The teen died while in surgery July 10.
July 26: Eight-year-old Madyson Middleton was found brutally strangled, beaten and sexually assaulted in the recycling bin near her apartment at the Tannery. Adrian Jere Gonzalez, 15, has been charged with her death.
Nov. 17: Jesus Rocha, 33, was shot and killed by 11:30 a.m. on the 200 block of Palm Avenue in Watsonville after an argument between two men. Rocha was pronounced dead on the scene, and police are seeking 29-year-old Damian Baxter of Watsonville as a person of interest.
Nov. 22: Mario Daniel Hernandez, 19, of Watsonville, died of gunshot wounds to his upper torso after a shooting at 10:40 p.m. on the 200 block of Clifford Avenue. Daniel Garcia, a 16-year-old from Watsonville, has been charged with murder as an adult.
Dec. 23: A 15-year-old Watsonville boy was shot several times and died near Magnolia Drive and Lawrence Avenue in Watsonville.
WATSONVILLE >> Police on Thursday tried to gather clues in the case of a 15-year-old Watsonville boy who was shot several times and died on a Magnolia Drive sidewalk Wednesday night.
The boy was attacked about 6:20 p.m. near Magnolia Drive and Lawrence Avenue about two blocks from South Green Valley Road, police said. He did not live in the neighborhood, and Watsonville police Lt. Saul Gonzalez said the attack contained ”gang overtones.”
The boy’s name is expected to be released Monday, Gonzalez said. He was known to police, and Gonzalez said the boy’s family is grieving and “having a really hard time.”
Gonzalez said, “We need help solving this case and we need to work together as a community to bring the suspects to justice.”
Although police said the attack was not a drive-by shooting, the driver of a dark sedan fled quickly after the attack, Gonzalez said.
Police did not give descriptions of the suspect or suspects in the sedan.
“It’s early on and we have very little leads,” Gonzalez said Thursday morning. “We are hopeful” of making an arrest, Gonzalez said, especially given that Watsonville police have made arrests in the other four homicides in the city this year.
The homicide is the eighth in Santa Cruz County this year and the fifth in Watsonville.
There were 12 reported homicides in the county in 2014, compared with 11 homicides in 2013 and 10 homicides in 2012, according to law enforcement.
The neighborhood where Wednesday night’s attack happened has large, three and four-bedroom homes. During a break in the rain Thursday morning, two men who live in the neighborhod said the area is typically quiet. Crime is uncommon, ... http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/article/NE/20151224/NEWS/151229839
When they purchased the property about a year and a half ago, Rost and his partners were in the middle of renovating the historic Stamm House in Middleton into a new restaurant. Originally anticipated for opening as early as spring 2014, the new 1847 at the Stamm House restaurant didn’t open until May 2015.
“We basically went for two years killing ourselves with that restaurant,” Rost said. “We were tired.”
In recent months, Rost has turned his attention to the Flagstad property, gutting it down to the studs and putting it back together.
The first-floor spaces are now listed on PropertyDrive, a commercial real estate listing service, and Rost said he has shown it to a few people.
“I’d really like a tenant who wants to do retail,” Rost said.
The Schenk’s Corners area at the intersection of Atwood and Winnebago has revived in recent years, with new restaurants, cafes, art studios and retail.
Rost said he’s not in a position right now to build out a restaurant and said he thinks retail is a “better fit” than office space.
Another small storefront sits next to the main shop, which Rost hopes to lease to a barber or stylist. It has the original tin ceilings of an “old-school two-chair barber shop,” Rost said, and he is laying down porcelain tile on the floor.
“I think it’s going to be a really neat shot from the past,” Rost said.
Upstairs, there is office space and an apartment, all of which Rost gutted and is refinishing.
As for the neon, flowered Flagstad sign out front, Rost said he is leaving it up until he knows what’s going in the space.
“I think that neon was an iconic sign,” Rost said, “so hopefully the city would allow us to put another neon sign.”
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