(07:55) Santa Cruz - A man has been arrested and charged for grand theft in Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Investigators reported that Grant Peuse had clients invest large amounts of cash into his auto restoration business, GMP Speed & Machine. Peuse told his clients he would build or purchase cars for them. During the investigation deputies learned that tens of thousands of dollars Peuse received from clients, was being spent on other things. Peuse was arrested yesterday and charged with five counts of grand theft, theft from an elder, money laundering, forgery, and having automatic machine guns. The Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office is looking for more victims who haven’t yet come forward. Contact Detective Roger Galvin at 831-454-7642
(06:55) A man was arrested for allegedly shoplifting from numerous Target stores throughout the Central Coast. On July 17, officers arrested Sean Eschelback for steeling at a Target store in Marina. During the investigation Eschelback was linked to other thefts from Target stores. The total amount of stolen merchandise is more than $2,000. Eschelback was arrested and booked into the Monterey County Jail.
A Salinas man is in a vegetative state in an Italian hospital following a swimming accident. R. C. Schwertfeger was vacationing with his family when he was resuscitated after nearly drowning at a pool. However CT scans indicate he has massive brain damage. The Schwertfeger family has started a go fund me account to raise the 137 thousand dollars needed to bring their family member home to the central Coast.
Pacific Gas and Electric Company has begun preliminary work on a pipeline safety and reliability project. The project is on California and Laurel streets in the City of Santa Cruz. The project which will install new pipe is expected to continue until late October. Work locations are on California Street near the intersection of Acadia Avenue, to Laurel Street, from Laurel Street to Felix Street, as well as to the end of Felix and Neary streets. Motorists should expect minor delays Mondays through Fridays 7 a.m until 5 p.m.
A joint investigation by the Carmel Police Department and Monterey County sheriff’s Office led to the arrest of a thief. Police arrested Jaimie Dyers at his Greenfield home. A search of his residence produced property from at least 10 car break ins in the Carmel and Pacific Grove areas, as well as a quantity of drugs and weapons. Dyer was booked into county jail.
A Prunedale man was arrested on multiple charges yesterday (Thurs). The Monterey County Sheriff’s SWAT team executed warrants at two residences on the 21 and 22 hundred blocks of San Miguel Canyon Road. A search uncovered 4 ounces of methamphetamine and illegal weaponry. 75 year old Arthur Gene Stillwell was arrested and booked into Monterey County jail.
The Santa Cruz Sheriff’s Office has released the name of the man wanted in connection with a Ben Lomond shooting. At about 5:45 am, deputies responded to a report of a victim of a gunshot wound. A subsequent investigation determined that 28 year old Austin Combs shot another man in the face with a handgun. The victim sustained serious but non-life threatening injuries. There is currently a warrant for Combs arrest for attempted murder, anyone with any information on his whereabouts is encouraged to contact authorities.
(10:20) Ben Lomond - The Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a gunman in the Ben Lomond area. a man was shot in the face at 5:45 this morning on the 8000 block of Hihn Road. The victim is being treated at a hospital for non life threatening injuries. Anyone with information on the gunman's whereabouts is encouraged to contact authorities.
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