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Mother Identifies Her Son as Body Found Near UCSC Campus

 Late Wednesday night, April Parke told Central Coast News her son, Zachary Parke was killed during a bicycle hit-and-run near the west entrance of the UCSC campus.

"I don't want to lose my baby," says April Parke. "Nobody does. You don't think it will happen to you but it does."

CHP still have little clues about Zachary Parke's death. That's why April Parke is begging for closure.

"I can't believe I lost my son," says April Parke. "His birthday is on July 3.

Man Arrested For Urinating, Selling Drugs

Peeing in public put one Salinas man behind bars.

California Highway Patrol arrested Richard Norman Sasse III, of Salinas, Sunday afternoon on numerous charges after officers spotted him urinating in the center divide of Highway 1 at Mar Monte.

CHP said officers stopped Sasse and found marijuana, hash, heroin and other indicators of drug sales. Officers said Sasse had a suspended license. CHP said Sasse intiially gave officers a false name. Sasse was booked into the Santa Cruz County Jail.

Santa Cruz Manhunt Monday, June 6th, 2011

Santa Cruz Manhunt Monday, June 6th, 2011
Mario McIntosh is a suspected gang member who has been arrested several times in Santa Cruz County.  He currently has a felony warrant stemming for several theft related charges.    If he is seen or you know his whereabouts please call the tip line at 831-420-5995 

Custodian Catches Suspects Breaking Into Soquel High

Custodian Catches Suspects Breaking Into Soquel High

A custodian called deputies when he found two people breaking into the high school Wednesday night, said the Santa Cruz Sheriff's Office.

The door to the computer lab had been forced open and computer equipment was unplugged. The Custodian told deputies that he saw two people run towards the back of the campus.

Deputies were able to arrest the two suspects in the parking lot of the Lighthouse Church in downtown Soquel. Deputies searched the car that they say the suspects had been found near. Deputies found burglary tools inside of the car.

According to deputies one of the suspects, Forrest Brownton, 29-years-old, attempted to get rid of Methadone and Klonapin that he had in his pants by eating them.

Police: Man Had Sex With 14-Year-Old, Charged With Child Porn

Police: Man Had Sex With 14-Year-Old, Charged With Child Porn

The Santa Cruz Street Crimes Unit pulled over Heraclio Castrejon Ramirez Wednesday afternoon. He was arrested on charges of making child porn and child molestation.

Police say that he and his 14-year-old passenger were under the influence of narcotics at the time Ramirez was arrested. Officers also say that they found illicit photos of the 14-year-old girl on Ramirez's phone.

Robbery reported at movie theater

A man robbed Regal Cinemas Santa Cruz 9 on Pacific Avenue Tuesday night, after standing in line to buy tickets and then accosting at least one theater employee, police said.

The robbery occurred about 11:45 p.m., said police spokesman Zach Friend

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Man Sneaks into Live Oak Apartment and Tries to Assault Woman

Man Sneaks into Live Oak Apartment and Tries to Assault Woman

LIVE OAK, Calif- Around 5:30 a.m. Monday a woman woke up to find an unknown man standing in her bedroom watching her sleep. Deputies say that he got into the apartment through an unlocked sliding glass door.

The woman started screaming for help and the suspect ran out of the house. 

The incident happened at the Swanlake ApaRtments on 14th Avenue and East Cliff. Deputies arrived within minutes and flooded the area looking for the suspect, contacting, and warning residents. Crime Scene Investigators responded to process the scene for additional evidence and detectives are canvassing the area for more information.

The suspect is described as a white male, late 30's to early 40's, 5'-10", stocky thick build, full beard.