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Hybrid buses for MST

Monterey - Salinas transit is rolling out 4 new hybrid buses.

The 30 passenger hybrid buses were funded by the Federal Transit Administration Clean Fuels Grant.

The buses decrease emissions and increase fuel efficiency by about 30%.

They are currently in service on line 1 in Pacific Grove and line 24, the Carmel Valley Grapevine express.

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Murders sentenced to life

Updated: 5/27/13, 3:55 P.M.

 

Three men have pleaded guilty to various charges surrounding a 2009 murder.

30-year-old Jose Velasquez, 26-year-old Alejandro Chavez, and 23-year-old Cristobal Ramirez all entered pleas of guilty last week to the murder of Oscar Sanchez.

The three men lured 35-year-old Sanchez into a car in January 2009 and drove him to a remote area of Santa Cruz County where they beat and stabbed him to death.

Velasquez pled guilty to first degree murder and will serve life in prison without the possibility of parole. Chavez pleaded guilty to 17 felonies including manslaughter and kidnapping, he was sentenced to 60 years in state prison, and Ramirez pled guilty to 7 felonies and will serve 35 years in prison.

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Walmart Found Guilty

Walmart has been ordered to pay 81 million dollars after pleading guilty Tuesday to charges the company dumped hazardous waste in California.

Walmart was accused of improperly disposing of pesticides, fertilizer and paint from some of its stores by dumping the waste into storm drains.

The dumping occurred between 2003 and 2005 in 16 California counties.

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Attempted kidnapping in Salinas

A man Monterey county authorities were search for in connection with a rape investigation was arrested when he tried to lure a teen into his car.

The attempted kidnapping took place Saturday afternoon when 31 year-old Manuel Sanchez drove alongside a 16-year-old girl near Closter Park in Salinas.

The teen called police and responding officers located Sanchez nearby and arrested him for annoying and molesting a child.

 

5/28 2:25

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ARREST OF ‘BRUTAL ATTACKER’ - 05/28/13 12:27 S.S.

A  54  YEAR-OLD  MAN  HAS  BEEN  ARRESTED  IN  CONNECTION  WITH  AN  ALLEGED  BRUTAL  ATTACK  ON  A  WOMAN.      COLIN  RAY  JOHNSON REPORTEDLY  KICKED  HIS  VICTIM  MULTIPLE  TIMES,   BEFORE  TRYING  TO  CHOKE  HER.      THE  ATTACK  REPORTEDLY  OCCURRED   IN  SEASIDE  SATURDAY….BUT  THE  VICTIM  WAS  NOT  LOCATED  UNTIL  MONDAY.      ANYONE  WITH  ANY  INFORMATION  ABOUT  THIS  INCIDENT  IS  ENCOURAGED  TO  CONTACT  THE  SEASIDE  POLICE  DEPARTMENT.

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