2 Salinas men are slated to appear in court on Monday for a drive-by fatal shooting that occurred over 2 years ago. 21-year old Benjamin Puga Carrillo and 28-year old Valentin Navarro Rivas are charged with the shooting death of James Lopez, who was gunned down at the intersection of John Street and McGowan Drive on January 12th of 2009. Carrillo was identified as the driver of the vehicle and Rivas as the person who shot Lopez. Both men are reported known members of “La Posada Trese”, a subgroup of the Sureno criminal street gang.
A Scotts Valley business received 26-million dollars to foster technology development and international growth. Electric motorcycle company, Zero Motorcycles received the boost this month from the company’s principal investor group, Invus LP. The deal includes a 17-million dollar investment and the potential for an additional 9-million dollars over the coming months. The money is said to continue developing electrical vehicle technology nationally, while expanding their footprint globally.
A 16-year old boy was hospitalized this morning in King City after suffering a gunshot wound to his leg. Police say the teen was inside a Bluff Avenue home around 12:40 a.m., when shots were fired into the residence. The victim is reported to be in stable condition. Anyone with any information is asked to call the King City Police Department.
A Salinas man was sentenced today in another man’s drowning death nearly 2-years ago. 26-year old Enedino Gonzalez was sentenced to 25-years to life in prison after pleading no contest last month to a 1st degree murder charge in the death of a 22-year old Crescencio Texco Garcia. Garcia’s body was found under the Arroyo Seco Bridge near Elm Avenue, on August 2nd of 2009. Perea’s nephew, who was 17-years of age at the time of the incident, was also arrested in the case, he was charged as an adult, and is slated to appear in court in May.
A Watsonville man accused of molesting 2 children, turned himself into police today after he saw his picture in a newspaper. 49-year old Ismael Padilla, also known as Ismael Sanchez, was featured on Monterey County’s most wanted list. Police opened an investigation into Padilla’s whereabouts in 2009, when the incident was discovered. Padilla was wanted on molesting 2 children under the age of 14. He was booked into Santa Cruz County Jail.
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