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SALINAS FATAL ACC - 01/02/14 06:48 S.S.

IN  SALINAS,   THE  FIRST  FATAL  ACCIDENT  FOR  2014,   TOOK  PLACE  ON  NEW  YEAR’S  DAY.    THE  26  YEAR-OLD  DRIVER  DIED,   AND  HIS  43  YEAR-OLD PASSENGER  WAS  AIR-LIFTED  TO  A  BAY  AREA  TRAUMA  CENTER  WITH  SERIOUS  INJURIES.    THE  ACCIDENT  OCCURRED  AFTER  THE  DRIVER  (WHILE  LEADING  LAW  ENFORCEMENT  OFFICERS  ON  A  HIGH  SPEED  CHASE  IN  SALINAS),   RAN  HIS  CADILLAC  INTO  2  LIGHT  POLES  AND  A  CONCRETE  TRESTLE  NEAR  EAST ALISAL  AND  FRONT  STREETS.

3  PEOPLE  WERE  ALSO  INJURED  IN  A  HEAD-ON  CRASH ON  HIGHWAY 9 IN  BROOKDALE  THIS  WEEK.  ALL  3  PEOPLE  INVOLVED  IN  THAT ACCIDENT  WERE  AIR-LIFTED  TO  A  BAY  AREA  TRAUMA  CENTER.   

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TRANSIENTS ARRESTED IN STOLEN CAR 12/31/13 1715 og

SCOTTS VALLEY POLICE ARRESTED TODD AND BARBARA BENGSTON IN THE KINGS VILLAGE PARKING LOT ON MONDAY MORNING.   THE HUSBAND AND WIFE WERE FOUND LIVING IN A CHEVY IMPALA REPORTED STOLEN FROM A SUNNYVALE OWNER.     THE COUPLE REMAIN IN SANTA CRUZ COUNTY JAIL CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF A STOLEN VEHICLE.     BAIL IS SET AT 5 THOUSAND DOLLARS.

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CAPITOLA SHOOTING VICTIM UNCOOPERATIVE 12/31/13 1700 og

THE 35-YEAR OLD MAN WHO WAS SHOT WHILE ALLEGEDLY SELLING MARIJUANA TO THREE ASSAILANTS ON CAPITOLA ROAD ON FRIDAY IS REPORTEDLY UNWILLING TO COOPERATE WITH CAPITOLA POLICE IN IDENTIFYING THE SHOOTERS.     POLICE BELIEVE THEY HAVE IMAGES OF THE SUSPECTS FROM SURVEILLANCE CAMERAS INSIDE 41ST AVENUE SHOPS BUT ARE UNABLE TO CLEARLY IDENTIFY THEM.   THE POLICE SAY THE VICTIM AND THE SUSPECTS KNEW EACH OTHER AND THE DRUG DEAL WAS ARRANGED DAYS EARLIER.     THE SUSPECTS WERE DRIVING A  DARK TWO-DOOR DODGE NEON AND ARE DESCRIBED AS 25 TO 30 YEARS OLD, ONE WITH DREADLOCKS, ONE WEARING A RED HAT, AND ONE WAS HEAVY SET.     ONE OF THE MEN IS REPORTEDLY NAMED ERIC.   CONTACT CAPITOLA POLICE IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION.

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SALINAS BURGLAR CAUGHT ON TAPE 12/31/13 1800 og

THE OWNERS OF MAIN STREET BAKERY AND CATERING IN SALINAS HAVE THEIR BURGLAR ON TAPE.    THE YEAR-OLD BUSINESS ON SOUTH MAIN STREET WAS ROBBED SUNDAY AFTERNOON BY AN UNKNOWN MAN IN A DARK JACKET AND FEDORA.     THE MAN REPORTEDLY ENTERED TWICE THROUGH A BACK DOOR AND STOLE SEVERAL HUNDRED DOLLARS IN CASH FROM THE REGISTER.     OWNER LUZ CEDILLO OF THE FAMILY-RUN BUSINESS SAYS THE WORST PART IS BEING DISAPPOINTED IN THE PERSON WHO MADE THE POOR DECISION.     ANYONE WITH ANY INFORMATION IS ASKED TO CONTACT THE SALINAS POLICE DEPARTMENT.

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Charges Filed in Fatal Monterey Hit/Run Case 12-31-13 16:00 av

A Salinas man accused of killing two women while driving under the influence outside of Natividad Medical Center last month, was charged with dual murder charges today, and was assigned 2.5-million dollars bail.   23-year old Francisco Miranda is accused of killing 24-year old Linda Rascon Williams and 57-year old Cynthia Lane on November 20th.   Miranda was charged and arrainged on two counts of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, driving under the influence causing injury, hit-and-run resulting in injury and death, and driving with a suspended license due to a prior D-U-I conviction.   He faces 34-years to life in prison, along with 6 months in jail if convicted.

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