A preliminary hearing is expected to continue today for a man accused of fatally striking two women outside of Nativiadad Medical Center in November. Francisco Miranda Jr. was arrested on suspicion of killing 57-year old Cynthia Lane and 24-year old Linda Rascon. Rascon, who worked as security guard at the hospital, ran out to help Lane, who had fallen into the street, when Miranda reportedly fatally struck the two in a hit-and-run incident. Miranda, who had been driving while high on marijuana, was arrested on two counts of murder, felony DUI, felony hit-and-run and driving on a suspended license. The hearing will begin at 9 a.m.
A Salinas officer is said to be recovering after being bit by his K-9 unit last night. Police officials say the officer and the dog were driving near Rossi and Stockton Streets in Salinas, when the dog reportedly bit the officer several times through an opening near the front seat. The officer was hospitalized and was given stitches in the arm and face. Officials say the incident is a first for the department. Trainers and internal experts are expected to work with the dog, who is currently at a local shelter.
A Monterey County accused sexual predator, died from flu like symptoms Monday. Monterey County Sheriff’s Deputies say Salinas resident, David Stevens was serving time in jail for his crimes, when he was hospitalized after he said he was having trouble breathing. Stevens reportedly died the next day from natural causes that appeared to be complicated by flu like symptoms. He was arrested in May after an international investigation was able to link him to child pornography.
WITH WAVE HEIGHTS EXPECTED TO REACH UP TO 20 FEET TODAY (FRIDAY) OFFICIALS ARE URGING THE PUBLIC TO EXERCISE CAUTION NEAR THE COAST. THE WARM WEATHER HAS BEEN ATTRACTING BEACH GOERS AND THE LARGE WAVES ARE A SAFETY CONCERN FOR THE PUBLIC. PEOPLE ARE BEING ADVISED TO STAY AWAY FROM CLIFFS AND SHORE BREAKS AND NOT TO TURN THEIR BACK TO THE OCEAN. BOATERS ARE ALSO BEING ADVISED TO WEAR LIFE JACKETS AND TO FILE BOATING PLANS.
THE CAPITOLA POLICE DEPARTMENT ISSUED AN ANNOUNCEMENT OF A SPECIALIZED SAFETY ENFORCEMENT OPERATION. THE OPERATION WHICH FOCUSES ON MOTORCYCLE SAFETY ISSUES WILL TAKE PLACE DURING THE REST OF JANUARY AND THROUGH OUT FEBRUARY WILL USE EXTRA OFFICERS TO TARGET AREAS WITH A HIGH PERCENTAGE OF MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENTS. POLICE WILL BE WATCHING FOR SAFE SPEEDS, TURNS AND PROPER LICENSING, AS WELL DRUG AND ALCOHOL USE OF ALL VEHICLE OPERATORS IN THE AREAS.
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