LEOPOLDO ALEJANDRO CORTES, CONVICTED OF FIRST-DEGREE MURDER IN 2008 FOR THE STABBING OF ANOTHER MAN AT LA SELVA BEACH, WAS GIVEN A RETRIAL WHEN THE COURT OF APPEALS OVERTURNED THE DECISION IN 2011. ON FRIDAY, JURORS RETURNED A VERDICT OF SECOND-DEGREE MURDER AFTER SEVEN WEEKS OF TESTIMONY AND SIX DAYS OF DELIBERATION. CORTES WAS ORIGINALLY CHARGED WITH STABBING THE VICTIM, CHRIS CARR, THIRTEEN TIMES WITH A KNIFE AT A PARTY ON LA SELVA BEACH ON 2006. CARR DIED FROM HIS WOUNDS SHORTLY THEREAFTER. CORTES IS SCHEDULED FOR SENTENCING ON JANUARY 17.
A MACDONALD’S WAS ROBBED IN SALINAS EARLY SATURDAY MORNING. THE INCIDENT TOOK PLACE ON THE 6-HUNDRED BLOCK OF WILLIAMS ROAD WHERE A MAN ARMED WITH A HAND GUN ROBBED THE RESTAURANT, BUT SALINAS POLICE ARRIVED ON SCENE BEFORE THE ROBBER MADE HIS GET AWAY, THE SUSPECT ESCAPED ARREST BY LEAVING THE CASH BEHIND AND JUMPING OUT THE DRIVE THROUGH WINDOW. HE S THEN ROBBED A COUPLE IN A CAR AT GUNPOINT. ANYONE WITH ANY INFORMATION ABOUT THE SUSPECT IS URGED TO CONTACT THE SALINAS POLICE DEPARTMENT.
AN ELDERLY SALINAS BYCYCLIST WAS KILLED WHEN HE WAS HIT BY AN S-U-V AFTER HE RAN A STOP SIGN. THE ACCIDENT TOOK PLACE AT 4:15 P-M SATURDAY ON CONSTITUTION BOULEVARD, BETWEEN BORONDO ROAD AND FREEDOM PARKWAY. POLICE SOURCES SAY THAT 79-YEAR OLD PETRONIO YASAY ROLLED THROUGH A STOP SIGN AND WAS STRUCK BY A VEHICLE DRIVEN BY 37-YEAR OLD MARIA SERRANO. YASAY DIED AT THE SCENE AND OFFICERS SAY NO CHARGES ARE EXPECTED TO BE FILED AGAINST THE DRIVER. THIS WAS THE 11TH FATAL ACCIDENT IN SALINAS THIS YEAR.
An autopsy revealed how a Marina man died after he was found with an open throat wound in a Wal-Mart parking lot over the weekend. The Monterey County Coroner’s office confirmed that 50-year old Michael Garlow died from a self-inflicted injury by using a sharp bladed object, like a razor blade or knife. Meanwhile Marina police have closed the case, and do not plan to conduct any further criminal investigation.
The Santa Cruz Salvation Army kicks off it’s annual Kettle Kickoff Luncheon fundraiser next week. The event launches the annual Salvation Army bell-ringing season, and also helps raise money for needy families. Jimmy Panetta, a Monterey County assistant district attorney and son of former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, will be the event’s featured speaker. The Luncheon will be held on Monday November 25th at the Cocoanut Grove on 400 Beach Street in Santa Cruz.
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