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12/9/11 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - "I lied about a lot of things when I was arrested Mr. Wade," defendant Stewart Law Skuba told Assistant District Attorney Rob Wade. "At the time, I was in dire fear for my life and for my family's life and well-being."

 

12/9/11 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - The preliminary hearing for a La Selva Beach man charged with molesting two young girls has been pushed back to Jan. 23.

 

12/9/11 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - Members of the gang force pulled over a pickup at the intersection of 17th Avenue and Capitola Road in Live Oak for a vehicle code violation , according to Gang Task Force Commander Mario Sulay.

 

12/6/11 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - After deliberating for more than a week, jurors Tuesday found Michael Patrick McClish guilty of two counts of murder for the slayings more than five years ago of Joanna "Asha" Veil and her unborn baby.

 

11/9/11 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - Stewart Skuba, 33, is accused of trying to disable Elias Sorokin with chloroform in Santa Cruz in an attempt to steal about 10 pounds of Sorokin's marijuana. When that didn't work, prosecutors allege that Sorokin was beaten unconscious and then thrown off a cliff on the North Coast. The 29-year-old's body has never been found.

11/9/11 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - Tiny fibers found in a former Ben Lomond man's truck were chemically indistinguishable from fibers pulled from the body of the pregnant woman he's accused of killing in 2006, a forensic expert testified Tuesday.  Michael McClish, 42, is charged with murder for the deaths of Joanna "Asha" Veil and her unborn child.

11/3/11 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - The ex-wife of a man charged with killing a pregnant woman in Ben Lomond testified in court Wednesday that he asked her to lie about his whereabouts on the evening Joanna "Asha" Veil was last seen. 

Trial begins for former Ben Lomond man accused of killing a 28-year-old woman and her unborn child in 2006

On the evening a 28-year-old pregnant woman went missing, she'd told her college friend she planned to ask the man she believed was the father of her child for a paternity test, a witness testified Wednesday in the murder trial of a former Ben Lomond man.

Judge to sentence Watsonville gang member who ditched gun in park

A 25-year-old Watsonville gang member pleaded guilty Wednesday to illegal gun possession and other charges after police saw him try to ditch an unregistered handgun in Ramsay Park in August.

Former middle school teacher sentenced to 17 years in prison for molesting student

8/23/11 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - A former Aptos Junior High teacher was sentenced Monday to 17 years in state prison for molesting a student.....READ MORE
  
8/23/11 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - A 21-year-old Santa Cruz man accused of robbing and raping a barista at Kind Grind coffee shop near the Santa Cruz Harbor in 2008 was held to answer on all charges in a preliminary hearing Monday....READ MORE
 
7/14/11 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - The 28-year-old Soquel man who drove his car deliberately into oncoming traffic faces 15 years to life in prison if convicted of murder, Santa Cruz County prosecutors said today....READ MORE
  
7/14/11 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - A murder trial in the shooting death of 19-year-old Angel Escobedo in Watsonville continued Wednesday with emotional testimony from the victim's brother.....READ MORE
 
7/14/11 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - The 28 year-old Soquel man accused of intentionally crashing his SUV into a woman's car on Highway 17 is expected to be charged with murder today, the District Attorney's Office said....READ MORE
 

7/13/11 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - The 28 year-old Soquel man accused of intentionally crashing his SUV into a woman's car on Highway 17 has been charged with murder, the District Attorney's Office reported today....READ MORE

 
7/13/11 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - Attorneys gave opening statements Tuesday in a murder trial that two separate juries will decide for two defendants. Julian Escobar, 26, is accused of shooting to death 19-year-old Angel Escobedo on a basketball court in the Apple Hill neighborhood near Green Valley Road in Watsonville. Jose Avelino "Gordo" Sandoval, 27, is accused of being his accomplice.....READ MORE

 

 
7/7/11 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - A jury on Wednesday found a 27-year-old Watsonville man guilty of raping and assaulting a woman on East Lake Avenue on Feb. 11, 2009.....READ MORE
 
7/7/11 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - A 30-year-old man was charged Wednesday with a rape and car theft that began at a business on Freedom Boulevard in Watsonville.....READ MORE
 
6/28/11 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - District Attorney Bob Lee announced Tuesday that parole was denied for Kenneth Donney who was convicted in 1995 for the killing of his wife, Nina Leibman.....READ MORE
 
6/24/11- Santa Cruz Sentinel - It was clear during a Superior Court hearing Friday that the lives of two men were shattered, to varying degrees, because one of them struck a motorcycle on Highway 1 almost two years ago and drove away - without stopping or calling for help.....READ MORE
 
6/24/11 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - Arnulfo "Nui" Anaya, the Garfield Park Village handyman whose arrest on a gun charge prompted the owners to fire him, sparking an outcry from residents, was sentenced Thursday to jail time for a drug possession conviction.....READ MORE
 
6/21/11 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - Elliott Dess, the 21-year-old driver accused of hitting cyclist Zachary Parke on Empire Grade Road, pleaded not guilty today to charges that included vehicular manslaughter and felony hit-and-run.....READ MORE
 
6/21/11 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - April Parke, the mother of the cyclist who was killed on Empire Grade Road in a hit-and-run, said Monday that she wanted the suspected driver to understand the "value of life" as the case moves to court this week.....READ MORE
 
6/17/11 - Santa Cruz Sentinel -A 23-year-old man who admitted to possession of cocaine, meth, oxycontin and illegal weapons was sentenced Thursday to three years in prison.....READ MORE
 
6/16//11 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - A man convicted of molesting and drowning a 3-year-old girl in Lompico in 1988 will be released some time between today and June 25, following a ruling by the state parole board.....READ MORE
 
6/15/11 - Santa Cruz Sentinel  - A 38-year-old Live Oak man was sentenced to six months in jail and three years of felony probation on Wednesday after he rode his bike over a 3-year-old in San Lorenzo Park.....READ MORE

 

 
6/15/11 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - A 53-year-old man was sentenced Tuesday to more than 10 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to setting fire to the Santa Cruz city attorney's office....READ MORE

 

 
6/8/11 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - DNA evidence was presented Tuesday in the trial of two men accused of killing a Los Angeles man during a botched 2009 drug deal in a Felix Street garage.....READ MORE
 

Man sentenced in DUI, weapons case6/4/11 - Santa Cruz Sentinel- Judge John Gallagher Thursday sentenced a 31-year-old man to four years in prison for felony driving under the influence, hit-and-run and possession of metal knuckles,

the District Attorney's Office announced.....READ MORE
 
6/2/11 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - In an all-too-familiar courtroom scene, two young gang members were sentenced Wednesday to decades in prison for a gang-related stabbing and shooting.  Jordan James Macias, 21, and Abraham Santoyo, 19, were charged with a lengthy string of felonies for the high-profile March 5, 2010, attack at Cabrillo Lanes on Auto Center Drive....READ MORE
 
6/2/11 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - In a chilling case that has dragged on for years, a former Ocean Street liquor store clerk was sentenced Thursday to 40 years to life in prison for sexually assaulting a 3-year-old after breaking into her family's apartment more than 10 years ago.....READ MORE
 

Trial continues in slaying of LA businessman Elias Sorokin allegedly killed during a drug sale

5/26/11 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - Testimony continued for the second day Wednesday in the trial of two men accused of the 2009 murder of a Los Angeles man who prosecutors allege was killed in Santa Cruz during a marijuana deal.....READ MORE
 
5/25/11 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - Alexander Napolean Reyes was sentenced Wednesday to one year in jail, five years probation and lifetime registration as a sex offender for abusing a teen he met while employed at her school.....READ MORE
5/23/11 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - David Alford was sentenced to 25 years to life Monday for shooting and killing an unarmed man two years ago and dumping his body off Highway 1 in Big Sur.....READ MORE 

 

5/12/11 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - A judge ruled Wednesday that a 22-year-old Sacramento man will face a trial on two charges of pandering related to an April incident with a 17-year-old prostitute in a motel room on Ocean Street.....READ MORE
 
5/12/11 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - A man claiming to be from Santa Cruz County Superior Court has been harassing residents and demanding money in a phone scam, the District Attorney's Office reported.....READ MORE
 

5/11/11 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - A 31-year-old Watsonville man pleaded guilty Monday to four sexual abuse charges and he is expected to be sentenced to up to 14 years in prison, the District Attorney's Office reported .....READ MORE

Trial expected in Lower Ocean motel sex case in Santa Cruz

5/11/11 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - A judge ruled Wednesday that a 22-year-old Sacramento man will face a trial on two charges of pandering related to an April incident with a 17-year-old prostitute in a motel room on Ocean Street.....READ MORE

 

Four who participated in Peace Camp 2010 found guilty

5/3/11 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - Four of five defendants on trial for unlawful lodging in Santa Cruz County Superior Court were convicted Tuesday.....READ MORE  

4/25/11 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - A 41-year-old Watsonville man accused of selling methamphetamine twice to a police informant took the witness stand Monday in his own defense.....READ MORE
 
4/21/11 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - A 31-year-old Santa Cruz man who was discovered with more than a pound of cocaine in his house was sentenced to two years in state prison by a Santa Cruz County Superior judge Wednesday.....READ MORE
 
4/14/11 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - Two Watsonville gang members pleaded no contest Wednesday to attempted murder in a March 2010 stabbing and shooting at a now-defunct Watsonville bowling alley.....READ MORE
 
4/14/11 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - A 39-year-old man convicted of child molestation last week is expected to face a new trial on a charge in which a jury did not reach a verdict. On April 5, Jason Seth Albion O'Connell was convicted of burglarizing a home on Blaine Street in Santa Cruz and molesting a 3-year-old girl stemming from an incident in 1998. After several weeks of trial, a jury convicted him of burglary and all counts related to molestation but one -- forced oral copulation, according to court records.....READ MORE
  
4/13/11 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - Two Watsonville gang members pleaded no contest today to attempted murder in a stabbing and shooting at a Watsonville bowling alley....READ MORE
  
4/9/11 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - It was the strands of hair collected from a trash can. It was the DNA collected from the coffee shop near the Santa Cruz Harbor where a 23-year-old barista was raped at knife point before dawn in March 2008, authorities said....READ MORE
  
4/8/11 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - Shonn Marcus Montalvo Jr. and Robert Avila, both of Watsonville, entered a plea bargain with prosecutors Thursday to settle gang and weapon charges from a recent arrest.....READ MORE
 
4/7/11 - Santa Cruz Sentinel -  A 39-year-old man was convicted again Tuesday of breaking into a Santa Cruz apartment and molesting a 3-year-old girl in 1998.... READ MORE
 
4/6/11 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - A judge today set a Sept. 26 preliminary hearing for Maurice Ainsworth, the Santa Cruz man accused of escaping from a Sheriff's deputy and stealing her gun in a five-hour rampage through a preschool and several neighbors' homes....READ MORE
 
4/6/11 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - Julio "Sleepy" Cabrera, a 28-year-old man convicted in a 2010 shooting at a Watsonville restaurant, was sentenced Tuesday to 14 years and 8 months in state prison, a judge decided.....READ MORE 
 
4/6/11 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - A judge on Tuesday declined a prosecution request to increase bail for an 18-year-old Watsonville man accused of pistol whipping a man and firing a gun in the air outside a house party in Soquel....READ MORE
 
4/1/11 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - A jury began deliberations Friday in the case of a 39-year-old man accused of breaking into a Santa Cruz apartment and molesting a 3-year-old girl.....READ MORE
 
4/1/11 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - A former gang member testified Friday for the prosecution during a preliminary hearing for three men accused of murdering a man on Roache Road in Watsonville in 2009...READ MORE
 
3/29/11 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - A gang member Monday continued testifying against three former cohorts accused of murdering a man outside his Roache Road home, providing a glimpse inside the workings of a Watsonville gang....READ MORE
 
3/28/11 - Santa Cruz Sentinel -  A gang member Monday continued testifying against three former cohorts accused of murdering a man outside his Roache Road home, providing a glimpse inside the workings of a Watsonville gang.....READ MORE
  
3/24/11 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - A 17-year-old gang member testified Thursday that he was in the same car as two men when with a gun on the night a 20-year-ol1d man was shot dead on Roache Road in Watsonville in 2009....READ MORE
  
3/23/11 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - Three Watsonville men accused in the slaying of a 20-year-old man in 2009 will continue a preliminary hearing Thursday, a Santa Cruz County Superior Court judge decided. A witness to the alleged murder also is expected to take the stand.....READ MORE
  
3/23/11 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - A Westside maintenance man who recently lost his job because of a controversial gun conviction will face a hearing for alleged drug possession during his work furlough, a Santa Cruz County Superior judge ruled Wednesday.....READ MORE
  
3/23/11 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - A young Soquel man who has been in two drunken driving-related collisions, including a 2007 crash in which his two cousins died, was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of violating the conditions of his recent release in a DUI case.....READ MORE
  
3/22/11 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - Laura Alford was found not guilty of accessory to murder late Monday, three days after her father, David Alford, was convicted of second degree murder in the same case, the District Attorney's Office reported.....READ MORE
  
3/18/11 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - David Alford was convicted of second-degree murder and personal use of a firearm, a jury decided Friday, setting up a potential sentence of 40 years to life in the slaying of Hans Heath....READ MORE
  
3/18/11 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - Three gang members were sentenced to state prison time Thursday for crimes including attempted murder, assault and weapons violations, District Attorney Bob Lee said....READ MORE
  
3/15/11 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - Rarely used DNA from a suspect's family member helped authorities link a 21-year-old Santa Cruz man to a 2008 robbery and sexual assault at the Kind Grind Coffee Shop near the Santa Cruz Harbor, police reported.....READ MORE
 
3/15/11 - KSBW - Police on Monday announced the arrest of a man for the brutal sexual assault of a 23-year-old woman that took place at a Santa Cruz coffee shop three years ago....READ MORE
 
3/11/11 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - During closing arguments Thursday, prosecutor Celia Rowland offered a new theory of what happened the night of April 20, 2009, when David Alford is accused of killing Hans Heath and Laura Alford allegedly covered it up.....READ MORE
  
3/10/11 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - Murder defendant David Alford finished his testimony in Santa Cruz County Superior Court on Wednesday, and closing arguments are expected this morning.....READ MORE
  
3/9/11 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - An 18-year-old responsible for more than 160 graffiti tags in Santa Cruz County in recent months was sentenced to 270 days in jail and ordered to pay more than $20,000 in restitution to the victims, a Santa Cruz County Superior judge ruled Wednesday.....READ MORE
  
3/9/11- Santa Cruz Sentinel - Defendant David Alford said in cross examination Tuesday that he was trying to hold Hans Heath's head with his left hand and hit him with his handgun in his right hand when the gun discharged, killing Heath and shattering Alford's finger and wedding ring....READ MORE
  
3/8/11 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - Speaking with a slight drawl and smiling through his mustache, murder defendant David Alford took the witness stand Monday and said Hans Heath threatened to cut his throat the night Heath was killed.....READ MORE
  
3/8/11 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - A 28-year-old man who prosecutors said stole 36 bottles of vintage liquor in Scotts Valley and ran from police when spotted in the Santa Cruz Mountains will go to trial, a Santa Cruz County Superior Judge ruled Monday.....READ MORE
  
3/5/11 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - Prosecutors and defense attorneys in the murder trial of defendant David Alford said he may take the witness stand on Monday to tell his side of what happened the night of April 20, 2009.....READ MORE
  
3/3/11 - Mercury News - ....That has everyone from the District Attorney's Office to the Parks Department weighing the impact, with District Attorney Bob Lee protesting the proposal....READ MORE
 

  
2/23/11 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - Manuel Rosas, the 24-year-old Watsonville man charged with shooting to death a teenager in 2005, was held to answer on murder charges Wednesday, a Santa Cruz County Superior judge decided.....READ MORE
  
2/22/11 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - More than five years after an 18-year-old boy with a broken leg was gunned down while riding a bike in Watsonville, the man police believe shot him appeared in Santa Cruz County Superior Court on Tuesday to determine if there's enough evidence to take his case to trial....READ MORE
 
2/18/11 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - Attorneys delivered opening statements Friday in the murder trial of a 56-year-old Sunny Cove man who allegedly shot and killed a man he met that day outside an East Cliff Drive liquor store.....READ MORE
  
2/16/11 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - A man arrested last year as part of the Operation Groundhog crackdown on a Watsonville Sureno gang was sentenced Tuesday to five years in prison for heroin sales and other charges....READ MORE
 
2/10/11 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - A new trial date will be set for 40-year-old Kenneth Clamp on March 3, a Santa Cruz County Superior judge decided Wednesday.....READ MORE
 
2/9/11 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - Man sentenced to 7 years in injury accident.  A 31-year-old Watsonville man was sentenced Tuesday to seven years in state prison after he was convicted of drunken driving and other charges for a crash on Holohan Road in Watsonville in August that injured two people, the District Attorney's Office reported....READ MORE
 
2/8/11 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - Santa Cruz pro surfer Anthony Ruffo will face trial in May on charges of possession of drugs for sale, a Santa Cruz County Superior Court judge decided Tuesday....READ MORE
 
2/7/11 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - A 26-year-old student at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey faces up to three years in prison in connection with images of child porn found on a file-sharing network on his computer, prosecutors said.....READ MORE
 
2/4/11 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - Judge Paul Burdick on Thursday denied a defense motion to remove a prosecutor from a child sex assault case after the defense attorney argued that the prosecutor had questioned the victim alone at one point and would need to be called as a witness.....READ MORE
  
2/4/11 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - A judge on Thursday denied a bid to release two Aptos brothers accused of molestation pending resolution of their cases....READ MORE
 
2/3/11 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - A year after getting the assignment, a psychiatrist has not completed his analysis of the sanity of an Aptos woman accused of killing her 3-year-old daughter, a judge said today.....READ MORE
  
2/3/11 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - A 54-year-old former mortgage broker pleaded not guilty to embezzlement and all other charges on Thursday, and a Santa Cruz County Superior judge ordered her to be released under supervision until a Feb. 24 court date.....READ MORE
  
2/2/11 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - A 53-year-old man accused of threatening a woman with a knife and trying to rape her in a River Street parking lot pleaded not guilty to assault charges Wednesday. Gary Oran Smith, who police said had lived in Colorado and arrived in Santa Cruz about three weeks ago, pleaded not guilty to charges of assault with intent to rape and assault with a deadly weapon.....READ MORE
  
Felton murder case snags again on questions of competency
2/2/11 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - A former Felton man appeared in court Wednesday as prosecutors again tried to hold the schizophrenic man accountable for killing his roommate in 2006.....READ MORE
  
2/2/11 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - Prosecutors Tuesday sought a bail increase for a Las Lomas gang member facing a prison term of more than 14 years on assault and gang charges, but Judge Jeff Almquist declined that request and left the bail at $350,000, prosecutor Alex Byers said....READ MORE
  
2/2/11 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - A trial date of March 14 was set Wednesday for a man accused of attempted murder in the stabbing of a man at a homeless camp near Western Drive.....READ MORE
  
2/2/11 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - Two men and a 16-year-old boy charged in connection with an April 2009 stabbing death of a homeless man in Watsonville will go to trial on Oct. 3, a Santa Cruz County Superior Court judge decided Wednesday.....READ MORE
  
2/2/11- Santa Cruz Sentinel - Prosecutors from Santa Cruz County and several other counties won a $2.65 million settlement Tuesday against Los Angeles-based Irwin Naturals Inc., which was accused of not labeling products for lead and mishandling mail orders.....READ MORE
  
1/31/11 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - A Watsonville area man was sentenced Monday to a year in County Jail for having sex and giving marijuana to a 14-year-old girl. The man's father is pending trial for allegedly having abused the same victim starting when she was 7 years old.....READ MORE
  
1/27/11 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - A Watsonville teen has admitted to attempted murder and gang charges stemming from a stabbing last summer, District Attorney Bob Lee announced today.....READ MORE
 
1/26/11 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - A judge on Tuesday set a March 9 demurrer hearing for 17-year-old Christian Speaker, who is accused of robbing two stores and shooting a convenience store owner to death during an October robbery in Watsonville.....READ MORE
  
1/26/11 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - A 43-year-old Brookdale man who was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of inappropriately touching children may have other victims in Santa Cruz County, the Sheriff's Office reported.....READ MORE
  
1/26/11 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - A 38-year-old Santa Cruz man who wielded a machete at another driver during a fit of road rage was sentenced to one year in County Jail, a judge decided Tuesday.....READ MORE
 
1/26/11 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - A 24-year-old jail inmate who led authorities on a five-hour manhunt after escaping from a hospital will face an April 4 preliminary hearing, a Santa Cruz County Superior judge decided Tuesday....READ MORE
 
1/21/11 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - A 26-year-old Aptos man pled guilty to five felony sex crimes Friday, according to the Santa Cruz County District Attorney's Office....READ MORE
 
1/21/11 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - On the heels of a new county allegation of illegal construction at the Brookdale Inn and Spa, a Santa Cruz Superior Court judge ruled Thursday that inn owner Sanjiv Kakkar will face a criminal trial in March for allegedly mishandling workers' compensation.....READ MORE
 
1/20/11 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - A judge denied a request to lower the $350,000 bail for a 49-year-old San Francisco engineer accused of inappropriately touching two 9-year-olds in Santa Cruz County.....READ MORE
 
1/20/11 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - At least six illegal gambling machines that bilked players out of thousands of dollars have been seized by county authorities in the past two weeks, according to the Santa Cruz County District Attorney's Office.....READ MORE
 
1/19/11 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - A 49-year-old engineer at the Legion of Honor art museum in San Francisco pleaded not guilty Tuesday to allegations that he fondled two children younger than 14 over seven months in Santa Cruz County.....READ MORE
 
1/14/11 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - Two Las Lomas brothers admitted to assault and other charges Friday for a shooting last year in an East Lake Avenue restaurant, District Attorney Bob Lee said.....READ MORE
 
1/13/11 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - Jaime Galdamez Guevara will go to trial on murder charges in connection with the slaying of two men at Canfield Street apartment in January 2010, a judge decided Wednesday.....READ MORE
 
1/12/11 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - Jaime Galdamez Guevara was held to answer on two murder charges and all other charges in connection with January 2010 shootings at a Canfield Street apartment building, a judge decided this morning....READ MORE
  
1/12/11 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - A judge is expected to decide today whether a 19-year-old suspected gang member will be held to answer on murder charges stemming from a January 2010 slaying of two men in a Canfield Street apartment in Santa Cruz....READ MORE
  
1/11/11 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - Witnesses testified for the first time Monday against a 19-year-old accused of killing two men in a Santa Cruz apartment complex in January 2010.....READ MORE
  
1/7/11 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - A judge Friday ordered two Scotts Valley teens to jail for breaking into a Navigator Drive home in May and stealing an AK-47 assault rifle, a Desert Eagle .44 caliber pistol and three other guns....READ MORE
  
1/7/11 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - A man convicted of attempted murder for firing a gun at his girlfriend's car will be sentenced March 15, a judge decided Thursday..... READ MORE
  
1/7/11 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - A Watsonville man arrested in a gang-related shooting at a Sycamore Street apartment complex in July admitted to assault and gang charges Thursday in exchange for an eight-year prison sentence, prosecutors said.....READ MORE
  
1/5/11 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - A 20-year-old man charged with 26 counts of vandalism in connection with graffiti throughout Santa Cruz will head to trial on Feb. 3, a judge decided Tuesday.....READ MORE
 
12/22/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - Three alleged gang members accused of killing a 20-year-old man in Watsonville in September 2009 received a new court date on Wednesday on their way to a preliminary hearing....READ MORE
  
 12/22/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - A 75-year-old Santa Cruz man faces 12 years in prison after he pleaded guilty Monday to lewd acts with a girl that began when the victim was 4....READ MORE
  
12/22/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - A 60-year-old Watsonville man admitted Tuesday to ongoing sexual abuse of a teen girl and is expected to be sentenced to 12 years in prison.....READ MORE
 
12/22/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - Jyler Raines, the 21-year-old accused of a Los Gatos home invasion with Maurice Ainsworth, is set to appear in court with Ainsworth on Jan. 11, a Santa Cruz Superior judge decided Wednesday.....READ MORE
  
12/22/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - In a muted end to a high-profile weapons and drugs case, a Larkin Valley man was sentenced Tuesday to 45 days in County Jail after admitting to two misdemeanor charges.....READ MORE
  
12/22/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - A jury on Tuesday convicted a Watsonville man of trying to kill his girlfriend by shooting at her as she drove away from him during an argument.....READ MORE
  
12/16/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - Prosecutors have not filed charges against Peter Spiro Ballas, the Live Oak man authorities linked to a suspicious package left at the district attorney's house Tuesday, but a female prosecutor has alleged that Ballas has harassed her.....READ MORE
  
12/16/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - Massachusetts-based group that says it will fight for freedom at all cost is claiming responsibility for shutting down the Santa Cruz County government website today.....READ MORE
  
12/14/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - Raul "Kool-Aid" Guzman will go to trial in 2011 for alleged criminal gang activity and felony possession of cocaine, a Santa Cruz judge ruled Monday....READ MORE
  
A suspicious package found on top of the truck belonging to District Attorney Bob Lee on Tuesday morning turned out to be a letter and book....READ MORE
  
12/14/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - A jury on Monday acquitted 17-year-old Fabio Jesus Lopez of attempted murder and related charges stemming from a December 2009 shooting on the Pajaro River levee.....READ MORE

Fabio Jesus Lopez on trial, faces life in prison for gang-related shooting near the Pajaro River levee

12/9/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - A Watsonville teen is on trial in a case that could send him to prison for life. Fabio Jesus Lopez was 16 on the afternoon of Dec. 22, 2009, when he allegedly fired several shots at three other men in the Pajaro River levee area near Rodriguez and West Front streets.....READ MORE

  

12/8/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - A Santa Cruz judge on Wednesday raised Maurice Ainsworth's bail to $2 million in connection with a Nov. 29 armed escape from Dominican Hospital that led authorities on a nearly five hour manhunt.....READ MORE
  
  
  

12/8/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - District Attorney Bob Lee filed a 29-count criminal complaint late Tuesday against Maurice Lamont Ainsworth, the jail inmate accused of assaulting a sheriff's deputy and shooting at a bystander before terrorizing a nearby preschool and family during a five-hour manhunt last week....READ MORE

12/7/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - District Attorney Bob Lee filed a 29-count criminal complaint today against Maurice Ainsworth, the jail inmate who broke free of a sheriff's deputy, turned her stun gun on her and led authorities on a five-hour manhunt last week.....READ MORE

12/7/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - The Sheriff's Office recommended a raft of felony charges Monday against jail inmate Maurice Ainsworth in connection with a brazen escape and armed crime spree that led to a five-hour manhunt last week.....READ MORE
  
12/1/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - The three men and two women arrested Nov. 16 in connection with a seizure of more than 100 pounds of marijuana, 13 assault rifles and a speedboat pleaded not guilty to all charges in Santa Cruz Superior Court on Tuesday.....READ MORE
  
 12/1/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - A man accused of killing a 26-year-old man during a meth transaction near Branciforte Creek was held to answer Monday on a murder charge and is expected to go to trial, said prosecutor Jeff Rosell....READ MORE
  
11/23/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - A Watsonville teenager was sentenced Monday to 15 years in prison for shooting a man during a botched robbery on the Pajaro River levee in May.....READ MORE
  
11/22/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - A 24-year-old man was sentenced today to two years in prison after admitting to vandalism and inciting a riot charges stemming from the May Day melee in downtown Santa Cruz.....READ MORE
  
11/18/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel -  A trial date of April 11 was scheduled Thursday for two men accused of attempted murder and other charges for a shooting in a Watsonville bowling alley which injured a 7-year-old child. The intended target, a 20-year-old man who had dropped out of the assailants' gang, was stabbed in the attack also, police said.....READ MORE
  
10/26/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - A Santa Cruz Superior Court Judge on Tuesday decided to continue the case of Wensy Sanchez, the 39-year-old Santa Cruz man accused of slashing the throat of his girlfriend in an apartment on Morrissey Boulevard in July....READ MORE
  
10/26/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - The 17-year-old suspected of shooting and killing a clerk during a robbery last week in Watsonville will be tried as an adult, District Attorney Bob Lee said Monday. Prosecutors will seek life in prison without the possibility of parole.....READ MORE
  

Seventeen-year-old Christian Speaker of Eureka held in murder of Watsonville shopkeeper

10/25/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - Police say 17-year-old Christian Speaker, who is suspected of shooting and killing Yahya Saleh Ali Ahmed at the Fiesta Latino Market in Watsonville on Oct. 19, had fled a Central Valley group home three days prior.....READ MORE

Boulder Creek man pleads no contest in baby throwing incident

10/15/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - A 24-year-old Boulder Creek man pleaded no contest Thursday to felony charges of child endangerment after throwing a 22-month-old baby out of a Volkswagen in April....READ MORE

Preliminary hearing starts in 2009 Pajaro Valley berry field murder

10/13/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - Witnesses testified for the first time Wednesday against three men charged in connection with the stabbing death of a 35-year-old man who was dumped in a Pajaro Valley berry field.....READ MORE

Man accused of killing Live Oak roommate enters not-guilty plea

10/8/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - The man accused of killing his Live Oak roommate pleaded not guilty Friday to murder charges.  Louis Nicholas "Nick" Kusalich, 49, was arrested last week at his father's 20-acre property in Soquel, after climbing into a tree and threatening suicide.....READ MORE

Man charged in May 1 riot in downtown Santa Cruz pleads no contest

10/8/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - One of the men charged in connection with the vandalism of downtown businesses on May 1 pleaded no contest to a count of felony vandalism and one misdemeanor count of inciting a riot, the District Attorney's Office announced Thursday.....READ MORE

Woman sentenced in sex abuse case

10/5/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - A Boulder Creek woman who tried to conceal her husband's sexual abuse of a pre-teen girl was sentenced to three years in prison, the District Attorney's Office announced Monday....READ MORE

9/28/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - The case involving three men accused of killing a Los Angeles businessman during a drug deal gone sideways will be refiled Wednesday so that the men charged with the same crimes can testify against each other, according to the District Attorney's Office.....READ MORE
  
9/17/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - The trial for three men accused of killing a Los Angeles man during a botched drug deal last year will not start Monday as planned and could be split into two separate trials.....READ MORE
  
  
9/16/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - A woman who pleaded guilty to driving drunk and causing a crash that killed two men in November was sentenced to 26 years in state prison by a Santa Cruz County Superior Court judge Wednesday.....READ MORE

Man pleads guilty to 2008 shooting

9/16/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - An Aptos man accused of shooting at a Soquel High basketball star in March 2008 pleaded guilty Wednesday to attempted murder and gun charges, which carry a 25-year prison sentence, according to Assistant District Attorney David Sherman.....READ MORE

9/14/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - Two Scotts Valley High graduates admitted Monday that they stole five guns, including an AK-47 assault rifle, and other property during the burglary of a Scotts Valley house this spring.....READ MORE
  
9/2/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - A judge signed a $50,000 arrest warrant Tuesday for a Greek mother who disobeyed a federal court order in June when she failed to return her son to his father, a Watsonville native, the Santa Cruz County District Attorney's Office reported.....READ MORE
  
9/1/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - A teenage Watsonville gang member who accidentally shot his 16-year-old girlfriend in the head on Easter Sunday pleaded no contest to an assault charge Tuesday and was sentenced to seven years in state prison....READ MORE
  
8/31/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - A homeless man killed on the Pajaro River levee in April 2009 suffered two fatal wounds during a brutal beating allegedly delivered by a group of Watsonville gang members and another homeless man, authorities said Monday during the preliminary hearing for four of the seven accused of crimes related to the slaying.....READ MORE
 
8/31/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - A San Lorenzo Valley magician who pursued a sexual relationship with a 12-year-old girl he met while performing at a birthday party will serve six years in state prison, a judge ruled last week.....READ MORE
 
8/26/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - A former Ben Lomond man accused of killing a pregnant Polish immigrant nearly four years ago will stand trial, a judge ruled Wednesday....READ MORE
 
8/25/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - Joanna "Asha" Veil planned to confront the man she thought could be the father of her child, demand a paternity test and ask for child support if the baby was his, she told a friend in possibly the last phone conversation the pregnant Polish immigrant ever had.....READ MORE
 
8/23/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - Joanna "Asha" Veil, the pregnant Ben Lomond Market cashier found slain nearly four years ago, was hit in the back of the head, then strangled with a rope.....READ MORE
 
8/18/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - Forensic evidence has linked a fifth man to the October slaying of a Santa Cruz High School student, but the wanted man is on the run, police announced Wednesday.....READ MORE
 
8/17/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - A Capitola man accused of killing an alleged drug dealer pleaded not guilty Tuesday to one count of murder and a special allegation he used a gun.....READ MORE
 
8/13/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - A woman pleaded guilty Thursday to driving drunk and causing a head-on crash that killed two men on Highway 1 in November, the District Attorney's Office reported.....READ MORE
 
8/11/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - The sister of an alleged Salinas gang member accused of gunning down a teenager in Watsonville last year told a judge Tuesday that her brother and the other man charged in the case were at Stanford Medical Center when the fatal shooting occurred.....READ MORE
 
8/6/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - An Aptos Junior High School teacher accused of having a sexual relationship with a 13-year-old female student has resigned, a school district official said Thursday.....READ MORE
 
8/5/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - A teenager convicted of fatally stabbing another teen during a fight in a Beach Hill motel room nearly two years ago may spend the rest of his life in prison, a judge ruled Wednesday.....READ MORE
 
8/4/10  - Santa Cruz Sentinel - A Capitola man accused of killing his alleged drug dealer, then leaving the dead man's body in a car parked at Soquel High School, made his first court appearance Tuesday, but did not enter a plea.....READ MORE
 
8/3/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - A Boulder Creek man who pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a teenage girl known to him, and then teaming up with his wife to try to convince the girl not to report the abuse, was sentenced to 17 years, 8 months in prison during a hearing Monday morning, the District Attorney's Office reported....READ MORE
  
7/30/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - A Santa Cruz restaurateur accused of possessing child pornography pleaded not guilty to charges Thursday, prosecutor Andrew Isaac said....READ MORE
  
7/29/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - Friends of a Santa Cruz woman slain in the Morrissey Boulevard apartment she shared with her boyfriend interrupted the savage attack but could not stop Wensy Sanchez from allegedly thrusting a large kitchen knife through the woman's neck, the District Attorney told a judge Thursday morning.....READ MORE
  
 

  
7/29/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - A Watsonville woman who kept miniature poodles in small cages trapped amid their own feces and urine pleaded no contest to animal neglect charges last week and was banned from having pets, county Animal Services officials reported Thursday.....READ MORE
 
7/27/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - A Santa Cruz man accused of slashing his girlfriends' throat in their Eastside apartment early Saturday sometimes smirked and tapped his foot nervously during his first court appearance Tuesday.....READ MORE
 
7/27/10- Santa Cruz Sentinel - A Felton man accused of beating his girlfriend to death with a flashlight during an alcohol-fueled fight about watching the Winter Olympics will stand trial for murder, a judge ruled Monday.....READ MORE
  
7/22/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - An Aptos Junior High School teacher accused of having a sexual relationship with a 13-year-old female student this spring also allegedly had pornographic photos of the girl and had sent her inappropriate photos of himself, according to the District Attorneys' Office....READ MORE
  
7/21/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - Sears, Roebuck & Co. and Kmart Corp. agreed to pay $900,000 in civil penalties to settle a consumer protection lawsuit filed by prosecutors in six counties, including Santa Cruz, alleging the retailer charged customers more than advertised prices....READ MORE
  
7/20/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - A Stanford-educated surgeon who lives in the Santa Cruz Mountains has asked a federal judge to block her 60-day jail sentence on a 2007 conviction for brandishing a BB gun, arguing that her case marks an early test of a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling applying Second Amendment rights to the states.....READ MORE
  
  
7/14/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - A teenage drug dealer and alleged gang member accused of killing two men in a Canfield Street apartment Jan. 23 will have a preliminary hearing Jan. 10, according to the District Attorney's Office.....READ MORE
 

7/14/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - A program that helps habitual drunks sober up returned this month after a two-year hiatus, then immediately filled up and was temporarily suspended.  The serial inebriate program, or SIP, gives those chronically arrested for public intoxication the choice to go into treatment, serve a jail sentence or challenge the charges at trial....READ MORE

Boulder Creek couple plead guilty in sex abuse case

7/6/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - A Boulder Creek man accused of sexually abusing a girl, then -- with help from his wife -- trying to dissuade the child from reporting the molestation, pleaded guilty to all charges Tuesday...READ MORE

Pajaro Valley teacher accused of sexual relationship with student pleads innocent

6/23/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - A 37-year-old English teacher pleaded innocent Wednesday to six criminal charges relating to her alleged sexual relationship with an underage student and providing alcohol to him and another student.....READ MORE

Felton man pleads not guilty in case of killing near Branciforte Creek

6/21/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - A Felton man pleaded not guilty Monday to killing a man during a recent drug deal alongside Branciforte Creek. James Alexander Oehler, 23, is accused of the May 28 shooting of 26-year-old Bryan Young.....READ MORE

Stranger who moved into Ben Lomond home gets three months in jail

6/17/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - The accomplice in last year's bizarre home heist in Ben Lomond, Daniel Judd, was sentenced to three months in jail this week.....READ MORE

Watsonville police track down fourth suspect in Tenorio slaying

6/17/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - Watsonville police arrested an alleged gang member Tuesday afternoon who Santa Cruz police had been looking for in connection with the stabbing death of a 16-year-old high school student last fall.....READ MORE

Santa Cruz police make second arrest in Tyler Tenorio killing; forensic evidence identified suspected gang member

6/16/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - A second gang member will be charged in the stabbing death of a Santa Cruz High School student after forensic evidence linked him to the slaying, Santa Cruz police said Tuesday....READ MORE

Gang slaying suspects make court appearance

6/15/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel -  Two Watsonville gang members accused of gunning down a member of a rival gang last fall made their first court appearances Tuesday morning, but did not enter pleas.  Judge Michael Barton appointed attorneys to represent Jose Meza, 18, and Joel Sanchez, 30. Both face charges of murder and gang participation, as well as allegations they used guns....READ MORE

Pajaro Valley High teacher turns herself in; accused of having sex, providing alcohol to student

6/11/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - A Pajaro Valley High School teacher suspected of having sex with one of her underage students during the school year surrendered to Watsonville police Wednesday....READ MORE

Suspect in levee shooting faces trial

6/10/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - A 17-year-old suspected gang member accused of shooting a man during a botched robbery on the Pajaro River levee last month will stand trial for charges that could send him to prison for life, a judge ruled Monday. Nicholas Meza of Watsonville is accused of robbing one laborer on the levee on May 10, then walking to that man's shack and trying to rob his friend, according to prosecutor Alez Byers....READ MORE

Four infractions from downtown drum circle dismissed against SubRosa founder

6/2/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - Four of five municipal code infractions were dismissed against local anarchist Wes Modes on Friday.  The citations were given to him at a drum circle near the downtown farmers market in September 2008...READ MORE

Five guns remain missing in Navigator Drive burglary; second suspect arraigned

6/2/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - New details emerged Tuesday in the case against three Scotts Valley High School students accused of stealing guns from a home off Skypark Drive....READ MORE

Drug dealer slain in Santa Cruz wanted to clean up his life, family says; murder suspect due in court Thursday

6/2/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - A methamphetamine dealer gunned down Friday evening during a drug deal gone bad along Branciforte Creek had hoped to be placed in a drug treatment facility months ago but was never enrolled in a program, court documents showed.....READ MORE

Jury: Teen guilty of murder for fatal stabbing at Santa Cruz motel

5/27/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel -  Jurors found a teenager guilty of second-degree murder Thursday for fatally stabbing another teen during a party in a Beach Hill motel room in October 2008.....READ MORE

State Assemblyman doesn't want Santa Cruz County child killer paroled in Southern California

5/25/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - A state assemblyman in Southern California is fighting to keep a convicted child killer from Santa Cruz County out of his community.  Donald Schmidt, 38, the oldest ward of the state, is set to be paroled in a month to a group home in Lancaster.....READ MORE

District attorney investigators raid SubRosa

5/21/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - Investigators with the county District Attorney's Office raided the anarchist SubRosa Cafe on Wednesday, reportedly looking for workers' compensation documents.....READ MORE

Man who stole home gets five months in jail

5/20/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - The man who used fraudulent documents to take ownership of a home that wasn't his was sentenced today to 150 days in County Jail and three years probation.....READ MORE

Sheriff Wowak and DA Lee
5/18/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - Gang members will be under the gun this summer, when the District Attorney's Office and Sheriff's Office team up to create a county gang task force focused on dismantling gang leadership.....READ MORE
  
5/18/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - Two Scotts Valley teens appeared in court Tuesday to be arraigned on felony burglary charges for allegedly breaking into a home off Skypark Drive and stealing four guns and a video game console.....READ MORE
  
5/14/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - A teenage gang member accused of shooting a rival on a Live Oak street more than two years ago pleaded guilty Thursday to charges stemming from the deadly confrontation and agreed to a 58-year state prison sentence.....READ MORE
  
5/13/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - A jury on Wednesday found a Santa Cruz man guilty of voluntary manslaughter for stabbing his former roommate to death in 2008.....READ MORE
  
5/11/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - A child molester who confessed his crime when confronted by a sheriff's detective faces life in prison for abusing a 10-year-old girl he knew, the District Attorney's Office announced Tuesday.....READ MORE
  
5/10/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - Forty-three suspected gang members have been arrested and two others are wanted after a year-long investigation into a violent Sureno street gang in Watsonville.....READ MORE
   
5/7/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - Judge Jeff Almquist ruled Friday prosecutors have enough evidence to proceed toward trial of three county men accused of robbing and killing a Los Angeles man who stopped in Santa Cruz on July 20, reportedly to sell them marijuana......READ MORE
  
5/7/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - Attorneys squared off Thursday over whether a fatal stabbing during a fight amongst teens in a Beach Hill motel room constitutes murder, as the prosecution and defense gave short opening statements in the trial of Jonathan Cardenas.....READ MORE 
  
5/7/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel -  Three Scotts Valley High School students are facing felony charges after police say they broke into the home of an acquaintance and stole four firearms Tuesday afternoon. The guns, including an assault rifle, have not been found and may have been sold, according to District Attorney Bob Lee......READ MORE 
  
5/6/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - FBI crime scene analysts found Elias Sorokin's hair and blood in the garage of a Felix Street home where investigators suspect the Los Angeles businessman was badly beaten during a botched drug deal in July, according to evidence presented in court Wednesday.....READ MORE
  

5/6/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - A Santa Cruz man has been denied parole 22 years after he was convicted of two armed robberies, District Attorney Bob Lee announced Wednesday.Boyd Anderson, 61, was denied a parole date by the State Board of Prison Terms meeting Wednesday at the California Medical Facility in Vacaville....READ MORE
  
Bayly and Atty Serra - Photo courtesy of Santa Cruz Sentinel
5/5/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - Dylan Bayly on Tuesday remained calm through hours of prosecution questions seeking to prove he intentionally stabbed his former roommate to death in a downtown parking lot.....READ MORE
 
5/5/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - A young woman who was staying at the house where a Los Angeles businessman allegedly was beaten to death during a drug deal gone bad last summer told detectives the suspected killers told her to clean up blood spatter in the garage of the Felix Street home.....READ MORE
 
4/30/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - Dylan Bayly, a Santa Cruz man on trial for murder, took the stand Thursday and testified about his relationship with his former roommate Justin Zuk, whom he is accused of stabbing to death in September 2008......READ MORE
 
4/29/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - The bookkeeper for the water district in Lompico was arrested Thursday for embezzling more than $4,000, according to the Santa Cruz County District Attorney's Office....READ MORE
 
4/29/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - The man who founded the Last Night DIY parade five years ago could face consequences bigger than a $204 fine for participating in the unsanctioned event again last December....READ MORE
 
4/22/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - A 25-year-old Watsonville man was arrested Wednesday night in connection with the attempted rape of a young woman on the Pajaro River levee six months ago.....READ MORE
  
4/20/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - Santa Cruz resident Ray Tate was found guilty today on charges of filing false documents and conspiracy in an elaborate plot to take ownership of a home that wasn't his and sell it to somebody else....READ MORE
  
ADA Charlie Baum - Photo Courtesy of Santa Cruz Sentinel
4/20/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - The defense attorney for Dylan Bayly said his client feared Justin Zuk, a former roommate whom Bayly is accused of stabbing to death outside a downtown bar in 2008....READ MORE
  
4/20/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - The District Attorney's Office on Monday likened the actions of Santa Cruz resident Ray Tate III to a "twisted" Goldilocks, saying the man happened upon a seemingly unoccupied house in the wooded Santa Cruz Mountains and, though it wasn't his, proceeded as though it were....READ MORE
  
4/19/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - A man accused of throwing his infant daughter out of the window of a car and onto Highway 9 will stand trial for a long list of felony child abuse and domestic violence charges, according to the District Attorney's Office......READ MORE
  
4/16/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - An 18-year-old Watsonville gang member accused of shooting his girlfriend in the head on April 5 pleaded not guilty Wednesday to one count of attempted murder and allegations he used a gun and is in a gang, according to the District Attorney's Office...READ MORE
  

 
4/16/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - A 19-year-old gang member will spend the next 10 years in state prison for his role in a non-injury shooting on Holly Drive last winter, a judge ruled Thursday.....READ MORE
  
4/14/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - The man accused of moving into a Ben Lomond home that wasn't his admitted to being part of a fraudulent property scheme Tuesday and could serve a year in County Jail.....READ MORE
  
4/9/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - A Pajaro woman will be sentenced today on a felony attempted pimping charge for recruiting an undercover female sheriff's deputy to work as a prostitute during a job interview in Watsonville, authorities said......READ MORE
  
4/8/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - .A teenager accused of shooting his girlfriend appeared in court Wednesday, but his arraignment was postponed until April 15, prosecutor Alex Byers said....READ MORE
  
4/8/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - A teenage boy charged with shooting at three rival gang members and a woman at a Watsonville park last fall will stand trial for attempted murder and gang allegations, according to the District Attorney's Office.....READ MORE

Watsonville man pleads no contest to manslaughter for altercation outside restaurant

4/8/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - A 24-year-old Watsonville man whose punch resulted in the death of an acquaintance outside a restaurant last winter admitted to involuntary manslaughter and resisting arrest charges Wednesday, attorneys said......READ MORE

Watsonville cigarette sellers plead innocent to weapons charges

4/7/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - Two brothers accused of selling brass knuckles and switchblade knives in their tobacco shops pleaded innocent in their first court appearance today...READ MORE

Lomeli pleads no contest in manslaughter case

4/7/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - A 24-year-old Watsonville man whose punch resulted in the death of an acquaintance outside Applebee's restaurant last winter admitted to involuntary manslaughter and resisting arrest charges Wednesday after Judge Michael Barton indicated he would sentence him to one year in County Jail, but not to state prison, attorneys said......READ MORE

Couple held after child abuse hearing

4/7/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - At the conclusion of a preliminary hearing Monday, Judge Robert Atack ruled prosecutors had sufficient evidence to hold a Boulder Creek couple on child molestation and other charges pending trial or resolution of their case, the District Attorney's Office reported Tuesday.....READ MORE
  
4/1/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - The owners of three businesses that allegedly sold illegal switchblade knives and brass knuckles will face felony weapons possession charges, the District Attorney's Office announced Thursday morning....READ MORE
  
3/25/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - Two men suspected of stabbing a man and shooting a boy inside a Watsonville bowling alley earlier this month pleaded not guilty Wednesday morning to charges of attempted murder and gang participation.....READ MORE

Alleged gang members charged with shooting, stabbing in Watsonville bowling alley plead not guilty

3/24/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - Two alleged gang members suspected of inciting violence inside a Watsonville bowling alley earlier this month pleaded not guilty Wednesday morning to charges of attempted murder and gang participation....READ MORE

Parole denied for Kenneth Donney, former Santa Cruz attorney who killed his wife

3/24/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - Kenneth Donney, a former Santa Cruz attorney convicted of stabbing his wife to death, will not be paroled, the District Attorney's Office announced Tuesday.....READ MORE

Accounts mixed as to how violent gang attack started at Watsonville Discount Mall, police testify

Photos courtesy of Santa Cruz Sentinel

3/23/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - Two brothers accused in taking part in a gang attack on a rival at a Watsonville shopping center in January were in court Tuesday to face charges of assault and gang participation.....READ MORE

Felton man accused of using flashlight to kill girlfriend pleads innocent

3/19/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - A Felton man accused of killing his live-in girlfriend in February pleaded innocent Thursday to one count of murder and an allegation he used a weapon in the attack.....READ MORE

Teen gang members plead guilty in Watsonville shooting

3/18/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - Three teenage Watsonville gang members accused of firing shots at rivals on Holly Drive on Nov. 10 pleaded guilty Tuesday and will be sent to state prison.....READ MORE

Santa Cruz County District Attorney files against Arizona company

3/18/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - More than $10,000 in fees have been returned to a Santa Cruz man after the county District Attorney's Office filed a judgment against an Arizona company this week that led to an injunction against the company.....READ MORE

District Attorney's Office may prosecute in Watsonville illegal weapons bust

3/17/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - The owner of three Watsonville discount cigarette stores where more than 150 illegal knives and brass knuckles were seized Monday may be prosecuted by the District Attorney's Office.....READ MORE

Larkin Valley Road drugs, guns case will go to state appellate court

3/17/10 - Santa Cruz SentinelA judge dismissed the case against a Larkin Valley Road father and son accused of stockpiling illegal weapons and growing marijuana, but the District Attorney's Office plans to appeal the ruling and one defense attorney involved believes the case could end up before the state Supreme Court.....READ MORE

3/12/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - The woman killed in a fight with her boyfriend last month died of a cerebral contusion due to multiple impacts to the head, the Santa Cruz County Coroner's Office said Friday.....READ MORE
  
3/12/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - A mother and son have been reunited after six-month parental child abduction case came to an end this week, the District Attorney's Office announced Friday....READ MORE
  
3/12/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - The attorney for a Watsonville man whose home was raided by the Sheriff's Office SWAT team in December claims the marijuana, guns and cash found on the property were seized during an illegal search and will ask a judge today to suppress the evidence, a move that would effectively quash the case.....READ MORE

Suspected gang members accused in Watsonville bowling alley shooting and stabbing appear in court

Photo courtesy of Santa Cruz Sentinel
3/11/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - Two alleged gang members suspected of stabbing a gang dropout and shooting a young boy in a Watsonville bowling alley Friday night made their first court appearances Wednesday but did not enter pleas....READ MORE
  
  
3/11/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - Jurors convicted a Watsonville man Thursday of trying to sell a teenage girl marijuana in downtown Santa Cruz, the District Attorney's Office reported....READ MORE
  
3/11/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - The manager of a Santa Cruz sober-living environment arrested by drug detectives last year on suspicion he was selling methamphetamine to residents of the supposed drug-free house will spend a year in County Jail, Judge Paul Marigonda ruled Tuesday.....READ MORE
 
3/11/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - Prosecutors are waiting for results of a federal arson investigation before pressing forward with their own criminal charges against Sanjiv Kakkar, the embattled owner of the Brookdale Inn and Spa, according to court documents.....READ MORE
 
3/11/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - The District Attorney's Office issued a warning Thursday about tax season scams after a man reported receiving an e-mail from the Internal Revenue Service on Wednesday stating he was not due as large a refund as he claimed and requested his credit card number so the error could be corrected.....READ MORE

Slaying suspect pleads innocent

3/4/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - An 18-year-old alleged gang member charged with killing two men in January during an argument over a small amount of money pleaded innocent Wednesday to a long list of charges that could send him to prison for the rest of his life. Jaime Galdalmez Guevara of Live Oak is accused of two counts of murder...READ MORE

Suspect in Felton domestic violence death appears in court

Photo of Chavez courtesy of Santa Cruz Sentinel

3/4/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - Richard Chavez, the San Lorenzo Valley man accused of killing his girlfriend during an argument in their Felton home Sunday, made his first court appearance Wednesday but did not enter a plea.....READ MORE

Suspect in Canfield Street slayings pleads innocent

Photo of Jaime Guevara courtesy of Santa Cruz Sentinel

3/3/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - An 18-year-old alleged gang member charged with killing two men during an argument over a small amount of money in January pleaded innocent Wednesday to a long list of charges that could send him to prison for the rest of his life. Jaime Galdalmez Guevara of Live Oak is accused of two counts of murder, attempted murder and a special allegation that multiple murders were committed and that he personally used a firearm during the Jan. 23 fatal shootings inside a Canfield Street apartment....READ MORE

Woman, 37, killed in fight with boyfriend in Felton; man jailed on suspicion of murder

Photo of Richard Chavez courtesy of Santa Cruz Sentinel

3/2/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - Deanna Dudley and her boyfriend, Richard Arthur Chavez, rented a room in a brown, one-story home on a quiet hillside near the San Lorenzo River two weeks ago. Sunday night, their housemate came home to find Dudley mortally injured and Chavez in a daze, according to Joan Raymond, who owns the property and lives just up the hill.....READ MORE


 Alleged gang member goes to trial

2/25/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - An 18-year-old Watsonville man accused of gang and gun charges for allegedly pointing a gun at three people on Brennan Street in November will stand trial, a judge ruled Tuesday. Shane Miller faces up to 15 years in state prison for the incident, according to prosecutor Alex Byers....READ MORE

Suspects in Watsonville's Apple Hill gang slaying appear in court

Julian Escobar, Courtesy of Santa Cruz Sentinel
Photo courtesy of Santa Cruz Sentinel

2/24/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - Two alleged Salinas gang members accused of fatally shooting a Hollister teen on a public basketball court off Green Valley Road a year ago appeared in court again Tuesday.....READ MORE

 D.A.: Prostitute took young relatives to her sex jobs

2/24/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - A Santa Cruz woman will spend more than five years in state prison for giving drugs to her teenage relative, a judge ruled Wednesday.  Stephanie Kelly, 29, pleaded guilty to giving methamphetamine to a 14-year-old girl and two felony counts of child endangerment. Judge Robert Atack sentenced Kelly to five years, eight months behind bars, according to the D.A.'s Office. But the case is far more complex than sharing meth with the teen. Kelly is "what can be termed a freelance sex worker," said prosecutor Andrew Isaac ....READ MORE

 Accused gunman in Watsonville's Apple Hill murder enters innocent plea

2/19/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - Two alleged Salinas gang members accused of gunning down a Hollister teen on a basketball court in Watsonville's Apple Hill neighborhood last spring appeared in court Thursday. The allegded gunman pleaded innocent to murder and other charges that could send him to prison for life....READ MORE

Suspect in Santa Cruz double slaying will submit DNA to police, judge rules

Jaime Galdalmez Guevara, Courtesy of Santa Cruz Sentinel

2/17/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - The teen accused of killing two men in a Canfield Street apartment last month will have to give a DNA sample to police and allow investigators to photograph his tattoos, a judge ruled Tuesday.....READ MORE

 

Judge ups bail for suspect in Santa Cruz double killing

Jaime Galdalmez Guevara, Courtesy of Santa Cruz Sentinel

2/10/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - A Live Oak teen arrested in connection with the slaying of two men in a Canfield Street apartment last month made his first court appearance Tuesday, during which a judge raised his bail to $1 million.....READ MORE

 

Clamp pleads innocent to charges connected to killing of Elias Sorokin

2/5/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - Kenneth Clamp, 39, is the third man accused of having a role in killing Elias Sorokin, 29, during what investigators have said was a drug deal gone bad in Santa Cruz. A San Lorenzo Valley man was charged Friday morning in the death of a Los Angeles businessman during a drug deal gone wrong last summer.....READ MORE

Postal agents suspect alleged child pornographer also molested kids 

Richard Werner Schweich, courtesy of Santa Cruz Sentinel

2/4/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - Postal agents appealed to county residents and families that vacation in Santa Cruz on Wednesday, hoping to generate leads on a San Jose man accused of advertising and distributing child pornography. Investigators also suspect Richard Werner Schweich, 39, has molested children and may have victims in the county because he frequented downtown Santa Cruz and the beach area, according to inspector Hilary Rickher of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.....READ MORE

 

Alleged Salinas gang member, Watsonville murder suspect appears in court 

Julian Escobar, courtesy of Santa Cruz Sentinel

2/3/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - An alleged Salinas gang member accused of murder for the fatal shooting of a Hollister teen on a basketball court in the Apple Hill community in March made his first court appearance Tuesday, but did not enter a plea because his attorney wasn't present. Julian Escobar, 24, told Judge Heather Morse he didn't need court-appointed legal counsel because he had hired Salinas attorney Tom Worthington to represent him......READ MORE

 Federal child pornography investigation turns to Santa Cruz County 

2/3/10  - Santa Cruz Sentinel -   Federal investigators believe a San Jose man arrested at his home in May on numerous child exploitation charges may have victimized children in Santa Cruz County as well.....READ MORE

 DA: Third Santa Cruz County man will face charges in killing of L.A. businessman Elias Sorokin

1/19/10 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - A third man will be charged in the July slaying of a 29-year-old Los Angeles businessman when a drug deal went bad, the District Attorney's Office announced Tuesday.....READ MORE

Las Lomas man set for arraignment on attempted murder charge Friday, stemming from New Year's Day shooting

1/15/10, Santa Cruz Sentinel - Two Las Lomas area brothers are expected in a Watsonville courtroom today to face attempted murder and gang allegations stemming from a shooting at an East Lake Avenue restaurant on New Year's Day, a prosecutor said. In the evening shooting, a stray bullet flew through the window of a car driving by on East Lake, southwest of Holohan Road, gang prosecutor Charlie Baum said. ....READ MORE

Manslaughter case headed for trial

1/15/10, Santa Cruz Sentinel - A 24-year-old Watsonville man charged with manslaughter for the death of a man after a fistfight outside a restaurant nearly a year ago appears headed for trial, authorities said.  Jason Lomeli is accused in the Feb. 5 death of 24-year-old Joel Pineda.....READ MORE 

Brookdale man gets five-year prison term for striking teen while driving and high on heroin

1/14/10, Santa Cruz Sentinel - A Brookdale man was sentenced Tuesday to five years in prison for driving under the influence of drugs and striking a 14-year-old who had been walking along Highway 9......READ MORE 

Boulder Creek couple arrested in child molestation case

1/8/10, Santa Cruz Sentinel - A Boulder Creek man pleaded innocent to child molestation charges Thursday, the same day his wife was arrested on suspicion she tried to dissuade the child who allegedly was victimized from reporting the crime....READ MORE 

Ex-con gets state prison for running down Santa Cruz cop

Michael Roberts & Jennifer Mink, courtesy of Santa Cruz Sentinel

1/8/10, Santa Cruz Sentinel - An Oregon man with a lengthy criminal history will spend nearly a decade in state prison for running down a Santa Cruz police officer in April, a judge ruled Thursday....READ MORE

  

Brunette found guilty on all counts

12/11/09, Santa Cruz SentinelRobert Brunette was found guilty of all counts of animal abuse Friday. Brunette faces up to four years in state prison if found guilty of mistreating dozens of dogs at his rural dog breeding operation, which was raided by Animal Services officers and sheriff's deputies during the summer of 2008.......READ MORE 

Case of accused dog abuser Robert Brunette goes to the jury

12/11/09, Santa Cruz Sentinel - The weeklong trial of accused dog abuser Robert Brunette ended Thursday with a prosecutor asserting the case was not about a man battling poverty but about the suffering of animals and a man who knew better....READ MORE 

DA: Felton stabbing was drug-deal gone bad

12/10/09, Santa Cruz Sentinel - A Ben Lomond man with gang ties was in court Thursday to face charges of attempted murder and robbery after he allegedly stabbed two men during a drug deal gone bad under the bridge at Covered Bridge Park in Felton on Sunday afternoon, according to the District Attorney's Office.....READ MORE 

Accused dog abuser says he couldn't afford county permits

12/10/09, Santa Cruz Sentinel - A man accused of mistreating dozens of dogs on his rural property told jurors Wednesday he was the "alpha dog" of his pack who took painstaking measures to care for the animals but couldn't afford a county kennelling permit....READ MORE 

Accused killer found unfit to stand trial, judge rules

12/8/09, Santa Cruz SentinelA man accused of fatally stabbing his roommate at a Felton adult-care facility more than three years ago is unfit to stand trial and likely will be sent back to a state mental hospital for continued treatment, a judge ruled Monday....READ MORE

Mom back to face kidnap charge almost two years after Mexican escape

12/8/09, Santa Cruz Sentinel - A mother accused of kidnapping her daughter and hiding out in Mexico while on the lam from San Francisco police nearly two years ago is back in Santa Cruz to face charges of child abduction and other crimes, the District Attorney's Office confirmed Monday....READ MORE

 


 

Suspected Watsonville gang member jailed again

11/25/09, Santa Cruz Sentinel - A teenager who allegedly pointed a loaded handgun at a group of people on Brennan Street on Nov. 21 is back in jail after a judge increased his bail to $100,000 Tuesday, the District Attorney's Office reported. "The real thing we argued is protection of the public," Assistant District Attorney Alex Byers said.....READ MORE 

Preventing DUIs top priority for police

11/6/09, Santa Cruz Sentinel - Jeff Rosell, the chief deputy district attorney, said DUI cases are a high priority for his office. "Unfortunately, it's one of the most prolific crimes," he said. "We spend tremendous resources and effort on it. ... We believe holding people appropriately accountable is the best way to deter DUI offenses."....READ MORE

Santa Cruz gang stabbing trial ends abruptly when defendant takes plea deal

Richard Betancourt, courtesy of Santa Cruz Sentinel

11/5/09, Santa Cruuz Sentinel - Prosecutor Charlie Baum noted that he objected to the deal, which is a lesser sentence than the District Attorneys' Office had offered in an plea bargain that Betancourt rejected earlier in the court process....READ MORE

 

Woman accused of driving drunk, causing Sunday wreck on Highway 1, pleads not guilty

11/5/09, Santa Cruuz Sentinel - Prosecutor Barbara Rizzieri said outside of court she hoped the bail would be higher. She had requested the judge up it to $750,000.... READ MORE

Suspect in double fatality crash faces life in prison; Second man dies Tuesday

11/4/09, Santa Cruuz Sentinel - "Today, she will be arraigned on two counts of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, which carry the same punishment as second-degree murder because of her criminal history", Rizzieri said....READ MORE 

Man accused of shooting brother, mother in Westside Santa Cruz home to stand trial

Juan "Tony" Cardenas, courtesy of Santa Cruz Sentinel

11/4/09, Santa Cruuz Sentinel -  "When the brother tried to push the gun away, it fired. One bullet hit Freddy Cardenas in the stomach; a second whistled past his ear and hit the men's mother in the buttocks", said Joe Henard, an inspector with the District Attorney's Office.....READ MORE

 

Santa Cruz gang stabbing trial begins for third time

11/4/09, Santa Cruuz Sentinel - Tuesday, prosecutor Charlie Baum told the new jury how "a knife was plunged" into the victim's neck simply because the Santa Cruz man, then 26, was "in the wrong place at the wrong time."..... READ MORE

Doud gets 25 to life for killing wife

10/30/09, Santa Cruuz Sentinel - In August, a jury found Doud guilty of killing his wife, Morgana, in the couple's Eastside Santa Cruz home. Doud has maintained that he has no recollection of the night....READ MORE

Prosecutors: No charges filed in Harbor High football donation theft case; coach's future uncertain

10/29/09, Santa Cruuz Sentinel -  Two months ago, someone stole $25,000 in checks and cash from a locked drawer inside the head coach's private office at a Scotts Valley mortgage company. Nothing else was taken and it was rumored the theft was an inside job....READ MORE

Judge raises bail for suspect in slaying of Santa Cruz High School junior to $1M

10/27/09, Santa Cruuz Sentinel - Assistant District Attorney Rob Wade told the court one eyewitness recognized Onesto at the scene where Tenorio was stabbed 16 times....READ MORE

 

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