"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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An arrest has been made in the five-alarm fire that destroyed a former television studio in downtown San Jose, authorities said.
The suspect was scheduled to be arraigned on Wednesday afternoon.
More details as they become available.
One person was dead and a second critically burned early Wednesday when a smoky one-alarm blaze swept through a home in San Francisco’s Sunnydale neighborhood, authorities said.
San Francisco Fire Department spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge said the initial report from firefighters of two dead was incorrect.
According to fire officials, the blaze was reported at 9:54 a.m. in a two-story residence at 76 Brookdale Ave.
One victim was found dead inside and was being removed from the residence as of shortly after 10 a.m., fire officials said.
A second victim -- possibly of a child reported missing in the blaze -- was rushed to the hospital with critical injuries.
More details about the victim and fire were not immediately available.
Workers at a Central California ranch could hardly believe their eyes when they spotted a sea lion pup hopping through an almond orchard, about a mile from the San Joaquin River.
After discovering the confused animal last month at Mape's Ranch near Modesto, the ranch hands quickly called their boss, who got ahold of wildlife officials.
A Marine Mammal Center volunteer from Sausalito eventually coaxed the lost sea lion into a wire cage, where it promptly fell asleep.
The 36-pound sea lion, nicknamed Hoppie, is recovering at the center in Sausalito where he is undergoing treatment for open sores.
Center officials said he also is getting some much needed nourishment. Before he can be returned to the wild, Hoppie needs to gain weight.
The Center always is in need of donation which can be made at the Marine Mammal Center website.
A teenage girl was discovered screaming on a Berkeley street early Wednesday after she was abducted and robbed in Oakland, authorities said.
Berkeley police said they received two 911 calls around 6 a.m. reporting a girl near the intersection of Piedmont and Ashby who was “screaming.”
Arriving officers told the young girl to Highland Hospital for treatment. She was reportedly in stable condition.
Once it was discovered that the girl had been abducted in Oakland, the case was transferred to Oakland police.
Oakland police spokeswoman Johnna Watson said the incident took place “at unknown location in Oakland” and the girl had been somehow transported to Berkeley .
She did not have any information about a suspect or a suspect’s vehicle.
San Mateo County health officials announced that the latest detection of yellow fever mosquito was found in Menlo Park last week.
Larvae for the mosquitoes, also known by their scientific name Aedes aegypti, was found in Menlo Park on Thursday, according to the San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District.
This year there have been 13 detections of yellow fever mosquitoes in the area of Holy Cross Cemetery, including the first larvae found on Jan. 22.
Aedes aegypti mosquitoes can carry several viruses including yellow fever, dengue and chikungunya. They are not native to California and common in urban areas of the southeastern portion of the country.
The yellow fever mosquitoes are black and white and about a quarter-of-an-inch in size.
"Our goal is to eradicate this mosquito population," Robert Gay, a mosquito and vector control district manager, said in a statement.
"We are doing everything to help ensure this mosquito does not become established in our communities," he said.
The district has expanded its surveillance area for yellow fever mosquito. Staff members are deploying various traps for mosquitoes and mosquito eggs in the areas where the Aedes aegypti have been detected, district officials said.
District staff also conduct door-to-door inspections and look for standing containers of water at homes.
Residents are advised to dispose any standing water outside of their home where mosquitoes tend to lay their eggs.
In 1979, district staff were able to eradicate yellow fever mosquito found near the San Francisco International Airport.
Last year, 14 larvae and three adult yellow fever mosquitoes were found around Holy Cross Cemetery between August and October, according to district officials.
Some patchy low clouds along the coast and into the Bay but much less than Tuesday morning. Lows are cool with 40s & 50s. 45 degrees in Santa Rosa and Half Moon Bay.
Once the fog burns off and it won’t take too long, we’ll see sunshine and warmer temps. 60s Coast, 70s around the Bay and low 80s inland.
More of the same tomorrow then cooling trend on Friday. Easter Sunday looks nice.