"I cannot begin to express the shock and sadness we feel this evening," Santa Cruz Mayor Hillary Bryant said. "Two of our most beloved officers were killed in the line of duty and this has rocked the community to our absolute foundation."
The two slain officers are identified as Detective Sergeant Loran "Butch" Baker, a 28-year veteran of the department and 10-year veteran Detective Elizabeth Butler. Police Chief Kevin Vogel describes Baker as a longtime friend and mentor. Detective Baker leaves behind a wife, two daughters, and a son who works as a Community Services Officer for Santa Cruz police. Detective Butler is survived by her partner and two young sons, Vogel says.
"It was with deep, deep sadness that I stand before you this evening to talk about the death of my two officers today," Chief Vogel said. "We at the Santa Cruz police department are like family. I've known both of these officers for a long, long time and there just aren't words to describe how I feel personally about this and about how my department is reacting to this horrific, horrific tragedy."
Santa Cruz County Sheriff Phil Wowak's department will lead the investigation. He says it appears the two plain clothes detectives went to Goulet's home on Banciforte as part of an ongoing criminal investigation. Based on physical evidence and witness accounts, Wowak says Goulet opened fire on the detectives. The two officers and witnesses called for help.
When authorities arrived on the scene they say they found the two detectives dead outside the home and Goulet missing. A multi-agency team then locked down the neighborhood which includes three schools and a busy Whole Foods supermarket.
Within minutes of setting up the search, Sheriff Wowak says officers encountered Goulet. A short chase ensued and then gunfire was exchanged, he says. Goulet was shot and killed at the scene.
Even after Goulet's death, officers continued a house by house, "closet-by-closet" search of the neighborhood to determine if there were additional suspects. Sheriff Wowak says it is his belief the public is now out of harm's way.
Students at the three schools were taken by bus to the nearby Government Center where they were re-united with their families.
Authorities are praising nearby law agencies including deputies from San Mateo, Santa Clara, San Benito, and Monterey County sheriffs departments and police officers from Scott's Valley, Capitola, and Watsonville who just showed up on the scene to offer their help.
Wowak says the California Department of Justice, the FBI, and the regional law agencies will all assist in the investigation. He says it could be weeks before we know all of the details of what happened and why.
Stay tuned to KRON 4 and KRON4.com for comprehensive coverage of the investigation into the shootings and the community's mourning of the two slain officers.
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A Powerball ticket sold in a San Jose store had five winning numbers in Saturday night's draw, but missed the Powerball number and the record breaking $600 million jackpot, according to California Lottery officials.
The only winning ticket was sold in Florida, Powerball officials said.
The Bay Area ticket, sold at the 7-Eleven at 2440 Almaden Expressway, matched the numbers 22, 10, 13, 14 and 52, but did not have the Powerball number 11, lottery officials said. However, the lottery player did win $1 million.
A second ticket with the same winning numbers was also sold at a 7-Eleven in Kern County. Meanwhile, across the country 31 other similar tickets were sold with each lottery player getting $1 million.
Powerball is a multistate game played in California and 44 other jurisdictions.
Thousands of steel tendons used to strengthen the skyway portion of the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge were exposed during construction to rainfall and salty bay mist, leading to rust and corrosion concerns.
The Sacramento Bee reports that California Department of Transportation engineers in 2006 discovered that ducts containing the tendons had been left unsealed, exposing the steel tendons.
Caltrans examined hundreds of the tendons and said it found little significant corrosion, but experts who reviewed the study for the Bee raised questions about the agency's testing methods.
The agency reviewed about 1,600 of the more than 5,600 tendons, and nearly half of them displayed rust. Caltrans' report said only a few suffered from moderate corrosion, and lab tests found no severe damage.
Caltrans' handling of corrosion protection during the bridge's construction has also been debated as a possible factor in the failure of 32 seismic safety rods last month.
University of California, Berkeley engineering professor Thomas Devine told the Bee that Caltrans' tendon tests were inadequate, leading to concerns over the skyway's durability during a quake.
Others voiced concerns that water trapped in the ducts, or leaky grout work meant to make them water tight, could create pockets of corrosion that would further weaken the tendons.
"There is a very good possibility that you have voids in the grout where corrosion will continue," said Richard Weyers, a steel tendon expert and emeritus professor of engineering at Virginia Tech.
While most experts agreed the tendon problem would not likely result in the skyway's collapse during a quake, the corrosion could make portions of the skyway unusable after a temblor.
It could also result in costly maintenance and repairs, making the $6.4 billion project even more expensive.
Bay Bridge spokesman Andrew Gordon said corrosion is an issue on every steel bridge ever built.
"What we learned from this particular challenge six years ago is that we're never going to be done fighting the battle against corrosion in the San Francisco Bay," Gordon said in a written response to the newspaper.
A bomb scare forced the closure of part of downtown Livermore Saturday afternoon, which was just hours after thousands of people were on hand for the Amgen Tour of California bike race.
The suspicious item, a cardboard box, was discovered in a dumpster behind a salon on 2nd Street and reported to authorities just after 3 p.m.
Police told businesses to get customers inside, close up shop, or evacuate if they could.
Livermore police told KTVU that it was all because officers aren't taking any chances on suspicious looking items.
“We're on heightened alert because of what's happened in the past and we're just trying to take precautionary measures to make sure everyone is safe,” said Ofc. Traci Rebiejo of the Livermore Police Dept.
The Alameda County Sheriff's bomb squad had their robot take images of the package to determine what was inside.
But that was only after Livermore police made sure everyone in the area was safe.
Officers quickly shut down downtown's 1st, 2nd, and 3rd streets between J and K avenues.
The suspicious looking box, found behind the salon, blow-out bar, was first reported to have metal pieces sticking out of it.
Less than an hour and half after it was discovered, a local vendor came forward and identified the box, saying it contained postcards. The scene was cleared shortly after 4 p.m.
Police say a vendor threw out the box with an Orange County mailing label on the outside but the vendor did not put it in the dumpster; rather he or she put it near it, which raised suspicion.
“When they told us to come in and lock the door, that's when I knew ok something was really going on,” said Livermore resident Becki Aguilera. “And finally somebody asked, what's going on and they said it was an incident.”
One of the restaurants affected after police shut down the streets was the Riata diner and tavern. The manager told KTVU in the wake of the scare that she wasn't sure how much business her business lost but she said police told her to close her front door and keep customers inside.
"It just kind of ruined the festivities," Rebiejo said. "It was right smack in the middle of it all."
Leopold Konig of the Czech Republic won the seventh stage of the Tour of California in a mountaintop finish Saturday, and American Tejay van Garderen finished third to keep the overall lead for the third straight day.
Koenig, riding for the German team NetApp-Endura team, quickly moved ahead of Janier Acevedo of Colombia with about 400 yards left and completed the 91.4-mile stage from Livermore to Mount Diablo in 3 hours, 54 minutes, 17 seconds.
Acevedo, the Jamis-Hagens Berman rider who won the second stage, finished second in the stage that closed with an 11.4-mile climb, 7 seconds behind.
"To be truthful, I wish the climb was a little longer," said Konig, who claimed his fifth career win and first since a 2012 Tour of Britain stage win. "Today, I felt real good. I knew I would have a good race. I haven't won any big races, so this was very good."
Van Garderen, the 24-year-old BMC rider from Bozeman, Mont., was 12 seconds back. He took the overall lead with a 10th-place finish in the fifth stage, won the sixth stage and is within a day of his first pro stage race title. The eight-day, 727-mile event concludes Sunday with an 80.7-mile morning road race from San Francisco to Santa Rosa.
"I'm thrilled. I'm still soaking it in," said van Garderen, who was surrounded by four teammates through much of the final climb. "It was an unbelievable team effort. I knew they were strong, I knew they'd be motivated, but they went above and beyond expectations today.
Australia's Michael Rogers of Saxo-Tinkoff finished fourth in the stage in the same time as van Garderen and remained second overall, 1:47 behind.
"They (his team) made my life somewhat easy, although it still was a hard day but stress-free," said van Garderen, who finished fourth in the event last year and fifth in 2011.
With his runner-up stage finish, Acevedo moved into third place overall — 3:26 back.
A group of 10 riders, including Luxembourg's Andy Schleck, the RadioSchleck Leopard rider who won the 2010 Tour de France, held an approximately a 3½-minute margin. But as the field of 111 approached the base of the final 11.4-mile climb to the finish, the field reduced its deficit to a minute.
Schleck and four others then accelerated alone and held a 50-second margin with 10 miles or about 45 minutes left in the stage. Three miles later, Dutchman Liuewe Westra of Vacansoleil-DCM, the winner of the first stage, and Spain's David De La Cruz of NetApp-Endura moved to the from and built more than a minute cushion.
Spain's Francisco Mancebo, the 5-Hour Energy/Kenda rider who won the fifth stage, joined Westra and De La Cruz at the front with about a 20-second cushion with less than three miles left.
Konig waited until about two miles left to join Acevedo and then time his sudden move, with Acevedo only briefly able to respond.
Redwood City officials were asking Saturday for the public's help for families who lost everything in an apartment building fire in the unincorporated North Fair Oaks neighborhood last week.
The fire at the five-unit apartment building early Wednesday morning left two residents with minor injuries and displaced 26 people, according to fire and city officials.
The American Red Cross was providing temporary housing for the residents, but local Salvation Army representatives say the residents don't have a change of clothes or various other personal items.
The Salvation Army were collecting clothing and gift cards for the displaced residents. The families include three sets of parents, two grandparents, infant twin girls, four boys ranging from 5 to 11 years old and a 13-year-old girl.
The organization was also planning a fundraiser for the displaced residents.
Those who were interested in donating are asked to contact Salvation Army representative Bonnie Miller at (650) 368-4643 or at (650) 280-4266.
A CHP officer on a motorcycle was airlifted to a hospital Saturday afternoon with moderate to major injuries after colliding with a car in Contra Costa County, according to CHP.
Around 12:27 p.m., the CHP received a report of an accident involving an officer on a motorcycle on Marsh Creek Road, according to John Fransen, public information officer for Contra Costa County CHP.
According to investigators, a vehicle made a “u-turn” in front of the officer, who couldn’t stop in time and t-boned the car.
The officer was flown to a local hospital for treatment with what were thought to be moderate to major injuries, but by later Saturday he was expected to recover and could be released as soon as the following day, Fransen said.
Fransen said that the officer, who works for the CHP’s office in Oakland, was helping police the Amgen Tour Of California, whose route went through the area.
The investigation into the accident was still pending Saturday and no arrests were made, according to Fransen.