The superintendent of the San Benito High School District has resigned from his job. John Perales resigned Friday, the same day he appeared in court and pleaded “not guilty’ to brandishing a firearm in Gilroy last month. Perales confronted the driver of an unfamiliar vehicle in his neighborhood, after there had been a rash of property thefts there. The school district has appointed Shawn Tennenbaum to serve as the district’s interim superintendent until a new superintendent is chosen.
Reverend Martin Luther King Junior was honored at events around the nation today, and one of those was in Seaside. A parade and speeches took place. When asked, many there expressed concerns about what might happen to their civil liberties once president-elect Trump is inaugurated this coming Friday. Other people marched in support of the environment and diversity. In Salinas advocates for the poor marked M-L-K Day by calling for an end to poverty, and the creation of a New Poor People’s Campaign.
2 people were arrested after an injury-accident in Castroville yesterday. Reportedly a drug dealer chased down (and rammed) a man’s car, after that man stole 1-thousand dollars worth of marijuana in a failed drug deal. The suspected drug dealer (33 year-old Albert Mejia) and the suspected thief (Jose Arellano) were both arrested, and an ar-15 rifle with no serial number was confiscated from Arellano’s vehicle.
Tonight at 7 p-m, there will be a ceremony to retire a Gonzales man’s jersey (and uniform number). That’s in honor of 21 year-old Christian Rosales, who was killed just after new year’s eve in Salinas. The ceremony is scheduled to take place at Gonzales High School. The San Francisco Giants (Rosales’ favorite professional team) also marked his death, by calling him a “giant hero” and sending a letter of condolence to Rosales’ family (along with a giant’s jersey featuring Rosales’ name and high school number).
A thousand year-old tree, in the Forest Of Nisene Marks State Park, fell this past weekend. The 253-foot tall redwood, known as the “Advocate Tree”, was 39 feet in circumference. It was one of the tallest (and largest) trees in the state park.
(10:00) Monterey - The Monterey County District Attorney’s Office announced that a man was convicted of financial elder abuse and grand theft on Friday. 62 year-old James Kline, of Monterey Peninsula, is a handyman who was doing home repairs in the summer of 2015 for an 87 year-old woman. It was reported that Kline took the victim to her credit union to open an ATM card. He then proceeded to unlawfully withdraw more than 2-thousand dollars using the ATM card. The victim’s son, who was monitoring his mother’s accounts, notified the credit union of the abnormal withdrawals. Kline is scheduled for sentencing February 24, and faces a maximum of four years in jail.
(09:40) California - The following businesses we will be closed today for Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Federal courts and offices, State courts and offices, County courts and offices, Banks, Post offices, and Public schools.
(09:30) California - According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission the Himalayan rock salt lamps have been recalled due to reports that the product can overheat and catch fire. Three different styles have been recalled: Rock of Gibraltar, Carnival of Lights, and Basket of Rocks. The lamps that were sold at Michaels and on Amazon between July and November 2016 can be returned for a full refund.
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