AN APTOS BIKE THIEF IS BEHIND BARS AFTER REGISTERING A STOLEN BIKE IN HIS NAME. POLICE SAY 32-YEAR OLD TITONIDAE WILDEN WAS SPOTTED RIDING A STOLEN BICYCLE BEFORE REGISTERING IT IN HIS OWN NAME AT THE POLICE DEPARTMENT. HE THEN TRIED TO SELL THE BIKE ON CRAIGSLIST, WHEN POLICE DISCOVERED THE SAME BIKE HAD BEEN REPORTED STOLEN SEVERAL DAYS LATER. WILDEN WAS ARRESTED AND THE BIKE WAS RETURNED TO IT’S OWNER. POLICE MEANWHILE REMIND BIKE OWNERS OF THE IMPORTANCE OF REGISTERING BICYCLES. IN THE EVENT OF A THEFT, THE OWNER HAS A BETTER CHANCE OF HAVING THEIR BIKES RETURNED.
A HOSTAGE RESCUE EXERCISE WAS CONDUCTED IN MONTEREY COUNTY YESTERDAY.. THE DRILL, WHICH TOOK PLACE ON THE TARMAC AT SALINAS MUNICIPAL AIRPORT, WAS PART OF AN ANNUAL EFFORT TO TRAIN THE MONTEREY COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SWAT TEAM. THE HANDS-ON TRAINING IS USED AS PRACTICE FOR THE DEPARTMENT IN THE EVENT OF AN ACTUAL HOSTAGE SITUATION.
A human skeleton was found last week in Santa Cruz County. Authorities say the remains were discovered Friday by a utility worker working in a wooded area near Smith Grade Road and Warren Drive. Investigators have not yet determined the person’s gender or age. Meanwhile, a Santa Cruz County sheriff’s deputy says they are still looking into whether the body was related to recent homicides or missing person cases in the county.
A plan that would use agricultural wash water and storm-water runoff from Salinas to a recycled water project for the Monterey Peninsula, will be considered tonight. Salinas city council members will discuss negotiations with Monterey Regional Water Pollution Control Agency in an effort to use the agency’s proposed groundwater replenishment project. The project is expected to provide a new water supply to offset the state ordered cutback in pumping from the Carmel River, that is slated to take full effect by 2017.
A murder trial of a man accused in a 16-year old Monterey County teen homicide, got underway this week. Jury selection began yesterday for the trial of Jacobo Ruelas. Ruelas is accused of killing Monterey High School student Kristopher Olinger on the Pacific Grove recreation trail in 1996. Prosecutors allege Ruelas and his younger brother Angel robbed Olinger, stabbed him repeatedly and then stole his car. Jacobo, who was arrested seven years ago, pleaded not guilty. If convicted, he faces life in prison without the possibility of parole.
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