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2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games Final Leg Run

On July 16th the final leg of the 2015 Law Enforcement Torch Run World Games for Special Olympics will pass through the City of Salinas on its way to Los Angeles.  At 2:45 the torch will be carried from the parking lot of 1097 S. Main Street north on S. Main through Old Town and arriving at the steps of the National Steinbeck Center at approximately 3 pm.  Mayor Joe Gunter and Police Chief Kelly McMillin will greet the runners.  Special Olympic guest speakers for the upcoming World Games will hold a brief press conference at that time.  This event held in Salinas is just one of many planned stops for the Special Olympic Torch which will eventually land at the Los Angeles Coliseum for the kick off of the World Games on July 25th.


The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympic athletes and the community. 


Release Date/Time: 7/10/2015 2:22 AM

Incident: Homicide

Report #: 15-070543

Date: Thursday, 7/9/2015

Time: 9:06 PM

Location: P/L of 1036 Pacific Ave.

Officers were dispatched to a victim of a shooting.  When they arrived, they found 22 year old Olga Ceja unconscious and not breathing. CPR was performed but was not successfull and Ceja was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Two Hispanic males in their late teens or early twenties walked up and opened fire on Ceja as she was about to enter a truck that was parked in the driveway.  Numerous shots were fired and the suspects then fled to an awaiting vehicle that went N/B on Pacific Ave. to Del Monte. This case is being investigated as gang related.  If anyone has specific information ralated to this homicide, they are encouraged to contact Detective Gabe Gonzalez at 758-7127 or Detective Gerardo Magana at 758-7129.

Release Authorized by: Sergeant Jeff Gibson

Telephone: (831) 758-7128


Release Date/Time: 7/9/2015 12:44 AM

Incident: Shooting

Report #: 15070486

Date: Wednesday, 7/8/2015

Time: 7:41 PM

Location: 1100 blk Green St

Two 19-year old males were working on a car when an older grey Honda sedan stopped in front of the house. Without saying a word, an occupant of the car fired approximately 5-6 rounds at the victims. One male was struck in the thigh but had grazing wounds to his hip, arm and nose and was transported to a local trauma center with non-life threatening injuries . The other male only received a grazing wounds to his right torso and hand. This shooting is being investigated as gang related.

Release Authorized by: Sheldon Bryan

Telephone: (831) 758-7250


Release Date/Time: 7/9/2015 12:39 AM

Incident: Shooting

Report #: 15-070487

Date: Wednesday, 7/8/2015

Time: 9:34 PM

Location: 10 block of Bardin Cir

A 32-year old male was working on his car when a green, older model Honda Accord stopped at the driveway. Without saying a word, the passenger fired approximately 6 rounds striking the victim in the knee and causing a grazing wound to his arm. The victim was treated for non-life threatening injuries. He has no gang connections and no motive for the shooting has been established.

Release Authorized by: Sheldon Bryan

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Fatal Hit & Run Fatality Arrest

Release Date/Time: 7/8/2015 2:05 AM

Incident: Fatal Hit & Run Fatality Update

Report #: 15-070252

Date: Wednesday, 7/8/2015

Time: 10:47 PM

Location: E. Market St. & N. Madeira

 ******Update*******  Anthony Bouchereau was taken into custody after he was located at a local truck stop. Bouchereau was attempting to raise money to leave town.  After questioning, Bouchereau was booked into the Monterey County Jail for vehicular manslaughter and hit and run. 

Release Authorized by: Jeffery Gibson

Telephone: (831) 758-7128

4th of July DUI crackdown final report

Release Date/Time: 7/6/2015 5:01 PM

Incident: 4th of July DUI crackdown final report

Report #: N/A

Date: Monday, 7/6/2015

Time: 5:09 PM

Location: Monterey and San Benito Counties

The Independence Day Weekend Anti DUI crackdown is reporting DUI arrests from local routine traffic enforcement and special Avoid the 20 DUI deployments in Monterey and San Benito Counties. From 12:01 AM Friday July 3, 2015 through Midnight Sunday 5, 2015 officers representing 20 county law enforcement agencies have arrested 27 individuals for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Last year, the holiday was a four-day campaign period which does not match the three-day crackdown ending last night.

There were two fatal collisions over the weekend. There is evidence that both of these collisions could involve alcohol although officers will not know until the results of toxicology tests are known. There was also a major injury collision that may have involved driving under the influence. (**NOTE: These numbers are only provisional with some agencies yet to report**)

Law enforcement officials will be conducting its next major Avoid DUI campaign throughout the both counties during the 18 Day Summer Campaign in August ending Labor Day weekend. There will also be additional DUI patrols out during Rodeo Week.

Police, Sheriff and the CHP encourage all motorists to watch and report impaired drivers each and every trip around town or during summer vacations: Report Drunk Drivers – Call 9-1-1! anytime motorists encounter that dangerous driver. Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Vehicular Manslaughter and Hit & Run

Release Date/Time: 7/6/2015 1:01 AM

Incident: Vehicular Manslaughter and Hit & Run

Report #: 15-070252

Date: Sunday, 7/5/2015

Time: 7:40 PM

Location: E. Market St. & N. Madeira Ave.

Officers responded to the area of E. Market St. and N. Madeira Ave. for a report of a traffic collision. A Lincoln Towncar and Toyota van were located at the intersection with major damage.  The driver of the Lincoln was no longer at the scene, but his passenger was left behind with severe injuries.  Yesenia Escoria Romero, 24, later died at the hospital.  It appears the Lincoln had been traveling on N. Madeira at a high rate of speed.  It struck the Toyota at the intersection before coming to a stop.  The driver, described as a dark complected male with tattoos on his neck, fled on foot.  Anthony Seven Bouchereau, 21, is a person of interest in this case.  He had been recently been dating Romero and has not been yet been located.  Bouchereau is believed to be from Texas and there is no additional information on where he may be staying locally.  Again, Bouchereau is considered a person of interest at this time.  Anyone with information on his whereabouts is encouraged to contact the Salinas Police Department.


Release Authorized by: Commander Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250


Release Date/Time: 7/3/2015 2:38 PM

Incident: Robbery

Report #: 15-070132

Date: Friday, 7/3/2015

Time: 12:07 PM

Location: 1033 E. Alisal - Don Roberto's Jewelry

Officers were dispatched for a robbery at Don Roberto Jewelers. A white Escalade had backed into the handicapped stall right in front of the store. When a female with a 4 year old boy was buzzed into the business, the 2 suspects in the Escalade jumped out from the car and ran into the store. One male with a silver handgun grabbed the boy and threatened to shot him if the owners did not give them the keys to the jewelry. One of the owners handed the man with the handgun the keys. That suspect then handed the boy off to his accomplice, who was armed with a shotgun. He held the boy at gunpoint until the first suspect got the jewelry from the display. The suspect holding the boy released him and both ran back to their car. They drove away W/B on Alisal St. The suspects were masked with bandanas, spoke both English and Spanish and at one point told one told the other to 'check the scanner”. The young boy was not injured during this robbery, but was very upset.

Release Authorized by: Michael Groves

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

DUI checkpoint

Release Date/Time: 7/3/2015 11:37 AM

Incident: DUI checkpoint

Report #: 15-070129

Date: Friday, 7/3/2015

Time: 11:23 AM

Location: East Laurel Drive and Maryal Drive

On Thursday night, July 2nd, officers conducted a multi-agency DUI checkpoint in the area of East Laurel Drive and Maryal Drive as part of the Avoid the 20, Fourth of July campaign. Seven police officers and 4 Community Service Officers from the Salinas Police Department along with two officers from Marina PD, two officers from Pacific Grove PD, and two deputies from the San Benito Sheriff's Office worked the checkpoint together from about 6 PM until about midnight.

One driver was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and one driver was arrested for driving under the influence of drugs. Officers conducted Field Sobriety Tests on four other drivers who were determined not to be under the influence. One driver was arrested for possession of methamphetamines and two were arrested for outstanding warrants. Twenty seven drivers were cited for driving while unlicensed and 6 were cited for driving on a suspended license. Officers wrote seven additional citations.

Officers will continue the campaign by working DUI patrols throughout the weekend in both Monterey and San Benito counties.

Funding for the Avoid the 20 DUI Campaign is by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  The Avoid DUI Task Force will deploy checkpoints and DUI patrols next during the 18 day August/Labor Day DUI Mobilization.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Unlawful Dentistry Practice

Release Date/Time: 6/30/2015 9:20 PM

Incident: Unlawful Dentistry Practice

Report #: 15-061435

Date: Tuesday, 6/30/2015

Time: 3:09 PM

Location: 731 Leese Dr

On Saturday, June 27, a 32-year old male showed up at the Natividad Medical Center Emergency Room with a broken molar and lacerated gums. He told staff that he had a dental procedure completed by Ana Diaz (56) in the living room of her home on Leese Dr. Diaz tried to extract the tooth for more than 90 minutes before it broke leaving the victim in excruciating pain. The victim told officers that Diaz was also selling prescription medications to her patients in the form of antibiotics from Mexico. Today, officers contacted Diaz at her home. They were given permission to enter where they saw a makeshift surgical room with a dental chair, table and numerous dental tools. The dental tools were taken as evidence and Diaz was booked for a variety of charges including Practicing as a Dentist Without a License Resulting in Injury, Selling and/or Administering Controlled Substances, Administration of General Anesthesia without a License; both of which are felonies. Officers determined that Diaz had been convicted of the same or similar violations in 2010.

The victim in this case spoke only Spanish and is in the country illegally. He was concerned that he would would be prosecuted if contacted by police so he delayed seeking medical treatment for three days until the pain was unbearable. Salinas Police suspect that Diaz has performed illegal dental procedures on other people and are seeking information from additional victims. If you or someone you know has received dental/medical treatment from Ana Diaz, you are urged to call Salinas Police Department.

Release Authorized by: Sheldon Bryan

Telephone: (831) 758-7250


Question of the Day

Can I drink alcohol while walking down a City street in Salinas?

No, it is illegal to drink any beverage that contains alcohol while on public property. The Salinas Municipal Code Section (21-2)  states that, "No person shall drink any beer, wine or other intoxicating beverage on any public street, sidewalk, alley, highway, plaza parkway, parking lot, airport terminal, or bus or train depot in the City...

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