5 people have been charged with de-frauding the states recycling program. The owners, and 4 employees of, Recycling Services Alliance Corporation have been charged with accepting recyclables that were purchased from other states, and then faking the paperwork for those recycled goods. They are said to have bilked 80.3 million dollars from the state with that method.
A new Makerspace is set to open tomorrow. The Hartnell College Makerspace includes 3-D scanners and printers, laser cutters, robotics, C-N-C routers, and remote control drones. The grand-opening ceremony, and public demonstration, is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. tomorrow (Tuesday April 24th).
A 20 year-old man was arrested Saturday night in Salinas. That after William Mendez (and 2 other people) were spotted in a stolen vehicle. Mendez was booked into Monterey county jail. The stolen vehicle was returned to its owner.
Santa Cruz Harbor officials are warning boaters of possible hazards. On Friday the harbor released a statement warning mariners of possible hazards due to dredging operations. The annual dredging permit expires on April 30th, this means dredging operations will be focused on removing the remaining shoaling in the west harbor entrance. Operations will require submerged pipes that may present a danger to larger vessels. The Harbor Patrol will be available to assist in navigation if needed.
The CHP is reporting that a motorcyclist was killed in a head on collision with a car near Santa Cruz on Saturday. The accident took place shortly before 2 p.m. on Empire Grade, near Smith Grade Road when the motorcycle and vehicle collide pinning the rider under the car. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.
A rise in Central Coast heroin arrests is underway. Recent busts in Monterey County indicate large quantities of the narcotic are available to drug users. Two pounds of heroin were seized in Salinas on April 3rd. It is believed that increased heroin sales are linked to prescription opioid addiction. The street drug is cheaper and in cases easier to obtain than pills. In response central coast law enforcement agencies are beginning to carry the overdose antidote, Narcan, in patrol vehicles. In 2016 49 deaths on the Central Coast were attributed to heroin overdose.
A Castroville man was taken into custody on assault with a deadly weapon and domestic violence charges following an investigation. On Friday, the Monterey County Sheriff’s SWAT Team served a warrant at residence on Haight Street. 36 year old Isreal Orozco was arrested and booked into Monterey County Jail.
A Salinas bank was robbed at gunpoint Friday morning. At about 10 a.m., two armed men entered Pinnacles Bank on the 1200 block of South Main Street. The men jumped the counter and demanded money from the tellers. The robbers then fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash. Anyone with any information is encouraged to contact Salinas police.
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