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Deadly Hit and Run During Santa Cruz Party

On Saturday around 11pm, Sheriff's Deputies and CHP Officers went to a report of a hit and run at 7th Ave.

Suspected Sex Toy Thief Arrested in Santa Cruz

SANTA CRUZ, Calif- Wednesday a suspected sex toy thief was arrested for stealing $400 worth of sex toys and the owner of the store says that she tracked down the thief two days later "rocking out" at the farmer's market.

Amy Baldwin, co-owner of Pure Pleasure Shop in Santa Cruz, says that she watched footage of the alleged shoplifter stealing several sex toys on her surveillance camera. Baldwin wrote a blog about the incident and had this to say to the suspected thief, "I was able to make a short movie out of your theft to give to the local authorities."

A few days later Baldwin was walking through the local farmer's market and she says that she saw the alleged shoplifter playing his accordion three blocks away from her store.

Manhunt Monday: March 7, 2011

Manhunt Monday: March 7, 2011

  Manhunt Monday: March 7, 2011

Larry Hazelaar is wanted for felony warrants, violation of probation, and violation of court orders and felony stalking. Police say that for the past several years, Hazelaar has been harassing and stalking a Santa Cruz family.

Call 911 with information that requires immediate attention or the Tip line at 420-5995.   

Amber Alert: Two Young Girls Abducted by Father from Bellflower

Amber Alert: Two Young Girls Abducted by Father from Bellflower

BELLFLOWER, Calif - An Amber Alert has been issued for two young girls abducted from their home in Bellflower.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department says the girls were taken by their father, 34-year-old Steven Litwin.

The girls have been identified as 6-year-old Natalya Litwin and 2-year-old Katelyn Litwin.

Authorities say Steven Litwin has made threats to harm his two daughters.

Litwin is White, stands about 6'4" tall and weighs around 165 pounds. He has brown hair and eyes, and has tattoos on his left forearm.

Natalya Litwin is about 3'6" tall and 50 pounds, with brown hair and eyes.

Katelyn Litwin is approximately 2' tall and 45 pounds, also with brown hair and eyes.

They are thought to be driving a silver Mercury Mountaineer SUV, with the license plate number 5LGE045, and may be headed to Oakdale, Connecticut

Roadway Fatalities Down in Santa Cruz County

News Release From Santa Cruz County CHP

The California Highway Patrol, Santa Cruz Area is sharing the results of their efforts to reduce loss of life , injury, and property damage on the roadways of Santa Cruz County.  Lieutenant Les Bishop is pleased with the results, "I am extremely proud of the men and women who serve this community by providing the highest level of safety, service, and security in the most efficient manner possible.  In light of their accomplishments over the last year, I am sure you will agree with me that they have gone above and beyond.  These efforts have paid dividends in the number of lives saved:  Santa Cruz County has seen a 69% decrease in fatal collisions since 2008.  Of any statistic or duty, this is the most meaningful accomplishment.  Our officers see and believe that their efforts save live

New Scam Targets Local Job Seekers

SALINAS, Calif. - A new scam targets people most vulnerable in this economy - job seekers. The One Stop Career Center in Salinas is posting fliers, alerting people they could become victims of identity theft.

By the looks of the email, you might think it's from a legitimate Human Resources manager. But, it's not, it's actually a scam. Instead of promising a new job, scammers steal your identity.

"Through an email, someone tries to convince you to release personal information to them," says Virgil Schwab, director of technology.

Deputies: Drug Dealer Arrested, Had Shrine to Protect Against Police

SOQUEL, Calif- Deputies have arrested a man for selling drugs and they claim that he has a drug dealer shrine in his bedroom to protect him from police.

Robert Murillo was driving around on Wilder Drive when he was spotted by a deputy who knew that Murillo's licence was suspend.