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.
Friday, February 14, 2020
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.
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.