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 SWEATSHIRT, BLACK 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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