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POLLACCI PLEADS NOT GUILTY/NEW CHARGES 12-10-10 06:00 a.v.

A Pebble Beach man pleaded not guilty this week to 3-counts of forcible rape. Convicted rapist, Tom Pollacci is currently serving an 8-year sentence after he was convicted this past April for raping a Colorado woman in his family’s Pacific Grove liquor store. Wednesday’s new charges relate to alleged rapes that took place in 2007 and 2008. Pollacci faces a possible life sentence in the new case, a trial is slated for April 11th.

 

 

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SALINAS FATAL HOUSE FIRE INVESTIGATIONS 12-10-10 05:40 a.v.

Salinas firefighters continue investigating the cause of a blaze that left one person dead this week. Crews responded to a burning home on the 1500 block of Caceras Circle at 6:40 p.m. Wednesday to find the homeowner, 59-year old Garrett Gould dead at the scene. According to coroners, Gould, who was the owner of a theatrical lighting company and lived in the home alone with his dog, was killed in the fire. An autopsy is slated for today.

 

 

 

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SALINAS/CHUALAR CAR CHASE-ARREST 12-10-10 05:30 a.v.

2 teens were booked into Monterey County Jail yesterday afternoon after leading officers on a car chase that ended in a crash near Chualar. Officers attempted to pull over a 4-door Mazda, with 4 suspected gang members inside on East Laurel Drive in Salinas at 3:30, when the vehicle continued traveling into the city of Chualar. The tires of the vehicle blew out before striking an S-U-V. Police arrested the 15-year old driver of the vehicle for resisting arrest and a17-year old passenger for resisting arrest and violating probation. The other 2 passengers, a 12 and 16 year old, were released to their parents.

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MONTEREY APPROVES RENEWABLE ENERGY 12-10-10 05:00 a.v.

A unanimous vote Tuesday in Monterey caused City Council members to switch it’s energy accounts to a provider that brokers electricity supplied by companies that generates power through renewable energy sources to it’s clients. The 2-year contract with Manhattan Beach based 3-Phases Renewables will be providing power through windmills, biomass fuels, geothermal turbines, small hydroelectric dams and solar panels. The 2-year contract is expected to save residents up to $160,000, and reduce gas emissions by 3.2 million tons.

 

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MCO REWARD OFFERED FOR DOG ABUSERS 12-09-10 20:50 a.v.

A $500,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for abusing a puppy in Monterey County. On December 1st, a young male dog was reported running loose in the neighborhood on the 200 block of Espinosa Road, just south of Castroville, when the dog was found bleeding. Authorities believe the owners of the 1-year old dog pointer mix attempted to neuter the dog before he was rushed to the Center Animal Hospital in Castroville to undergo an emergency neuter surgery. Authorities believe the dog had a band around his testicles for at least 5-days before he was found. To report cases of animal abuse in Monterey County, contact The SPCA's at (831) 373-2631 or 422-4721 ext. 213.

 

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