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sal homicide 02/17/11 0730 e.a.

a 38 year old salinas man was gunned down yesterday at a home on the 300 block of cross avenue in salinas.  salinas police officers responded to reports of a fight and gunshots around 10 p.m.    the victim was found with major injuries on the floor of the carport.  the officers were forced to tase an intoxicated man and fatally shoot an AGGRESSIVE pit bull before assisting the victim, who was later pronounced dead at the scene.  witnesses reported 2 males in their late teens or early 20’s running from the residence after the shooting.  anyone with any information about this homicide is asked to CONTACT the salinas police department.

murder INCOMPETENCE claim 02/17/11 0730 e.a.

a man accused of killing a hollister woman in 2007 has claimed mental INCOMPETENCE.   travis hoffmeister was arrested in march of 2008, after dna evidence connected him to the murder of 20 year old christella macias.  a trial for hoffmeister has been scheduled for february 27th, but he has made a motion arguing he is mentally incompetent to continue with the proceedings.  he is due in court on february 23rd, following a medical reccomendation.

runaway charges dropped 02/17/11 0730 e.a.

kidnapping charges against a san francisco man who was with a 14 year old runaway from hollister have been dropped.  41 year old clint wageman was arrested earlier this month after police were alerted that the missing girl might be with wageman, who was a relative and family friend.  the girl’s grandmother told police that her granddaughter had never gone missing.  wageman faced 1 count of child stealing, which would result in a prison term of up to 4 years.  that charge was dismissed.

hecker pass murder court date 02/17/11 0730 e.a.

the four men suspected of killing a 14 year old on hecker pass in december are due in court today.  david moreno sanchez, alejandro alexis rodriguez, juan carlos gonzalez, and carlos valencia have all pleaded not guilty to murder charges.  14 year old jesse lopez was gunned down on hecker pass on december 10th.

Armed shoplifting, arrest 02/16/12 8:30p.m. TDH

An armed man suspected of shoplifting was arrested yesterday in salinas.  29-year-old Christopher arguellas allegedly fired a gunshot at security guards during the incident, after the guards attempted to pursue him from the safeway on constitution boulevard.  After arguellas reportedly threatened them with a knife, and fired the shot, security guards backed off so that salinas police officers could respond.  Officers located arguellas nearby.  He was arrested and booked into monterey county jail on several charges.