To improve weekend traffic and reduce delays on State Route 1 during the climbing lane project in Monterey, the southbound left-turn pocket to Rio Road will be closed on weekends until the project is complete. Beginning Saturday April 21st, motorists will be detoured to Carmel Valley Road and Carmel Rancho Boulevard to access the crossroads Carmel shopping center. The closure and detour will only be in effect during weekends from Friday afternoons starting 3pm until Monday mornings at 7am
A Salinas man died after his car was hit by a Greenfield man’s truck. The late Wednesday crash occurred on Gloria Road, near Highway 101 in Gonzales. 38 year-old Charles E Bailey ll, who is thought to have been driving under the influence, was reportedly speeding when the accident took place. He was arrested and booked into Monterey county jail.
The 55 year-old Salinas man was declared dead at the scene, while his 42 year-old female passenger suffered a broken pelvis in the accident.
The Monterey County Sheriff’s Bomb Squad was called out to the crossroads in Carmel tonight. That after there were reports of a suspicious package at the shopping center.
A Salinas woman said she was forced to take part in last summer’s killing of 18 year-old Bryan Zamudio in Salinas. Maria Luna says its true she was the getaway driver, but she said she was just sitting in her car when a group of men got in an ordered her to drive away. A Monterey county judge has ruled that their is enough evidence to hold Luna and her alleged cohort Edgar Gomar, for trial.
An 18 year-old suspect, in a Greenfield murder, was arrested this morning in Soledad. The arrest took place on the 200 block of East 8th Avenue. Nathan Gallardo was wanted in connection with the February homicide of Joseph Suniga. Gallardo was booked into Monterey county jail.
In recent years, traffic fatalities have spiked 12 percent on April 20th….which is similar to the increase in such accidents on Superbowl Sunday. With this being the first year of 4/20 with legalized recreational marijuana in California, AAA will be offering their Tipsy Tow service. It will start at 4:20 p.m. Friday, and continue until 4:20 a.m. Saturday morning. People who want to take advantage of the service are asked to call 1-800-AAA-HELP (which is 1-800-222-4357) and ask for a Tipsy Tow. The service provides a free ride home, and vehicle tow of up to 10 miles. For mileage beyond that, motorists are charged a standard towing rate. People do not need to be AAA members to use the service.
The pilot, who died in a fatal plane crash in Marina recently, was 85 year-old Watsonville (and Palm Springs) resident Gordon Leroy Holley (better known as Lee Holley). He was a Warner Bros animator, and later worked for Hank Ketcham on Dennis The Menace. According to the N.T.S.B., Lee Holley had owned the plane since 1990, and had more than 2600 hours of flying experience. Lee Holley is survived by his wife, daughters, siblings, grandchildren and a great grandchild. Services are scheduled to be held Friday at Ave Maria Memorial Chapel in Watsonville, and a Celebration Of His Life is scheduled to take place afterward at the Seacliff Inn in Aptos.
A Salinas woman has pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit fraud. 43 year-old Ana Bajo conspired with others to file more than 2300 fraudulent Income Tax Returns with the I-R-S. Bajo is expected to be sentenced to spend 10 years in prison when she returns to a Monterey county court room to be sentenced September 26th.
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