A Salinas priest is slated to challenge a molestation complaint in court tomorrow. Father Edward Fitz-Henry, the former priest at the San Juan Bautista Mission, was accused of sexual abuse in January, after a letter sent to The Diocese of Monterey claims the alleged victim was sexually assaulted while Fitz-Henry was a priest at Madonna Del Sasso Catholic Church. The victim reportedly met Father Fitz-Henry at Madonna Del Sasso back in 2005, and claims the abuse occurred that same year.
Officials with Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital have announced that 200 employees will be laid off by June 15th. The layoff notifications have been sent to employees in a range of positions, including management and part-time workers. A cash equivalent of up to $5000 is also being offered to employees who agree to leave by the end of this month. The jobs being cut represent 150 full-time equivalent positions.
A 68-year old Carmel Valley man was arrested last night on several charges. Monterey County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a vandalism report in an East Carmel Valley Road parking lot at around 11 p.m., and found Kenneth W. Pelton in possession of a loaded gun while under the influence of alcohol. Deputies say Pelton was also found next to a broken glass table that belonged to someone else. He was booked into Monterey County Jail on suspicion of carrying a loaded and concealed firearm and vandalism.
A social worker was arrested from his Carmel Valley home this week on suspicion of possessing child pornography. Monterey County sheriff’s deputies responded to a Domestic Disturbance report, and arrived to the home of 57-year old Gregory Winsell, where they found over 500 images of child porn on his computer. Winsell worked as an officer with the Monterey County Family and Child Services since 2005. He was booked into Monterey County Jail where he faces 1 felony count of child pornography possession.
More charges have been filed against a Seaside police officer who was arrested on suspicion of sexually battering 2 women. 31-year old Salvador Reynaga faces 33 new charges after 3 more alleged victims came forward. Reynaga was initially arrested on March 7th on 16-counts of assault with the intent to commit mayhem or specified sex offenses, sexual battery and committing assault while acting in an official position against women. Reynaga is slated to be arraigned on the new charges April 26th.
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