Press Releases

Gang member / felon in possession of firearm

Release Date/Time: 10/14/2014 9:46 PM

Incident: Gang member in possession of gun

Report #: 14-100775

Date: Tuesday, 10/14/2014

Time: 8:33 PM

Location: 115 E. Lake St.

Members of the Salinas Police Department's Violence Suppression Unit conducted a vehicle stop for vehicle code violations.  The driver was Frank Campos (35 - an active gang member and convicted felon).  A loaded handgun was located in his pocket.  He was lodged in county jail for numerous firearm and gang charges.

Release Authorized by: Sgt. Gray

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Felon in possession of a firearm

Release Date/Time: 10/14/2014 9:31 PM

Incident: Felon in possession of a firearm

Report #: 14-100771

Date: Tuesday, 10/14/2014

Time: 6:50 PM

Location: N. Main St / Madrid St.

Members of the Salinas Police Department's Violence Suppression Unit stopped a vehicle for vehicle code violations.  The driver Selina Torrez (28) was unlicensed and had 2 misdemeanor warrants. The passenger was Wilberto Cervantes (30 - a gang associate and convicted felon).  A search of the vehicle resulted in officers locating a loaded sawed off shotgun that was concealed.  Torrez and Cervantes were both lodged in county jail for numerous charges related to the illegal gun possession. 

Release Authorized by: Sgt. Gray

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Traffic Collision / Injured Officer

Release Date/Time: 10/14/2014 2:27 AM

Incident: Traffic Collision / Injured Officer

Date: Monday, 10/13/2014

Time: 7:47 PM

Location: Boronda Rd. / San Juan Grade Rd

At approximately 1947 hours a Salinas Police Officer was stopped for a red signal in the southbound #2 lane of San Juan Grade Rd at the intersection of E. Boronda Rd. He and other traffic received the green signal and proceeded into the intersection. At that time a 2000 Ford F250 Super Duty pick up ran the red signal eastbound on E. Boronda, striking both the marked patrol unit and another vehicle, traveling in the #1 lane) simultaneously. The Officer was transported via Ambulance to a local hospital with a complaint of pain to the neck and back. The driver of the other victim vehicle was also transported via Ambulance with cuts to his hands and forehead and a complaint of abdomen pain. A passenger in the Ford F250 had complaint of pain to her arm and  knee, but declined medical attention. The collision caused major/total damage to the front end of the patrol car and the second vehicle sustained major/total damage to the right side, which was pushed into the passenger compartment nearly 24". Both the officer and the driver of the other vehicle were treated and released. 

Release Authorized by: Stan Cooper, Commander

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Gang member w. firearm and meth

Release Date/Time: 10/12/2014 8:30 PM

Incident: Gang member w. firearm and meth

Report #: 14-100632

Date: Sunday, 10/12/2014

Time: 3:30 PM

Location: 140 Kern St / Motel 6

Members of the Salinas Police Department's Violence Suppression Unit contacted Carlos Lizano (27) in the parking lot of 140 Kern St - Motel 6.  He was trespassing and acting suspiciously.  He was found to be in possession of a small amount of methamphetamine and a loaded handgun.  Lizano is a convicted felon and a gang member.  He was lodged in county jail.

Release Authorized by: Sgt. Gray

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Gang Member w. Gun / Meth for Sale

Release Date/Time: 10/11/2014 11:09 PM

Incident: Gang Member w. Gun / Meth for Sale

Report #: 14-100592

Date: Saturday, 10/11/2014

Time: 6:15 PM

Location: Chaparral / Linwood

Members of the Salinas Police Department's Violence Suppression Unit stopped wanted parolee Roberto Ruiz (37) in the area of Linwood / Chaparral.  A loaded gun was found under his seat and methamphetamine consistent with sales was also found in his car.  A parole search was conducted at his residence and a shotgun with 400 rounds was located in the room Ruiz stays in.  Ruiz is an active gang member and was lodged for numerous charges including gang member in possession of a firearm and possession of methamphetamine for sales.

Release Authorized by: Sgt. Gray

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Armed Robbery

Release Date/Time: 10/4/2014 12:50 AM

Incident: Armed Robbery

Date: Friday, 10/3/2014

Time: 8:30 PM

Location: 976 Acosta Plaza Grullense Taqueria

3 males with cloth rags over their faces entered the back door to the building, carrying handguns. They demanded money from both the business and patrons before fleeing with an undetermined amount of cash.  The suspects may have been seen getting into a dark colored compact, similar to a Honda, which was parked on E Laurel Drive behind the Acosta Plaza Townhomes. 

Release Authorized by: Stan Cooper, Commander

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Armed Robbery

Release Date/Time: 10/4/2014 12:50 AM

Incident: Armed Robbery

Date: Friday, 10/3/2014

Time: 8:30 PM

Location: 976 Acosta Plaza Grullense Taqueria

3 males with cloth rags over their faces entered the back door to the building, carrying handguns. They demanded money from both the business and patrons before fleeing with an undetermined amount of cash.  The suspects may have been seen getting into a dark colored compact, similar to a Honda, which was parked on E Laurel Drive behind the Acosta Plaza Townhomes. 

Release Authorized by: Stan Cooper, Commander

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Fatal Traffic collision

Release Date/Time: 10/2/2014 7:45 PM

Incident: Fatal Traffic collision

Report #: 14-091360

Date: Thursday, 10/2/2014

Time: 7:28 PM

Location: Williams Road and East Laurel Drive

On September 4th at about 1937 hours, Martin Gutierrez, 44, was driving his Toyota Tundra s/b on Williams Road in the #1 lane. Arturo Duarte, 47, ran across Williams Road from east to west, outside the crosswalk. Gutierrez could not stop in time and the Toyota pickup struck Duarte knocking him to the street. Duarte suffered a broken leg and head trauma. He was life-flighted to San Jose and placed in the Intensive Care Unit. On September 26, at 1346 he was pronounced deceased from the injuries incurred in the collision. The case is still under investigation. At this point it does not appear the driver will be charged with any law violation. This is the 9th fatal traffic collision in Salinas this year. Three of the fatal collisions have involved a vehicle vs pedestrian.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Press Conference regarding COPS/School Resource Officer Grant

 

For Immediate Release Contacts: Marci McFadden | Communications Officer

October 1, 2014 831.706.6971

*****NEWS ADVISORY*****

$14.8 MILLION FROM FEDERAL GRANTS RECEIVED TO SUPPORT

TEACHER PREPARATION, YOUTH DEVELOPMENT AND VIOLENCE PREVENTION

WHAT: This press conference will unveil five separate federal grants totaling $14.8 million that will create a strong culture of student success and academic achievement. The Monterey County Office of Education, the City of Salinas, CSU Monterey Bay, community partners and school districts will discuss how this federal funding will build an integrated, collaborative, and coherent system to address the serious need of preparing a strong teacher workforce, and overcoming youth violence through positive youth development and engagement.

WHEN: Thursday, October 2, 2014

11 a.m. (PLEASE NOTE TIME)

WHERE: Monterey County Office of Education

Rooms A/B

901 Blanco Circle, Salinas, CA

WHO: U.S. Congressman Sam Farr

Dr. Nancy Kotowski, Monterey County Superintendent of Schools

Kelly McMillin, Police Chief, City of Salinas

Manuel Real, Monterey County Chief Probation

Dr. Wayne Clark, Director, Monterey County Behavioral Health

Dr. Sid Smith, Deputy Director, Monterey County Health

Ashley Powers-Clark, PBIS Coordinator, Monterey County Office of Education

Community Alliance for Safety and Peace (CASP)

Jennie Burciaga, Executive Director, Restorative Justice Partners, Inc.

Natalie Alfaro, School Programs Coordinator, Restorative Justice Partners, Inc.

Jose Luis Alvarado, Dean of the College of Education, CSU Monterey Bay

Dr. Josh Harrower, Professor and Program Coordinator, CSU Monterey Bay

Dr. Mark O'Shea, Program Coordinator, California State University Monterey Bay

Dr. Cathi Draper Rodriguez, Chair, Teacher Education Department, CSU Monterey Bay

John Ramirez, Superintendent, Alisal Union School District

Tim Vanoli, Superintendent, Salinas Union High School District

OVERVIEW: The Monterey County Office of Education and community leaders/partners will unveil and share details on five different grants totaling $14.8 million that will come to Monterey County to address the following:

Monterey County Office of Education Grants

? $2.6 million awarded to the Monterey County Office of Education from the U.S. Department of Education's School Climate Transformation Grant. The granting period begins October 1, 2014 and runs for five years. This grant will build the capacity of all participating schools and districts to initiate and sustain the implementation of all three tiers of PBIS in order to decrease incidences of challenging youth behavior and violence. The training in this model will be conducted by Dr. Josh Harrower, Professor and Program Coordinator, CSU Monterey Bay. Within the five-year period, 33 participating school sites in the Alisal Union School District, Salinas City Elementary School District and Salinas Union High School District will demonstrate the following outcomes: 1) continual decreases in the office discipline referrals, 2) continual improvements in attendance, 3) continual reductions in suspensions and expulsions, particularly related to drug and alcohol offenses, 4) the ability to implement PBIS sustainably and with fidelity, and 5) continual reductions in the ethnically and racially disproportionate use of exclusionary discipline practices.

? $100,000 awarded to the Monterey County Office of Education from the National Forum to Prevent Youth Violence. The granting period begins September 30, 2014 and runs for two years. This grant will support Salinas' schools in implementing PBIS, including reducing suspensions and expulsions, creating a positive school climate, and providing behavior support services to all students. Additionally, it will support the county's Positive School Climate Leadership Team, a cross sector collaborative working to align resources around common goals and to initiate the sharing of pertinent data across systems throughout Monterey County.

? $100,000 awarded from the Monterey County Office of Education from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Center for Mental Health Services. The granting period begins September 30, 2014 and runs for two years and will offer a Youth Mental Health First Aid Program to train youth-serving adults to identify and address the mental health problems and issues of Salinas' students aged 12 to 18.

California State University Monterey Bay Grant

? $8.6 million to California State University Monterey Bay from the U.S. Department of Education to recruit, train and support teachers over the next five years primarily in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to improve student achievement. The following Monterey County school districts will be served by the project: Chualar Union School District, Gonzales Unified School District, King City Elementary School District, MCOE, Salinas City Elementary School District, Salinas Union High School District and Soledad Unified School District. This funding is the culmination of President Barrack O'Bama's Teacher Quality Partnership (TQP) grant competition announced earlier this year.

City of Salinas Grant

? $3.4 million to the City of Salinas from the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) to hire eight school resource officers (SROs) to be placed in middle and high school campuses in Salinas. The granting period is three years.

Update--Media inquries--Officer Involved shooting investigations

In response to numerous media inquiries regarding the status of the four Salinas Police Department-- Officer involved Shootings, the below information clarifies the current status of these investigations:

  1. Officer Involved Shooting—March 20, 2014—1488 Constitution Blvd.--Currently being reviewed by the Monterey County District Attorney's Office.

  2. Officer Involved shooting—May 9, 2014—950 East Alisal St.--Currently in final review at Salinas Police Department.

  3. Officer Involved Shooting—May 20, 2014—Del Monte Ave. & N. Sanborn Rd.--Currently in final review at Salinas Police Department

  4. Officer Involved Shooting—July 10, 2014 –S. Sanborn Rd. & Fairview Dr. –Unknown--Contact Monterey County District Attorney's Office.

At this time there is no specified date when the two remaining cases still under Salinas Police review will be forwarded to the Monterey County District Attorney's Office.

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