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July 20, 2024

Soledad, Greenfield search warrants lead to arrests for weapon violations

SOLEDAD — On the morning of June 18, Soledad Police detectives, with assistance from the Greenfield Police Department, Cal Fire, Monterey County Probation Department, California State Parole and members of the South Monterey County Task Force, served two simultaneous search warrants in the cities...

Greenfield police arrest man for sexual assault of juveniles

Police arrest crime
GREENFIELD — In late May, patrol officers from the Greenfield Police Department responded to a local elementary school regarding a report of sexual assault of a minor by an adult. An 8-year-old girl reported being sexually abused by an adult known to her, police said....

Salinas Valley State Prison inmates convicted of murdering fellow inmate

Law judge court
SOLEDAD — Salinas Valley State Prison inmates Alberto Cortez and Jaime Romero have each been convicted by a jury of murder, announced the Monterey County District Attorney’s Office on June 3. Cortez was convicted of first-degree murder with the special circumstance of multiple murder, based...

Armed robbery in King City leads to officer-involved shooting near Soledad

Police car crime
SALINAS VALLEY — Monterey County District Attorney’s Office has released additional preliminary facts surrounding the officer-involved shooting that occurred Monday on Highway 101 northbound near Soledad. At about 5:30 p.m. on June 3, a person armed with a handgun got out of a black Mazda...

Scammers swindled nearly $900K from PG&E customers in 2023

Scams
CENTRAL COAST — Scammers continue to take advantage of Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) customers.  In fact, in 2023, PG&E received nearly 43,000 reports from customers who were targeted by scammers impersonating the company, and customers lost approximately $875,000 in fraudulent payments, with the...

Housing Authority warns residents of fake social media posts about Section 8 housing

Scams
MONTEREY COUNTY — The Housing Authority of the County of Monterey (HACM) has received copies of misleading ads circulating on social media platforms, luring individuals with promises of “Affordable Housing Programs” or similar enticing titles. One advertisement stated, “Section 8 Waiting List Now Accepting Applications”...

Monterey County youth drug education gets a sliver of marijuana taxes, grand jury says

MONTEREY COUNTY — Monterey County collected more than $70 million in marijuana taxes but spent just $93,000 for youth drug education — the top priority set by residents — according to a civil grand jury report. Some of the largest expenditures the grand jury noted...

Soledad Police remind travelers to buckle up for Memorial Day weekend

Soledad Police Department
SOLEDAD — For Memorial Day weekend, Soledad Police Department reminds travelers to always buckle up and secure children in the right car seats when visiting friends and family. This year’s “Click It or Ticket” campaign runs from May 20 to June 2. During this time,...

Three suspects arrested for King City mass shooting, double homicide near Soledad

Monterey County Sheriff’s Office press conference King City
SALINAS VALLEY — Three suspects have been arrested in connection with the King City mass shooting that killed four residents on March 3 and the double homicide near Soledad that resulted in the deaths of two cousins on Feb. 4, announced local law enforcement...

Law enforcement agencies to announce breakthrough in South Monterey County double homicide, King City mass shooting and Salinas armed robbery cases

SALINAS VALLEY — Monterey County Sheriff’s Office, King City Police Department and Salinas Police Department have scheduled a joint press conference Friday morning to make a major announcement involving three ongoing investigations. Officials are planning to unveil “significant developments” related to the double homicide that...

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Salinas Valley Police Reports | Published July 17, 2024

Police Reports are obtained from the local police departments. KING CITY June 1212:14 a.m. Reckless driver on Meyer St.12:31 a.m. Suspicious person on Willow...