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NEW CHARGES FOR SAL. HOMELESS SHELTER 12-22-10 08:00 a.v.

A Salinas non-profit homeless shelter on Soledad Street is now charging visitors to spend the night. Victory Mission, a non-denominational Christian organization, is a homeless shelter for men over 18-years of age. The organization now has to charge $1 per night to keep the shelter from closing, in the past, they have been asking for donations. According to the organization’s president, Bob Barber, the new charge includes a hot shower, a hot meal and a place to stay.

 

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FOOD BANK FOR MCO SEEKS 30K IN HELP 12-22-10 07:00 a.v.

The Food Bank for Monterey County is still below it’s holiday food drive donation goal. As of yesterday, the Food Bank was short $30,000. A record setting demand of nearly 10,000 plastic bags containing rice, beans and canned goods are said to be distributed this month in the county through the nonprofit’s emergency food assistance program. Officials say that number is expected to climb past the 10,000 mark for January and February. Salinas Mayor Dennis Donahue reminded residents this week that donations can be made at the Food Bank located on West Market Street in Salinas.

 

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B.L. CHARITY STILL NEEDS HOLIDAY HELP 12-22-10 06:00 a.v.

n a final push to help needy families during the holidays, Valley Churches United Missions in Ben Lomond is still asking for donations. The organization says over 1,300 people are still in need of financial assistance. Volunteers will accept donations of food, cash, checks and gifts for distribution to those in need. Donations can be dropped off at the group’s holiday boutique from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 9400Highway 9 in Ben Lomond and from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Ben Lomond gas station located at 9500 Highway 9. For more information, visit their website at www.vcum.org.

 

 

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SAL GANG MEMBER SENTENCED TO 4 LIFE TERMS 12-21-10 20:30 a.v.

A Salinas gang member was sentenced today to 4-life terms for multiple charges, including attempted murder. 32-year old Gerardo Pineda Gomez, a Sureno gang member, was convicted in October for 2 counts of attempted murder, assault with a firearm, attempted solicitation of murder, witness intimidation and attempted solicitation of perjury. Gomez is expected to serve a minimum of 77-years in prison before being eligible for parole on the life sentences. The ruling stemmed from a September 2008 incident when Gomez ordered another man to fire gunshots into a car that injured one man.

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WVILLE SEXUAL ABUSE SENTENCE 12-21-10 20:00 a.v.

A 60-year old Watsonville man faces 12-years in jail after admitting today to committing sexual abuse with a teen girl. Juan Jose Avila Escamilla was arrested in August and was charged with several felonies relating to one victim. In a plea agreement, Escamilla pleaded guilty to one count of continuous and long-term sexual abuse of a child younger than 14. He was facing a maximum 16-year sentence, but is expected to get 12 years instead. Formal sentencing is set for February 28th.

 

 

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