A 30 year-old Salinas man has been sentenced to spend more than 4 years in prison for his part in 2 robberies, and an attempted robbery. In August, Julian Rangel Gasca robbed one gas station in Greenfield and another in Gonzales. The Attempted Robbery took place at a 3rd gas station in Monterey.
A judge has sentenced Antolin Garcia-Torres to Life In Prison Without The Possibility Of Parole, for the 2012 kidnapping and murder of 15 year-old Morgan Hill resident Sierra La Mar. 26 year-old Garcia-Torres was convicted in May of La Mar’s 1st degree murder, as well as the attempted kidnappings of three women back in 2009. La Mar’s body has never been found.
She was reported missing on March 16th of 2012, after she missed her bus to school that morning.
The season’s first “Spare The Air” alert has been issued by the Monterey Bay Air Resources District. It’s for the San Lorenzo Valley, and it began at 6 p.m. tonight, and runs through this coming Friday at noon. People are encouraged to avoid burning wood, manufactured logs, or other solid fuel, to heat their homes during that time. Air district staff will continue to monitor the situation, and provide updates if warranted.
2 males are being sought in connection with a homicide of a man in Salinas this afternoon. That after shots were reported around 4 p-m on the 700 block of Holly Street. They are believed to have fled the scene in a dark colored sedan. Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Salinas Police Department.
The cause of yesterday’s fatal house fire in Capitola is still being investigated. That after firefighters found the bodies of 30 year-old Gabriel Harley Dixon, and a cat, inside the home on the 700 block of Sunset Drive. The fire occurred in a granny unit on the property.
Firefighters were able to keep the blaze from spreading to the main house.
Eriks Deli Café has donated $10,000 to the American Red Cross. The funds will be used to help offset the costs of fire relief efforts. The funds were raised from a percent of sales 1 day last month.
A police chase in Watsonville was called off shortly before a fatal crash occurred on Highway 1 near Jensen Road. The 26 year-old driver was declared dead at the scene, and his 30 year-old passenger suffered major injuries in the crash and had to be extricated from the vehicle. A handgun and an assault rifle were tossed out of the vehicle during the chase.
The driver of a vehicle, that crashed into a sign on the 100 block of Ocean Street in Santa Cruz this morning, is said to have been drunk at the time. The vehicle hit the sign for the Ocean Gate Inn shortly after 2 a.m. 21-year-old Jonathan Mullin, who suffered only minor injuries in the accident, was arrested for D-U-I.
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