Santa Cruz police have made a positive identification in a 20-year old case referred to as “Pogonip Jane”. The victim, Kori Joanne Lamaster, was found dead in January 1994 in pogonip park, a wooded area between U-C Santa Cruz and the Harvey West area, and up until now, had not been identified. The woman’s ID was confirmed through DNA and fingerprints. Police say the autopsy prints were matched to a fingerprint card taken when the victim was very young. Lamaster traveled from Pacifica to Santa Cruz in late 1993. Police believe she was bludgeoned in the head with a metal pipe before she was partially buried. Lamaster’s killer has not been identified, police are still seeking information in the case.
FIFTEEN PEOPLE WERE ARRESTED AFTER A MEXICAN DRUG CARTEL WAS BUSTED ON THE CENTRAL COAST YESTERDAY. OFFICERS FROM STATE, FEDERAL AND LOCAL AGENCIES WERE CONDUCTING A FIVE MONTH LONG INVESTIGATION INTO A MAJOR NARCOTICS OPERATION DEALING WITH TRAFFICKING AND SALES OF LARGE AMOUNTS OF HEROIN BEING EXPORTED TO THE CENTRAL COAST. PRIOR TO YESTERDAY’S BUST, 2 1/4 POUNDS OF HEROIN AND 1 OUNCE OF METHAMPHETAMINE WITH A STREET VALUE OF $100,000 WAS SEIZED, AND DURING YESTERDAY’S BUST AN ADDITIONAL QUANTITY OF SUSPECTED BLACK TAR HEROIN AND HEROIN IN PILL FORM WERE ALSO SEIZED.
SENTENCING WILL BE DELAYED FOR A SANTA CRUZ MAN CONVICTED OF STABBING HIS GIRLFRIEND TO DEATH 3 YEARS AGO. ROBERT LYON’S, THE DEFENSE ATTORNEY FOR 42-YEAR OLD WENSY SANCHEZ SAYS HE WANTS MORE TIME SO SANCHEZ CAN BE EVALUATED BY A PSYCHIATRIST OR PSYCHOLOGIST. LYONS CLAIMS THAT DURING THE TRIAL, THERE WAS NO EVALUATION OF SANCHEZ’S MENTAL STATE WHEN HE STABBED 41-YEAR OLD JULI ENTWISTLE IN THEIR MORRISSEY BOULEVARD APARTMENT IN 2010. SANCHEZ IS SLATED TO APPEAR IN COURT ON JANUARY 29TH FOR A MOTION FOR A NEW TRIAL, IF THE MOTION IS DENIED HE WILL BE SENTENCED THEN. HE FACES 16-YEARS TO LIFE IN PRISON.
A FAMILY OF FOUR WAS DISPLACED AFTER A FIRE STARTED IN THE DRYER OF A MARINA MOBILE HOME YESTERDAY AFTERNOON. FIRE CREWS RESPONDED SHORTLY AFTER 3 O’CLOCK TO THE EL CAMINO MOBILE HOMES PARK ON THE 3-THOUSAND BLOCK OF DEL MONTE BLVD, TO FIND THE FIRE HAD SPREAD INTO THE MAIN AREA OF THE DOUBLE WIDE, CAUSING HEAT AND SMOKE DAMAGE THROUGHOUT. CREWS ESTIMATE THE DAMAGE AT 45-THOUSAND DOLLARS. THE AMERICAN RED CROSS IS ASSISTING THE FAMILY.
MONTEREY’S ANNUAL LIGHTED BOAT PARADE TAKES PLACE THIS WEEKEND. THE PARADE STARTS AT 5:30 P.M. ON SUNDAY WHEN BOATS LEAVE THE HARBOR AND GO PAST CANNERY ROW TO THE MONTEREY BAY AQUARIUM. THE BOATS THEN TURN BACK WITH THE PARADE ENDING AT WHARFS ONE AND TWO. EVENT ORGANIZERS ENCOURAGE BICYCLISTS TO DECORATE THEIR BIKES AND RIDE ALONG THE RECREATION TRAIL DURING THE BOAT PARADE. JUDGES OF THE DECORATED BOATS WILL BE ON THE BALCONY AT MASSARO AND SANTOS RESTAURANT ON THE COAST GUARD PIER.
THE PARENT COMPANY OF THE COMMUNITY HOSPITAL OF THE MONTEREY PENINSULA HAS RECEIVED A $400,000 GRANT FOR HOSPICE CARE. THE COMMUNITY HOSPITAL FOUNDATION RECEIVED THE GRANT FROM THE HOSPICE FOUNDATION. CHOMP PRESIDENT STEVEN PACKER SAYS THE GRANTS ENABLE THE FOUNDATION TO HELP MAKE A CRITICAL DIFFERENCE IN OFFERING END-OF-LIFE CARE. THE FOUNDATION HAS RECEIVED NEARLY 15-MILLION DOLLARS FROM THE HOSPICE GROUP SINCE 1997.
A MAN SUSPECTED OF COMMITTING HOME BURGLARIES ON THE MONTEREY PENINSULA, WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY YESTERDAY. THE ARREST OF RONALD DILLON COMES AFTER A RECENT RISE IN THE AREA OF HOME THEFTS. EVIDENCE WAS FOUND LINKING DILLON TO SEVERAL DIFFERENT BURGLARIES IN CARMEL VALLEY, SAN BENANCIO ROAD AND THE TORO PARK AREA. HE IS ACCUSED OF TAKING OVER $22,000 OF PROPERTY.
A man who robbed a Watsonville fast food eatery at gun point this morning, was last seen fleeing on a bicycle. Police say the suspect was wearing a ski mask when he entered the Taco Bell on Green Valley Road with a gun, and told everyone inside to get on the ground. The man reportedly forced an employee to open all of the cash registers while making another put all the money in a bag. Police describe the man as about 5'-5" with a heavier build, who was last seen wearing a light gray hoodie, riding a white “fixie” style bike with a red front rim. Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Watsonville Police Department.