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Flooding, Road Closures As Heavy Rains Fall On Saturated Ground

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(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  firmerflatter  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. 

The  body of  a  missing  Aptos  man  was  found  Monday  in  Aptos  Creek.    46  year-old  Steven  Ralls  was  last  heard  from  on  may 2nd.     Although  his cause  of  death  has  not  yet  been  determined,  no  foul  play  is  suspected.   

A  man  who  was  arrested  yesterday near  the  Capitola  Mall,   and  who  was  taken  to Dominican  Hospital  for  a  mental  health  evaluation,  faces  possible  criminal charges.   That  after  he  pointed  a  fake  gun  at  several  people  while  driving northbound  on  Highway 1  yesterday  afternoon…..and  doing  the  same  thing  on  41st  Avenue….and  in  one  of  the parking  lots  at  the  Capitola Mall.  

A  person  was  arrested  this  morning  in  Salinas.     Maria  Alvarez  is  believed  to  be  involved  with  a  drug-smuggling  operation  in  Monterey  county  jail.     Alvarez  joins  4  other  people,   who  have  already  been  booked  into  Monterey  county  jail  on  drug-smuggling  charges.     Additionally,   Alvarez  faces  charges  of  child  endangerment….after  she  stored  methamphetamine  near  a  3  year-old  child.

(11:45) Santa Cruz County - The Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office reported that people in our community are being scammed by a caller saying that a loved one has been kidnapped or is in Jail.  The caller has been requesting payment via gift cards.   If a call like this is received the community is advised to notify authorities before taking any other action.  

 

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