Authorities have released the name of the victim of Thursday’s fatal shooting in Castroville. 37 year old Cynthia Medina was fatally shot following and argument with 28 year old Melissa Lillian Paniagua on Merritt Street. Police say that Paniagua is still at large and most likely armed, however she is not believed to be a threat to the general public. She is thought to be in the company of her sister, 35 year old Sylvia Navarro. Anyone one with any information on their whereabouts is encouraged to contact authorities.
An employee of the Santa Rita School District in Salinas has been arrested. The arrest came following an investigation started on July 6th after the guardians of a 13 year old girl turned over inappropriate emails to police. An officer, posing as the intended 13 year old victim, took over the on line email relationship with 32 year old Jesus Ortega of Prunedale. The emails became sexually explicit and on Thursday, Ortega was taken into custody as he thought he was going to meet with the victim with the intent to commit sexual acts. The Salinas police Department is asking anyone with any information on possible additional victims to contact Detective Jared Sivertson at (831) 758-7132.
Segments of the Aptos Village Improvement Plan have been temporarily halted. The work was called off after soil samples near the Soquel Drive/Trout Gulch Road area involved work along the Rail Corridor tested with elevated levels of lead and arsenic. The Department of Public Works is currently developing a Soil Management Plan for the safe removal and disposal of the soil. The Department of Public Works hopes to resume construction within weeks.
A Greenfield man has been arrested for burglarizing an open business in King City. Shortly after 12 p.m. a patrol unit responded to a King City Safeway to investigate a report of a man walking out of the store with several bottles of liquor without paying. Investigators obtained a license plate number and description from witnesses. The suspect vehicle was registered to a Greenfield residence where 22 year old Adolfo Sanchez was taken into custody and booked into Monterey County jail.
The County of Santa Cruz has approved proposed renovations at the Rancho Del Mar shopping center in Aptos. After a public hearing approval to begin façade renovations and other improvements at the 10.5-acre site, including a renovation of the outdoor dining area, signage replacements, parking lot landscaping improvements and ADA accessibility upgrades. The project also includes the renovation of the vacant cinema building into retail space, as well as removal of the cinema sign. Rancho Del Mar serves as a primary shopping destination for the community of Aptos.
(11:00) Castroville - A woman was shot and killed in Castroville last night. The shooting took place just after 7:00 p.m. on the 10300 blcok of Merritt Street. The Monterey County Sheriff’s Office reported that an argument between two acquaintances escalated and a women in her 30’s was shot to death. The gunman is still at large. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact authorities.
(11:00) Santa Cruz - Authorities reported that 3 people were arrested in Santa Cruz, after being caught with drugs and stolen property. The incident took place earlier this week on the 500 block of Ocean Street, adjacent to Soquel Avenue. The Santa Cruz Neighborhood Enforcement Team observed 3 people acting suspicious in a truck. Officers contacted the suspects who had in their possession drugs, stolen passports, ID cards, and social security cards. 38 year-old Silverio Vasquez, from Soquel, 34 year-old David Archuleta, from Boulder Creek, and 25 year-old Nicole Hard, from Clearlake Oaks, were all arrested for warrants and drug related charges.
(10:45) A man pleaded “no contest” to charges related to a 2016 Soledad kidnapping that triggered an amber alert. On April 14, 2016 28 year-old Carmen Maldonado stole a vehicle from a Soledad home around 6:45 a.m. with 2 year-old boy, Jacob Vargas, in the back seat. Maldonado parked the vehicle in a shed off River Road, locked the child in the car and fled on foot. The child was found safe at 1:30 p.m. on the same day. Maldonado was arrested after a 5 day manhunt. Maldonado is charged with kidnapping a child, child abuse, and auto theft. He will be sentenced to 8 years in prison on September 1.