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Salinas PD receives grant for Special Traffic Enforcement and Crash Prevention

Release Date/Time: 10/25/2014 4:28 PM

Incident: Salinas PD receives grant for Special Traffic Enforcement and Crash Prevention

Report #: N/A

Date: Saturday, 10/25/2014

Time: 4:27 PM

Location: 222 Lincoln Ave

THE SALINAS POLICE DEPARTMENT RECEIVES GRANT FOR SPECIAL TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT AND CRASH PREVENTION (STEP Grant)

The Salinas Police Department has been awarded a $77,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) for a year-long program of special enforcements and public awareness efforts to prevent traffic related deaths and injuries. Salinas PD will use the funding as part of the city's ongoing commitment to keep our roadways safe and improve the quality of life through both enforcement and education. 'Over the last few years Salinas has had a major problem with pedestrian fatalities,” said Sergeant Gerry Ross. 'For the first time this grant sets aside money for enforcement of pedestrian violations. We are hopeful these pedestrian enforcement operations will raise awareness of these dangers with both drivers and pedestrians.”

After falling dramatically between 2006 and 2010, the number of persons killed and injured in traffic collisions saw slight increases in 2011 and 2012. Particularly worrisome are recent increases in pedestrian and motorcycle fatalities and the dangers of distracting technologies. This grant funding will provide opportunities to combat these and other devastating problems such as drunk and drugged driving and speeding. 'California's roadways are still among the safest in the nation,” said OTS Director Rhonda Craft. 'But to meet future mobility, safety, and sustainability objectives, we must create safer roadways for all users. The Salinas Police Department will be using these and other resources to reach the vision we all share – Toward zero deaths, every 1 counts.”

Activities that the grant will fund include: • DUI saturation patrols • Distracted driving enforcement • Speed, red light, and stop sign enforcement • Bicycle and Pedestrian enforcement • Warrant service operations targeting multiple DUI offenders • Compilation of DUI 'Hot Sheets,” identifying worst-of-the-worst DUI offenders • Specialized DUI and drugged driving training such as Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST), Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE), and Drug Recognition Evaluator (DRE) • Court 'sting” operations to cite individuals driving from DUI court after ignoring their license suspension or revocation.

Funding for this program is from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Missing Person-UPDATE clarification

To clarify a previous update on this case; Yesterday at approximately 1645 hrs, an Officer located missing person Robin Tully (63) as he was walking on E. Alisal near Holiday St.  Mr. Tully was in good condition, other than having not eaten, and was brought back to the care facility he had walked away from.

Missing Person - At Risk

Robin Tully (63) left the Colonial Manor Residential facility at 7:15am this morning and has not been seen or heard from since. Mr. Tully suffers from severe mental health issues, does not have any of his medications with him and has no money or access to transportation. According to his caregiver, Mr. Tully will not be able to find his way back to the facility. Salinas Police officers and staff from the facility have been searching for Mr. Tully but are asking for the public's help. If Mr. Tully is seen, please call the Salinas Police Department immediately. 831-758-7321. UPDATE: Mr. Tully has been located.  

Previously Convicted Felon w/Firearm, Gang Member w/ Firearm, Possession of Marijuana

Release Date/Time: 10/15/2014 7:43 PM

Incident: Previously Convicted Felon w/Firearm, Gang Member w/ Firearm, Possession of Marijuana

Report #: 14-100818

Date: Wednesday, 10/15/2014

Time: 4:22 PM

Location: N. Main and Casentini

Officers stopped Mathew Russell (33) for traffic violations. When they approached the vehicle they could smell marijuana in the vehicle. Russell had an open folding knife on the driver's side floorboard that he bagan to reach for. He was removed from the vehicle and detained. During a search of the vehicle officers located a loaded  22 cal revolver under the console shift lever. They also located about 1/2 ounce of marijuana under the backseat. Russel is a previously convicted felon and active gang member. Russel was booked into the Monterey County Jail for felon in possession of a firearm, gang member in possession of a firearm and possession of marijuana.

Release Authorized by: Cdr. Dave Shaw

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

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

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