Jury deliberation began yesterday, in connection with a 2004 rape and a 2014 attempted rape. Former Aptos cab driver, 50 year-old Salvador Ceja Rocha’s D.N.A. Connects both cases. Rocha faces 9 counts of: rape, kidnapping to commit rape, false imprisonment by violence, sexual battery by restraint, assault with intent to commit rape, sexual battery, attempted rape of an unconscious person, and the attempted rape of an intoxicated person.
A reported kidnapping is being investigated in the Carmel Valley. Monterey county sheriff’s deputies say the alleged victim says she was riding a bicycle when an unknown 20-30 year-old man kept trying to talk to her, and lure her into his car, on Robinson Canyon Road. Anyone with information on this cases is encouraged to contact the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office.
A 42 year-old Hollister man was arrested yesterday. Francisco Zendejas had 11 warrants out for his arrest on a variety of charges. Zendejas, who has restraining orders against him which prohibit him from being in his Paul Drive home, was taken into custody after barricading himself inside that house. He was booked into San Benito County Jail.
An accident on Highway 101 this morning is likely to snarl the morning commute. A tractor slipped off a trailer on southbound Highway 101 just north of Laurel Drive, shortly before 5 o’clock. A Cal-Trans supervisor has been called-out because there are reportedly big gouges in the highway itself, and rocks on the roadway.
Parents and caregivers, of children 2 years-old and younger, are being warned that teething gels and creams (that contain Benzocaine) can cause rare, but potentially deadly, side effects on those children. That’s because Benzocaine can cause a rare blood condition that has been linked to breathing problems. Symptoms can include shortness of breath, headache, and rapid heart rate. Although there are similar over-the-counter products for adults (with toothaches and cold sores), Benzocaine is not considered to be dangerous for adults.
Although a number of area residents objected, Santa Cruz county leaders have approved the construction of a Nissan dealership at the corner of 41st Avenue and Soquel Drive in Soquel. The groundbreaking of the 12 million dollar project, on the 2.6 acre lot, is slated to take place this July. To ease the expected congestion, a traffic light will be installed at the nearby intersection of Soquel Drive and Robertson Street.
A $1,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person, or people, involved in abandoning a pony in Salinas. The pony was found last Thursday, wandering in the 500 block of San Juan Grade Road. The gray mare is blind in one eye, and appears to have been neglected for some time now. She is believed to be about 11 years-old.
Anyone with information on this case is encouraged to contact the S-P-C-A For Monterey County.
A necropsy has determined that 2 whales that died in the San Francisco Bay Area did so from human-caused injuries. The 45-foot long juvenile female Fin whale was hit by a ship, while a 35-foot long adult female Gray whale died after becoming entangled in what appeared to be fishing gear.
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