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November 28, 2023

Soledad Police arrest gang members on weapon charges

SOLEDAD — Soledad Police conducted a traffic stop for a vehicle code violation March 19 at about 10:30 p.m., during which the officers immediately recognized all three of the vehicle’s occupants as active Norteno gang members.  After a search of the vehicle, three fully loaded...

Search warrant leads to man’s arrest for 2018 murder in Greenfield

GREENFIELD — A 22-year-old resident from Soledad has been arrested in connection with a 2018 shooting that killed a Greenfield man. On Feb. 20, 2018, 32-year-old Joseph Suniga was shot and killed while riding his bicycle in the 700 block of Apple Avenue in Greenfield....

Police arrest 3 after deadly shooting in Soledad

SOLEDAD — Three men have been arrested for murder after a double shooting in Soledad left one victim dead on Tuesday, according to the Monterey County Sheriff's Office. On May 18, two people were shot on Bluejay Lane in the Riverview Estates neighborhood, located off...

Greenfield police arrest gang member after vehicle pursuit

GREENFIELD — On Feb. 26, at about 6:38 p.m., Greenfield police officers initiated a traffic stop for vehicle code violations in the 1200 block of Apple Avenue. The driver and sole occupant of the vehicle, Jose Ponce Tinajero, fled from officers and a vehicle pursuit...

Soledad state prison’s South Facility to close by July 2022

SOLEDAD — The South Facility at Correctional Training Facility (CTF) in Soledad will close by July 2022 due to a decrease in the minimum-security inmate population, announced California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation on Tuesday. The Level I general population unit, also known as Facility...

Police investigate New Year’s Eve murder in Greenfield

GREENFIELD — Detectives from the South County Major Crimes Unit are investigating a homicide that occurred New Year’s Eve in Greenfield. According to a news release, Greenfield police officers responded to a report that a person had been shot in the 1100 block of Heidi...

Suspect arrested after officer-involved shooting near Gonzales

GONZALES — An attempted murder suspect was arrested Wednesday night after a standoff with Salinas Police on Old Stage Road near Gonzales. The suspect fired a gun at police officers during a vehicle pursuit outside Salinas city limits at about 8:24 p.m., according to Salinas...

Multi-agency police operation leads to 4 arrests in Salinas Valley

SALINAS VALLEY — South Monterey County Task Force served five search warrants in King City early Wednesday morning that resulted in the arrests of four local gang members for weapons-related charges, including the manufacturing of ghost guns. The Task Force, which includes the Soledad and...

Greenfield police officer faces assault charges

GREENFIELD — A Greenfield police officer has been arrested on felony charges related to assault. An arrest warrant was issued on June 10 for Christian Tapia, a four-year veteran of the Greenfield Police Department. He surrendered himself at the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office to face...

Soledad man dies in crash while attempting to evade police

SALINAS VALLEY — A 20-year-old Soledad man died last Friday after his vehicle overturned on Los Coches Road near Greenfield while attempting to evade police during a pursuit. According to a report released Friday from the California Highway Patrol (CHP) King City Area, Soledad Police...

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Greenfield Police warn of new ‘kidnapping’ scam

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Police Department has recently been made aware of a concerning scam that has targeted several residents in the community. “We’re taking this...