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Two Gang Members Arrested Following Vehicle Pursuit in Salinas- 1/22/15 6:00 S.G.

Two Salinas men were arrested this week after leading officers on a vehicle pursuit. Officials say police attempted to pull over 27-year-old Orlando Martinez and 20-year-old Oscar Martin for a vehicle code violation Tuesday night. The two men then led officers on a pursuit through East Salinas ending on Pacific Avenue. The two suspects fled from the car, leaving behind a saw-off shotgun. Martin was apprehended shortly after and Martinez was found in the area with a live shotgun round in his pocket. Both were booked into Monterey County Jail.


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Man Sentenced to Four Years in Prison for Killing his Brother 1/21/15 18:30 P.S.

A 21-year-old man from Freedom was sentenced to four years in Prison yesterday. Autreydrez Maldonado pleaded no contest to charges of manslaughter in November 2013, after fatally stabbing his 17-year-old brother with a home made knife. The incident occurred on Nov. 1 of that year, after the two brothers got into an argument that escalated into a fight. The judge gave a lenient sentence due to Maldonado’s remorse and letters he’d received from family members.

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Cash for College Program Offers Support to Students 1/21/15 18:30 P.S.

The Cash for College program began last night at Sobrato High School in Gilroy. During these workshops, local educators help high schoolers and their families through the process of applying for financial aid, while answering any questions along the way. Students learn about the FAFSA as well as Cal Grant Applications. The next workshop is scheduled to take place Tomorrow at Christopher High School in Gilroy from 6 to 8 p.m.

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Highway 9 Closure Scheduled 1/21/15 17:30 P.S.

Caltrans is reminding residents that a one-mile section of Highway 9 will be closed for six months beginning Feb. 9th. Crews will be constructing a retaining wall and viaduct, as well as modifying drainage systems, at four locations along the highway. One location will require an extended full closure of a one mile section of the highway at Henry Cowell State Park from Felton to the Paradise Park Community North of Santa Cruz.       

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UPDATE: At-Risk Salinas Woman Found- 1/21/15 13:45 S.S./P.S.

A Salinas woman who was reported missing yesterday afternoon has been located. 79-year-old Lucy Chacon Santa, who is said to have early onset dementia, walked away from her home on Rhode Island Street in Salinas around 2 p.m. She was found to be safe at the home of a caregiver, who lives nearby, a few hours later.

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