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(08:25) Salinas - The Salinas Fire Department reported that an abandoned building caught on fire yesterday in Salinas.  The fire started around 8 p.m. on San Juan Grade Road.  The fire was fully contained in 10 minutes.  The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

 

(07:45) Monterey - The Monterey sheriff's bomb squad responded to reports about a suspicious object inside the Monterey Airport Terminal.  The incident took place around 9 a.m. yesterday.  Authorities reported that the suspected pipe bomb turned out to be a rolled-up tube with art work.  Flights and passengers were not impacted during the search.

(07:15) A Big Sur resident has been identified as the gunman who opened fire at a hospital in Bakersfield on Friday.  Authorities reported that 44 year-old Brandon Clark fired through a glass door at a hospital emergency room before being shot and wounded by police.  Clark is in critical condition and could face assault and firearm charges.  There were no reports of any other injuries.  

(06:40) Soquel - A woman was fatally hit by a driver when she was crossing in the street in Soquel on Saturday.  The incident took place around 5:00 p.m. on Soquel Drive and Rosedale Avenue.  Deputies reported that 21 year-old Julissa Guzman was under the influence when she hit an 86 year-old Capitola woman.  Guzman fled the scene, but was found a short distance later in a parking lot.   Guzman is facing charges for vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated.

A Watsonville man was arrested on weapons charges on Thursday. At about 11 a.m. a patrol unit stopped a vehicle for speeding near Main Street and Riverside Drive. The driver was suspected of being intoxicated and a search of the vehicle was performed. An assault rifle was found during the search and 25 year old Abraham Rosas was arrested on weapons charges.

 

A Salinas roadway was temporarily closed due to flooding on Saturday. Shortly after 9 a.m. a vehicle lost control on North Davis Road and collided with a fire hydrant. The broken hydrant flooded parts of the roadway and the Westgate mall parking area. No injuries were reported.

 

 

A Salinas man convicted of the November 2016 murder of his parents has been sentenced. 26 year old Ellin Escamilla pled guilty to the bludgeoning deaths of , 65-year-old Amalia Escamilla and 76-year-old Richard Escamilla. U.S. Marshalls apprehended Ellin Escamilla in January 2017 in southern California. On Friday he was sentenced to 30 years to life in state prison.

 

A Hollister pot dispensary was reported to have been burglarized of a half million dollars worth of cannabis. The San Benito County Sheriff’s office is investigating what may have been two separate incidents committed, at Purple Cross Rx, between November 17th and the 21st. Deputies also responded to a third incident On November 22, at 1:45 a.m. to reports an attempted burglary and shots fired. An investigation determined an armed security guard had fired at masked burglars armed with a knife. Anyone with any information is encouraged to contact authorities.

 

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