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COFFEE SHOP ATTACK TRAIL 07/17/13 0600 av

DEFENSE ATTORNEYS ARE EXPECTED TO MAKE THEIR CLOSING CASE TODAY IN A SANTA CRUZ COFFEE SHOP ATTACK THAT OCCURRED OVER FIVE YEARS AGO. MEANWHILE CLOSING ARGUMENTS WERE PRESENTED YESTERDAY BY PROSECUTORS AGAINST 23-YEAR OLD ELVIS LORENZO GARCIA, WHO ALLEGE HE ATTACKED A WOMAN ON MARCH 19TH 2008 AS SHE PREPARED TO OPEN THE KIND GRIND COFFEE SHOP. PROSECUTORS ASKED THE JURY OF EIGHT WOMEN AND FOUR MEN TO RETURN GUILTY VERDICTS FOR SODOMY, ROBBERY AND OTHER FELONY CHARGES. GARCIA FACES LIFE IN PRISON IF CONVICTED.

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W’VILLE AUTO PARTS STORE ROBBERY 07/17/13 0630 av

A MAN WHO ROBBED A WATSONVILLE AUTO PARTS STORE OVER THE WEEKEND IS STILL BEING SOUGHT. AUTHORITIES SAY EMPLOYEES WERE CLOSING THE RODRIGUEZ STREET STORE AROUND 8 P-M SUNDAY, WHEN A MAN WEARING MOTORCYCLE GEAR ENTERED BRANDISHING A HANDGUN. THE SUSPECT, WHO IS DESCRIBED AS A 5-FOOT-6-INCH TALL LATINO MAN WITH LIGHT SKIN, REPORTEDLY FORCED THE EMPLOYEES INTO A BATHROOM BEFORE FLEEING WITH AN UNDISCLOSED AMOUNT OF CASH. NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED.

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REOPENING OF INTER-GARRISON ROAD 07/17/13 0730 av

AFTER FOUR YEARS, A CONTROVERSIAL ROADWAY ON THE FORMER FORT ORD IS REOPENING.  SUPERVISORS IN MONTEREY COUNTY APPROVED A PLAN YESTERDAY TO REOPEN INTER-GARRISON ROAD TO THROUGH TRAFFIC, DESPITE CONCERNS FROM HIKERS AND CYCLISTS.   THE 0.7-MILE SECTION OF ROAD, WHICH LINKS SALINAS TO THE MONTEREY PENINSULA, WILL OPEN UNDER CERTAIN SAFETY PARAMETERS SUCH AS ENFORCING NO PARKING RESTRICTIONS, REDUCING THE SPEED LIMIT FROM 55 TO 35-MILES-PER-HOUR AND ADDING TRAFFIC CONTROLS AT SCHOONOVER ROAD.

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Salinas police honored

7/17 4:50am

 

A handful of Salinas Police officers have been recognized for their excellence in recovering stolen vehicles. The award is the ten eight fifty one pin. Ten eight fifty one is the California vehicle code for grand theft auto. Officers Zach Dunagan and Anthony Parker received the award while Master award pins were awarded to Officers: Scott Sutton, Robert Balaoro, Raul Rosales, and Jacky Bohn. Master pins are given to officers who have earned the honor 5 times.

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Salinas car thief

7/17 4:50am

Salinas Police have arrested a suspected car thief. Late Monday, Salinas Police witnessed a car speeding through the Target parking lot near 1640 North Main Street. The ensuing traffic stop revealed the driver; 28-year-old Gerardo Cervantes has two shaved keys and a methamphetamine pipe. Cervantes said he borrowed the car from a friend Friday, but the vehicle was reported stolen Saturday. He was booked into Monterey County jail.

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