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Santa Cruz Native Takes a Stand for Women Safety

Santa Cruz Native Takes a Stand for Women Safety

By Brett Martin - email

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. - Do you recognize this man? Santa Cruz Police say he is the one responsible for grabbing a 12-year-old outside Santa Cruz High School Friday afternoon.

The suspect was seen going eastbound on Walnut from the high school to this flight of stairs, but the big concern from people is how close it was to the school and a women's center.

Police posted flyers throughout the area hoping that someone may recognize him after he fled into a neighborhood. But Jacqueline Seydel said she isn't waiting around for that.

"It was a very young girl that was attacked with no reason."

Seydel said that's why she and her friends created a group to make sure women are safe from anything that could happen.

Homeless Services Available

Story reported by Marissa Pendergrass

Mission director Rick Slone said the biggest issue the homeless face, is the stigma it brings to each and every human face living on the street. But cold weather and the need for warm blankets and clothing is always a big concern.

"We don't turn anyone away in this weather. So it's not a matter of if we have the space as it is whether they have the ability and the capacity to bring themselves in," said Rick Slone.

On a night like Thursday night, where temperatures may get below freezing, shelters said it's even more important, the homeless have a door to open and a warm place to stay. Slone said he believes if more people volunteered and gave the homeless the time of day, many of them would have the confidence to stabilize their life. He also said the homeless stretch emergency services very thin, costing the taxpayer more in the end.

Grand Jury Audit Says Watsonville Needs Work

Story reported by Jacqueline Tualla

The Santa Cruz County Grand Jury, a group of watchdog volunteers, released a report Thursday on the City of Watsonville.

The audit concluded Watsonvillle isn't doing a good job of managing its money, and the city isn't transparent about the decisions it does make on the budget.

New Mayor Lowell Hurst said it doesn't take a genius to know the city is hurting financially.

"We're not a rich city and you don't need a $90,000 dollar report to determine that," he said.

The mayor takes issue with some parts of the report, saying some calculations weren't accurate.

"I don't know that their comparisons are really valid because of the shopping malls in other cities and industrial base in other cities, and the location and the demographic of other cities are different as well," he said.

Man Missing Out of Scotts Valley

Man Missing Out of Scotts Valley

By Chloe Beardsley - email

SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. -- Family and friends of 23-year old Alex Fossgreen are asking people to help search for him. Family members said Alex has been missing since Friday.

They said Fossgreen left his home around 4:45 a.m. on foot. Friends said he was depressed over a recent breakup with his fiancé.

Fossgreen is described as 5'7'', weighing around 135 lbs with short brown hair, hazel eyes and a goatee. His family said he left the house without his I.D., money and cell phone. Deputies said they believe Fossgreen left his home with a back pack, clothes, passport and drivers license.

Fat Cat Rescued From Santa Cruz Post Office Fence

Fat Cat Rescued From Santa Cruz Post Office Fence

By Jasmine Viel - email

SANTA CRUZ, Calif.- One black cat couldn't cross anyone's path Monday, much less squeeze through a fence at the Morrissey Post Office in Santa Cruz due to its size.

Don't Get Burned By Firewood Sales Fraud

Don't Get Burned By Firewood Sales Fraud

Santa Cruz, Calif.-Firewood sales is big business this time of year but protect yourself from being victimized by the tricks of the trade. David George, a weights and measures expert with Santa Cruz County says there are things you should know so as not to be burned by firewood sales fraud.

First...you should know what a cord of wood is. Bulk firewood is sold by a measurement called a "cord." A cord must equal 128 cubic feet. To be sure you have a cord, stack the wood neatly by placing the wood in a line or a row, with individual pieces touching and parallel to each other, making sure that the wood is compact and has as few gaps as possible. Then measure the stack. If the width times the height times the length equals 128 cubic feet, you have a cord of firewood.  For example:  A stack 4 feet tall by 4 feet wide by 8 feet long equals 128 cubic feet, or one cord.

Secondly, George says don't be scammed by terms that are not backed up by law.

Santa Cruz Warriors Fall on the Road to End Hot Streak

By Brett Martin - email

FORT WAYNE, Ind. - The Santa Cruz Warriors were on the road last night after going 4-0 during their first ever home stand. The Warriors put the best record and the longest winning streak, five games, on the line against the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. The Warriors fell short of the Mad Ants 102-86.

The Mad Ants are the D-League affiliate of the Indiana Pacers, Charlotte Bobcats, Detroit Pistons and Milwaukee Bucks. The Mad Ants were lead by Orlando Johnson, who was on assignment from the Pacers, with 25 points.