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The Salinas Police Department is announcing an holiday DUI enforcement period. Starting today and continuing through January 1st police, sheriff and the CHP will be deploying DUI Checkpoints and DUI Saturation Patrols. The Salinas PD also will be checking for impairment by recreational marijuana and prescription drugs.  Drivers are encouraged to download the Designated Driver VIP, or "DDVIP," free mobile app for Android or iPhone. The DDVIP app helps find nearby bars and restaurants that feature free incentives for the designated sober driver.

 

Salinas police have released the identity of a man fatally shot on Monday. Authorities say that 29 year old Hector Oswaldo Sandoval of Greenfield was shot to death at about 4 p.m. on the 700 block of Holly Street. Anyone with any information is encouraged to contact Salinas police.

 

The convicted killer of a Morgan Hill girl has been sentenced. 26 year old Antolin Garcia-Torres was found guilty of the murder of 15 year old Sierra LaMar. LaMar went missing on the way to school in 2012, her body has never been recovered.  Garcia-Torres was ordered to spend life without parole behind bars.

 

A new location has been designated for a Santa Cruz homeless encampment. The City Manager, Martin Bernal, announced the city has adapted a model used by San Diego to successfully to establish a safe and sanitary encampment that was implemented to address the hepatitis A outbreak. The Benchlands encampment will be shut down once the new location on the 1200 block of River Street is ready for occupation.  

 

the Santa Cruz Police Department is investigating what was initially believed to be a fatal hit and run. Shortly before 7:45 a.m. yesterday (Thurs) morning patrol units responded to reports of a person on the Encinal Street roadway. At the scene officers located a deceased male. A review of area surveillance cameras showed the victim being struck by a truck. The truck and driver were located and an investigation determined the driver was unaware of the fatal collision. The victim’s identity is being withheld pending notification of family.

 

(10:35) Watsonville - Officers are searching for 2 suspects that stabbed a man this morning in Watsonville. The incident took place just after 5 a.m. on the 1800 block of Freedom Boulevard in the Walgreen’s parking lot. The suspect’s vehicle is an early to mid 2000’s beige GMC or Chevrolet Suburban.  The victim was air lifted to a trauma center for non-life threatening injuries.  Anyone with information is encouraged to contact authorities.  

(09:30) Santa Cruz - Motorists are being advised to avoid Encinal Street due to a fatal collision that took place there this morning.  Encinal Street is closed between Highway 9 and Limekiln Street.    

(08:45) Cpitola - An open-air skating rink, “iSKATE Capitola,” is scheduled to open tomorrow in the Capitola Village.  The ice skating rink is located in Esplanade Park, in front of the stage and overlooking Capitola Beach and Monterey Bay.    There will be three sessions per day: 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.  Admission is $10; skate rentals will be available for $5 or visitors may bring their own. 

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