TWO 21-YEAR-OLDS WERE ROBBED IN SALNAS SITTING IN THEIR CAR IN THE 400 BLOCK OF FRONT STREET EARLY THIS MORNING. JUST AFTER MIDNIGHT TWO HISPANIC MEN WITH GUNS APPROACHED THE VICTIMS AND DEMANDED MONEY. THE SUSPECTS MADE OFF WITH THE VICTIMS’ WALLET AS WELL AS OTHER PERSONAL PROPERTY AND RAN TOWARD SAN LUIS STREET. THEY ARE DESCRIBED AS BETWEEN 20 AND 25 YEARS OLD, 5’7” AND 5’10”, 200 LBS AND ONE WAS WEARING A GRAY SKI MASK. PERSONS WHO MAY HAVE WITNESSED THE INCIDENT OR HAVE INFORMATION RELATED TO IT ARE ENCOURAGED TO CONTACT THE SALINAS POLICE DEPARTMENT.
A BURNED CAR THAT MAY BE CONNECTED TO FRIDAY NIGHT’S HOMICIDE INVOLVING A SPECIAL NEEDS STUDENT IS BEING LOOKED AT BY AN ARSON INVESTIGATOR. THE CAR WAS FOUND ENGULFED IN FLAMES NEAR HIGHWAY 101 AND TEAGUE AVENUE AND IS BEING INVESTIGATED TO DETERMINE IF THERE’S ANY EVIDENCE FOR USE IN THE HOMICIDE INVESTIGATION. 18-YEAR-OLD MATHEW TORRES WAS SHOT WHILE SHIELDING HIS SISTER FROM GUNFIRE ON PEARL STREET. HIS FAMILY IS HOLDING SERVICES FOR HIM FRIDAY MARCH 22nd FROM 10 A-M TO NOON AT ST. JOHN’S CHURCH IN KING CITY.
Eighty Dominican Hospital employees may lose their jobs as the result of the closure of the hospital’s Frederick Street rehab center. The hospital unveiled a new $12.6 million acute rehab center in January to replace the older campus. The nurses, physical therapists, and other employees have been notified, and patients have been referred to other centers. Dominican says it will help employees to find other positions.
A Santa Clara County man was found guilty in the murder of his 46-year-old neighbor. 24-year-old Richard Delgadillo III was convicted of second degree murder for running over Donna Fife in 2009. Delgadillo has had several run-ins with the law related to reckless driving, including police chases that reached 100 miles per hour. Delgadillo ran down Fife as she was trying to call police after he crashed into a neighbor’s fence while doing donuts in the road. Investigators determined that Delgadillo accelerated directly at Mrs. Fife with no attempt to slow down. His is scheduled to be sentenced on April 19th.
The city of Salinas is pushing forward with action to remove City Councilman Jose Casteneda from his seat on the Alisal School District board. Other council members have pointed out that by holding both positions Casteneda is breaking California Code meant to prevent conflicts of interest. The city has hired a private law firm to determine which actions to take. They are currently deciding whether to ask the California Attorney General to take action against Casteneda, ask her whether they can take him to court themselves, or take no further action.
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