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(8:35) Salinas - The Salinas Police Department is partnering with police, sheriffs, and the CHP across the state to stop impaired drivers and help save lives.   The high-visibility national enforcement campaign, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, started on August 18 and runs through September 4.  The extra officers on the road, along with routine patrols, are aimed to drastically reduce impaired driving.

 

 

 

(08:35) Watsonville - The Watsonville Police Department announced they are hiring entry level and lateral police officers.   For more information or to apply online visit: cityofwatsonville.org.   

(08:20) Monterey County - The Monterey County Sheriff's Office Aerosquad helicopter, Lifeguards and rescue swimmers are searching for a fisherman that went missing yesterday evening.  The fisherman reportedly was knocked off the rocks into the ocean by a large wave near Garrapata State Park, in Big Sur.  Search efforts were suspended last night and will resume this morning with the Monterey County Dive Team, Cal-Fire, California State Parks and the Monterey County Search and Rescue Team.

 

Salinas police apprehended a wanted felon following a high speed chase on Friday. AAt about 4:30 a.m. a patrol unit attempted to stop a vehicle driven by 38 year old Noel Sierra, near East Market and North Hebbron Avenue and a high speed chase ensued. The chase ended on the 100 block of North Madiera when Sierra’s vehicle struck a car then collided with a home, injuring a 29 year old occupant and causing structural damage to the dwelling. Sierra then fled on foot and was captured nearby. The injured victim was treated and released, the home was red tagged and the occupants are currently being housed by the Red Cross. Sierra was booked into Monterey County jail on multiple felonies.

 

 

A Santa Cruz man has been jailed following a parole compliance check. Santa Cruz Sheriff’s deputies performed a probation search on the 200 block of Blackburn Street. The search uncovered a stolen handgun, nearly 5 ounces of methamphetamine, drug packaging equipment. 31 year old Michael Lozoya was booked into Santa Cruz County jail on multiple charges.

 

The body of Great White Shark washed up on an East Cliff beach early Friday.  The 10 foot juvenile shark is believed to have died of injuries received in a collision with a boat. The shark beached at the 24th Avenue Beach were it had its dorsal fin cut off and most of its teeth pulled out. The Pelagic Shark Research Foundation and Department of Fish and Wildlife are officially  investigating the death of the Great White. 

 

 

A convicted Marina sex offender has been sentenced to prison. 25 year old Peter Moore was convicted  of forcible lewd acts upon a child in connection with an incident with a 13 year old victim in 2015. On Friday a judge sentenced Moore to 18 years behind bars and to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

 

Hollister police arrested a transient following two attempted carjackings on Friday. Authorities say that patrol units were dispatched to a gas station at Tres Pinos Road before mid morning to investigate reports of attempted vehicle theft. At the scene, officers located 33 year old Austin Downing. As he was confronted Downing became combative and was subdued with a taser. He was booked into San Benito County Jail on attempted carjacking, obstruction, and resisting arrest.

 

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