As more alleged victims come forward to claim they were preyed upon by campaign consultant and North Salinas High School coach John Fickas, who's been charged with multiple counts of drugging and raping women, Fickas is being investigated by federal law enforcement for possible financial imp…
Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Monday, July 15, 2019
Two Monterey Peninsula men have been arrested in connection with the shooting death of Tremain Calloway in Seaside two months ago.
Tuesday, June 04, 2019
A 27-year-old woman pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to driving under the influence and causing a car crash that killed three people and injured a fourth, all members of the same family, on May 31.
Thursday, May 30, 2019
Stewart Napier will be sentenced to prison for seven years for his part in a car wreck in December 2018 that killed one man.
Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Margot McNally will spend four years in prison for a 2018 car crash in Carmel Valley that killed her passenger and severely injured another driver.
Tuesday, May 21, 2019
A 32-year-old father of two was shot and killed while driving through Seaside on Tuesday afternoon.
Thursday, March 28, 2019
Joe Hunt, 25, was a free spirit, says his dad, Bob Hunt. School and the 9-to-5 was never for Joe, nor would it ever be. He left his home in New Hampshire in January 2018, with nothing but his blue backpack and a tent. He bought his own Greyhound Bus ticket to California, a place he always dr…
Saturday, March 23, 2019
A fully loaded navy-blue camping backpack stood upright in the shoulder of northbound Highway 1 in Moss Landing early Saturday morning, March 23, but it wasn't enough to alarm passing motorists.
Tuesday, March 12, 2019
The body of a man was found inside a burned out unit of Army housing in the 400 block of Brittany Road in Seaside the afternoon of March 7, the Presidio of Monterey announced in a press release on Friday, March 8.
For the second day in a row, threats of violence have interrupted operations at Monterey County government facilities, as law enforcement officials search for the person responsible for phoning in bomb threats as well as an active shooter threat.
Friday, March 01, 2019
A Salinas neighborhood was on edge for much of Friday afternoon as members of Monterey County's Crisis Intervention Team negotiated with a young woman who'd barricaded herself in her car.
Monday, February 04, 2019
Five Salinas police officers responded within minutes on Friday night, Feb. 1, to a 911 call from the Safeway store in Creekbridge on Constitution Boulevard. The caller reported a man was brandishing a gun at customers, and police quickly found 37-year-old Guadalupe Aguirre Espinoza in the p…
Wednesday, December 19, 2018
As Monterey County government and cannabis growers work to fit the pieces of taxation and regulation together in the new era of legalization, one thing is clear to everyone: Enforcement of black market cannabis is an important piece of the puzzle in order for legal growers—and in turn the co…
Thursday, December 13, 2018
Police departments all across the U.S. and Canada responded to dozens of bomb threats on Thursday, some resulting in evacuations of buildings. Two such threats reached Salinas; police responded to both locations, and found no evidence of a credible threat at either location—nor did police an…
Thursday, December 06, 2018
One person is dead after a 25-year-old Pacific Grove man, allegedly under the influence of drugs, crashed his truck into a small sedan on Highway 1 just south of Imjin Parkway around 5:30pm on Wednesday evening.
Thursday, November 29, 2018
Four years after an early-morning stabbing that left a young father dead, three men have been charged with his murder.
Friday, November 16, 2018
Here's one way to get a cheaper rate for workers' compensation coverage: have fewer employees who need coverage. A problem with that strategy is when a business owner lies about having fewer employees to get a good deal on insurance.
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
A 33-year-old inmate is dead after he was found stabbed multiple times on Monday evening.
Friday, October 05, 2018
Victor Cabrera will die in prison after Monterey County Superior Court Judge Julie Culver sentenced him to life without the possibility of parole on Oct. 4 for strangling his girlfriend Roshni Singh to death at her Marina home in 2008.
Tuesday, October 02, 2018
In early 2014, a series of deadly shootings and a gruesome stabbing struck fear into Monterey Peninsula residents.
Tuesday, September 04, 2018
What started out as an atypical call to the Monterey Police Department on Saturday night took a turn for the even less typical—and more violent—when a police officer and two suspects exchanged gunfire in a Monterey neighborhood.
Wednesday, August 01, 2018
UPDATED: What started as a routine probation search early Wednesday afternoon became a multi-hour investigation at a Monterey home, with Monterey Police, Monterey County Sheriff's Office bomb squad members and members of PRVNT (the Peninsula Regional Violence and Narcotics Team) on the scene.
Friday, July 27, 2018
The impact of a fatal DUI crash on Carmel Valley Road a little over two weeks ago continues to reverberate around the valley.
Saturday, July 21, 2018
Six days after a two-car collision on Carmel Valley Road, a 16-year-old teen has died from her injuries.
Wednesday, July 18, 2018
The Monterey Peninsula College Child Development Center was evacuated just after 2:30pm on Wednesday, July 18, and the college's upper parking lot blocked off after a worker found a possible pipe bomb, according to the Monterey Police Department.
Monday, July 16, 2018
Early in the morning, before the sun rose on Saturday, July 14, six suspects made what police call a coordinated entry onto a cannabis farm south of Salinas.
Friday, June 08, 2018
The Monterey County Resource Management Agency sent two officials out for a routine inspection of a Salinas-area cannabis farm, at the intersection of Hartnell and Alisal roads, on Tuesday June 5.
Friday, June 01, 2018
In 2014, California voters passed Proposition 47 easily, on the promise of saving hundreds of millions of dollars a year and keeping non-violent drug offenders out of jail.
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
The Wicked Witch of the West famously used pretty—but poisonous—poppies to put Dorothy and her band of friends to sleep in the 1939 movie The Wizard of Oz.
Wednesday, May 09, 2018
In 1990, 14-year-old Christy Pina's body was discovered in an artichoke field near Castroville. Investigators found multiple stab wounds, and determined she had been strangled and raped before she died in the brutal killing.
Tuesday, May 08, 2018
On the morning of Feb. 15, 2017, Monterey County Sheriff’s Deputies were called out to a Moss Landing residence on Trafton Road for a disturbance call that they soon discovered was in fact a disturbing homicide.
Monday, April 23, 2018
After almost two weeks of testimony that included a heart-wrenching and horrific tale of abuse from a little girl who survived torture and the killings of her younger siblings, a Monterey County Superior Court jury took just about an hour to find Gonzalo Curiel Jr. guilty in the murders of 6…
Thursday, April 19, 2018
Stories of Muslim women wearing a hijab being attacked, or men identified as Muslim suffering assaults are not uncommon, and FBI statistics confirm that reported attacks were higher in 2016 than at their peak more than a decade ago after 9/11.
Thursday, April 12, 2018
An employee at Tiny Tots University, a preschool at Seaside's Oldemeyer Center that is run by the city, is being investigated for inappropriately touching a child.
Saturday, March 31, 2018
Lolita Garcia could have raised a few eyebrows among employees when she showed up to her Monterey nonprofit that helps special needs children driving a Maserati and carrying a Luis Vuitton handbag.
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
The executive director of a Monterey nonprofit charged with helping children with special needs was dipping into the group's funds to the tune of $675,000 between 2013 and 2015, according to the Monterey County District Attorney's Office.
Friday, March 23, 2018
The former CEO of the Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System, Sam Downing, died by suicide at his Carmel home the evening of Thursday, March 22, the Monterey County Sheriff's Office confirms. He was 73.
Thursday, March 15, 2018
A Seaside man will spend decades in prison after he pleaded no contest yesterday to killing to his mother and attacking his brother in a drug-fueled rage two weeks before Christmas in 2016.
Monday, March 12, 2018
Schools everywhere have been on edge since a high school shooting in Parkland, Florida left 17 people dead, and new threats—whether real or made up—are spreading.
Friday, March 09, 2018
Sonia Cano is now in jail for one year for felony hit and run in the death of Salinas transient Alan Russell Ellis, 52, on Dec. 10.
Thursday, March 08, 2018
Two men were shot and killed in unrelated incidents in Soledad and Salinas over the weekend of March 3 and 4.
Tuesday, March 06, 2018
A torrent of mass shootings in the country has made school violence seem commonplace, but any violence involving children remains shocking.
Friday, February 16, 2018
What Salinas Police thought was a disturbance on Super Bowl Sunday on Kern Street turned out to be a dramatic rescue of a 14-year-old girl by her family from the clutches of two men officials say trafficked at least eight girls between the ages of 14 and 18.
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
It’s a spin on a locked room murder mystery, except in this case there’s only one suspect—an inmate at the Salinas Valley State Prison who allegedly stabbed his cellmate.
Thursday, February 08, 2018
Convicted sex trafficker Jerry Stringer had one job to do at his Feb. 8 sentencing in Monterey Superior Court: say he's sorry.
Friday, February 02, 2018
Superior Court Judge Julie Culver's intentions were clear in a court appearance on Feb. 2: she never wants Alfred Powell, 62, to leave prison in his lifetime.
Thursday, February 01, 2018
A Monterey County Probation Department officer may soon be on probation herself—even reporting to the very office where she's worked for nine years.
He was a police officer, and the one who was supposed to keep safe the dues paid by other cops into their association.
Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Better late than never when it comes to spreading the word to victims of human trafficking on how to escape.
Thursday, January 18, 2018
Around 6:30pm last night, Wednesday Jan. 17, Enrique Sosa was leaving a friend's house and walking home along Russell Road in North Salinas, when a dark-colored SUV drove by.