The flu has claimed the lives of three more people on the Central Coast. In Monterey County three more people have died of the flu, bringing the total now to five. In Santa Cruz County 2 people died because of the flu and San Benito County is reporting one flu-related death at this time. Emergency Hospital physicians report treating returning patients after they were initially treated for the flue several months prior. Officials say it’s still not too late to get a flu vaccine. The Monterey County Health Department says they are fully stocked with vaccines even after running out during a free flu clinic at Salinas Valley memorial Healthcare System last month.
A man suspected of kidnapping and murdering Morgan Hill’s Sierra LaMar is expected to enter a plea today. Antolin Garcia Torres was indicted this week by a Santa Clara County superior Court Grand Jury for killing the 15-year old in May of 2012, as well as a series of violent attacks on South Bay women in 2009. The indictment expedites the criminal process, which began nearly two years ago. LaMar was last seenin her Morgan Hill home, she never made it to school and her body has never been found.
A dangerous wanted parolee is off the streets after he was arrested in connection with a Santa Cruz Homeless Shelter stabbing last week. 62-year old William Jones was taken into custody yesterday afternoon just before 2 o’clock. Jones was trying to steal a bike outside of the shelter Saturday, when the bike’s owner confronted him and Jones stabbed him in the arm. Police say Jones was wanted on a probation violation in Santa Cruz County, along with a murder in Idaho.
A missing King City girl has been found safe. Authorities say 15-year old Estefani Alvarado was dropped off at King City High School by her mother last month and never showed up to class. King City police found the girl safe after searching a home in Gonzales yesterday afternoon. Police say the girl has a history of running away, in May she ran away with someone she met on Facebook.
A suspect is under arrest in connection with a double shooting in Gilroy Tuesday that left a 68-year old man dead and another critically injured. Police are not releasing any information about the suspect until witnesses have confirmed his identity. The just after 6 p.m incident occurred outside Las Animas Park during a physical confrontation. Gilroy resident Martin Gonzales was pronounced dead at the scene while the other victim, a 34-year old man is recovering in the hospital. The shooting was the first homicide of the year for Gilroy.
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