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Police Say UC Santa Cruz Campus Rape Was a Hoax

ANTA CRUZ, Calif- A rape was reported on the campus UC Santa Cruz but now campus police are saying that the rape never happened.

Police chief Nader Oweis announced Thursday that the alleged victim has admitted to UCSC police investigators that she staged the attack and fabricated the report. Oweis said other evidence corroborated her admission.

The police chief said in a news release that they are forwarding the entire matter to the Santa Cruz County District Attorney's Office for possible prosecution.

Chief Oweis said it is important for the campus and Santa Cruz communities to know that the sexual assault did not take place. "The report of this incident has very understandably created a deep sense of unease among UCSC students, staff, and faculty, as well as residents of the Santa Cruz area," he said.

New Details Released In Death of Santa Cruz Officers, Suspect Was Wearing Body Armor

SANTA CRUZ, Calif- Police held a news conference at 11:30 to announce new details in the case. Click here to watch the news conference.

According to the Santa Cruz Sheriff, Sgt. Butler and Det. Baker were doing a routine  investigation into a misdemeanor sexual assault "and just doing their job." The officers were trying to talk to the suspect about the incident. Goulet opened fire and hit the two officers. They were both killed on his door step, said the sheriff in a news conference.

Goulet stole their car but was unable to leave the area because responding officers were immediately at the scene and closed off the area near the shooting on Branciforte. 

Officer Down Memorial Page For Fallen Santa Cruz Officers

By Kiki Jones - email

Sergeant Loran Baker and Detective Elizabeth Butler were shot and killed as they followed up on a sexual assault investigation at a residence in the 800 block of North Branciforte Avenue at approximately 3:30 pm.

Sergeant Baker had served with the Santa Cruz Police Department for 28 years. He is survived by his wife, son, and two daughters. Sergeant Baker's son also serves with the Santa Cruz Police Department.

Click here to leave your condolences on the Officer Down Memorial page for Sergeant Baker  

Two Santa Cruz Officers Killed in Line of Duty, Suspect Also Dead

Two Santa Cruz Officers Killed in Line of Duty, Suspect Also Dead
UPDATE: Detectives Loran Butch Baker and Elizabeth Butler have been identified as the two officers who were killed. Watch the news conference here


The suspect who died at the scene has been identified as Jeremy Goulet. Goulet was apparently arrested in Santa Cruz on Friday and had since been released. His criminal record includes a previous sentence to three years of probation and sex-offender treatment in 2008 in Oregon, according to OregonLive.com.

Community Rally to End Gun Violence in Santa Cruz Tuesday

By Chaas Toborg - email

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. - A community rally to fight back against gun violence is scheduled Tuesday in Santa Cruz.

The rally is at the Town Clock in downtown Santa Cruz, Tuesday, February 26, 2013, from 4:30-5:30p.m.

Santa Cruz County Superintendant of Schools Michael Watkins and retired homicide Detective Stoney Brooke are scheduled to speak about the issue at the rally.

Organizers say they want to speak out against the growing epidemic, especially in light of the Newtown, Connecticut tragedy.

For more information, contact maestramargalete@yahoo.com

Santa Cruz Featured in "Visit California" Commercial

California's Family Travel Campaign is kicking off Monday, with a commerical featuring the zip line canopy tour at Mt. Hermon!

The commercial is entitled Playground California, calling the Golden State the ultimate playground for families.

Here's a quote from the press release: “Location 3 & 7 Mount Hermon zipline and "streaming" in Santa Cruz. Families will love ziplining "online" through the redwood forest canopy in the Santa Cruz Mountains across six ziplines and two sky bridges. On the ground, visitors can explore enchanting centuries-old Californian forests by "streaming," hiking, biking, camping and horseback riding."

Check out www.santacruzca.org for more info!



Missing Tourist Heading To Santa Cruz Found Dead

By Jacqueline Tualla - email

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Confirmation came Wednesday from authorities that the body of a woman found in a Los Angeles hotel's water tank, was in fact that of missing Canadian tourist Elisa Lam.

A maintenance worker made the grim discovery inside the water tank Tuesday.

The worker said he found the body of the 21-year-old after he received reports of low water pressure in the building. He went up to the roof of the Cecil Hotel to investigate the cause.

"The Department of Health Services was here and they did do testing on the water that was in the tank and they reassured us that there were no biohazard concerns," said Cpt. Jaime Moore with the Los Angeles City Fire Department.