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GUN CHECK PROGRAM 11/24/13 1450 GE

A PROGRAM DESIGNED TO KEEP GUNS OUT OF THE HANDS OF CONVICTED FELONS AND OTHER TYPES OF OFFENDERS, HAS BEEN IN FORCE FOR A WHILE. OPERATION STREET SWEEPER , LED BY THE SANTA CRUZ DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE, HAS CHECKED IN ON AT LEAST 48 SUBJECTS SINCE THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY, ACCORDING TO DISTRICT ATTORNEY BOB LEE. THE IDEA WAS BORN SHORTLY AFTER THE NEWTOWN, CONNNECTICUT SCHOOL MASSACRE IN DECEMBER OF 2012. INVESTIGATORS IN THE PROGRAM ARE TRYING TO PREVENT VIOLENT CRIMES BY FOCUSING ON FELONS, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE OFFENDERS AND THOSE WITH MENTAL HEALTH CHALLENGES. THERE WILL BE MORE CONTACTS MADE IN THE COMING MONTHS. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ON ILLEGAL GUN OWNERS IS ASKED TO CALL THE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE AT 831-454-2400.

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NEW BRIGHTON MIDDLE 11/24/13 1410 GE

NEW BRIGHTON MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS ARE WORKING ON COLLEGE LEVEL ENGINEERING PROJECTS AFTER SCHOOL HOURS , ON FRIDAYS. A VOLUNTEER-RUN ENGINEERING CLUB FROM CABRILLO COLLEGE IS HELPING THE STUDENTS UNDERSTAND THE CONCEPTS OF ENGINEERING AND HOW TO WORK AS A TEAM. THE STUDENTS ARE FIRST GIVEN LECTURES ON LESSON PLANNING, AFTER WHICH DIFFERENT TEAMS PERFORM HANDS-ON ACTIVITIES. THE TEAMS ARE THEN AWARDED PRIZES FOR THEIR EFFORTS, NOT FOR PERFORMANCE AS ONE MAY EXPECT,  BUT  FOR HOW WELL THEY COMMUNICATED AND WORKED TOGETHER.

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LA SELVA STABBING 11/24/13 1330 GE

LEOPOLDO ALEJANDRO CORTES, CONVICTED OF FIRST-DEGREE MURDER IN 2008 FOR THE STABBING OF ANOTHER MAN AT LA SELVA BEACH, WAS GIVEN A RETRIAL WHEN THE COURT OF APPEALS OVERTURNED THE DECISION IN 2011. ON FRIDAY, JURORS RETURNED A VERDICT OF SECOND-DEGREE MURDER AFTER SEVEN WEEKS OF TESTIMONY AND SIX DAYS OF DELIBERATION. CORTES WAS ORIGINALLY CHARGED WITH STABBING THE VICTIM, CHRIS CARR, THIRTEEN TIMES WITH A KNIFE AT A PARTY ON LA SELVA BEACH ON 2006. CARR DIED FROM HIS WOUNDS SHORTLY THEREAFTER. CORTES IS SCHEDULED FOR SENTENCING ON JANUARY 17.

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MACDONALDS ROBBED in Salinas-11/24/13-08:38-PMD

A MACDONALD’S WAS ROBBED IN SALINAS EARLY SATURDAY MORNING.  THE INCIDENT TOOK PLACE ON THE 6-HUNDRED BLOCK OF WILLIAMS ROAD WHERE A MAN ARMED WITH A HAND GUN ROBBED THE RESTAURANT, BUT SALINAS POLICE ARRIVED ON SCENE BEFORE THE ROBBER MADE HIS GET AWAY, THE SUSPECT ESCAPED ARREST BY LEAVING THE CASH BEHIND AND JUMPING OUT THE DRIVE THROUGH WINDOW. HE S THEN ROBBED A COUPLE IN A CAR AT GUNPOINT.  ANYONE WITH ANY INFORMATION ABOUT THE SUSPECT IS URGED TO CONTACT THE SALINAS POLICE DEPARTMENT.

 

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11th fatality in Salinas-11/24/13-07:58-PMD

AN ELDERLY SALINAS BYCYCLIST WAS KILLED WHEN HE WAS HIT BY AN S-U-V AFTER HE RAN A STOP SIGN. THE ACCIDENT TOOK PLACE AT 4:15 P-M SATURDAY ON CONSTITUTION BOULEVARD, BETWEEN BORONDO ROAD AND FREEDOM PARKWAY. POLICE SOURCES SAY THAT 79-YEAR OLD PETRONIO YASAY ROLLED THROUGH  A STOP SIGN AND WAS STRUCK BY A VEHICLE DRIVEN BY 37-YEAR OLD MARIA SERRANO. YASAY DIED AT THE SCENE AND OFFICERS SAY NO CHARGES ARE EXPECTED TO BE FILED AGAINST THE DRIVER. THIS WAS THE 11TH FATAL ACCIDENT IN SALINAS THIS YEAR.

 

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