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Suspected car thief sought by authorities in Santa Cruz, Monterey counties

 Suspected car thief sought by authorities in Santa Cruz, Monterey counties

Authorities in Santa Cruz and Monterey counties are seeking a 28-year-old man suspected in numerous auto thefts, vehicle burglaries and possible identity theft in both counties.

Matthew Clark is approximately 5’9’, 150 pounds, with brown hair and green eyes. There is an active $50,000 warrant for his arrest in Monterey County.

If you have information regarding Clark’s whereabouts, authorities ask that you contact the Santa Cruz County Auto Theft task force tipline at 465-7433.

Watsonville police identify 44-year-old man as victim of Sunday's homicide

Watsonville police have identified Hilario Hernandez Ramirez as the victim of Sunday night's fatal shooting.

Officers found 44-year-old Ramirez unconscious outside the Wall Street Inn on Beach Street around 9:30 p.m., with a gunshot wound to his neck.

Officers and paramedics attempted life-saving efforts but Ramirez died on scene.

Police have not taken anyone into custody and have not released a possible motive.

Two arrested after chase in Watsonville

Two arrested after chase in Watsonville
WATSONVILLE, Calif. -

Four suspects in a stolen car led police on a chase Thursday morning in Watsonville.

An officer spotted the car near Brewington Avenue and Orchard Street just before 8 a.m. and after running its license plate, discovered the car had been stolen during a recent carjacking in Stockton.

Watsonville issues illegal fireworks warning

During this 4th of July weekend, the Watsonville Police Department is urging the community to celebrate safely. Extra police officers will be in marked and under-cover police vehicles patrolling the city to ensure only “Safe and Sane” fireworks are being used. A zero tolerance policy has been adopted by the city to protect the citizens from the dangers of illegal fireworks. If people are found in possession or using illegal fireworks, they will be issued an administrative fine of $1,000 and the fireworks will be confiscated. Illegal or dangerous fireworks are classified as those that leave the ground and/or explode.

Santa Cruz police: Teen arrested in Monday's fatal shooting

A 16-year-old boy is being held in Juvenile Hall in connection with the fatal shooting of a Watsonville boy, Santa Cruz police said Tuesday.

Police responded just before 7 p.m. Monday  for reports of a shooting victim inside a Santa Cruz apartment located across the street from the Santa Cruz Police Department.

Manhunt for San Francisco man accused of having explosive materials

Manhunt for San Francisco man accused of having explosive materials

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is asking for the public's help to find Ryan Kelly Chamberlain, II. The 42 year old is wanted for allegedly possessing explosive materials in his residence.

He was last seen Saturday south of San Francisco, after his apartment in Russian Hill was raided. 

Police and the FBI say Chamberlain should be considered armed and dangerous. They believe he is on the move, and have no indication of where he might be headed.

Chamberlain is described as a white man, 6 feeet, 3 inches tall, weighing around 225 pounds. He has brown hair and blue eyes.

According to the FBI's San Francisco office, Chamerlain was last seen wearing  dark blue, hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans.

He drives a white 2008 Nissan Altima with either Texas or California license plates. The Texas plate number is: BX9M042. The California plate number is: 7FQY085.

Seven arrested, drugs confiscated after high-saturation patrol in Santa Cruz

Seven arrested, drugs confiscated after high-saturation patrol in Santa Cruz

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. - A high-saturation patrol by the Santa Cruz County Anti-Crime Team Gang Task Force throughout Santa Cruz Friday night ended with seven wanted suspects in handcuffs and a cache of drugs off the streets.

The first arrests were made around 3 p.m. on the 100 block of Bixby Street. Members of the task force contacted Anthony Espudo and Catherine Lorenzo in an apartment where several known drug offenders were contacted. Agents say Espudo and Lorenzo tried hiding but were quickly arrested. Espudo was wanted on two felony and four misdemeanor warrants for his arrest. Lorenzo was wanted on one felony warrant. All were from the Santa Cruz County Superior Court.