July 3, 2015

ROAD CLOSURES and NO PARKING Areas 7/3 through 7/5/15

Road closures and traffic plan detours will be in effect throughout the City of Santa Cruz this 4th of July weekend.

In addition, the Santa Cruz City Council has approved a citywide Safety Enhancement Zone from July 3rd to July 5th, 2015. The Safety Enhancement Zone enacts “Triple Fines” for certain violations of the Municipal Code.

ROAD CLOSURES and NO PARKING Areas 7/3 to 7/5

East Cliff Point Parking -- July 3rd through July 4th
Starting Friday July 3rd, in the area at E. Cliff will be fenced off and not available to the public. This area will be posted “No Parking” effective 8:00 am on July 3rd and will remain in
place through July 4th.

FIRECRACKER 10K -- July 4th, 6:30 am to 10:30 am
The race begins at 8:30 at the Harvey West Scout house and travels through trails in Pogonip Park, onto Spring Street and through the upper West Side to the High Street bicycle path and ending at Harvey West Park.
 

SEABRIGHT AREA ROAD CLOSURE --July 3rd through July 5th. At 6:00 pm, all roads through the lower Seabright neighborhood (south of Murray Street) and the Murray Street Bridge will be closed to through traffic. Residents and those with legitimate business will be allowed to access the area. 

HOLY GHOST PARADE -- July 5th 10:00 am to 11: 00 am
The parade will occur on Sunday morning July 5th. The parade is planned to start 10:15 am and
end by 1100. Once the parade passes through road closures, the road will be re-opened.


The following are the scheduled street closures for this parade:
Cathcart Street between Cedar Street and Pacific Avenue
Pacific Avenue between Elm Street and Water Street
Lincoln Street between Cedar Street and Pacific Avenue
Soquel Ave. between Pacific Ave and Parking garage
Cooper Street. between Pacific Ave and Parking garage.
Church Street. between Pacific Ave and Parking garage.
Locust Street. between Pacific Ave and Parking garage. 

Front Street between River Street and Water Street
Water Street. between Pacific Ave and River St.
Mission Street between Pacific Avenue and Chestnut Street
Emmett Street between Mission Street and High Street 

All fireworks are illegal in the City of Santa Cruz.
 
Santa Cruz Police & Fire Department are relying on our partnership with the community to keep us all safe this 4th of July.

July 2, 2015

4 Tips to Keep Your Pet Happy this 4th of July Weekend

More Pets Go Missing on July 4th than any other day of the year. Share these tips to put your pet at ease while celebrating America's 239th birthday.
The Fourth of July holiday can be a frightening time for animals. SCPD reminds all pet owners that they can save themselves and their pets heartache and anxiety by following a few simple suggestions:

1. It's Safer Indoors
It is safer to keep your pets at home during Fourth of July celebrations instead of bringing them to your neighbor's party. Keep your pets in the house, rather than in your yard. They will be a lot happier indoors, and not tempted to leap over or dig under a fence to find you.

2. Establish A Safe Place For Your Pet
Pets can be startled by the loud noise of fireworks. Keep your pet in a safe room where he can feel comfortable. If he is crate trained, put him in his crate covered with a blanket to make him feel secure.

3. Calm Down Your Nervous Pet
Block outside sights and sounds by lowering the blinds and turning on the television
If your pet seems overly anxious, spend some time with him, speaking soothingly to help him to relax.

4. Collar ID Tag & Microchip
Make sure your pet is wearing an ID collar and micro-chipped with your current contact information. Should your pet get scared, escape and run away, it will be easier for the animal shelter to reunite you with your pet.

These simple precautions tips will help with pet safety and prevent owners from being separated from their pets. However, if your pet does become lost, be sure to contact the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter for lost & found animals. Call 831-454-7303 or visit  
www.scanimalshelter.org

By following these simple precautions, everyone in the family can enjoy a safe 4th of July celebration
.

June 30, 2015

Enhanced Safety Measures for Independence Holiday Weekend

Fireworks Prohibited – Violators Subject To Triple Fine Penalties – July 3-5, 2015  Minimum Fine $532

With thousands expected to visit Santa Cruz over the upcoming Independence Day holiday weekend, the Santa Cruz City Council has taken steps to ensure the City remains safe and clean for everyone. The Santa Cruz City Council has approved a citywide Safety Enhancement Zone from July 3rd to July 5th, 2015.

The Safety Enhancement Zone enacts “Triple Fines” for certain violations of the Municipal Code. With additional court costs, minimum fines will be $532.
The Santa Cruz Police Department will be actively seeking out and enforcing all violations that have been designated for triple fines under the Safety Enhancement Zone. Some of those violations include:
· Fireworks possession
· Possession of Open Containers or Consumption of Alcoholic Beverages in Public Places
· Graffiti
· Noise Violations
· Trespassing
· Conduct on Public Property
· Urinating/Defecating in Public

If you witness illegal fireworks being discharged or any of the violations listed above, the Santa Cruz Police Department strongly encourages you to call 9-1-1 immediately to report the incident. Our patrol teams will be busy, but we will respond to complaints of illegal fireworks. We ask that you are willing to assist us by identifying and signing a complaint against the person(s) responsible. This means the person in possession of the fireworks or the one responsible for putting flame to fuse. We also ask you be willing to testify in court, if necessary. With the increased fire danger this year, we are relying on our partnership with the community to keep us all safe this 4th of July.

For more information, click this link.

http://www.cityofsantacruz.com/Home/Components/News/News/1925/36

Thank you and have a safe Independence Day holiday weekend.

June 29, 2015

Chief "Protect and Swerve" Vogel recognized by Santa Cruz Derby Girls with his own Derby name

This past Saturday night, Chief Vogel and members of the Santa Cruz Police Department were invited to attend the Santa Cruz Derby Girls championship bout at the Civic Auditorium.  The SCPD Team performed the traditional equipment inspection before the bout began, which included the SCPD team running a few of the girls through some field sobriety tests.  The Chief blew the whistle for the opening Jam and he had his own Derby name bestowed upon him by Chonji, skater and Executive Director of the Santa Cruz Derby Girls.  Whenever the Chief puts on his skates, he will forever be known as "Protect and Swerve."

Photo credit for the following digital images goes to Tim Cattera of Tim Cattera Photography.

Chief Vogel, along with Chonji, shows off his new Derby name and jersey

Officers Cathrein, Heebner, Burnham and Sgt. Eveleth 

 Officer Heebner performs pre-bout equipment inspection

 Officers Heebner and Hoppe inspecting the Derby Girls

 Officer Cathrein performs a field sobriety test

 Officer Burnham administers a breathalyzer test

Santa Cruz is fortunate to have this diverse, hard-working, grass roots organization providing sports entertainment to our community and empowering women of all ages through the sport of roller derby.

Santa Cruz is a special place and unique community, exemplified through the Santa Cruz Derby Girls, where your very own neighbors, teachers, lawyers, and executives, train to play a hard hitting, full-contact sport on skates, and give back to our community through their volunteerism and support of our local non-profits.

On behalf of the Santa Cruz Police Department, we would like to say thank you for all that the Santa Cruz Derby Girls bring to our fine City.

June 24, 2015

Quick-Thinking Duo Thwarts Home Burglary

Home burglary & invasion was prevented by quick acting residents. Well done!

On Saturday, June 20, at around 10:11pm, Santa Cruz Police responded to a report of “residential burglary in progress.” A resident in the 400 block of Broadway Street called the Santa Cruz Police Department Dispatch stating that an unknown male had been attempting entry into their home.

The suspect, later identified as Zachary Scott Torres, 22, transient, had been beating on the metal screen door of the residence. Torres attempted entry when told to leave by the male resident. The male resident thwarted Torres by using a wooden practice sword, forcing him outside and on to the ground. Torres then smashed a clay pot from the property and threw a shard through a window, injuring the male resident.

SCPD arrived on the scene as Torres was being chased from the property by the male resident. Suspect Torres ignored the officer’s orders to stop and began to run away. The SCPD officer followed on foot and was soon joined by six more officers and a canine unit.

Within minutes, Torres was apprehended and arrested. A witness on the scene positively identified Torres as the suspect fleeing from the SCPD officers.

Torres was booked and jailed for the multiple charges including: Resisting arrest, Assault with a deadly weapon, Threats, Burglary, Vandalism and Disorderly conduct. Case#15S-05288

We are thankful for the resident's quick thinking and that their injuries were not more serious. 

SCPD applauds the team of officers for responding quickly and apprehending the suspect almost immediately.

June 23, 2015

Undercover Drug Ops Arrest 7- SCPD NET & SC Co. Anti-Crime Team Up!

Seven Narcotic Arrests in Unified Sting Operation

Friday June 19th, between 3:30pm and 7pm, the combined efforts the Santa Cruz Police Neighborhood Enforcement Team and Santa Cruz County Anti-Crime Team executed multiple drug related sting operations. This joint operation resulted in the arrest of seven suspects for selling drugs to undercover officers and the seizure of methamphetamine and heroin.

In response to complaints of suspicious activity and possible drug sales, this joint taskforce focused on their efforts along the San Lorenzo River Levee.

The suspects were booked into Santa Cruz County Jail.
The suspects arrested are identified as:

David Morse – 56 years old, Transient
Arrested for (1) Possession of Controlled Substance for Sale-11378H&S, (2) Possession of Methamphetamine 11377H&S, (3) Possession of Heroin 11350 H&S -Case 15S-05239

Jennelle Arnold – 44 years old, Transient
Arrested for (1) Possession of Controlled Substance for Sale-11378H&S, (2) Conspiracy to Commit Crime 182PC - Case 15S-05240

Mack Palmer – 41 years old, Transient
Arrested for (1) Possession of Controlled Substance for Sale-11378H&S, (2) Conspiracy to Commit Crime 182PC -Case 15S-05240

Seth Fusari – 35 years old, Santa Cruz Resident
Arrested for (1) Possession of Controlled Substance for Sale-11378H&S, (2) Possession of Methamphetamine 11377H&S, (3) Possession of Heroin 11350 H&S, (4) Conspiracy to Commit Crime 182PC - Case 15-05247

Jean Perez – 34 years old, Transient
Arrested for (1) Possession of Controlled Substance for Sale-11378H&S, (2) Conspiracy to Commit Crime 182PC - Case 15-05247

Kenneth Munn – 33 years old, Transient
Arrested for (1) Possession of Controlled Substance for Sale-11378H&S 
- Case 15-05247

Michael Farley – 40 years old, Transient
Arrested for (1) Possession of Controlled Substance for Sale-11378H&S, (2) Conspiracy to Commit Crime 182PC - Case 15-05247

The Santa Cruz Police Neighborhood Enforcement Team has plans to continue with a variety of enforcement strategies to address problems in and around this area.

June 19, 2015

Help Us Identify a Vehicle & Driver in Fatal Hit & Run

Background:
On June 10, 2015 around 12:45 a.m. Santa Cruz Police Department responded to a fatal hit and run collision between a vehicle and pedestrian. This collision occurred in the area of Hwy 1 at River St. The pedestrian victim, Dene Shaw, age 59 was pronounced dead at the scene.

2nd Update:
The silver colored vehicle pictured is similar to a Toyota Prius. Based on glass evidence recovered from the scene, this vehicle would likely have a broken front windshield and broken windshield wiper. It is likely this vehicle would have also sustained front-end damage.
As seen in the image taken from a security camera in the area at the time of the accident, the vehicle would have been traveling north on Hwy 1 at River Street between 12:30 and 1:00 am.

Investigators are still asking the community to help identify this vehicle of interest. Photo on the following page and attached.

Santa Cruz Police Investigators are asking the community to be on the lookout for a vehicle matching the description in your neighborhoods, workplaces and parking lots. If you have noticed anything unusual about a similar vehicle and/or a suspect driver, please report it.

The Santa Cruz Police Department is actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information relative to the vehicle pictured is asked to contact the Investigations Unit at (831) 420-5820.

Anonymous tips can also be sent to the police department through our Tip Line (831) 420-5995, or from our Website; www.santacruzpolice.com. Tipsters can also submit an anonymous tip via our smartphone app or from an SMS text. Visit our Website for instructions.