Will Fleet, co-publisher of the Press-Banner, has been named California Newspaper Executive of the Year.
The recognition was announced to Fleet on Friday, Dec. 6, at the annual California Press Foundation meeting in San Francisco.
Members of the awards committee agreed that Fleet’s record of successfully managing newspapers of many different sizes and his community involvement in all the cities where the newspapers are published warranted his selection.
Fleet was publisher of the Fresno Bee for McClatchy Newspapers before he and Ralph Alldredge, publisher of the Calaveras Enterprise in San Andreas, Calif., purchased the Press-Banner, along with the Patterson Irrigator and the Tracy Press in November 2012.
Longtime Deputy Sheriff dies
Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Deputy George “Tony” Jack passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, Dec. 28, while exercising at a local gym.
According to a sheriff's office press release, Jack, 50, was a graduate of Soquel High School and Cabrillo College. He began his career in law enforcement in 1985 as a member of the Monterey County Sheriff's Office.
He transferred to the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office in 1987, and spent the ensuing 26 years in patrol and investigations. He also worked as a gang investigator, field training officer, SWAT team member and firearms and driving instructor.
He is survived by his father, girlfriend, and three children.
Two San Jose men arrested in SV burglary
Officers from the Scotts Valley Police Department arrested two San Jose men late in the evening of Sunday, Dec. 29 after the Victor Square headquarters of Easton-Bell was broken into and burglarized.
Saul Eduardo Ascencio Mendez and Julio Yaer Cortes, both 22, were booked into the Santa Cruz County Jail on suspicion of burglary, possession of burglary tools, and vandalism after officers responded to a triggered silent alarm at the business' rear loading dock at approximately 11:15 p.m.
According to an SVPD press release, the two men were found loading computers, monitors, and sports equipment into a vehicle when officers arrived.
The two men were arrested without incident.