MORGAN HILL - A Santa Clara county judge has set a firm start date for the trial of a man accused of abducting (and killing) a Morgan Hill teenager 4 years ago. 15 year-old Sierra La Mar disappeared as she walked to school one morning in march of 2012. If 22 year-old Antolin Garcia-Torres is convicted on all of the charges against him, he faces the death penalty. Opening statements for the murder trial are now scheduled for January 3rd.
Prospective jurors are having to answer 178 questions, to determine if they are eligible (and able) to serve on this jury. The trial is expected to take approximately 6 months.
OFFSHORE - Marine mammal experts are saying that the birthrate is coming back up for California Sea Lions. After 3 really bad years, the birthrate for this years pups is only about 41 percent below normal. Reportedly sea lion pups in the channel islands were normal size this year, and the Marine Mammal Center said it has been taking in fewer patients this year, unlike last year when they took in 14-hundred starving and ill sea lions.
MARINA - A marina woman, who had already served time for an assault back in 2010, has been sentenced to spend 28 years behind bars. That after 25 year-old Shannon Gavriela Gutierrez was convicted of fatally stabbing Antonio Torres last year.
SANTA CRUZ - The Santa Cruz county coroner has ruled that 32 year-old Sean Arlt’s death was a homicide….and now investigators will determine if they believe there was any criminal intent by the Santa Cruz Police Officer who fired the fatal shot. Although Santa Cruz police officers do not currently wear body cameras, reportedly one officer turned on a dash-cam before the fatal interaction with Arlt.
(08:30) Salinas - At the Salinas City Council Meeting yesterday (Tuesday) it was announced that Arbor Day is October 21st. Local leaders are inviting community members to celebrate Arbor Day with the planting of a native Oak Tree. The event will take place this Friday at 1:30 p-m at the Cesar Chavez Park.
(06:45) Salinas - An agricultural worker died in accident in a field yesterday (Tuesday). CHP reported the man was pinned between a tractor and a lettuce conveyor. The incident took place in Salinas near South Davis Road and West Blanco Road around 2 p-m. The identity of the man has not been released at this time.
(06:15) Gonzales - A man was killed in a hit-and-run last night (Tuesday). The incident took place in Gonzales on Foletta Road (a mile north of Alta Street) around 9 p.m. CHP is still investigating the case. The identity of the man who was killed has not been released at this time.
MONTEREY - A sewer rehabilitation project is causing some traffic and parking issues in Monterey this week. That’s because it’s now being worked on in the Business District. The 16.8 million dollar “What A Relief” project is expected to be completed by next summer.