A MAN WHO ROBBED A WATSONVILLE AUTO PARTS STORE OVER THE WEEKEND IS STILL BEING SOUGHT. AUTHORITIES SAY EMPLOYEES WERE CLOSING THE RODRIGUEZ STREET STORE AROUND 8 P-M SUNDAY, WHEN A MAN WEARING MOTORCYCLE GEAR ENTERED BRANDISHING A HANDGUN. THE SUSPECT, WHO IS DESCRIBED AS A 5-FOOT-6-INCH TALL LATINO MAN WITH LIGHT SKIN, REPORTEDLY FORCED THE EMPLOYEES INTO A BATHROOM BEFORE FLEEING WITH AN UNDISCLOSED AMOUNT OF CASH. NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED.
AFTER FOUR YEARS, A CONTROVERSIAL ROADWAY ON THE FORMER FORT ORD IS REOPENING. SUPERVISORS IN MONTEREY COUNTY APPROVED A PLAN YESTERDAY TO REOPEN INTER-GARRISON ROAD TO THROUGH TRAFFIC, DESPITE CONCERNS FROM HIKERS AND CYCLISTS. THE 0.7-MILE SECTION OF ROAD, WHICH LINKS SALINAS TO THE MONTEREY PENINSULA, WILL OPEN UNDER CERTAIN SAFETY PARAMETERS SUCH AS ENFORCING NO PARKING RESTRICTIONS, REDUCING THE SPEED LIMIT FROM 55 TO 35-MILES-PER-HOUR AND ADDING TRAFFIC CONTROLS AT SCHOONOVER ROAD.
A handful of Salinas Police officers have been recognized for their excellence in recovering stolen vehicles. The award is the ten eight fifty one pin. Ten eight fifty one is the California vehicle code for grand theft auto. Officers Zach Dunagan and Anthony Parker received the award while Master award pins were awarded to Officers: Scott Sutton, Robert Balaoro, Raul Rosales, and Jacky Bohn. Master pins are given to officers who have earned the honor 5 times.
Salinas Police have arrested a suspected car thief. Late Monday, Salinas Police witnessed a car speeding through the Target parking lot near 1640 North Main Street. The ensuing traffic stop revealed the driver; 28-year-old Gerardo Cervantes has two shaved keys and a methamphetamine pipe. Cervantes said he borrowed the car from a friend Friday, but the vehicle was reported stolen Saturday. He was booked into Monterey County jail.
A Salinas man has been found guilty of 22 counts of felony sexual abuse. 36-year-old Jose Luna was arrested in 2012 and now faces 100 years in prison if found guilty. The abuse took place over a 4 year period with an underage girl. Luna will be sentenced next month.
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