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Kayakers Rescued; Plane Crash: Santa Cruz Co. Police Log

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY, CA – The following are recent police, court and fire stories from around Santa Cruz County. One of the two kayakers was stuck underwater and fire officials said CPR played a significant role in saving him.


Two killed by tree on Hwy. 17, 10 vehicles involved

SANTA CRUZ — Two men were killed on Highway 17 Thursday when a falling tree struck their vehicle, California Highway Patrol officer Sam Courtney said. The driver, 85, suffered major injuries and died at the scene despite lifesaving efforts. The 84-year-old passenger died after he was taken to a trau


Feds raid Santa Cruz residence

SANTA CRUZ — Agents from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security conducted a raid on a Santa Cruz residence early Friday morning as part of an “ongoing criminal investigation,” DHS spokesman Richard Rocha said.


California to sue Trump administration over national emergency declaration

Gov. Gavin Newsom said Friday that California is planning to sue the Trump administration over its declaration of a national emergency on the southern border with Mexico, delivering on a promise state Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra made last week "to reject this foolish proposal in court the moment it to


Ben Lomond point-blank shooting, maiming, rape case returns to court

SANTA CRUZ — A Ben Lomond man accused of raping a woman, attacking her with a wrench and shooting a man in the face in 2017 is scheduled to appear in Superior Court on Friday morning.


Armored vehicle, flash grenades used in arrest of two in Santa Cruz

SANTA CRUZ — More than a dozen unmarked federal vehicles swarmed the 500 block of Windsor Street Friday morning, detaining a couple who were released a few hours later. Their 10-year-old daughter was home at the time.


1 Dead As Tree Falls On Car In Santa Cruz County

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY, CA — A highway fatality has been reported by the California Highway. Patrol Thursday afternoon on southbound state Highway 17 in unincorporated Santa Cruz County, CHP officials said. Preliminary information shows a tree fell, possibly on two vehicles, just south of Summit Road and


Family of Santa Cruz murder victim speaking out about suspect hearing

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. - Dozens of family and friends of McKenzie Gilbert gathered in court today for her suspect's preliminary hearing. Gilbert was struck and killed by a driver in July of 2018 when she was walking home near West Cliff Drive in Santa Cruz, just blocks from her house when she was hit.


Chop shops busted in Santa Cruz County

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY, Calif. - Two people believed to be part of a chop shop business in Santa Cruz County are behind bars. The Santa Cruz County Auto Theft task force served search warrants at two locations looking for vehicles being disassembled for sale.


Son arrested in California killing of parents, housekeeper

SANTA ANA, Calif. – A man has been arrested on suspicion of killing his parents and their housekeeper in an upscale Southern California community, authorities said Friday. Richard Nicholson, 64, Kim Nicholson, 61, and Maria Morse, 57, were identified as the victims found dead in a Newport Beach home


Storms Bring Road Closures, Mudslides To Santa Cruz Mountains

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY (KPIX 5) — Days of rain have turned a large swath of the Santa Cruz Mountains into a muddy mess where residents on Thursday were grappling with downed trees and power line and slipping hillsides.


CHP investigating fatal and major injury crashes on Highway 17

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY, Calif. - UPDATE 2/14/2019 6:01 p.m. CHP Santa Cruz issued an update saying that a crash on Highway 17 in the northbound lanes of the summit involving a tree was fatal.


Already convicted of killing 3 women in California, his painting could help find more victims

Despite the passing years, Samuel Little still had all the details neatly filed away in corners of his mind. The particular shapes of noses. The way their hair was cut short or tumbled to their shoulders. The colors of their eyes. And decades later, as he sat in a Texas jail cell and received daily


Santa Cruz Weather Forecast For The Weekend Ahead

SANTA CRUZ, CA — Time for your weekend weather forecast, as reported by Darksky. Heavy rain until afternoon, starting again overnight, and breezy starting in the evening. Light rain until afternoon.


Defense claims client did not know woman opposed sex

SANTA CRUZ — The retrial of an accused Watsonville rapist entered the 17th day after the defense challenged notions the victim feigned enjoyment of sex to protect herself in 2015.


Slides and outages whip Santa Cruz County

SANTA CRUZ — Mudslides buried portions of southbound Highway 17 and Soquel San Jose Road on Wednesday in an atmospheric river expected to whip the Central Coast with 50 mph gusts through Thursday, according to the National Weather Service and county road officials.


This is a Homeless Emergency

In the hopes of a human response to the crisis caused by the closing of the River Street Camp and reduction in shelter space and facilities a meeting was held with city councilors Chris Krohn and Drew Glover, their interns, local unhoused people, vehicle dwellers, members of HUFF, Conscience and Act


Santa Cruz Costco Flash Mob Celebrates Cancer Victory

SANTA CRUZ, CA — The Costco in Santa Cruz is bustling with shoppers almost every day. However, it is rare for the warehouse store to be packed with shoppers who are all dancing together in the aisles.


CrossFit community raises funds for Eva Twardokens

SANTA CRUZ — CrossFit gyms in Santa Cruz and around the world are raising funds for one of their own, Eva Twardokens, who was injured in a plane crash one week ago and remains in critical condition.


Man Run Over, Killed By Truck In Santa Cruz County: CHP

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY, CA — A 47-year-old man was struck and killed by a truck in unincorporated Brookdale in Santa Cruz County on Tuesday afternoon, according to the California Highway Patrol. The collision was reported at about 2:25 p.m. on Larkspur Street just east of state Highway 9.