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San Benito Manslaughter Arraignment 06/11/12 AF

19-year-old Hollister resident Breanna Stewart will soon face arraignment on charges of gross vehicular manslaughter.     Stewart was charged for her involvement in an alleged drunk driving accident that killed 23-year-old Ryan McFall, who was a passenger in Stewart’s car, on January 14th.    Stewart was released on 100 thousand dollars bail in January, as has been free since.      If the case goes to trial, Stewart could face penalties of four, six, or 10 years in prison.

Monterey Air Ambulance Anniversary 06/11/12 AF

The California Shock Trauma Air Rescue group number 5, or CALSTAR 5, is celebrating their 10th anniversary of saving lives in Monterey County.     The team is based at the Salinas Municipal Airport, and services Monterey County, as well as parts of Santa Cruz and San Benito counties.    CALSTAR 5 has taken and estimated 3 thousand flights over the last decade, with most of those to and from emergency or accident locations.    The air ambulances can whisk injured victims to trauma centers in a fraction of the time ground travel might take, at a cruising speed of 150 miles per hour.

Watsonville Utility Rise 06/11/12 AF

Watsonville residents may soon face higher utility rates, pending a proposal to the Watsonville City Council by the city’s Public Works and Utilities Department.     Public Works and Utilities director David Koch, along with other city staff, will present their outline for the increases at a public hearing of the City Council on Tuesday evening.    If approved, the proposed increases will be targeted towards steady growth in solid waste, water and sewer rates until 2017.     Monthly rates for garbage container pickup will also increase, the with cost of 32-gallon cans rising 1 to 2  dollars every year until 2017, and even more for larger containers.

Salinas Police Chief Sworn In 06/10/12 AF

Kelly McMillin will be sworn in during a ceremony today as the new police chief for the city of Salinas.    McMillin has been with the Salinas Police Department for more than 20 years, and has been an integral part of the city’s fight against gangs.    McMillin was serving as deputy chief when Louis Fetherolf retired from his position as chief in December of last year.    The swearing in will be performed at a ceremony at the National Steinbeck Center in Salinas at 11am today.

Brandishing a firearm (WV) 06/10/12 TDH

A 26-year-old man was arrested in Watsonville Saturday night following a road-rage incident.  jesus alejandro salvatti was arrested after the passenger in his vehicle brandished a firearm at 2-people driving on main street.  the driver of the other vehicle had honked his horn at salvatti, so salvatti followed the other driver, pulled alongside him, and allowed his passenger to threaten the victims with a handgun.  Nobody was injured during the incident.  the victims reported salvatti’s jeep to C-H-P officers, and Watsonville police officers later spotted it on south green valley road.  the passenger fled and was not located, but salvatti was taken into custody and booked into santa cruz county jail.