"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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?For a couple of days, an Indian businessman was sitting on gold, albeit a little unusually and painfully.
The 63-year-old businessman swallowed 12 small gold bars, weighing nearly 1 pound, in an attempt to smuggle the precious metal past Indian customs. The Guardian reports the man checked himself into a hospital after a few days of vomiting and trouble defecating, according to his doctor. After a three-hour surgery doctors called "tedious," the nearly $16,000 worth of gold was safely removed from the man's stomach and promptly confiscated by the police. (Via The Guardian)
The man's doctor at Delhi's Sir Ganga Ram Hospital says it was one of his strangest operations. "I remember having taken out a bladder stone weighing 1kg from a patient. But finding gold in a patient's stomach was something unbelievable." (Via BBC)
Believe it or not, gobbling gold isn't unheard of in south Asia. Because India imports the most gold in the world, its 15 percent import tax on the metal is one of the highest and spurs many to go "bottoms up" with their bars. (Via YouTube / Periodic Videos)
The hike has caused gold imports to plummet nearly 90 percent in the past year. But the element remains popular for Indians of all areas and classes, according to the BBC.
"Shops sell it from north to south India. The rich buy it more, but even those people who generally struggle to meet their basic day-to-day needs don't hesitate to buy it whenever they possibly can."
And smuggling is on the rise, due to the tax increase. In September, two Sri Lankan men were caught with several kilograms of gold biscuits concealed in their rectums before a flight to India. It was the most gold Sri Lankan officials had ever found in a human body, according to source.
The Air Intelligence Unit at a Mumbai airport says concealing gold bars inside the body can lead to infections, pain and rashes.
Officers are looking for a silver sedan missing its driver’s side rear-view mirror after the driver allegedly hit a CHP officer on Highway 101 in San Jose Friday night.
Officials say two officers had made a traffic stop along northbound Highway 101 near the McKee Road exit when the driver of the silver sedan crossed the median, to take the exit, and hit one of the officers before driving off.
The officer was taken by ambulance from the scene but CHP officials say his injuries were minor.
Officials say they found the driver's side rear-view mirror at the scene of the crash.
It's a sliver of good news for drought stricken farms and cities.
Thanks to the rain and snow from February and March storms, the California Department of Water Resources announced Friday that it would increase water allocations for State Water Project deliveries from zero to five percent.
In the Tri-Valley, an area that relies heavily on state water, officials said while the increase is a good thing, the extra water won't be available until September, meaning mandatory water conservation will continue for folks in Livermore, Pleasanton and Dublin.
"Obviously we were excited to hear some good news for a change. That's the first time this year the allotment has gone up. But there's some tempered enthusiasm," said Daniel Smith, Director of Public Works Operations in Pleasanton.
Continuing conservation efforts across the board is critical, he said.
"I think we're concerned with how people will react to that and say, well things are getting better so I don't have to conserve," said Daniel Smith, Director of Public Works Operations in Pleasanton. "If it's dry again next year, and we don't get much water, we're going to be in a much worse situation."
At Alden Lane Nursery in Livermore, workers said they've seen a steady stream of customers in recent days, panicking about the mandatory 25 percent cut to water use announced earlier this week for the Zone 7 Water Agency area.
"It was really important to us to allay their fears, and let them know yes, we can make everything work. We can preserve our existing landscape, and we can investment," said Jacquie Williams-Courtright, nursery owner.
She said she's been advising her customers to switch from spray and timed watering systems to drip systems and hand watering so there's less waste. Workers also recommend drought-resistant plants.
"I think mulch is probably one of the number one things people can do. We're calling it the miracle of mulch. Three inches equals a 30-percent savings of water," said Williams-Courtright. "It insulates the moisture in. It keeps it from evaporating out."
Santa Clara Valley Water District also gets water from the state. A spokesperson issued a statement, saying that the increase didn't change its water supply outlook for the year.
"We still need people to reduce their water use by 20 percent in order to make sure that we have sufficient groundwater reserves if this unprecedented drought continues into 2015," the statement said.
The second women found dead in less than a week on Mt. Tamalpais has been identified as a 50-year-old beloved Oakland teacher.
The area’s pristine and peaceful beauty lures hikers, but just one day after the discovery of Marie Christine Sanner, many are wary of their surroundings.
"I'm scared," said one woman who was hiking Friday evening.
She and others say they are extra cautious, not convinced that it's a coincidence that two female hikers have died in recent days.
"I kept looking over my shoulder. I kept checking out each person who came," said one hiker who says she comes to the area up to three times a week.
One man who asked KTVU not to identify him says around 9:45 Wednesday night, he saw a woman matching Sanner's description standing by a green Honda Civic with a man and a German Shepherd.
Authorities have confirmed that the Honda Civic belongs to Sanner and she had her dog with her.
Shortly after, the witness says he saw the man and the woman walk up the trail when it was completely dark.
Investigators say they are still sorting out exactly what happened.
"Those parties separated from one another and she decided to return to her car here in the parking lot and he decided to continue hiking up the mountain. Sometime after that, the accident happened," said Lt. Doug Pittman with Marin County Sheriff's department.
"I was really sad she was alone when she passed away," said Celia Pascual, who used to work alongside Sanner at Hawthorne Elementary School as teachers in Oakland.
Pascual's son was also a student of Sanner.
Sanner had been teaching kindergarten at Think College Now, a public school, in East Oakland
She was a dedicated and loving teacher by all accounts.
Sanner has kindergartners waiting for her return from spring break on Monday.
"The impact that has on children when their teacher is gone - is huge," said Pascual.
"Everybody loved her, everybody loved Marie Sanner. She loved the outdoors she loved people she was great with parents," said David Silver, founder of Think College Now elementary school.
Sanner's family tells KTVU she's dedicated her life to caring for underprivileged children and had a great love of animals.
Marin County Sheriff's Department says an autopsy on Sanner is scheduled for Monday.
Two people were rushed to the hospital with life-threatening after an accident involving several cars and a woman in a wheel-chair.
The crash happened on Silver Avenue and Mission Street in San Francisco around 9:40 p.m. Friday.
A worker at a Taco Bell near the crash says the woman in the wheelchair was pinned underneath one of the vehicles.
One car also crushed into a bus shelter.
Police say Muni service in the area has been affected.
The NBA playoffs start Saturday, but one of the flashiest people in and around the NBA will be notably absent from the coverage.
NBA on TNT sideline reporter Craig Sager is reportedly battling leukemia and began treatment Friday. (Via YouTube / Foot Locker)
Sager's son, Craig Sager, Jr., broke the news on Twitter saying his father will undergo three to four weeks of acute leukemia treatment.
A writer for Deadspin notes if the timeline of Sager's treatment and the younger Sager's follow-up tweets are any indication, the questionably dressed veteran sports reporter will miss the NBA playoffs this season.
Sager is probably best known to sports fans and athletic novices alike as the man with the eclectic wardrobe. And over the years, he's taken some serious flack for his sartorial selections. (Via Bleacher Report)
But Sager's resume is long and storied — he's worked for CNN and TBS, worked the 1990 World Cup and several Olympic Games. (Via Flickr / Keith Allison)
On his show Thursday night, Keith Olbermann said it's all of that hard work — not the outfits — that makes Sager such an powerful presence.
Sager's son responded to the deluge of messages of support on his Twitter feed, saying he and his father will be watching basketball together during the playoffs while brainstorming some new outfits.
Wishing Craig Sager a speedy recovery. So much fun on the air. We all look forward to marveling at his wardrobe again soon. #NBAonTNT— Mike Greenberg (@Espngreeny) April 18, 2014
Praying for Craig Sager— Anthony Morrow (@MrAnthonyMorrow) April 18, 2014
Statement on behalf of Turner Sports Reporter Craig Sager: “My favorite time of year – city to city, round (cont) http://t.co/CYLthFfsu9— TurnerSportsPR (@TurnerSportsPR) April 18, 2014