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(6:00) Monterey: The city of Pacific Grove is implementing stricter parking enforcement measures. This new license plate recognition technology has been added to its parking Scooter. Monterey officials hope that this new technology will help their employees job easier and more efficient. This technology ensures that no tickets will be issued by mistake right now this technology has only been implemented on one parking scooter, there are currently no plans to add recognition to any others. 

Four people were arrested in Monterey early Tuesday morning after an attempted car jacking.     Monterey County Sheriffs officials were called to the scene involving a suspect in pocession of a firearm at the crossroads of York Road and Blue Larkspur Lane in Monterey. The two suspects fled the scene upon the arrival of the Deputies. The authorities were able to locate the individuals inside a monterey home. During the search authorities found two loaded firearms and a box of bullets. 25-year-old John Dakota Farrald and 21-year-old Salvatore Ciolino were arrested for carjacking, pursuit and illegal firearm possession. During the investigation 19-year-old Mackenzie Sampagnaro was also found inside the home with an active warrant for arrest, as well as 24 year old Bridgette Sampagnaro, who is on probation and was in possession of drug paraphernalia.  And all four suspects have been booked into Monterey County Jail.

 

(8:00) Scotts Valley: The Scotts Valley Police Department will hold a meeting today at the Parks and Recreation Commission. This meeting follows repeated acts of vandalism at the Scotts Valley Skate Park. In the meeting there will be an open discussion of potential ideas and recommendations to further the safety of skate park users, to gain greater compliance of skate park rules, and to minimize potential future acts of vandalism to the park’s infrastructure. The meeting will be held at the Scotts Valley City Council Chambers tonight at 6 p-m.

(9:00) Aptos: Congressman Jimmy Panetta announced on Tuesday that Aptos-based FarmLink will receive a nearly six thousand dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. These funds awarded through USDA’s Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program, will be used to train local up and coming farmers as well as to help them access land, capital and marketing opportunities. In the 18 years since its inception FarmLink has helped more than 700 aspiring farmers and landowners in creating and sustaining successful farm businesses in the 20th Congressional District.

(10:20) Santa Cruz - Judge, John Salazar, has increased the bail amount for a Santa Cruz Neurosurgeon and 2 nurses who are accused of child sex abuse.   A new arraignment was held this morning in Santa Cruz for 57 year-old Dr. James Kohut, Watsonville Nurse, 43 year-old Rashel Brandon and an Arizona Nurse, 30 year-old Emily Stephens.   Upon re reviewing video footage, county officials have increased the initial charges against all 3 defendants and have increased bail to 15 million dollars each.   Kohut is currently accused of 43 different charges.    While Brandon and Stephens are facing 40 charges each.    A preliminary hearing is scheduled to be held on March 12th.   

(06:50) Monterey - The Monterey County Food Bank held its annual meeting yesterday.  This meeting is held every year to discuss the best ways to feed as many hungry people as possible.   The Food Bank maintains the situation is currently dire, with Monterey currently ranking 58th out of 58 counties for food insecurity.   Congressman Jimmy Panetta was the keynote speaker at the event.   Congressman Panetta, who is a member of the U.S. Agriculture Committee, spoke about the importance of food distribution, nutrition, and his goals for the county.   Last year the food bank donated over 10 million pounds of food to 150 non-profits in monterey county alone.

(06:25) Pacific Grove - The city of Pacific Grove is implementing stricter parking enforcement measures.  This new license plate recognition has been added to its parking scooter.  Monterey officials hope that this new technology will help make their employee’s job easier and more efficient.  This technology ensures that no tickets will be issued by mistake.  Right now this technology has only been implemented on one parking scooter; there are currently no plans yet to add license plate recognition to any others.

A  27  year-old  man  was  arrested  after  he  led  Salinas  police  officers  on  a  vehicle  and  foot  chase  last  night  in  Salinas.   Kailas  Dahl  sped  away  after  he  saw  a  police  vehicle  as  he  cut  off  a  semi-truck  at  the  intersection  of  Market  and  Salinas  Streets.   The  vehicle  chase  ended  when  Dahl’s  vehicle  hit  another  one,   after  he  went  through  a  stop  sign.    Dahl  then  tried  to  flee  on  foot  but  was  caught.   He  was  booked  into  Monterey  County  Jail,   on  a  variety  of  felony  charges.

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