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A  Salinas  woman  in  her  50’s,   who  violated  the  terms  of  her  probation,   is  expected  to  be  sentenced  next  month.    Annette  Banda (aka Annette Vink),  who  was  convicted  last  march  of  committing  4  felony  counts  of  on-going  lewd  acts  on  a  14  year-old  boy.    Banda  is  due  to  be  sentenced  May  23rd.

A  25  year-old  marina  man  is  expected  to  be  sentenced  to  spend  18  years  in  prison,  and  have  to  register  as  a  sex  offender  for  the  rest  of  his  life.     Peter  Moore  did  not  contest  charges  that  he  forcibly  molested  a  13  year-old  girl  back  in  2015.    Moore  is  now  scheduled  to  be  sentenced  June  1st  (in  a  Monterey  county  court  room). 

THE PUBLIC'S ASSISTANCE IS BEING SOUGHT IN FINDING A SALINAS TEENAGER, WHO WENT MISSING WEDNESDAY.    LEILANI GONZALES WAS REPORTEDLY LAST SEEN WALKING NEAR CENTRAL PARK IN SALINAS (NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF HOMESTEAD AND CENTRAL AVENUES).    THE TEEN WAS LAST SEEN WEARING A GREY SWEATSHIRTBLACK JEANS AND BLACK SHOES.   ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ABOUT HER WHEREABOUTS IS ENCOURAGED TO CONTACT THE SALINAS POLICE DEPARTMENT.

The Santa Cruz County deputy who fatally shot fifteen-year-old Aptos High School student Luke Smith last November will not face criminal charges.   Smith was shot while high on LSD (after he had stabbed his father and uncle, and refused to drop his knife when deputies ordered him to).   Video footage of the popular student being shot stirred controversy about whether deputies had used unnecessary force, however it was determined that because of the circumstances, the deputy involved did not overstep the department's procedure.  

(09:45) Monterey County -  Tomorrow is Earth Day and the Return of the Natives will be providing plants for areas throughout the Monterey County.  The public is encouraged to come and participate at the Natividad Creek Park in Salinas tomorrow.  The work will begin at 9 a.m. and a celebration, including games and food, will follow at 1 p.m.  Return of the Natives has been restoring Natividad Creek Park for over 20 years.

 

(09:20) Santa Cruz - The Tandy Beal & Company will be performing their final ArtSmart concert of the season tomorrow.  The Magic Carpet - World Rhythms performance is will include dances and music from Hawaii, Mexico, Spain, India, Brazil and Japan.  The performance will at 2:00 p.m. at the Santa Cruz County Veterans Memorial Building, 846 Front Street.  For ore information visit: www.tandybeal.com

(09:15) Soquel - The 2nd Annual Soquel Sip & Stroll Wine Walk will be held tomorrow.  A tasting tour through Soquel Village hosted by local businesses will feature local wineries.   Merchants will be holding raffles and providing specials throughout the day. The public is invited to come mingle and explore the specialty shops. The event will be from noon to 5:30 p-m in the Soquel Village tomorrow.  For more information call  831.475.6522

(09:30) Santa Cruz - A UC Santa Cruz celebration resulted in at least 3 arrests and hundreds of people receiving citations yesterday.  The UC Santa Cruz police department reported that 3,000 to 4,000 people showed up to the annual 4/20 celebration.  There were 3 arrests for serious offenses at a DUI checkpoint that was set up near campus.  67 year-old Robert Spaniel, of Los Banos, was arrested for having an illegal gun, 41 year-old Deemone Hopkins and 43 year-old Melanie Hillard, from Boulder Creek, were arrested for counterfeit cash and mushrooms.  There were 120 parking citations, about 100 traffic citations, as well as citations issued for possession of marijuana. 

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