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arrest purse burglary 06/27/12 10:30p.m. TDH

2-people were arrested Tuesday after allegedly stealing purses from a store in carmel.  The early–morning burglary occurred just before 1 a.m.   carmel police officers and monterey couty sheriff’s deputies responded to the incident, and sheriff’s deputies wound up in a high speed chase with the suspects.  The men were apprehended after their vehicle got stuck in a ditch near molera road.   21-year-old Gabriel ornelas and 23-year-old martin perez were booked into monterey county jail on multiple charges.

Attempted residential burglary 06/27/12 10:30p.m. TDH

An attempted burglary was stopped wednesday by a Watsonville resident.     After attempting to enter through the locked front door of a residence on the 1-hundred block of Packard lane, the suspect tried to enter through a window.  A woman inside saw the man trying to enter, at which point the suspect fled.   Anyone with information about the 3:40 p.m. incident is encouraged to contact the Watsonville police department.


suspect sought, underage sex 06/27/12 6p.m. TDH

Salinas police are seeking a former employee of alisal union school district for suspicion of having a sexual relationship with a minor.  29-year-old hector Ortega zermeno is believed to have fled the area when he learned that he was under investigation.  Authorities believe he possibly is heading to mexico.   Hector Ortega zermeno is likely driving a black 1998 nissan altima, with california license plate 5-r-g-v-8-2-9.   the 14-year-old victim was a student at la paz middle school when the alleged abuse began in 2011.


shark sighting 06/27/12 10p.m. TDH

A shark sighting was reported wednesday morning off of marina state beach.    a surfer spotted what he thought was a great white shark, at 9 a.m. wednesday.   the shark was estimated to be 14-feet long.  The surfer was able to exit the water safely.


Garrapata/Twin lakes to remain open 06/27/12 10p.m. TDH

Parks officials and local advocate groups have reached an agreement to keep garrapata state park open to the public for at least another year.   The park (south of carmel) was on the list of state parks slated for closure on july 1st.   the agreement involves several groups, including the monterey peninsula regional park district, the big sur land trust, and friends of garrapata.   Meanwhile, in santa cruz county, twin lakes state beach is expected to remain open, after state parks officials announced that maintenance crews would continue to clean the beach and restrooms, (although it will be on a more limited schedule).