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Scotts Valley Police Use Silent Electric Bike

Scotts Valley's police department has one of the the most stylish electric vehicles in their fleet.

The Zero DS motorcycle is part trail, part road bike and can reach speeds of up to 55 miles per hour.

Plus the lithium-ion battery powered bike hardly makes a sound.

Police departments all over the world are popular electric models.

CNN says the three-wheeled remotely controlled vehicle is aimed at helping police in high-speed chases, not only to reduce the amount of manpower needed to catch criminals, but also to cut down injuries and fatalities that pursuits.

Santa Cruz man robbed by men wearing 'Scream' masks

A man was robbed in Santa Cruz on Friday night by five suspects wearing white "Scream"-style masks, police said.

The robbery was reported at 10:26 p.m. and occurred near Bellevue Street and the railroad tracks, police said.

The 20-year-old victim called to report the robbery once he got home, and said it occurred 15 minutes earlier while he was walking on the railroad tracks, according to police.

The victim said he was approached by five suspects who surrounded him.

Graffiti Found at UC Santa Cruz Threatens Violence

SANTA CRUZ, Calif- Graffiti that was found in a bathroom in the Social Science building of UC Santa Cruz over the Winter break warned the campus of impending violence on January 18th.

Alison Galloway, the Campus Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor issued a statement on the university website on Monday.

"While we know that graffiti is common on college campuses, the university nonetheless takes threats seriously. Erring on the side of caution, I have concluded that it makes sense to share the information above with the campus community." said Galloway in the statement.

The university said that they are working with the police to develop a plan of action.

You can report any suspicious activity by calling our campus Police Department at 831-459-2231.

Santa Cruz Police Looking for Attempted Murder Suspect

SANTA CRUZ, Calif-  Vladimir Ebel, a known gang member, is wanted in connection with a shooting that happened in July on the 100 block of Sycamore Street.

Around 9:10 PM on July 7, 2010 a person was shot multiple times. The suspect allegedly yelled gang slogans after he shot the victim. The victim was seriously wounded but has since recovered. 

Police say that Ebel has always been considered a person of interest in the shooting, but now they have uncovered additional clues that they say points to Ebel as the shooter.

Ebel is currently on probation and should be considered Armed and Dangerous. If Ebel is located, witnesses are encouraged to call 9-1-1. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is encouraged to contact the Santa Cruz Police Department Investigations Unit at (831) 420-5820, or Sergeant Erik Swannack at (831) 420-5824.

Santa Cruz Deputy Finds Escapee During Probation Check

Santa Cruz Deputy Finds Escapee During Probation Check

SANTA CRUZ, Calif- All you want for Christmas may be your two front teeth but a trip back to jail is what one escapee got for Christmas.

Mary Elizabeth Warn escaped from the Blaine Street Minimum Jail Facility by jumping over the fence on December 21st, said deputies.

An officer conducting a probation search on 116 Alemena Street said that he discovered that Chad Ferreira was hiding Warn in his house.

Ferreira is on probation and was arrested for aiding an escaped prisoner. Warn was arrested and also sent back to jail

Scotts Valley councilman says he received threats over development

A Scotts Valley councilman said he won't file a police report after he allegedly received threats connected to a proposed development in the city.

During last week's city council meeting, Councilman Jim Reed said he received a threatening phone call tied to the Woodside development in late November.  The council is currently debating the project, which would take up less than 20 acres on land formerly used as a quarry on Scotts Valley Drive.  Among other issues, Reed said he has some concerns about the availability of parking – an issue echoed by the police chief.

Reed told council members the anonymous caller accused him of planting an article about Woodside in the Santa Cruz Sentinel in late November, and told him, "I hope the fight is worth it to you."

CHP Warns of Christmas Maximum Enforcement Period

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - On Friday, Dec. 24 at 6 p.m., the California Highway Patrol begins its Christmas Maximum Enforcement Period which continues through Sunday, Dec. 26 at 11:59 p.m. During this holiday weekend, CHP offices throughout the state plan for increased visible presence by deploying special enforcement teams, in addition to those who are already scheduled to work.

"The holiday season is all about having good times with family and friends, and about sharing and giving," said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow.