Crime Watch

Local crime and the Most Wanted list.

Dead Tree Removal a Priority

Dead Tree Removal a Priority

CAL FIRE Provides Funds to Increase Pace and Scale of Projects in High-Priority Counties SACRAMENTO — Six million dollars have been awarded in a one-time grant to aid highpriority counties impacted by California’s historic tree mortality. CAL FIRE’s Local Assistance for Tree Mortality (LATM) Grant Program will provide the matching funds for counties to be […]

Sheriff’s Office Warns of Theft and Burglaries From Commercial Storage

Sheriff’s Office Warns of Theft and Burglaries From Commercial Storage

The Santa Cruz Sheriff’s Office has recently noticed an uptick in theft and burglaries from commercial storage locker facilities. In response to this increase, Sheriff’s Detectives completed an extensive review of reports taken from all facilities located within the unincorporated County. Within the past 12 months, there have been 43 reports of burglary at these […]

Defendant Sentenced For Death of Scott Brunton

Defendant Sentenced For Death of Scott Brunton

District Attorney Jeffrey S. Rosell announced today that Violeta Chacon Cervantes was sentenced to 11 years in prison for the death of Scott Kenneth Brunton. Cervantes was convicted of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and leaving the scene of an accident. Assistant District Attorney Alex Byers prosecuted the case. On December 11, 2016 at approximately […]

SCPD Launches Body-Worn Camera Field Test

SCPD Launches Body-Worn Camera Field Test

Santa Cruz Police Department today announced the launch of a body-worn camera pilot test program. “We are excited to finally bring this body-camera initiative to our department,” said Deputy Chief Rick Martinez. “It speaks directly to our desire to be transparent with our community.” The overall goal of the body worn camera program is to […]

Suspect Wanted for Attempted Murder

Suspect Wanted for Attempted Murder

Early Thursday morning at about 5:45 am, the Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a victim of a gunshot wound. We learned that during an argument, 28-year-old Austin Combs was reported to have shot another man in the face with a handgun. The victim sustained serious but non-life threatening injuries. Combs fled the scene […]

Animal Shelter Officers Make Felony Arrest

Animal Shelter Officers Make Felony Arrest

The Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter has arrested Watsonville resident Dustin Davis, 44, on suspicion of felony animal cruelty after a neighbor recorded him abusing and tormenting a dog. On July 17, 2017 an alert neighbor on the 100 block of Paseo Drive in Watsonville used a cell phone to capture a male subject in […]

Santa Cruz Resident Shot in Gang Related Incident

Santa Cruz Resident Shot in Gang Related Incident

SCPD Asking for Witnesses To Come Forward On July 16, 2017 at approximately 2047 hours (8:47 p.m.), 23 year-old Jose Luis Mendoza of Santa Cruz, was shot by two assailants while walking eastbound on Barson St. at the intersection of Ocean St. Witnesses reported seeing two men wearing hoodies, drive by in a small dark […]

USPP $10k Reward for Information About Aug. 6 Aquatic Park Fatality

USPP $10k Reward for Information About Aug. 6 Aquatic Park Fatality

SAN FRANCISCO — The United States Park Police is continuing to investigate a fatal shooting that occurred in Aquatic Park shortly before 10 pm on Saturday, August 6, 2016. Calvin Riley, a 20 year-old male from San Mateo, California was tragically killed while walking along the promenade near Van Ness Ave. The United States Park […]

Law Enforcement Kept Busy on Fourth of July

Law Enforcement Kept Busy on Fourth of July

Watsonville had 141 calls for service on Tuesday, including 51 calls regarding illegal fireworks. This is in contrast to Watsonville’s 73 fireworks calls in 2016 and its160 calls for service last year. Santa Cruz Police Department spokeswoman Joyce Blaschke said the holiday’s timing during the workweek helped reduce crowds in the city. The police responded to 467 […]

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 […]

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