Crime Watch

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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 […]

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 […]