Crime Watch

Local crime and the Most Wanted list.

Nineteen-year-old Aptos High Grad Arrested by FBI

Nineteen-year-old Aptos High Grad Arrested by FBI

According to an FBI criminal complaint, Ryan Michael Spencer of Aptos, has been accused of manufacturing pornographic photographs and videos of underage boys, and sharing the images. Spencer, a recent Aptos High School graduate, worked as a babysitter for local families and as an after school program assistant at Mar Vista Elementary School. Spencer was […]






Burn Permits Required Starting on May 1

Burn Permits Required Starting on May 1

Commencing May 1st the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) will require a burn permit for any outdoor open burning in State Responsibility Areas (SRA) in the following CAL FIRE Units: San Mateo — Santa Cruz Mendocino Santa Clara — serving Alameda, Contra Costa, Santa Clara and areas west of I-5 in […]






Virtual Kidnapping Scam Alert!

Virtual Kidnapping Scam Alert!

Santa Cruz County Residents have recently been the victim of a phone scam. The victims received a phone call from a person claiming to have abducted one of their family members. During one of these calls the scammers called from the 811 area code. Investigating Deputies believe that the scammers are using the victim’s social […]






Neighborhood Video Partnership

Neighborhood Video Partnership

By Kary Bisagno, Sheriff’s Office Community Service Officer The Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office prides itself on pursuing new and innovative methods of crime prevention in the community. The Neighborhood Video Partnership is the latest such method being implemented by the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office. The goal of the Neighborhood Video Partnership is to […]






SC County Coroner Unit: Then and Now

SC County Coroner Unit: Then and Now

By Chris Clark, Sheriff’s Sergeant Although the County is policed by several different law enforcement agencies, the Sheriff’s Office is mandated to investigate and determine the cause and manner of deaths for nearly everyone who dies in the county. In instances of criminal, accidental, suicidal, or sudden unexplained natural deaths, the responsibility to solve these […]






Kohli earns Sheriff’s Citizen Commendation

Kohli earns Sheriff’s Citizen Commendation

This week, one of our graveyard teams surprised Johnny Kohli with a Sheriff’s Office Citizen Commendation. Last December, a 77 year old woman unknowingly drove her vehicle into a muddy field where it became stuck. She got out of her car to find help, when suddenly her vehicle mysteriously caught fire. The woman then walked […]






Graffiti Closes Capitola Skateboard Park

Graffiti Closes Capitola Skateboard Park

Due to repeated incidents of graffiti, the Capitola Skateboard Park at McGregor Park will be closed through Thursday, November 10.  Any further graffiti will result in additional closures. Another example of the few spoiling it for the many. Please contact the Capitola Soquel Times at 688-7549, by email at info@cyber-times.com with any information that will […]






Arrest Made in Fatal Hit & Run

Arrest Made in Fatal Hit & Run

Yesterday afternoon the Santa Cruz Police Department arrested Jesus Covarrubias, 26 years old from Rancho Cucamonga, in the fatal hit and run that occurred October 30, 2016. Santa Cruz Police officers also recovered the 2011 silver Honda CRV involved in the collision. It was located in Boulder Creek on a turnout near Junction Park. The […]






Hit-and-Run in Santa Cruz

Hit-and-Run in Santa Cruz

The victim who suffered life threatening injuries in the Sunday October 30th hit and run collision succumbed from those critical injuries on Saturday November 5, 2016. The victim is identified as Alexandria Arceneaux, a 20 year old UCSC student. Alexandria’s family is from Los Angeles and has been by her side at the hospital since […]






County Sheriff’s Update

County Sheriff’s Update

Dangerous Trespassing October 9 A resident awoke to the sounds of someone in their back yard on Arroyo Del Mar Ct. in Aptos. Deputies responded and located a 17-year-old male who was found to have a concealed and loaded firearm that had the serial number scratched off. In addition to the firearm, the male had […]






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