Crime Watch

Local crime and the Most Wanted list.

Sheriff’s Office Alcohol and Tobacco Shoulder Tap Operation

Sheriff’s Office Alcohol and Tobacco Shoulder Tap Operation

In the evening of September 5th, 2019 members of the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office Alcohol and Tobacco Compliance Units ran a decoy shoulder tap and sales of alcohol and tobacco compliance operation at off-sale retail stores in Santa Cruz County, using an undercover minor. The goal of this operation was to limit minors’ access […]

Deer Fire Cause and Origin Has Been Determined

Deer Fire Cause and Origin Has Been Determined

On Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at approximately 1:50 p.m. units from CAL FIRE, along with multiple local Santa Cruz County fire agencies, responded to a reported vegetation fire on Deer Creek Road near Boulder Creek in unincorporated Santa Cruz County. The fire, known as the Deer Fire, burned over 10 acres of State Responsibility Area […]

SCPD Encourages Responsible and Sober Driving

SCPD Encourages Responsible and Sober Driving

As summer comes to a close, Santa Cruz Police Department is asking drivers to not get behind the wheel after drinking or using drugs that impact your ability to drive safely. Santa Cruz Police Department is joining law enforcement agencies across the country in the national enforcement campaign, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. During […]

One Retailer Cited in Alcohol/Tobacco Sting

One Retailer Cited in Alcohol/Tobacco Sting

One employee at an Aptos alcohol and tobacco retail store was cited by the Sheriff’s Office during a sting operation after they sold alcohol and cigarettes to a minor decoy. On the evening of March 25th, 2019 members of the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office Alcohol and Tobacco Compliance Unit attempted to purchase tobacco products […]

SCPD Launches Volunteers In Policing Program

SCPD Launches Volunteers In Policing Program

Police Chief Andrew Mills is pleased to announce the addition of a new Volunteers in Policing (V.I.P.) program, designed to allow community members to assist the Santa Cruz Police Department (SCPD) enhance public safety and crime prevention efforts. SCPD has engaged a team of trained citizen volunteers to support the department in non-enforcement duties.  Our […]

Relief Agencies for California Wildfires

Relief Agencies for California Wildfires

By Administrative Assistant Sarah Melton, Aptos-La Selva Fire Protection District A number of residents have inquired about where to donate funds or supplies for survivors of the Camp Fire in Butte County, as well as the Hill and Woolsey fires in Southern California. The below agencies are a few of the sites currently accepting donations: […]

Sheriff Conducts Weapons Search of Inmate Housing

Sheriff Conducts Weapons Search of Inmate Housing

Santa Cruz County Main Jail 259 Water St., Santa Cruz Last week, Sheriff’s Corrections Officers, assisted by members of several other agencies, conducted searches of several inmate housing units in the Main Jail to look for weapons and drugs. The search included specially trained detection canines from the Sheriff’s Office and the California Department of […]

Officials Seeking Public’s Help to Identify Arson Suspect

Officials Seeking Public’s Help to Identify Arson Suspect

The Santa Cruz Police are seeking the public’s help to identify a suspect in the attached photos. This suspect is responsible for felony vandalism at the Tannery Arts Center, and setting two small fires in some nearby landscaping. On August 22, 2018, around 4:44 a.m., Santa Cruz Police and Fire responded to 1100 block of […]

Eleven–Year Sentence For Vehicular Manslaughter

Eleven–Year Sentence For Vehicular Manslaughter

Drunken Driving Causes Death of 86-year-old Kathryn Stokes District Attorney Jeffrey S. Rosell announced that Julissa Ortiz Guzman 21, of Watsonville was sentenced to 11 years in the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation for gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, causing the death Kathryn Stokes. On December 17, 2017, Guzman, who had been drinking all […]

Disaster Preparation Drill Thursday, September 6!

Disaster Preparation Drill Thursday, September 6!

Tomorrow, Sept. 6, Santa Cruz County will be participating in a Bay Area-wide disaster preparation drill. The drill will take place 8 a.m.-3 p.m., and have a visible community footprint, including mock shelters in Santa Cruz and Felton and exercise activity at Watsonville hospital. We are testing our care and sheltering capacity, but I wanted […]

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