Crime Watch

Local crime and the Most Wanted list.

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 […]






Cooling Weather Helps with Loma Fire

Cooling Weather Helps with Loma Fire

With temperatures falling and more fog over the weekend, firefighters were able to reinforce existing fire lines and improve containment, bringing it up to 81%. Extremely drought stressed vegetation conditions still exist, however the potential for torching trees has decreased. Steep and inaccessible terrain continues to challenge firefighting efforts. Stumps and dead wood still have […]






Loma Fire Over 50% Contained

Loma Fire Over 50% Contained

Overnight, the Loma Fire remained moderate while firefighters continued to build and reinforce containment lines around the fire perimeter, reaching 56 percent containment. Islands of unburned dry vegetation within the fire perimeter have the potential to burn because of rolling material on steep terrain. Accessibility to the fire is hampered by narrow and congested roads. […]






Loma Fire Evacuations Lifted

Loma Fire Evacuations Lifted

Evacuations have been lifted for Santa Cruz County residents displaced by the Loma Fire. There is still an active wild land fire in the area and the Sheriff’s Office encourages residents to remain vigilant. Vehicle traffic in the previously evacuated areas will be limited due to a high number of emergency vehicles on the roadway. […]






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