By Erik Chalhoub, Special to the Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE—The Pajaro Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees on Wednesday unanimously approved new job descriptions for several teachers, administrative workers and a principal that will staff the new Virtual Academy, an all-online school approved July 23.

The information surfaced in local media Friday and marks the first positive case in METRO’s staff of around 300 people.

Watsonville firefighters reported a fire shortly before 10 a.m.The serial number was scratched off, but the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office is hoping to find its rightful owner.The man, facing a DUI charge, did not stop after his dog jumped out of the car in Watsonville and was dragged by her leash, the county said.The small Schnauzer was injured after it became entangled in its leash and was dragged along a rural Watsonville road for a half-mile.The man jumped over the counter of a Freedom Boulevard counter and filled a bag with controlled substances, police said.She is believed to have stabbed a woman multiple times Sunday night in Watsonville, police said.The driver sped away from police and nearly crashing his car, The Pajaronian reported.The fire was reported shortly before 5 p.m. Monday.Within eight hours of each other, two arrests were made in unrelated cases related to child sex abuse, police said.The crash occurred Saturday night in Watsonville. WATSONVILLE, CA — A civilian Watsonville Police Department employee is facing charges related to sexual battery and false imprisonment of two teenage girls in 2017, police said.He was a Watsonville Police Cadet Program member since 2018 and was hired last year as a Watsonville Police Activities League recreation leader, the Watsonville Police Department said in a statement.Accusations were levied against the man in June, but police said they did not know who the victims could be.

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This page is not monitored 24/7. Local news and events from Watsonville, CA Patch. Watsonville, CA crime, fire and public safety news and events, police & fire department updates “We have made the decision to temporarily close after learning a member of... The Watsonville Police Department will help conduct 10 community listening sessions and the city will create a police oversight committee in hopes of increasing community trust and accountability in local law enforcement, Chief of Police David Honda announced during Tuesday afternoon’s Watsonville City Council meeting.

Organizers for Harm Reduction Coalition of Santa Cruz County (HRCSCC) have said they... I saw another large temporary chalk art drawing in front of the Main Branch of the Watsonville... The man is now in stable condition, but the driver is sought.A local man was arrested after police executed a search warrant early Tuesday.Her father led police on a pursuit from Santa Cruz to Scotts Valley at one point, police said. SANTA CRUZ COUNTY—The Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Special Enforcement Team arrested two gang members over the past week for weapons violations after... SANTA CRUZ COUNTY—Founder and executive director of FoodWhat Doron Comerchero said he is constantly impressed by the strength and resilience of the...

18K likes. CONDADO DE SANTA CRUZ—La Junta de Supervisores del Condado de Santa Cruz aprobó una ordenanza temporal que permitirá el condado emitir multas... In comparison to nearby incorporated cities, overall crime index is 24.1% lower than Santa Cruz, 15.4% lower than Salinas, and 38.4% higher than Gilroy. Police records include arrest logs, investigation reports, and criminal records for individuals arrested, detained, and investigated by the Police. SANTA CRUZ COUNTY—Santa Cruz County health officials announced Friday that two more county residents have died of Covid-19 complications, bringing the local... WATSONVILLE—Ryan Winter had a decent night at Watsonville’s Ocean Speedway racetrack as he placed second in the South Bay Dwarf Car main... Police officials in Watsonville, in Santa Cruz County, fired two officers in recent years for repeatedly having sex with civilians while on duty — at least once in the front seat of a squad car and other times going to private residences while they were supposed to be working, according to documents released under a new state law that took effect Jan. 1. Call Dee Dee... WATSONVILLE—Friends of Watsonville Parks and Community Services and the City of Watsonville honored five local individuals, two organizations and a business at the 18th annual Cesar E. Chavez Community Awards on July 30. The Pajaronian is the news leader of Watsonville, California and the Pajaro Valley in Santa Cruz County on California’s Central Coast. Greg Bobeda and Lacey Dent will take... SANTA CRUZ COUNTY—Founder and executive director of FoodWhat Doron Comerchero said he is constantly impressed by the strength and resilience of the young people his organization serves. It’ll be a few years before fans will see any action from the Cabrillo College football team.

WASHINGTON D.C.—California Sen. Kamala Harris, known for her hardline stance on criminal justice, made history Tuesday when she became both the first... MAP: Everything that's open, forced to close in Bay Area. By Abel Sanchez, Chair of Parks & Recreation Commission

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