Monterey County Police have identified the woman who died after driving off the Bixby Bridge in Big Sur last week. 20-year old San Jose resident Nina Shizumi Sakima was driving a blue Honda northbound on Highway 1 on the morning of January 19th, when she crossed over into the southbound lane, crashed into a metal guardrail before the car flipped 400-feet off the Bridge. Sakima was ejected from the vehicle mid-air before landing on the rocks below. 25-year old passenger, Daniel Gowans, also of San Jose, was thrown from the car. He’s currently in a coma in a Bay area Trauma Center.
Unemployment numbers for Santa Cruz County are up compared to a month ago. According to the Employment Development Department, the jobless rate jumped to 9.2% in December from 8.6% in November. Good news is the number is still below the 11.2% figure a year ago. Statistics show nearly 98,000 jobs in Santa Cruz County, a loss of 3,000 farm jobs and 100-non farm jobs from the previous month. Compared to a year ago, the farm sector is up 400-jobs and retail trade is up 300 jobs.
A Salinas man who was arrested earlier this month in connection with a string of marijuana robberies, is now linked to another marijuana robbery and shooting in Capitola. Police identified 21-year old Vincent Leonard Turner Jr. in the shooting of a 35-year old man on Capitola Road on December 27th. Turner is said to have shot the man in the arm and torso during a drug deal. The victim survived. Turner, who is already in jail and linked to a December 9th medical marijuana robbery outside Dominican Hospital, is expected to face additional charges.
A Seaside man is expected to be arraigned this week after being charged with murdering a teen age boy over a year ago. 22-year old Alejandro Hernandez Delgado is behind bars after 17-year old Antonio Luis-Garcia was killed on a recreation trail in Sand City on October 21st 2012. Delgado is a Salvadorian national. Arraignment is set for Wednesday.
A 44-year old Marina man faces 10-years in prison for strangling his wife. Monterey County prosecutors announced today that Michael Fortner was found guilty Friday of corporal injury to a spouse, assault, and violating a restraining order, and was found not guilty of attempted murder and torture. Fortner’s wife testified, during the trail, how she was strangled to unconsciousness twice on the evening of November 4, 2011 as punishment for staying out late. Sentencing is slated for February 25th.
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