(09:15) Santa Cruz - The Santa Cruz police Department recovered 2 stolen bikes earlier this week with the help of some good Samaritans. 44 year-old John Walkenbach was seen stealing a bike in the area of Ocean and Felker Streets. A witness took a picture and turned it into the Santa Cruz Police Department. Officers Located Walkenbach in the same area the next day and arrested him for grand theft. During the investigation two bikes were recovered. The first bike that was seen being stolen was returned to the police department by Walkenbach’s friends. A second stolen bike was found stashed near the San Lorenzo Park. Both Bikes have been returned to their owners.
(08:40) Scotts Valley - The Scotts Valley Police Department is accepting registration for their Junior Police Academy. Some of the things Participants will learn is first aid, defensive tactics, and the history of law enforcement. There are 3 summer sessions to chose from, June, July, and August. For more information on the Junior Police Academy, contact the Scotts valley Police Department.
(07:40) Capitola - The proposed Nissan dealership project at the corner of 41st Avenue and Soquel Drive has been changed and was pulled from the May Planning Commission meeting. Before the new plan is considered, the owner of the dealership is hosting a community meeting to hear from the public. The meeting will give community members an opportunity to see what the project is and to ask questions. The meeting will be held from 6-8 p-m on Wendesday, May 31, at the Fairfield Inn & Suites, located at 1255 41st Avenue in Capitola.
Former Salinas Councilman Jose Castaneda was found guilty today of domestic violence. An ex-girlfriend accused Castaneda of stalking, kidnapping, sexual battery and physically injuring her. The jury deadlocked on the sexual battery charge. Castaneda faces a maximum sentence of nine years and eight months in prison. Sentencing is scheduled to be on June 22.
(06:55) Salinas - The Salinas Police Department announced that six new officers have been hired. The six recruits graduated from the academy yesterday morning, and were sworn in the evening at City hall. The department will now have a total of 141 officers.
After a 4-month restoration, a well-known trail at Point Lobos State Natural Reserve has been re-opened. The Sea Lion Point Trail suffered severe erosion during the winter storms…..and members of the California Conservation Corp have been fixing the trails, so that they now have a firmer, flatter surface, and better drainage……which means better access for people with limited mobility….and all in-time for the Memorial Day Weekend. The 3-quarter-mile trail is now a-d-a compliant.
A 30 year-old Monterey County Jail inmate has been found guilty of battering another inmate. Cory Jon Lee Lanite is said to have led 4 other inmates in last months attack. The other 4 have all already pleaded guilty to taking part in the attack.
A number of motorists saw a man, dressed as a clown, standing on the shoulder of Highway 101 this morning. 61 year-old Larry Allen Tovey, who was between Prunedale and Aromas at the time, was reportedly holding a machete over his head. After speaking with Tovey for a while, law enforcement officers determined that although he had a sick sense of humour, he had not committed any crimes.
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