Tonight: Parks Department Strategic Plan Public Meeting!

Want to help create a vision that will guide the park department’s work over the next decade? Come tonight and let our park dept. know what you want to see in the future of our parks, programs, and facilities.

WHEN: Wednesday, April 26, 6:30-8:30 PM

WHERE: Highlands County Park, 8500 Highway 9, Ben Lomond

See more information at the Strategic Plan website:

SLV Random Shooting Spree – Arrests Made!

SLV Random Shooting Spree – Arrests Made!

From the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office:

This case is still being investigated. Should you or anyone you know had their vehicles or residences shot during this period and near the areas described, please contact the Sheriff’s Office at 831-471-1121.

Sunday night, between about 10pm and 1:00am, the Sheriff’s Office received multiple reports of shots being fired in the Felton and Ben Lomond areas. During the investigation a total of 5 separate locations were identified as having been the victim of gun shots. One residence, one business, and multiple vehicles were struck by gun fire. Additionally, one vehicle had property stolen at one of the shooting scenes. Despite the shootings, luckily no one was injured.

As this investigation continued a suspect vehicle was seen on surveillance footage from one of the shooting locations. Deputies located the suspect vehicle at the 1000 block of Emeline Ave. where evidence was believed to be found in the vehicle. Samantha Self and Brett Caplin were arrested for their involvement in the shootings and charged with multiple offenses to include; shooting into an occupied dwelling, negligent discharge of a firearm, felon in possession of a firearm, and felony vandalism. During a subsequent search of Self’s residence a firearm was found.

This case is still being investigated. Should you or anyone you know had their vehicles or residences shot during this period and near the areas described, please contact the Sheriff’s Office at 831-471-1121.

Locations –
400 Block of More Dr., Boulder Creek (Occupied residence)
Corner Stone Automotive, 6320 SR 9, Felton (2 Vehicles)
Felton Automotive Sales, 6420 SR 9, Felton (1 Vehicle, Business)
8700 block of SR 9, Ben Lomond (2 Vehicles in front of occupied residence)
8700 block of SR 9, Ben Lomond (1 Vehicle in front of occupied residence)

Persons Arrested –
Brett Caplin, 22 years old from Santa Cruz
Samantha Self, 18 years old from Boulder Creek



Prowler Alert: Irwin Way

A Boulder Creek Resident sent in these pictures taken of someone who was snooping or “prowling” around their house yesterday morning. The last picture is of what they believe to be the person’s car – a blue SUV. If you have any info on this, please email us or comment below.








In The News: Barbara Day Park and crime

Joe Shreve at the Press Banner has posted an article regarding the issues at Boulder Creek’s Barbara Day Park. From the article:

“Several described Barbara Day Park — the dam park at Middleton and Fairview avenues — as a place where people are regularly drunk or high, party at all hours of the night and trespass onto private property. They said dogs are often allowed off their leashes, trash accumulates and broken glass and discarded hypodermic needles are common hazards.”

Click HERE to read the full article. The comments at the end of the article are interesting as well . . .


Barbara Day Park






Neighbors and Community Safety Meeting at the Rec Hall

Wednesday, March 13th 6:30pm at the Boulder Creek Rec. Hall in the Annex room.

This meeting will inform neighbors and town community members about events that are happening, what security measures are being taken, and what is recommended in case of emergencies in the parks.



SC Sheriff – Attempted Assault – Boulder Creek

Below is a report and sketch from the Sherrif. If you have any info please call 471-1121.

On Sunday, August 26, 2012 at 11:00 p.m., a 16 year old female was attacked by an unknown male shortly after she got off a bus near Boulder Creek. The suspect attempted to grab the female from behind and grasped her hair. She screamed and the suspect fled in a white Toyota truck.

The victim told her father what happened and he went to the area where he saw a similar truck, but was unable to make contact. The father described the truck as a white 1993 or 1994 Toyota pickup truck single cab 4X4, slightly lifted with newer tires. The truck was missing the tailgate.

The victim described the suspect as a white male, in his 30’s, 6’00”, thin build, a bump on his nose, light brown or blond hair, with scruff along his jaw line and a goatee. He was wearing blue jeans and a white tank top. The victim had never seen the suspect before.

Please contact the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office at 471-1121 if you have any information or similar events to report.

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