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Marina man sentenced to prison for 9 years for strangling his wife

A Marina man is headed to state prison for nine years for strangling his wife in 2011, according to the Monterey County District Attorney's Office.

Michael Fortner was convicted of assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury. Prosecutors say he strangled his wife twice on Nov. 4, 2011, causing her to become unconscious.

Last week, Fortner was sentenced to four years in prison on the assault charge and an additional five years for personally inflicting great bodily injury.

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Big rig overturns on 101 near Prunedale

Big rig overturns on 101 near Prunedale

PRUNEDALE, Calif. - Motorists had a hassle on Highway 101 on Sunday when a big rig overturned.

The accident happened in the morning hours and caused quite a headache for drivers.  Both lanes were blocked by the big rig and it took C-H-P several hours to clear the scene. So far the reason for the mishap has not been released and fortunately no one was hurt in the incident.

Dear Jon: Waste Management changes course on safety audit fee

Dear Jon: Waste Management changes course on safety audit fee

SALINAS, Calif. - What's going on with Waste Management in Salinas? Marsha emailed me and asked, “Dear Jon, there are 37 households on Oak Heights Drive and Shady Lane in Salinas. Now Waste Management wants to charge us $15 more a month because our hill is steep, why?”

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Nonprofits look to cash in on fireworks sales

Salinas announced the winners of its annual fireworks sales stand lottery, where nonprofit groups can raise thousands of dollars every year.

51 groups representing schools and school organizations, youth organizations, community organizations, and religious, fraternal and service organizations vied for 18 fireworks stands within the city limits.

Twelve school organizations, two youth organizations, two community organizations and two religious, fraternal and service organizations were selected by random drawing.

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Salinas hosts fundraising screening of new Cesar Chavez film

"Cesar Chavez: An American Hero" debuts March 28 in theaters nationwide, but the United Farm Workers (UFW) and the UFW Foundation will host a special red carpet event fundraiser as part of the national release in Salinas.

The special screening is one of several events planned in some major California cities and in Washington, D.C. during the movie's opening weekend.

Donations being accepted for alleged child abuse victims

 The Monterey County Association of Families Caring for Children is now accepting donations from anyone interested in donating on behalf of foster children including the alleged victims from the Salinas child abuse case

Here is the original press release on how to donate:

Donations Being Accepted on Behalf of Foster Children/Russell Road Incident Victims

For those interested in helping foster children in Monterey County, including the young victims of the recent Russell Road incident, the Monterey County Association of Families Caring for Children is now accepting donations.   Financial contributions can be sent to:

MCAFCC

P.O. Box 2283

Salinas, CA 93902

 

Checks should be made out to MCAFCC.  Those wishing to designate donations for the specific needs of the children involved in the Russell Road incident can note their request in the memo or note section of their check.

Tsunami inundation maps for Santa Cruz, Monterey counties

The California Geological Survey, California Emergency Management Agency, and Tsunami Research Center at the University of Southern California have released a set of tsunami inundation maps.