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Teen shot, Salinas 11/21/10 9:45pm TDH

A teenager was shot in Salinas on Sunday evening, in what police believe was a drive-by shooting.  The incident occurred at Bolivar and North Main Streets, at 6:20 p.m.   Police believe the shots were fired from a black, 4-door, Cadillac sedan, which was last seen heading north on North Main Street.  The victim was taken to a local hospital, and police are trying to determine if the shooting was gang-motivated.

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S.C. House Fire 11/21/10 9:30pm TDH

Firefighters in Santa Cruz responded to a house fire early Sunday morning, which had started in an unattended fireplace.  The residents of the house on Leonard Street awoke during the night and discovered the blaze, and used a hose to control the flames.   Fire crews responded just after 4:30 a.m., and fully extinguished the fire, which had spread underneath the floor.  The incident caused about 30-thousand dollars’ worth of damage.

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Salinas Homicide 11/21/10 9:30pm TDH

A shooting in Salinas on Friday evening left 1-person dead and 2-others injured.   The victims were in a garage of a house on the 5-hundred block of St. Edwards Avenue, when multiple suspects approached, and began firing.   30-year-old Faustino Benitez was pronounced dead at the scene, while a 21-year-old and a 24-year-old victim were taken to hospitals and were listed in serious, but stable condition, as of Saturday.   The suspects fled north on St. Edwards avenue, and anyone with information about the attack is encouraged to contact the Salinas Police Department, or call the anonymous crime tip line at 1-800-78-CRIME.

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Parole Sweep, MCO 11/21/10 9:30pm TDH

A parole sweep in South Monterey County on Saturday netted 7 arrests.   More than 30 law enforcement officers participated in the sweep, which targeted gang members on probation or parole in Gonzales, Soledad, Greenfield, and King City.   Arrests were made for weapons possession, as well as other parole violations.  The operation is the 7th parole sweep over the last 3 months targeting gang members.

 

 

 

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Thanksgiving & C-H-P 11/21/10 9:30pm TDH

The Thanksgiving Holiday has the California Highway Patrol on full alert this week.  The C-H-P is partnering with local police departments to target drivers talking on their cell-phones, as part of the “No Tolerance Campaign.”  In addition to that effort, every available C-H-P Officer will be on duty from Wednesday night at 6 p.m., through Sunday at 11:59 p.m.   The full deployment is part of a “Maximum Enforcement effort,” which targets unsafe drivers, particularly those who are impaired, or are not wearing seatbelts.

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