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Monterey County District Attorney Dean Flippo announced that on May 9, 2013, at approximately 9:30 a.m., Joshua Kannon Claypole of Big Sur was taken off of life support and pronounced deceased by medical personnel. The Monterey County District Attorney’s Office Bureau of Investigation is still actively investigating the apparent suicide at the county jail. Claypole was in custody on a murder charge following the stabbing of a cab driver in Monterey.
Cat found locked in suspect’s trunk
On April 27, 2013, Monterey Officers initiated an investigation into animal cruelty at 1290 First Street in Monterey. During the course of the investigation over 48 dogs and cats were taken into protective custody and housed at the SPCA. Read more…»
Pacific Grove Police Department hosted a collection point for the Drug Enforcement Agency’s sixth National Take Back Initiative.
Eighty-three pounds of prescription medications were collected at the Pacific Grove Police Department and will be disposed of appropriately and safely by the DEA.
The goal of this program is to allow citizens to deliver all of their unused, unwanted, or expired medications to law enforcement officials who can in turn dispose of controlled substances in a safe, secure, and non-hazardous manner. This will potentially save lives and protect the ecosystem.
Pacific Grove Police Department will partner with the DEA in future National Take Back Initiative events and will make the public aware of these opportunities, which occur approximately twice per year. Until the next event, the public is encouraged to contact their local pharmacy to determine the proper and safe way to dispose of their unused pharmaceuticals.
The California Highway Patrol has released the name of one of the parties that died in Sunday night’s collision in Pebble Beach. 65 year old Linda Larone of Pebble Beach was a passenger in the 2005 Ford Freestyle, which was struck head-on by a suspected drunk driver on Sloat Road.
The name of the driver is still being withheld pending notification to next of kin.
The new issue is up at http://www.cedarstreettimes.com/newpdf/cedarstreettimes-04-12-13web.pdf
On April 10 at approximately 7:43 a.m., a 97-year-old pedestrian was hit by a vehicle as he attempted to cross Pine Ave. at 19th Street. He was found in the roadway semi-conscious with apparent head injuries. He was transported via ambulance to an established landing zone to be airlifted to a regional trauma center but his condition was determined to be too unstable for air transportation and he was sent to Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula where he succumbed at 9:11 a.m. to his injuries. Read more…»
Stuart Elder, a 30-year-old Pacific Grove resident, was arrested for drunken driving and vehicular manslaughter Sunday night, April 7 following a crash in Pebble Beach in which two Pebble Beach residents were killed and a passenger with Elder, since identified as Selvia Gattas, 20, of Pebble Beach, was seriously injured. Read more…»
The Pacific Grove Police department and other local law enforcement agencies have received reports of an attempted phone scam following a similar pattern. Males and/or females with an East Indian (or similar) accident have called the potential victims Read more…»
KSBW TV reports that one person died in a crash on Highway 1 in Monterey on Fri., March 29.
A car swerved into a tree near Highway 1′s Munras Avenue off-ramp on the southbound side at 11:35 a.m. The collision caused traffic to gridlock for miles, backing up from Monterey to Seaside. California Highway Patrol officers kept one lane of Hwy. 1 closed until 2:30 p.m.
The name of the driver has not been released.
Pacific Grove Police will be actively ticketing drivers who text and drivers holding cell phones
As part of April’s Distracted Driving Awareness Month, Pacific Grove Police Department will actively ticket those texting or operating hand-held cell phones on April 3, 2013. Drivers who break the law and place themselves and others in danger will be cited with no warnings. Read more…»
A hit-and-run collision on March 22, 2013 at 2:48 a.m. in the 400 block of Central was reported to have caused moderate to major damage to two parked vehicles. Read more…»
Pacific Grove Police have taken four stolen vehicle reports in the last three weeks, prompting a repeated warning: TAKE your valuables. LOCK your doors. CLOSE all doors and windows to aid in preventing crime – TLC.
3/13/13: 2001 Mazda pickup stolen from the 600 block of Sinex Read more…»
On Feb. 21, 2013, a citizen reported to the Pacific Grove Police Department the theft and subsequent unlawful use of their credit card information. The investigation led back to the 76 gas station located on the 1100 block of Forest Avenue. Read more…»
On Sat., April 6 area law enforcement agencies will hold an “anonymous” gun buyback. They are offering $100 cash for each gun turned in. Read more…»
Police remind residents to lock doors and windows
On Feb. 20, 2013 at approximately 5:30 p.m., Pacific Grove Police Department officers responded to the 600 block of Ocean View Ave. regarding a possible attempted burglary of a residence. The occupant of the house heard someone attempting to open his front door Read more…»
On February 21 at approximately 1:47 p.m., a fire engine, ladder truck, command vehicle and fire/rescue boat responded to a water rescue at 13th Street and Ocean View Boulevard. Upon arrival, a kayaker Read more…»
On February 8, 2013, at approximately 1115 hours, two suspects entered Hesselbein’s Jewelers, in the Carmel Crossroads Shopping Center and robbed the business of an estimated $200,000 in jewelry.
The two men posed as utility workers investigating a gas leak. Read more…»
On Feb. 2 a approximately 5:35 a.m., Pacific Grove Police arrested 26-year-old Andrew Enriquez of Monterey after he was seen running with an axe in his hands. Enriquez attempted to evade officers by hiding underneath a parked vehicle in the 100 block of Central Avenue. Read more…»
On January 16, 2013 at 3:30 PM, officials at Santa Catalina School, 1500 Mark Thomas, Monterey, notified the Monterey Police Department that an adult male was providing alcohol to minor students at the school. Further investigation found that Read more…»
On Jan. 19, 2013 at approximately 7:15 p.m., Pacific Grove Police responded to a report of an armed robbery in the area of 17 Mile Drive and Dennet Avenue.
The victim reported he was walking in the area when he was approached by three males, 16 to 20 years old, ranging in height from 5’8” to 5’10”, wearing dark-colored Read more…»
False Alarms: Nothing to get excited about
(At least until you get the notice of the fine)
Ocean View Blvd.
Business on Ocean View Blvd.
Not too young to throw rocks, apparently
On Forest Ave., surveillance camera captured “very young juveniles” throwing
rocks at handmade glass exterior lights. Footage will be provided to the police department’s
school resource officer.
A syringe was found at the top of an escalator and turned in to the police department.
It was sodium chloride. It will be destroyed.
A purse was turned in that had been left at a business some two months earlier.
A folding knife that had been found in the SaveMart parking lot a couple of weeks
ago was turned in.
A cell phone was found by a City employee and turned in.
A wallet belonging to someone from out of state was found. Their mom was advised.
A cell phone was found by a pedestrian on Lighthouse Ave.
A diamond and gold tennis bracelet was lost on Jan. 14
A ring was reported lost by a photographer somewhere between Asilomar beach
and Crespi Pond.
Sound and fury
A loud music complaint resulted in the arrest of Craig Benzel for being under the
influence of drugs. He sustained minor injuries to his face, elbow, knees and feed during
the incident. He was held until sober and released with citations.
All in the family
A nephew and uncle were involved in a fight on Arkwright Ct. The uncle scratched
A mother and daughter were involved in a shoving match on 4th St. They apparently
made nice as neither wanted to have the other arrested.
That key is for emergency only
A person on Laurel said her friend used her spare key to get into the house without
the owner’s permission. Subject was apologetic and left when asked. Subject was
advised not to do it again.
A business person was taped making a threatening phone call to a paper He said
they had printed untruths about him without checking their facts and that the falsehoods
are affecting his business.
A person with a dispute against a former member of her military unit made harassing
phone calls. The called was contacted and advised to handle the dispute through
A person on Larkspur Dr. reported annoying and harassing phone calls from a
former employee he had terminated.
There was graffiti in the restroom at Caledonia Park.
Graffiti on newspaper racks on Lighthouse Ave.
On Ransford Ave., a victim reported hearing a large “splat” and found neon green
paint markings on her front window. She saw a silver vehicle racing away.
Someone gave a note to a business owner stating that another person was observed
spying on people using the business’s restroom using a mirror and a crack in the door.
Scams and scammers
A business on Forest Ave. advised that a contracted employee stole business checks
and was writing checks all over town. Use was unauthorized. Investigation ongoing.
A person who hoped to be a “secret shopper” received money orders but the bank
wouldn’t accept them. The post office verified that the money orders were bogus.
A former representative of a person was apparently using the person’s information
to access loan information and make decisions on their behalf. They were advised to
stop at once.
Not a PG tree
A trailer with a tree on it was parked on Short St. The responsible party said the
tree came from Big Sur and that he would clean up the mess when he left and park the
From our front page and page 3 of the 1/11/13 issue.
Sheriff’s deputies learned that the suspect, escaped prisoner James Rimbey, was at an address in Salinas in the 700 block of Garner Ave. They obtained a Steagald warrant (written order issued by a court ordering the search of a third party’s home to arrest the suspect of a felony), and immediately Monterey County Joint Gang Task Force units went to the address and served the warrant. Rimbey was located inside the residence and was taken into custody without further incident. He was then transported to the Monterey County Jail for booking and lodging.
He was not considered dangerous.
Garage door on 17th. Alarm was permitted, probably activated by bad weather.
False alarm on Pine
A motion alarm at the east perimeter door went off. It was a permitted alarm but also a false one.
False alarm, Forest Lodge
It was unpermitted.
False alarm, Country Club Gate
Employee pressed it accidentally. Unpermitted alarm.
Area businesses complained about a homeless woman parking for extended time in the area. She has a valid handicapped permit and can park there for up to 72 hours.
Getting aggressive with officer
An officer was making a vehicle check when a guy there started ranting about police brutality and trying police departments for war crimes. The contact ended with a “field interview.”
Theft from vehicle. Yup, it was unlocked.
On Morse Dr., several items were stolen from an unlocked vehicle.
On Miles Ave., a vehicle was ransacked and stuff was stolen from it. Items were recovered when the suspect ran from the officer and dropped a box.
A subject dropped a box and ran from the officer on Funston Ave. The box and other items were traced to their owners – they had been stolen from unlocked vehicles.
Suspicious woman in the front yard
Reporting party said there was a suspicious female in the front patio looking in the door. The woman was gone when the police arrived.
Walking juveniles home
Two female juveniles were out after curfew. The officer took them to their residence and released them to their mother.
Wild bag on the loose
A guy turned in a bag that was across the street on Chestnut. He had waited to see if someone picked it up and nobody did. It will be held for 60 days.
Fraudulent uses of credit cards, stolen IDs reported
Funston Ave. No suspect.
On Damian Way.
Lost and found: Person
An outside agency asked PGPD to locate a missing person. The missing person was located and found to be in good health.
Hit and Run
A 4-door sedan hit a parked, unoccupied pickup.
Driver involved in collision was found to be under the influence of alcohol. Jesse Kelly Kincaid was booked and released on a cite to appear.
Wheelchair found with drunk guys
Five or six people were hanging out, yelling, in a park on Ocean View. When the officer shone a spotlight on them, they scattered down the steep, muddy hillside. A wheelchair was left behind. No identifying marks on the wheelchair, which was taken into property for safekeeping. One of the people was found by an officer and was found to be drunk,
Do not stiff the cabbie
A man refused to pay a $300 cab fare. He resisted arrest and attempted to assault the arresting officer, so he was tased and subdued, then transported to the hospital.
Tenant tells on tenant
A tenant on Pine Ave. told the landlord that another tenant was damaging the landlord’s property. When the landlord requested police accompany him to observe the damage and arrest the tenant, he was advised that he had to post notice that he was coming to inspect the property first. The landlord agreed to post the notice and get back to the police later.
Pay or else !Beep!
A victim on 9th St. said his computer was taken over by a virus purporting to the the Dept. of Justice and stating he must pay $300 to unlock his computer. He also said his credit card was hacked, probably because he’d used it at a gas station where an illegal electronic device stole data from customers.
Sasha on the loose again
A black lab female named Sasha was found at large for the second time in two days.
Trip and fall
A man said he was jogging back and forth in front of the Pacific Grove Library and accidentally stepped off the curb. He lay on the ground for about an hour before someone noticed him and called 9-1-1.
A woman reported mold to her landlord and management company. Eventually she hired a contractor to proceed with mold abatement. She came to believe the contractor was a con artist and had several business names. Now she has hired a mediation company to continue her case regarding his serviced and her payments. She wanted the police advised in case something could be done criminally, but she was told the city had been trying to contact him regarding his business license renewal but that the mold complaint is a civil matter.
Megan’s Law report
There was an anonymous call to police stating that a subject seen on the Megan’s Law website was spotted, and that small children live on the block which is near an elementary school.
On Dec. 31, 2012 at approximately 5:24 p.m. a Hispanic female estimated at 40-50 years of age robbed the Monterey Credit Union, 161 Fountain Ave., Pacific Grove, with a handgun. Read more…»
Ya’all come back, heah?
A Mississippi drivers license was reported lost on Central Ave.
Qu’est ce que c’est que ca?
Some sort of property was found in Fandango’s parking lot but the police report doesn’t say what it was.
Oops. Brake not set? Wheels not curbed? Surprise!
A parked vehicle “popped out of gear” and began rolling down the street, colliding with a shopping cart and coming to rest in the red zone in front of a fire hydrant. The registered owner couldn’t be found so the car was towed.
Someone stole a screwdriver from a store. He was identified and contacted, and he returned the screwdriver to the store.
A motion alarm went off in the laundry room of a residence, It was secure, but unpermitted.
Another alarm went off on Lighthouse. The employee on the scene didn’t know the code.
A mom reported her son’s scooter was stolen from in front of the school on Pine.
A bicycle was stolen on 18th St. No suspect information.
Not in the Christmas spirit
A woman reported her boyfriend punched her and she thought she might have a broken nose. She was transported to the hospital. He was long gone.
A man reported his wife whacked him with a metal water bottle. He had injuries to the face and head.
12/19/12: School security checks morning.
Nasty but not illegal
A woman reported that she is getting nasty phone calls about debts owed by the guy who used to have her number. She is not willing to have her number changed, but she wants to be sure that she is not associated with the guy who used to have the number. But the police advised her that there had been no crime committed.
12/19/12 School security checks afternoon.
A ring was lost at Asilomar.
A woman reported her car was stolen, but the neighbors said she had driven it away and left it in a bank parking lot. She had forgotten. And now she has to take a DMV re-exam. Oh dear.
Hit and run
A person came into the police station to report that she had witnessed a hit and run incident. She had the license number of the victim’s car and the suspect’s car. But as the victim had not reported the hit and run, dispatch would not send an officer.
12/20/12 School security checks morning
Seaside Police forwarded a list of items pawned by Pacific Grove residents in Seaside.
12/20/12 School security checks afternoon.
Lunging at the ATC
ATC Security said that a leashed dog lunged at their officer for no apparent reason. The dog owner was contacted by police. She said that they were startled by the security officer but understands that she is not to take the dog to ATC again.
Does the Police Dept. lend out large cats maybe?
A man on Sea Palm is complaining that his neighbor is feeding peanuts to the squirrels and blue jays. He was concerned because the squirrel then comes to his house and expects to be fed. The officer advised him of ways to keep the squirrels from approaching him and then told the offending party to quit feeding the squirrels per municipal code.
Private person’s arrest of trespassers
A woman on Pine placed trespassing juveniles under citizen’s arrest and then turned them over to police who in turn turned them over to their parents.
A woman on Fountain said her neighbor came over and yelled at her and she wanted the incident recorded in case something happened to her.
A bank advised police that an elderly woman was attempting to withdraw a large sum of money to be sent via wire transfer. The woman said that a man who claimed he was from the FBI and working with Pacific Grove Police told her to send money via Western Union to Brisbane, Australia. She had already sent $5,000. No traceable suspect info. This sort of thing makes me sick. Just sayin.’
12/21/12 School security check morning
Vandalism to dirt
A person reported past tense vandalism where a symbol was drawn in the dirt on Central.
iPod lost and found
A person reported leaving an iPod at the Rec Center. It was located and returned.
On Wednesday night Dec. 12 after closing, Carried Away Boutique at 612 Lighthouse Avenue was burglarized through the inside back door of the business. Owner Rosemary Valuch had observed suspicious characters at her store and reported it to Police Department.
Business owners can call the Police Department any time you suspect shop lifters or suspicious characters at (831) 647-7900.
A gas pump repair person located two “skimming devices” on gas pumps at the Union 76 service station on Forest Avenue in Pacific Grove. The discovery was reported to the owner of the station who, in turn, reported the find to the police.
The devices have been removed. The resemble a small circuit board with male and female plugs coming off each end, according to an alert released Dec. 7, 2012.
Typically, say police, the devices are attached by criminals to gas pumps which are outside of the view of the cashier, making detection more difficult. The skimming devices capture credit or debit card information from customers and transmit it via Bluetooth technology to a device nearby. It may also store the stolen data onsite and criminals will retrieve the device later, harvesting the data (including PINs, using keystroke software) and using the information later to obtain cash or make purchases in other parts of the state or the country.
Police advise card users at gas stations to pay inside or pay with cash to avoid having data stolen at the pump. They say that, if you must use the card at the pump, you should examine the pump carefully. Does everything look right? Does the scanner look a bit larger than normal? Does it appear to have been tampered with?
“Be sure that you always monitor your card purchases carefully,” authorities advise. “View your statement carefully looking for anything that’s out of place.” The Federal Trade Commission advises customers whose cards have been compromised to notify the card issuer as quickly as possible, and to notify law enforcement.
Pacific Grove police warned the public earlier this year about this type of fraudulent activity. They encourage anyone who has been victimized to contact them right away at 831-648-3143.
Man sleeping at the beach wanted for violent crime in Fresno
On Oct. 4 at about 12:14 a.m., Pacific Grove Police officers contacted a man sleeping in a vehicle parked in a beach access turnout in the 1200 block of Ocean View Blvd., for being in the turnout after hours – a violation of Pacific Grove Municipal Code.
The subject advised he was from Fresno and had no identification, but verbally identified himself to officers. A records check found that the name the man gave belonged to someone who was deceased.
The subject was taken into custody and transported to the police station so that his identity could be verified via fingerprints.
After the subject’s fingerprints were submitted to the California Department of Justice, Pacific Grove Police received a phone call from the Fresno County Sheriff’s Dept. advising that the subject, who was now positively identified as Christopher Crowder, 49, of Fresno, was wanted for beating his elderly father with a baseball bat earlier on Oct. 3 in Fresno County.
Due to pre-existing medical conditions, Crowder was transported from PGPD to CHOMP. Fresno Sheriff’s Dept. detectives advised they would be following up on their case later in the day at CHOMP.
Pacific Grove Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance with any information about a shooting incident last night, Sat., Sept. 8 at about 10:50 p.m., in the area of 8 Arkwright Ct. The suspect used a handgun and fire two or three shots at the victims, then fled the scene, probably in a white SUV.
No one was injured but there may have been an earlier altercation involving a vehicle. The suspect is described as a male, Hispanic or Asian and in his early 20s.
Anyone with information is asked call 831-648-3143.
Pacific Grove Police Chief Darius Engles will retire July 21 after nearly six years of heading the department. This time, he plans to make it stick and is already making plans for his post-retirement. “I’ve never taken more than two weeks off,” he said. “I intend to take at least two months” before making up his mind about other job offers he has had, he said. Read more…»
A person staying at an address on Pico had a technician in to help with his Wi-Fi. The technician left behind his stuff. The client was leaving but the stuff was still there, so he turned it in to the police for safekeeping.
A passport was lost. Subject reported seeing it last while he was at work.
A Swedish passport was lost somewhere on the Rec Trail. The subject needed a police report to get on the plane as he was leaving to go home.
A phone was lost on the bike trail, but has not been turned in.
A woman’s jacket, with the cell phone in the pocket, was forgotten at a LaCrosse game. She went back and got the jacket, but the phone wasn’t in the pocket. Stolen or dropped, the phone is now in Marina according to the GPS. Marina Police have a report as well.
Cell phone and camera were lost on Lighthouse on April 22.
Lost and found
A disabled placard was found in the street. Police were unable to contact the owner so it was sent back to DMV.
A California reg. tag for a permanent fleet vehicle was found in the parking lot at 1200 block of Forest. We would like to have a permanent fleet vehicle too, but alas, our Ford Escort couldn’t have been considered fleet even on its best day.
An earring was found on 17th Street.
Lost and found and claimed
A money clip with about $89 in US dollars was found in the middle of Forest Ave. and turned in. The owner identified the money clip and happily took it home.
An iPhone was found at Asilomar. While the police had it, the owner called it and then came and claimed it.
Wasted effort on the part of the burglar
Someone broke into a vehicle on Sunset, but owner says nothing of significant value was taken.
There was an attempt to break into a commercial building on Grand Ave. by damaging the doorknob.
There was also an attempted forced entry into a business on Dewey Ave.
Someone tried to break into a residence on David Ave. by prying the door jam.
A rear gate to a property on David Ave. was opened – the lock had been cut with bolt cutters. Owner was advised of it by neighbors. He figures the bad guys wanted his boat.
No effort on the part of the burglar
A garage was left open and someone came in and stole a cordless drill.
Burglar missed this one
A truck with two one-dollar bills and a Giants keychain with one key attached was left too long on 18th St. and was towed.
Burglar got this one
Someone broke into and burglarized 17th Street Grill on April 26.
Tools stolen from truck
On Clyte St. No suspect information. Tools were in the back of the truck.
A business on 15th reported trespassing by a previous employee. The previous employee was admonished.
Trespassing and littering
On Lighthouse Ave., two bags of trash were left on the property in front of the business. Victim believes it may have been an ex-employee, though she didn’t see it happen. Unlike in the song “Alice’s Restaurant,” there was no envelope at the bottom of the pile of litter so it has not been identified.
Harassing emails (not spam, apparently)
A person reported receiving harassing phone calls and emails. Suspect information was provided.
In another instance, the protected party in a protective order received an email in violation of the court order. Submitted to the DA.
DUI alcohol/drugs, suspended license
A woman named Heather Howe was arrested for DUI and driving on a suspended license on Montecito Ave.
Manuel Mathews was arrested for driving on a suspended license and released on citation.
Misuse of credit card
Fraudulent charges were made on a credit card. The bank has been advised and wanted a police report.
Dismantled boat, proof needed
A fisherman had several fishing permits linked to a derelict vessel which he had dismantled. DMV wouldn’t change the permits over to his new boat without proof of destruction of the old one, so he brought before-and-after photos in to the police to show it had been destroyed.
Rain or vandalism or accidental spraying?
A woman on Presidio Blvd. said her neighbors had washed their vehicle and sprayed hers in the process, which resulted in white spots on it. She said it was done on purpose. The police officer reminded her that it had rained in the night and that could have been the cause, but she wasn’t having any of that, said they’d been disputing, and she wanted a report.
A woman at a business on Lighthouse was harassing customers and disrupting business. She was asked to leave and wouldn’t, until the police showed up. Business owner not pressing charges for disturbing the peace at this time.
Neighbors involved in a dispute over missing money. One person broke into the other’s apartment through a window and assaulted two people. Two people were arrested and booked – Giver Lopez-Garcia and Fausto Garcia Sanchez.