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Vehicle fire extinguished 03/25/12 2:45p.m. TDH

Nobody was injured when a vehicle caught fire on Saturday morning in monterey county.  The incident happened at 10 a.m., when firefighters were called to the intersection of carmel valley road and rancho san carlos road.  A small cargo truck had caught fire;   firefighters extinguished the flames.  The only occupant of the vehicle was able to escape safely.  The truck was destroyed.   The cause of the vehicle-fire is under investigation.

Multiple Salinas robberies 03/25/12 2:45p.m. TDH

Salinas police have reported that multiple, separate, armed robberies occurred around the city on Friday night.  In 1-incident, an auto parts store on north sanborn road was held up by 2, armed suspects.  The suspects bound the hands of the employees, took cash from the safe and register, and they then fled. In another robbery, a man armed with a shotgun held up a convenience store on clark street.  nobody was injured in the robbery.  The suspect fled, along with a person that acted as a “lookout.”  And, elsewhere, 2-people were robbed during separate incidents.  In 1 incident, an employee of a business at the Northridge mall was jumped as he walked to his car.  in the other incident, a pedestrian was robbed at east market street near north hebron avenue.  the suspects fled with the victim’s money and other items.

WV K-9 retiree siezed from owner/partner 03/23/12 TDH

A german Sheppard that formerly served as a Watsonville police officer, has been seized by the SPCA for monterey county.  the dog’s former partner, and now previous owner, former Watsonville police officer Francisco Ibarra, is facing misdemeanor charges of failing to take car of an animal.   A concerned neighbor previously reported the emaciated dog, and after Ibarra failed to respond to questions from the SPCA, the dog, named Ingo was seized by authorities.  In a separate case, Ibarra is suing the city of Watsonville because he was fired from the police department in 2010.

 

Salyer pleads guilty 03/23/12 TDH

The former CEO of monterey-based SK foods has pleaded guilty to racketeering.  56-year-old Frederick “Scott” Salyer was convicted of charges related to price fixing and bribing food buyers interested in the company’s tomatoes.  Salyer pleaded to 2 charges, racketeering and price fixing.  He is expected to face between 4 and 7 years in prison.  salyer remains free on bail; he is set to be sentenced on july 10th.10 former employees of sk foods have been convicted in the case, as have buyers from several major food companies.  After declaring bankruptcy in 2009, sk foods was sold to Singapore-based olam international.

moss landing murder turns in 03/23/12 1130 e.a.

a man wanted in connection with the murder of a salinas man on new years day has turned himself in to authorities.  salvador vega rendon junior is accused of killing felipe bravo and stuffing his body in the trunk of a car in moss landing.  charges have yet to be filed against rendon.