A man was arrested after he attempted to steal an SPCA donation box in Salinas yesterday. Police say 21-year old Salvador Barone was spotted with the money for the Monterey County SPCA after he seen running away from Jurassic Pets on South Main Street, where the donation box was taken from. Officers found the box in some bushes before he was stopped, along with a hammer after he was searched. Barone was booked into Monterey County jail for burglary, providing false information about his identity, and violation of probation.
Police in Marina are investigating a suspicious death after a man with a throat wound was found in a Walmart parking lot yesterday morning. Police found the 50-year old man outside of a car in the store’s parking lot on Beach Road at about 6 a.m., before they contacted emergency responders. The man was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead by doctors upon his arrival. The victim is said to be known as a long-time Marina resident. Anyone with any information is asked to contact Marina Police.
The 11th annual Big Sur Half Marathon took place Sunday with about 9,000 runners crossing the finish line at Monterey's Fisherman’s Wharf. This year’s men’s winner was Kenyan runner, Jacob Chemtai, who finished the race in one-hour, two-minutes and 44-seconds. The women’s winner, also from Kenya, was Sarah Kiptoo, who completed the course in one-hour, 11-minutes and 22 seconds. The two each earned $3,000. The 13.1 mile race brought in 30,000 people to the Central Coast this weekend. Organizers say the overall economic impact of the race is about $10M. Meanwhile the Big Sur Full Marathon is already being planned and is slated for April.
A FIRE BROKE OUT IN A PACIFIC GROVE RESTAURANT EARLY SATURDAY MORNING. THE FIRE STARTED ON THE 1-HUNDRED BLOCK OF FOREST AVENUE, IN THE FLUE OF AN EXHAUST FAN, ABOUT 1 BLOCK AWAY FROM THE STARTING LINE OF A 5-K RACE. FIRE CREWS QUICKLY EXTINGUISHED THE BLAZE WHICH CAUSED AND ESTIMATED 5 TO 10 THOUSAND DOLLARS IN DAMAGES, NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED AND THE RACE WAS NOT AFFECTED.
THE BIG SUR MARATHON TOOK PLACE ON SUNDAY WITH AROUND 9 THOUSAND RUNNERS CROSSING THE FINISH LINE AT FISHERMAN’S WHARF IN MONTEREY. ALTHOUGH SECURITY WAS HEIGHTENED IN THE WAKE THE BOSTON MARATHON BOMBINGS, IT WAS DECIDED NOT TO SEARCH SPECTATORS BELONGINGS, INSTEAD AS A PRECAUTION, EVENT VOLUNTEERS WERE URGED TO BE ON THE LOOK OUT FOR SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY. THIS WAS THE BIG SUR MARATHON’S 11TH RUNNING.
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