A man accused of torturing a Soledad animal has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him. 22 year-old Devonte Marquis Sirwet allegedly stole the pit bull from his mother’s home (about 3 months after his mother kicked him out). Sirwet is believed to have doused “Kato” with lighter fluid, and then set the dog on fire. He faces charges of burglary, torturing and burning the pit bull, and bringing heroin into Monterey county jail.
2 men were arrested in Salinas over the weekend. 25 year-old Norteno gang member Eduardo Manriquez was arrested for possession of a firearm, and a felony arrest warrant; while 35 year-old Benjamin Castillo faces charges of possessing marijuana for sale. Both were booked into Monterey county jail.
The search for a new football coach for Soledad High School has begun. That’s because 35 year-old Soledad native Frankie Berlanga has stepped-down. Berlanga spent 7 years coaching the team. The Aztecs never had a losing season under Berlanga, making five post-season appearances. Berlanga is the program’s all-time leader in wins, posting a 48-21-1 record. Prior to his arrival, Soledad had just 2 winning seasons, having endured 10 straight losing campaigns. He will also stop teaching Health at the school at the end of this school year.
2 men were arrested early this morning, after Salinas police officers saw the passenger discard a handgun from a vehicle. The shortly after midnight incident took place near the intersection of North Sanborn Road and East Market Street. 21 year-olds Diego Hernandez, and Carlos Oliva Hernandez, (who both face gun-related charges), were booked into Monterey county jail.
Members of the Santa Cruz Yacht Club celebrated the club’s 90th anniversary over the weekend. More than 20 former club leaders attended the celebration, including 86 year-old World War II veteran Peter Young, who was the oldest Santa Cruz Yacht Club Commodore to attend the Saturday event.
A baby seal was rescued from high surf at pebble beach on Saturday night. Cal Fire and CHP officers were able to remove the pup which was trapped on a rock out cropping by high surf and re unite it with its mother who was waiting at the scene of the rescue.
The National Park Service has announced increased entrance fees for Pinnacles National Park. On Saturday the agency stated that beginning January 1, 2019 entrances fees will be 30 dollars per vehicle, 25 dollars per motorcycle, and 15 for a person. An annual pass will be 55 dollars. The NPS says this is for additional funding for infrastructure and maintenance needs.
Santa Cruz police received a report of a mountain lion sighting on Saturday. The sighting was called in from the Arana Gulch area north of the Santa Cruz Harbor, shortly before 11:30 a.m. Although the sighting was unconfirmed authorities are advising area residents to exercise caution and not to leave children or pets unattended.
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