(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 firmer, flatter 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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