Deputies check Santa Cruz County sex offenders

Deputies checked on 16 registered sex offenders throughout Santa Cruz County on Friday to make sure they were following the law. A team of 10 deputies visited the homes of 15 men and one woman in Felton, Ben Lomond, Lompico, Live Oak, Watsonville and Soquel. Depending on the terms of their release or probation, deputies are allowed to search their homes for items such as child pornography and make sure they were living and working in places deemed suitable for registered sex offenders. For insta...
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Sheriff Phil Wowak to seek more deputies: Move to replenish ranks sets up budget showdown

Sheriff Phil Wowak to seek more deputies: Move to replenish ranks sets up budget showdown
Sheriff Phil Wowak signaled Tuesday he would go out fighting to put more deputies on the roads, telling the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors that crime is starting to creep up and its time to start rebuilding the department's depleted ranks. Wowak, who announced last week he would not seek re-election this year, said he wants to hire seven new personnel at the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office, resulting in more deputies to fill out depleted beats and bolster patrols in large sections of ...
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Three suspects sought in Santa Cruz County van arson

Three suspects sought in Santa Cruz County van arson
Deputies continued to track leads in the arson of two Santa Cruz County vans and an SUV in February, releasing surveillance footage of three people who fled from the fire. The black-and-white footage was shot in a parking area of the Santa Cruz County Emeline Street Complex at 8:12 p.m. Feb. 18, said Santa Cruz County sheriff's deputy Ryan Kennedy. It shows two men running to a waiting 1970s or '80s pickup with a driver. The three then drive from the fire, authorities said. The footage was poste...
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