(07:00) A woman was arrested yesterday after she attempted to sell a stolen wallet online. Officers reported that a family in Lompico, returning home after being evacuated during the fire that was burning near Boulder Creek, noticed a couple of bags had disappeared while unpacking. 22-year-old Paige Clinite was arrested for trying to sell one of the stolen items on Craigslist, a wallet that was valued at 1-thousand 500 dollars. Clinite was booked into Santa Cruz County Jail.
(06:25) Watsonville - A man was arrested after officers conducted a probation compliance check yesterday afternoon in Watsonville. At a residence, officers located ammunition, gang paraphernalia, and a loaded pistol. 26 year-old Jesus Serrano was arrested for being a felon in possession of a firearm, probation violation, child endangerment, felon in possession of ammunition and gang enhancements.
(06:15) Boulder Creek - Cal Fire is investigating a possible Bear Fire flare-up that started last night around 11:00. Firefighters reported that the fire burned about a third of an acre and was quickly contained. The Bear Fire burned nearly 400 acres near the Boulder Creek area over a month ago. The Cause of last nights fire is still under investigation.
2 people have been arrested in connection with an armed robbery, in which the robbery victim also suffered multiple cuts. Christopher Beaty-Iverson was identified (by the victim) as the stabber. After further investigation, John Marshall was arrested as the second robber in the incident. Both Beaty-Iverson and Marshall were booked into Santa Cruz County Jail on charges of Robbery, Assault With A Deadly Weapon and Conspiracy. Beaty-Iverson also faces some drug-related charges.
2 suspects are being sought in connection with a string of robberies that have taken place on the Monterey Peninsula in recent weeks. The armed robberies have been at a motel, and 2 gas station convenience stores. Anyone with information on these robberies, or any others, is encouraged to call the anonymous tip line at:
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.