The early-morning hours of Tuesday, Oct. 5 were disrupted by gunshots in North Salinas, near the El Gabilan Library. A shooting at about 1:45am left a 19-year-old man dead at the scene; Salinas Police officers responded to the 200 block of Chaparral Street just off North Main Street, based o…
Tuesday, October 05, 2021
Thursday, September 16, 2021
A five-month-long investigation by the Salinas Police Department's investigations unit, Monterey County District Attorney's Office and a host of other agencies, involving 170 law enforcement personnel in total, led to the arrest of eight suspects in one of the largest drug busts in Monterey …
Monday, August 16, 2021
Forty years is longer than the time Sonia Carmel Herok-Stone lived. That is how long it took from the time the 30-year-old was murdered, in 1981, to an arrest in the case.
Friday, August 13, 2021
The concept was a virtuous one: provide in-home respite to families with children who have special needs, and provide in-school aides for children with special needs.
Friday, August 06, 2021
In June, two days before he was scheduled to be released from Salinas Valley State Prison at the end of an eight-year sentence, Thomas Pollacci learned he would face another hearing before walking free. He was transported to Monterey County Jail in anticipation of a hearing on a petition fil…
Thursday, August 05, 2021
In a span of five days, two separate shooting incidents occurred in Seaside that damaged a combined 13 vehicles. As of Aug. 5, Seaside Police believe them to be unrelated.
Wednesday, June 02, 2021
Monterey County Supervisor Luis Alejo was stopped by California Highway Patrol officers shortly before midnight on Friday, May 28, and cited for driving under the influence. According to sources with knowledge of the situation, Alejo's blood alcohol level was 0.16, or twice the legal limit, …
Wednesday, May 12, 2021
It started out routinely enough. At around 10:30am on Tuesday, May 11, Monterey Police detectives observed a white BMW with stolen license plates parked on Alcalde Avenue off North Fremont, and a man and a woman who were removing belongings from the car.
Wednesday, April 14, 2021
The incident appears on the Monterey Police Department’s online log as “traffic accident/mar vista dr, monterey” with the report number YA2101374 attached. The incident occurred on Tuesday, April 13, and it’s one that has Monterey police pulling video footage from the bar at the Monterey Elk…
Monday, April 12, 2021
Monterey County sheriff's deputies and the North County Fire Protection District responded to a structure fire in Prunedale on Monday afternoon, April 12, after receiving multiple calls.
Wednesday, March 31, 2021
It took a blown stop sign and a suspicious lane change for tipsters to alert the Monterey Police Department on the evening of Sunday, March 28 that the man driving the John Deere 410J tractor on Del Monte Avenue near Wharf 2 possibly should not be driving the tractor.
Friday, October 02, 2020
On Thursday, Oct. 1, the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office announced they had arrested one of their own after conducting an investigation about an alleged sexual assault.
Thursday, July 02, 2020
The Seaside man who was followed from the Monterey Lanes bowling alley in 2018 and allegedly beaten by a couple who hurled racist expletives at him during the attack is suing them for violating his civil rights.
Sunday, June 07, 2020
Saturday, June 6, was already a day of heightened tension and grief for Monterey police officers. They were among the many agencies from nearby regions that received a call around 3:10pm to respond to Ben Lomond, in Santa Cruz County, to support the Santa Cruz Sheriff's Department as deputie…
Saturday, May 16, 2020
While other Carmel restaurants are obeying the county’s shelter-in-place order by either remaining closed or offering take-out service, it’s been business as usual at The Tuck Box despite three citations issued by the Monterey County District Attorney’s Office on May 13, for offering dine-in…
Friday, May 08, 2020
A 21-year-old Salinas man suspected of attacking a 61-year-old Carmel woman on May 4 surrendered himself to the Salinas Police Department on Thursday, May 7, the Carmel Police Department has announced.
Tuesday, May 05, 2020
A 61-year-old Carmel woman was violently assaulted in her driveway around 7am on Monday, May 4, Carmel Police Chief Paul Tomasi reported on Tuesday. The woman is recovering from her injuries.
Monday, March 02, 2020
One victim prayed with her attacker, and then accompanied him to speak to a social worker after he kidnapped her and raped her twice. Another victim laid face-down and counted to 20 after she was raped, only getting up and fleeing when her attacker was out of range and yelled "Bye!" signalin…
Friday, February 14, 2020
The 18-year-old man arrested on Feb. 9 on a charge of involuntary manslaughter in the fentanyl overdose death of 16-year-old Seaside resident Perla Velasco-Cruz will remain in custody as he awaits future hearings, a judge ruled on Feb. 14.
Thursday, February 13, 2020
The death of 16-year-old Perla Velasco in October after she took a pill laced with the deadly synthetic drug fentanyl sent shockwaves through her family, local medical professionals and law enforcement, prompting a major push to prevent more overdoses and deaths in the months that followed.
Thursday, February 06, 2020
Adrienne Lara, a Greenfield High School teacher, was arrested on Tuesday, Feb. 4, by Greenfield police and booked into Monterey County Jail on charges of forgery, embezzlement, theft of public funds and altering medical records.
Monday, January 27, 2020
Prosecutors dropped a slew of new charges on the man suspected of slingshotting glass marbles at vehicles traveling along Highway 101, including allegations that he assaulted two California Highway Patrol officers just months after the attacks began.
Friday, January 24, 2020
The man suspected of slingshotting glass marbles at vehicles speeding along the Prunedale-Aromas Highway 101 corridor, Charles Kenneth Lafferty, appeared in Monterey County Superior Court on Friday, Jan. 24, at an arraignment on nine felony counts of assault with a deadly weapon.
Thursday, January 23, 2020
On the Facebook page dedicated to discussing the projectile attacks that have for months terrorized drivers traveling along Highway 101 through Prunedale, there was a sense of relief at the news that the California Highway Patrol had arrested and charged a suspect.
Tuesday, December 31, 2019
The person or persons responsible for hurling projectiles at vehicles along Highway 101 in the Prunedale area took a brief break over the week of Christmas, but now appears to be back in business. The 65th reported incident took place on Dec. 27, with two more incidents reported on Dec. 30, …
Wednesday, November 27, 2019
As if sitting in bumper to bumper traffic on Highway 101 the day before Thanksgiving isn't bad enough, holiday travelers on the biggest travel day of the year also have to contend with thunderstorms and a mystery person (or persons) who's been hurling projectiles at vehicles along a stretch …
Monday, November 18, 2019
Two men have pleaded guilty to federal charges of racketeering and conspiracy to commit murder in connection to their task as enforcers of Nuestra Familia gang rules while they were inmates in Monterey County Jail.
Tuesday, November 05, 2019
A pair of murder suspects who escaped from Monterey County Jail early Sunday morning in a move reminiscent of the film Shawshank Redemption were recaptured early Wednesday morning, Nov. 6, as they tried to re-enter the country from Mexico.
In the days following publication of a jointly reported story in the Monterey County Weekly, Voices of Monterey Bay and on KSBW revealing a prison gang's efforts to wield influence and positions of leadership within a Salinas organization that advocates for criminal justice reform, leadershi…
Thursday, October 24, 2019
Less than a day after another overdose patient came into the emergency room of the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, Emergency Department Medical Director Casey Grover made a public plea on Thursday, Oct. 24, standing alongside representatives from law enforcement, fire departmen…
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Monterey County health officials and law enforcement agencies were already ringing alarm bells recently about the synthetic drug fentanyl, considered 100 times stronger than oxycodone. The drug has been showing up in counterfeit pills that look like prescription opioids and is believed to be…
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
On April 10 of this year, after Paulino Guzman III’s stepmother begged the man who admitted killing Guzman to tell the family where they could find his body, and after the judge hearing the case also asked the defendant sitting before him to do the right thing for the sake of the grieving fa…
Tuesday, August 13, 2019
Just after 10:30pm on Monday, Aug. 12, a familiar sound of Car Week was heard ringing through Del Monte Forest: the loud “vroom” of a sports car speeding along the curvy roads of Pebble Beach.
Wednesday, July 24, 2019
Maybe he was bored. Or maybe tagging along with his parent who works for the Carmel Bach Festival wasn't his idea of a fun activity during summer vacation.
Wednesday, July 17, 2019
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…
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.