoon, a Soquel resident called police to report a suspicious man in a blue truck near his property, it was Farrell.

Farrell ran his truck through a fence, hitting a propane tank.

Police searched the area, for Farell and the truck which was stolen and had a lot of ammunition in it.

Monday morning at about 1am, Capitola police found Farrell and two women in a parked car near Cliff Drive.

Farrell from officers and ran to a nearby hillside, then climbed

Capitola Veteran Accused of Murder in Court

CAPITOLA, Calif.- The veteran accused of murdering a fellow soldier in Capitola back in December is expected in court Wednesday.

Marcos Chavez pleaded not guilty to brutally murdering Aaron Carpenter with a clothing iron and knife in the studio he rented on Virgil Lane.

Prosecutors are not seeking the death penalty, but Chavez does face life without parole if convicted.