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Storm Safety Advice

Release Date/Time: 2/18/2017 12:29 PM

Incident: Storm Safety Advice

Date: Saturday, 2/18/2017

Time: 12:29 PM

Location: Salinas, CA

Release Authorized by: Spencer Critchley, Acting PIO

Telephone: (831) 998-3000

Following a severe storm on Friday and with more wind and rain expected Monday, Salinas Fire Chief Ed Rodriguez advises residents to take the following important precautions:

If your electricity goes out:

  • Don't use liquid fuel equipment, such as kerosene or propane heaters or lamps, to heat or light your house. These devices give off potentially lethal carbon monoxide, and should only be used outside.
  • Don't use your stove to heat your house. The heat could ignite nearby cabinets, and gas stoves also give off carbon monoxide.
  • If you have to leave your home, make sure heaters, appliances, and other devices are turned off.
  • When power is restored, make sure major appliances are working, in case they suffered damage from the outage. If you do have appliance trouble, call a licensed repair person.
  • If you continue to have problems with your electricity, call a licensed electrician or, for outages, PG&E. PG&E provides storm updates on its website at pge.com.

While you're outside:

  • If you see a downed wire, don't touch it or try to move it. Instead, call 911 immediately. Electrical wires carry enough current to kill. Even if they are are de-energized, they may suddenly be re-energized.
  • Monday's rains may cause flooding. If you see standing water, don't walk or drive through it. Six inches of water can knock a man off his feet, and two feet of water can carry away a car.
  • Stay clear of trees, some of which may be ready to blow down with the next gust of wind.

664-187 PC - Shooting

Release Date/Time: 2/17/2017 4:17 AM

Incident: 664-187 PC - Shooting

Report #: 17-020781

Date: Thursday, 2/16/2017

Time: 11:23 PM

Location: 700 Block of Elkington St

At 2322 shot spotter activated in the area of 939 DelMonte Ave with a 12 shot volley of gunfire. Officers arrived on scene and determined a residence in the 700 block of Elkington St. had been targeted with gunfire. Officers contacted a 27 year old male victim who had been shot at by unknown suspects.  The victim and another as yet unidentified male had just arrived at the Elkington St address and were knocking on the door when a vehicle stopped at the curb. Two occupants from the vehicle exited and began shooting at the two males and the residence. The victim was pulled inside the residence by a relative as the shooting started. The unidentified male fled and was not located. No persons were hit by the gunfire. The victim was heavily intoxicated and was less than cooperative with officers refusing to provide a statement. From evidence at the scene it appears 15 rounds were fired with 13 striking the residence and a car parked in front. The suspect vehicle fled northbound on Elkington St. It is yet to be determined if this shooting was gang related or if the victim was the intended target.

TheSalinas Police Department is asking anyone who may have information regarding this shooting to please contact (831) 758-7321. If you would like to remain anonymous, you can call the Salinas Police Department Anonymous Tip Line at 831-775-4222, or the We-Tip Line at 1-800-78-CRIME

Release Authorized by: Dana Cornelison

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Attempted Murder--Shooting

Release Date/Time: 2/16/2017 1:27 AM

Incident: Attempted Murder--Shooting

Report #: 17-020719

Date: Wednesday, 2/15/2017

Time: 8:19 PM

Location: Lake Street and Bridge Alley

On February 15, 2017, ShotSpotter was activated at 2019 hrs. in the area of E. Lake St. and Bridge Alley. The first volley recorded eight shots fired and less than 30 seconds later another volley of four shots were recorded. When an officer arrived in the area, he saw a female being helped by two people from E. Lake St. onto N. Main St. The two people saw the officer and dropped the 34 year-old female victim in front of a residence on N. Main St. The two unknown people continued N/B on Main St., out of sight. The victim was transported to Natividad Medical Center (NMC) and treated for gunshot wounds to her foot and ankle.

Other officers found another victim, a 58-year-old female, in the area of Lake and Bridge suffering from a grazing gunshot wound to the head. She was transported to NMC where she was placed into ICU in stable condition with a non-life threatening injury.

A further search by officers found two more victims in the area of 30 Soledad St. A 60-year-old female was transported to Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital with a gunshot wound to the left foot. A 27-year-old male was transported to NMC and treated for a gunshot wound to his thigh.

It appears two males approached a group of people and for unknown reasons pulled out handguns and began shooting. No words were exchanged and no motive is known for the shooting. The suspects were described as Hispanic males, wearing grey hooded sweatshirt and dark jeans. They were last seen running southbound on Soledad St. toward Market St.

If anyone has any information regarding this shooting, please contact the Salinas Police Department Investigations Bureau at (831) 758-7226. If you would like to remain anonymous, you can call the Salinas Police Department Anonymous Tip Line at 831-775-4222, or the We-Tip Line at 1-800-78-CRIME. You may be eligible for up to a $1,000 reward.

Release Authorized by: Christopher Lane, Investigations Sergeant

Telephone: (831) 758-7496

****Updated to Homicide Identification

***UPDATE***

Shotspotter reported shots fired in the area of the 100 Block of North Hebbron on February 11, 2017 at 12:29am. Officers found 39-year-old John Rodzach of Salinas, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.  He was pronounced deceased at the scene.  No witnesses and no further information at this time.

This is the seventh homicide of 2017 in the City of Salinas and is being investigated as gang related.

The Investigations Bureau is asking anyone who may have information regarding this shooting to please contact Detective Arlene Currier at (831) 758-7125  or Detective Rudy Roman at (831) 758-7913. If you would like to remain anonymous, you can call the Salinas Police Department Anonymous Tip Line at 831-775-4222, or the We-Tip Line at 1-800-78-CRIME.

Homicide Victim Identification

Shotspotter reported shots in the area of the 100 Block of North Hebbron on February 11, 2017. Officers found 39-year-old John Rodzach of Salinas, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.  He was pronounced deceased at the scene.  No witnesses and no further information at this time.

This is the seventh homicide of 2017 in the City of Salinas and is being investigated as gang related.

The Investigations Bureau is asking anyone who may have information regarding this shooting to please contact Detective Arlene Currier at (831) 758-7125  or Detective Rudy Roman at (831) 758-7913. If you would like to remain anonymous, you can call the Salinas Police Department Anonymous Tip Line at 831-775-4222, or the We-Tip Line at 1-800-78-CRIME.

Arrest - 246.3 PC, 186.22 PC, Weapons violations

Release Date/Time: 2/15/2017 5:09 AM

Incident: Arrest - 246.3 PC, 186.22 PC, Weapons violations

Report #: 17-020664

Date: Tuesday, 2/14/2017

Time: 11:29 PM

Location: 500 Block of Terrace St

At 2329 shop spotter activated with three shots in the 500 block of Terrace St. Several units began responding to the area. Three minutes later while the units were responding a second shot spotter activation was received at the same location. The second volley was nine shots. When the first officer arrived he spotted a vehicle leaving the area reported by shot spotter. He followed the vehicle which pulled into a dead end apartment complex parking lot and stopped. Officers confronted the driver as he was exiting his vehicle. The driver, Elijah Gonzalez (20), was uncooperative when ordered to the ground at gunpoint. Gonzalez reached several times towards his pockets and waist while officers were giving him commands. A Taser was used on Gonzalez but it was ineffective. Gonzalez was ultimately taken into custody. A search of the car revealed a loaded semi-auto pistol under the driver seat. There were numerous bullet casings recovered from the area however there were no persons, buildings or vehicles struck. Gonzalez was booked in MCJ for several weapons charges, 246.3 PC and 186.22 PC. This crime is being investigated as gang related. 

Apart from the shot spotter activations there were three calls to 911 reporting the shots.  The calls were received after officers were already in the area and in contact with Gonzalez.

Release Authorized by: Dana Cornelison

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Shooting Victim

Release Date/Time: 2/14/2017 4:59 AM

Incident: Shooting Victim

Report #: 17-020600

Date: Tuesday, 2/14/2017

Time: 2:05 AM

Location: 700 Block of Elkington Avenue

Shot-Spotter reported 10 shots fired in the 700 block of Elkington Avenue. Dispatch later received a report of a shooting victim inside a residence. An adult male was found inside a residence with a single non-life threatening gunshot wound to his leg. No witnesse's or suspect(s) were located and the case is currently being investigated as gang related. 

Release Authorized by: Luis Bravo

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Homicide

Release Date/Time: 2/11/2017 5:42 AM

Incident: Homicide

Date: Saturday, 2/11/2017

Time: 12:29 AM

Location: 100 Block of N Hebbron Ave

Shotspotter reported shots in the area of the 100 Block of N Hebbron. Officers found a 39-year-old male suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.  He was pronounced at the scene.  No witnesses and no further information at this time.

The victim's identity is being withheld until the family has been notified. This is the seventh homicide of 2017 in the City of Salinas and is being investigated as gang related.

The Investigations Bureau is asking anyone who may have information regarding this shooting to please contact Detective Arlene Currier at (831) 758-7125  or Detective Rudy Roman at (831) 758-7913. If you would like to remain anonymous, you can call the Salinas Police Department Anonymous Tip Line at 831-775-4222, or the We-Tip Line at 1-800-78-CRIME.

Release Authorized by: Sgt. Brian Johnson, Investigations Bureau

Telephone: (831) 758-7128

Super Bowl DUI arrests

Release Date/Time: 2/6/2017 9:07 AM

Incident: Super Bowl DUI arrests

Report #: Various

Date: Monday, 2/6/2017

Time: 8:32 AM

Location: City of Salinas

Over the Super Bowl Weekend Salinas Police officers kept an extra close eye out for drunk and drugged drivers and extra DUI units were deployed on Sunday. In all, 5 drivers were arrested for DUI, with 2 drivers arrested on Sunday.

On Friday evening a 34-year-old male was seen swerving badly on U.S. 101. He was found to be DUI and found to have a suspended license from a prior DUI offense. He tested at .21 BAC, over twice the legal limit.

Later that night a 32-year-old man was seen running a red light on a turn causing several cars to slam on their brakes to avoid a collision. The driver tested at .35 BAC, nearly 41/2 times the legal limit!

Early Saturday morning a 38-year-old male accidently hit the accelerator instead of the brake and stuck a parked car head-on. He was arrested for DUI and tested at .08 BAC.

On Sunday a 21-year-old female hit two parked cars in front of a house and ended up on the front lawn. She tested at .15 BAC.

And on Sunday evening at about 8:30pm, Ricardo Torres, age 27, was leaving a party when he struck a parked car. He turned the corner where he struck three additional parked cars. He drove a short way further and struck two more parked cars that were in a driveway forcing one of the parked cars to crash into the house. Manriquez' blood alcohol level was .19, nearly 21/2 times the legal limit. In total, 6 cars and a house were damaged in addition to the car Manriquez was driving.

Fortunately there were no injuries associated with a DUI collision over the weekend. The DUI patrols were funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The next planned concentrated DUI enforcement will be Friday, March 17th, Saint Patrick's Day.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Super Bowl DUI enforcement

Release Date/Time: 2/2/2017 9:07 AM

Incident: Super Bowl DUI enforcement

Report #: N/A

Date: Thursday, 2/2/2017

Time: 9:09 AM

Location: Salinas

Football fans across the country will tune in to the Super Bowl on Sunday, February 5 and for many, the event often includes alcohol. The California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) and the Salinas Police Department are teaming up with law enforcement across the state for a special Fans Don't Let Fans Drive Drunk campaign to urge all football fans to call the right play on Super Bowl weekend and pass the keys to a sober driver before the drinking begins.

The Salinas Police Department will deploy additional officers on special DUI saturation patrols specifically to stop and arrest drivers showing signs of alcohol or drug impairment during and following the game. As part of the Super Bowl Sunday enforcement efforts, police, sheriff and the CHP will be on heightened alert ready to stop and arrest any impaired driver.

Impaired driving can be deadly. A driver is considered alcohol-impaired with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher, but even a small amount of alcohol can impair judgment and reaction times enough to make driving unsafe. Drugs such as many prescription medications, marijuana or illicit drugs can also lead to impairment and unsafe driving leading to a DUI. 'Fans need to make a plan ahead of time. There are several ways to get home safely after the game if you have been drinking. Designate a sober driver, use public transportation, call a taxi or rideshare program, but don't get behind the wheel,” said Sergeant Gerry Ross, Salinas Police Department.

'Volunteer to be a designated driver to help your family and friends get home safely,” said OTS Director Rhonda Craft. 'Impaired driving only leads to disaster and tragedy. It is never worth the risk. If you do plan to drink, and/or are taking medications or using marijuana, plan now to pass the keys to a sober driver before kickoff.”

Drivers are encouraged to download the Designated Driver VIP, or 'DDVIP,” free mobile app for Android or iPhone. The DDVIP app helps find nearby bars and restaurants that feature free incentives for the designated sober driver, from free non-alcoholic drinks to free appetizers and more. The feature-packed app even has social media tie-ins and even a tab for the non-DD to call Uber, Lyft or Curb. For those who plan to drive, refrain from any alcohol and be aware of possible drug impairment. Instead, enjoy the game with food and non-alcoholic drinks. This Super Bowl weekend, be a team player and help keep impaired drivers from getting behind the wheel. And remember: Fans Don't Let Fans Drive Drunk.

This enforcement effort is funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration who reminds everyone to be alert and ‘Report Drunk Drivers – Call 911' if you see a dangerous driver call immediately!

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

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