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    DUI Collision Arrests: Cell Phone Footage Sought by Police

    On June 13, 2017 at approximately 9:30 a.m., Officers were dispatched to the 100 block of Tide in Monterey reference a head-on traffic collision with injuries. One of the drivers, identified as John Mendoza, 20, of Marina, ran away from the scene. Mendoza was contacted a short distance away by a police officer.

    Officers contacted Mendoza and he resisted arrest. Officers believe Mendoza was under the influence of drugs and he was charged with felony driving under the influence of drugs, felony hit and run, and resisting arrest. Read more…»

    Murdered hero of Portland train attack was a Stevenson student

    Facebook photo by Prof. Noelwah Netusil released by Reed College

    The world is now aware of an alleged hate crime that took place on an Oregon train last week. A white supremacist confronted two teen-aged girls, one of them wearing hijab, and began shouting anti-Islam and racial epithets at the frightened girls. He shouted that they should go back to Saudi Arabia and should kill themselves. The girls moved to the back of the train. According to one of the girls, Destinee Magnum, who said they were ready to get off the train, three strangers intervened with the ranting criminal, telling the man that he “can’t disrespect these young ladies like that.”

    The man instead attacked the three, stabbing them and sending “blood everywhere,” Magnum told reporters. She and her friend escaped the train and ran away. The perpetrator was captured and arrested and is facing two counts of aggravated murder, attempted murder, two counts of intimidation, and being a felon in possession of a restricted weapon.

    Of the three Good Samaritans, Ricky John Best, 53, of Happy Valley, OR died at the scene. The military veteran worked as a technician for the city of Portland.

    Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche, 23, of Portland, died at the hospital. It has come to light that Meche was once a student at Stevenson School in Pebble Beach, and would have graduated with the Class of 2012. He withdrew and finished high school in Ashland, OR where he was raised. He had graduated from Portland’s Reed College with a degree in economics last year and had just begun his career working at an environmental consulting agency.

    The third victim, Micah Fletcher, 21, is still in the hospital being treated for serious injuries.

    Sam Radseresht, a fellow student with Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche at Stevenson during those formative years, is now living in New York. He writes of his friend, “Tilly:” Read more…»

    Arrest to be made in Christina Williams Case

    District Attorney Dean D. Flippo announced today that Charles Allen Holifield, a 56-year-old inmate at Valley State Prison in Chowchilla, will be charged with the 1998 murder and kidnapping of 13-year-old Christina Marie Williams. Read more…»

    Firearms and Narcotics Arrest

    Uribe crime

    On March 23, 2017 at approximately 11:50 AM, California Highway Patrol, Marina Police Detectives, Monterey Police Officers, the Multi Agency Detail for Commercial Auto Theft (MADCAT), and the District Attorney’s Office Investigators assisted the Peninsula Regional Violence and Narcotics Team (PRVNT) Detectives with a search warrant in the 300 block of Berry Road in the Las Lomas area of North Monterey County. Read more…»

    Drunk caught breaking car windows

     

    In the early morning hours of Saturday, March 18, 2017, officers were dispatched to a subject breaking car windows in the 100 block of Forest Ave. Witnesses provided a description of the subject to dispatchers and that assisted officers who located Bentley Palmer, 32, a Salinas resident. Read more…»

    Arrest in Cannery Row murder

    On November 23, 2016, Raul Melendez was the victim of a shooting homicide that occurred in the 600 block of Wave Street in Monterey. The Monterey Police Department (MPD) assisted by the Peninsula Regional Violence and Narcotics Team (PRVNT) identified the suspect in this homicide as Jorge Luis Mendoza and a warrant was obtained for his arrest.

    The investigation determined after the shooting, Mendoza, an American citizen, fled to Mexico. MPD and PRVNT requested assistance from the United States Marshals Service in locating and apprehending Mendoza. On March 16, 2017, Mendoza was arrested in Mexico by local authorities. On March 18, 2017, Mendoza was transported back to California and turned over to MPD and PRVNT. Mendoza was booked in the Monterey County Jail for murder and his bail was set at $1,300,000.

    Firearms and Narcotics Arrest

    On February 9, 2017 at approximately 11:54 a.m., Monterey County Probation Officers and Pacific Grove Police Officers assisted Peninsula Regional Violence and Narcotics Team (PRVNT) Detectives with a probation compliance search in the 400 block of Grand Avenue in the City of Pacific Grove.

    During the search, Detectives located five firearms, high capacity magazines, ammunition, approximately two grams of methamphetamine, narcotics paraphernalia and over twenty morphine pills. Four of the firearms were reported stolen out of Monterey. Read more…»

    A Steinbeck House is for Sale

    As we work on the 2016 Year in Review, we have uncovered a couple of pieces which have been lost for a number of years due to the vagaries of the computer medium and the lack of organization on the part of the editor. This piece was written in February, 2009 and published then. Since it was written, the house was sold and has been undergoing a long — and no doubt expensive — renovation. Read more…»

    The Steinbeck Interview

    As we work on the 2016 Year in Review, we have uncovered a couple of pieces which have been lost for a number of years due to the vagaries of the computer medium and the lack of organization on the part of the editor. This piece was once one of the most popular on our website. We are happy to publish it again, as we have located the original submission by the author. Read more…»

    PGPD gains conviction in financial elder abuse case

    On Jan. 11 James Kline, 62, was convicted of financial elder abuse and grand theft.

    In the summer of 2015, Kline, a handyman, did various home repairs for an elderly victim, then age 87. He went with the victim to her credit union to assist her in obtaining an ATM card. Over a period of several weeks, he unlawfully withdrew over $2000 using the ATM card he helped the victim obtain. The victim’s son, who was monitoring his mother’s accounts, notified the credit union of these abnormal withdrawals. The credit union then notified the Pacific Grove Police Department of this suspicious activity.

    Sgt Rachel Beuttler of the PGPD began investigation into the thefts which ultimately resulted in the conviction.

    Kline is scheduled for sentencing on February 24, 2017 before Judge Pamela Butler and faces a maximum of 4 years in local jail pursuant to realignment. 

    Arrest in Stabbing on Arkwright Ct. (Too Late for Press)

    tatum booking photoEarly Tuesday morning, December 19, 2016, Pacific Grove Police Officers were dispatched to an address on Arkwright Court in regard to a stabbing that occurred inside of an apartment. Within minutes officers arrived at the residence and found the victim, a 40-year-old female, inside of the apartment. During the investigation, officers arrested a relative of the victim and he was charged with attempted homicide. Nanak Dakota Tatum, 18, was booked at the Monterey County Jail. The department worked in conjunction with the District Attorney’s Office on this case. Commander Lakind stated, “The Pacific Grove Police Department works on various crimes throughout the year. Rarely do we have a crime of a violent nature. The department takes extra care and precaution on this type of felonious assault.”

    If you have any information about this crime, please contact the department at 831-648-3143.

    Homicide near Cannery Row

    On Wednesday,November 23, 2016, at approximately 1:41 am, the Monterey Police Department (MPD) responded to the 600 block of Wave Street in Monterey on the report of gunshots being fired. MPD arrived and located one victim at the entrance to the Cannery Row Parking Garage, located in the 600 block of Wave Street.

    The victim sustained several gunshot wounds and was transported to the Natividad Medical Trauma Center in Salinas, where he succumbed to his injuries. The victim was identified as Raul Melendez, 28 years-old of Monterey, California. Read more…»

    Attempted Child Abduction

    Public Help Sought

    On November 14, 2016 at 1:32 PM, Monterey Police Officers responded to a report of an attempted child abduction at the Monterey Library, 625 Pacific Street. Two siblings, ages eight and six, reported an adult male attempted to lure the children into his vehicle, which was parked in front of the library. The children fled to Monterey High School where they reported the incident to a staff member.

    The suspect was described as a Hispanic male adult of middle age, with shoulder length white hair and a long white beard. He had a tattoo of a rose on his neck and wore several bracelets and rings on both hands. The male was last seen driving toward Larkin Street in a newer model white coupe, possibly with black graphics on the door panels, which had damage to the interior seating surfaces.

    Anyone who may have seen anything or may have information about this case is asked to call Detective Sergeant Blair with the MPD Investigations Division at 831-646-3814, the MPD General Number at 831-646-3830, or the confidential tip line at 831-646-3840.

    Police Rescue Man as He Jumps from Hotel Ledge

    Seaside, CA November 8, 2016

    Last night at about 7:30 pm, Seaside Police Officers responded to the report of a man with a knife who had just attempted to commit a robbery. A subject fitting a similar description also brandished a knife earlier in the day.

    At about 7:50 pm, officers spotted a man fitting the suspect’s description. He was hanging onto the outside of the 4th story railing of the Holiday Inn Express Hotel, Read more…»

    Sentencing in Carmel home invasion robbery and elder abuse

    On February 2, 2016 two individuals pushed their way into the home of an elderly Carmel couple. Once inside, the still unidentified intruders demanded items of value as they made threats to the elderly couple and waved around a large knife. Read more…»

    Shooting Suspect Arrested: Bail set at $2,100,000

    On Monday, October 10, 2016, at approximately 4:13 am, Seaside police officers and Detectives from the Monterey Peninsula Regional Violence and Narcotics Team (PRVNT) responded to the 1200 block of Ord Grove Avenue in Seaside on the report of a shooting inside a residence.

    Responding officers located an adult male victim suffering from a gunshot wound. Read more…»

    Two arrested with stolen vehicle

    In the early morning of September 25, 2016, an officer of the Pacific Grove Police department observed a suspicious vehicle in the area of Congress Ave. and Sunset Dr. It was discovered that the vehicle had stolen license plates on it. Officers contacted the occupants as the vehicle stopped in the 700 block of Marino Pines. Further investigation revealed the vehicle was stolen from Salinas.

    A search of the vehicle revealed stolen property and drugs. Both occupants were arrested on charges of possession of stolen property, possession of controlled substances. They were booked at the Monterey County Jail. Arrested were Ryan Ralston, age 27 and Dennis Ortiz, age 24, both of Salinas.

    STRONG-ARM ROBBER KNOCKS WOMAN DOWN

    Sept. 12 at 7:12 PM, Monterey Police Officers were dispatched to the 800 block of Grace St. regarding a strong-armed robbery. The victim was struck in the back of the head and knocked to the ground. The suspect stole the victim’s purse and fled the scene prior to police arrival. The victim sustained minor injuries to her face and head. Read more…»

    Bruiser the Pig Has to Move

    pigPer the Administrative Hearing Officer’s decision: Bruiser has to move outside Pacific Grove, and his owners, the Hanes, have to properly dispose of all poop at the property and give written proof to the City, all within 30 days. Penalties: $50/day for each day the pig remains after 30 days from July 21, 206. Hanes have to pay admin costs of $467.50 to the City on or before August 20, 2016.
    Appeal is possible as is judicial review.

    Findings: The City classified Respondents’ pig as a pet, not requiring a special permit. In September of 2014, Complainants called police to complain about offensive odor of feces coming from Respondents’ yard and to ask about what they could do.  Offensive odor of feces and flies recur in Respondents’ yard. Respondents have allowed accumulation of feces to occur in their yard in a manner that creates a nuisance.  Respondents’ travel out of town for several days at a time, leaving their animals at home. Respondents were aware of odor complaints before issuance of the Order. Respondents were aware of their obligations under PGMC §10.08.050 before issuance of the Order. Respondents were informed of possible methods of abating the nuisance on more than one occasion. Respondents improperly disposed of animal waste in their yard waste bin.  There is no direct evidence addressing how Respondents’ animal waste might become a danger to the environment in accordance with PGMC §9.16.110, waste disposal prohibition.

     

     

    Funeral home offers way to express condolences over Dallas shootings

    “Even though miles separate us from Dallas, we want the Monterey Bay community to have a way to pay their respects for the fallen officers,” said an official of Mission Mortuary.  Mission Memorial Park & Seaside Funeral Home and Mission Mortuary believe that all lives matter.  That is why they will have register books available for Monterey County residents to sign in support of five police officers slain in Dallas Friday night. Read more…»

    Law Enforcement Agencies cooperate in Robberies Arrest

    Cooperation among Peninsula law enforcement agencies resulted in the arrest on Wed., June 29 of two armed suspects in a pair of recent robberies. Read more…»

    Alfred Powell to Stand Trial

    Alfred Powell has been ordered to stand trial for the December 9, 1982 murder of Seaside resident, Sandra Steppuhn (aka McGee). Following a two-day preliminary hearing, Monterey Superior Court Judge Julie R. Culver found sufficient evidence to hold Powell to answer to the murder charge.  Read more…»

    Repeal of Death Penalty Qualifies for Nov. Ballot

    Scales of Justice2The initiative would repeal the death penalty as maximum punishment for persons found guilty of murder and replace it with a sentence of life imprisonment without possibility of parole. And, importantly, it applies retroactively to persons already sentenced to death. Read more…»

    Accomplice sought in theft of truck, evading officers

    On the morning of June 9, 2016, the Pacific Grove Police Department was notified that a truck had been stolen from the 100 block of Sloat Street. At 11:30 a.m., one of the Parking Enforcement Officers observed a truck matching that description and broadcast it to our officers. A Pacific Grove Officer observed the vehicle and initiated a traffic stop in the 600 block of Laine Street in Monterey. The driver of the vehicle attempted to evade the officer by driving east on Laine Street and then turning onto Reeside Ave, which dead ends at the Presidio of Monterey fence. The vehicle came to a stop when it struck the fence and retaining wall.

    The driver and passenger fled on foot from the scene, ignoring the officer’s emergency equipment.

    Officers from the Monterey Police Department and Pacific Grove Police Department canvassed the area and the driver of the vehicle was taken into custody by MPD officers. The passenger of the vehicle, described as a male, aged 20-30 in a gray shirt and light-colored pants is still at large.

    If anyone has information about the passenger, please contact the Pacific Grove Police Department at 831-648-3143.

    The suspect has been identified as Adrian Chronister and will be booked at the Monterey County Jail.

    Double Fatality Hwy. 1 at Jensen Rd.

    On 6/4/2016, CHP units responded to a collision with injuries on State Route 1 (SR-1) south of Jensen Road in Monterey County at approximately 11:15pm.  Upon arrival this was determined to be a head on collision with fatal injuries. Read more…»

    Man arrested for shooting his car

    Brendan Powers

    Brendan Powers

    On May 27, 2016 at approximately 3:03 a.m., Monterey Police Officers responded to Montsalas Drive regarding a shooting. Officers found an unoccupied vehicle that had been vandalized and shot multiple times.

    On May 27, 2016 at approximately 3:00 p.m., Monterey Police Officers and Detectives with the Monterey PPRVNT served a search warrant there, at the residence of Brendan Powers. As detectives were serving the search warrant, Brendan Powers, 32, of Monterey returned. Powers was arrested without incident and charged with discharging a firearm, vandalism, and violation of a court order.

    Powers was transported to Monterey County Jail and his bail was set at $100,000. The motive for the shooting is unknown at this time. Injury apparent in Powers’ booking photos was unrelated to this incident.

    If you have any information regarding the shooting and vandalism, please contact PRVNT detectives at (831) 646 – 6926 or if you wish to remain anonymous, please contact the Tip-Line at (831) 646-3840.

    Retired Pacific Grove Police Chief now Interim Chief of King City PD

    It may sound like a round of “Musical Police Chiefs.” but retired Pacific Grove Police Chief Darius Engles said his new assignment as Interim Police Chief of King City was part of the plan made when he stepped into the position of captain with that troubled police force in December, 2015.

    Chief Darius Engles

    Chief Darius Engles

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    Suspect who stole political signs caught on tape; suspect who removed other political signs is also identified

    More than 100 yard signs imprinted with a “Yes on Measure X” message have been stolen or removed throughout Pacific Grove at residential and commercial sites.
    Project Bella, the partnership which seeks to build a LEED Platinum hotel on the American Tin Cannery site should the citizen-originated measure be approved, is underwriting the cost of the election, which will be held on April 19. Ron Meer, Project Bella partner, says that the signs which have been stolen amount to some $1,200 in value.
    Moe Ammar, Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce President, today provided video evidence of Yes on Measure X signs being removed or stolen from in front of the Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce office located at 584 Central Avenue in Pacific Grove.
    Five videos taken from cameras located inside the Chamber office were submitted to the Pacific Grove Police Department as evidence. The videos plainly show two separate incidents of the illegal act of impinging on the Chamber of Commerce’s right to freedom of expression. One of them also depict the theft of at least two of the signs.
    The Pacific Grove Police Department are conducting an investigation and attempting to identify the suspects in the videos.
    To view the videos go to: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/yb9sn739fsm8u4c/AACFda8XeJlzRKVRiphRBwoda?dl=0
    If you have any information about the incidents, or if you can positively identify the peop

    Pacific Grove PD Gains a New Officer

    ofc hankesOfficer Justin Hankes graduated from the police academyThursday March 31, 2016.  He also received the Dr. Susan Oliviera Leadership Award.
    In the photo, Chief Steve Belcher, Officer Hankes’s brother Santa Cruz County Sheriff Deputy  Chris Hankes and Officer Justin Hankes.

    Driver in double fatality in Moss Landing released from hospital to jail

    Lynnea Hernandez, driver of the Lexus SUV which struck and killed a Prunedale man in Moss Landing, was released from the hospital yesterday and booked into Santa Clara County Jail. If Hernandez is able to post bail she is not to leave the state.lynnea hernandez

    Since the CHP did not know when Hernandez was going to be released from the hospital they issued a warrant for her arrest. The arrest warrant was issued for $3 million for the charges related to the collision —  two charges of gross vehicular manslaughter, DUI and possession of methamphetamine. CHP had an officer standing by when she was released to notify her of the arrest. She was then transferred to Santa Clara County Jail via ambulance. If she does not post bail, she will then be transferred to the Monterey County Jail. For warrants CHP books at the nearest county jail and the county jails are responsible for the transfers. In this case the deputies at Monterey County Jail will be responsible for transporting her back to Monterey County.

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