SAN JOSE

Party bus operator appears in court

Jon Reno St. James, who operated the Party Bus of Santa Cruz, appeared in Santa Clara County Superior Court on Friday to answer manslaughter charges related to the July 2012 death of a Santa Cruz woman who fell from a bus onto Highway 17.

A grand jury accused St. James, 56, of gross negligence in failing to properly maintain his fleet of busses and endangering passengers. He was arrested Wednesday at his home in Southern California and remained in custody Thursday in Santa Clara County Jail on $100,000 bail.

St. James asked a judge to lower his bail and a hearing was set for 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in Department 24 in the Hall of Justice, 190-200 West Hedding St., San Jose.

James is represented by Palo Alto attorney William Safford, who declined comment on the case Friday.

SCOTTS VALLEY

Police: Man sent explicit text messages to teen

Randel Clark Bragg, 51, of Scotts Valley, was arrested Friday on suspicion of sending sexually explicit messages to a minor.

Police say Bragg sent text messages to one of two female Scotts Valley High students whom he knew through family connections. A school employee confronted Bragg on Wednesday after he left a bag of baked goods near a payphone in front of the school, saying it was for two students.

Police opened an investigation and found "numerous sexually explicit messages from Bragg" on a student's mobile device, according to a news release.


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He was booked into County Jail on charges of distributing harmful material to a minor for the purposes of sexual desire, communicating with a minor for the purpose of committing a crime, and annoying a child younger than 18.

WATSONVILLE

CHP: DUI suspect had children in vehicle

The California Highway Patrol arrested a Salinas man Friday morning on suspicion of driving under the influence and child endangerment.

Jose Narez Ramirez, 35, was stopped on suspicion of traveling nearly twice the 40 mph speed limit on Carlton Road south of Coward Road. An officer performed a DUI investigation and determined Ramirez had a blood-alcohol level greater than the legal limit of .08 percent.

There were four children in the vehicle ages 2-10, two of whom were unrestrained.

Ramirez was booked into County Jail.