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Salinas Councilwoman's Son Pleads Not Guilty To Charges

SALINAS, Calif. -- A Central Coast councilwoman's son accused of breaking down a bedroom door and biting a police officer faced a judge for the first time on Monday.

31-year-old Aaron Reyes, the son of Salinas Councilwoman Gloria De La Rosa, pleaded not guilty to the charges. He was arrested on Wednesday morning for battery of a police officer, resisting arrest and vandalism.

Police said Wednesday morning they responded to the 700 block of St. Michael Way after a female reported Reyes was acting violent. She ran to a neighbor's house to call police.

This isn't the first time De La Rosa's sons have found themselves on the other side of the law. In 2002, her son Gabriel Reyes served time for trying to sell a gun on Facebook. The potential buyers that he met turned out to be officers.

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Monterey Peninsula Knights of Columbus will be sponsoring a Basketball Free-Throw Contest

The Monterey Peninsula Knights of Columbus will be sponsoring a Basketball Free-Throw Contest for all local area boys and girls ages 10-14. The event takes place on December 8th at 1:30pm at CSUMB Otter Sports Center located at the intersection of 2nd Ave. and Inter-Garrison Rd. Members of the CSUMB college basketball teams will be on hand to encourage participants and demonstrate proper technique. Winners in each age group will be eligible to advance to regional and state competitions. For more information or any questions contact Joe Ruffin at (831) 883-8995.

 

ANNUAL COMMUNITY OPEN HOUSE OFFERS FREE ADMISSION FOR MONTEREY COUNTY RESIDENTS

Let the Monterey Bay Aquarium treat you this holiday season. Monterey County residents receive free aquarium admission between Saturday, December 7 and Sunday, December 15 during its annual community open house.

 

Free admission for Monterey County residents is an annual thank you to the community for its support of the non-profit aquarium.

For general aquarium information including daily program schedules, visit www.montereybayaquarium.org or call (831) 648-4800. The Monterey Bay Aquarium is located at 886 Cannery Row in Monterey.  Its mission is to inspire conservation of the oceans.

4-Legged Member Joins Monterey County D.A.'s Office

SALINAS, Calif. -- A new team member was annouced at the Monterey County District Attorney's Office on Wednesday. She isn't your typical investigator, but on command she can help with some of the biggest cases around.

Her name is Odile, but goes by Odie. The black labrador/golden retriever mix is a courthouse facility canine. She's been training for two years now to ease victims and witnesses so they can speak out and investigators can get to the bottom of cases.

She responds to 50 commands.

"Take that person away from any tragedy they've endured or witnessed and it brings it down to the simple things in life of petting a dog," said Ryan McGuirk, supervising district attorney investigator.

McGuirk is Odie's handler.

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Prunedale Company Gets Real

Prunedale Company Gets Real

Prunedale, Calif. - A central coast logging company is making its debut on "Animal Planet"! The company, Far West Forest Products from Prunedale, helps salvage fallen trees and will be featured on a reality series. 

Twin brothers from a group called "Daniel's Woodland" take fallen redwoods and sequoias, and turn them into works of art! That's where Far West comes in, it helped the brothers log a giant sequoia! 

More Support, But No Plan Yet For Salinas Mobile Park Tenants

SALINAS, Calif. -- Salinas city leaders want to clean up Valley Mobile Park. On Monday, Councilman Tony Barrera met with local church leaders to discuss moving the tenants to other housing.

Despite low power lines and a run-down looking community, the park's owner said the property is in compliance with state codes.

Sen. Anthony Cannella was expected at the meeting, but had to cancel at the last minute because he was in San Francisco for the president's speech.

"We need a lot of cleanness out here. We need a lot of help," said Esperanza Lara, who has been living at the mobile park for seven years.

Councilman Barrera said one of the things he's been wanting to see changed is the electrical wiring that he says is dangerous.

Maximum Enforcement from the California Highway Patrol this Weekend

Maximum Enforcement from the California Highway Patrol this Weekend

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The California Highway Patrol is joining several other state highway patrol agencies across the nation to participate in traffic safety challenges during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.  Keeping in line with the CHP’s mission of saving lives, their campaigns have set a goal of zero fatalities during the five-day period. It's what the CHP calls their maximum enforcement period.

All motorists should ensure everyone inside their vehicle is buckled up, before heading out.  Whether your travels take you across the country or just across town, buckling up is one way to help secure a safe arrival at your destination.

“Thanksgiving weekend is one of the busiest travel times of the year,” said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow.  “As the volume of traffic on the roadways increases so does the risk of being involved in a serious or deadly collision.”