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Avoid the 20 DUI Task Force set

Avoid the 20 DUI Task Force set

SALINAS, Calif. - Those who take the risk to drink and drive stand a high probability of getting caught. Why? Because law enforcement is especially looking for the those driving under the influence between now and Labor Day. The 'Avoid the 20' task force is set to get starting Friday, August 15.

Expecting to arrest between 100 and 140 DUI suspects over 18 days, city and university police, sheriff’s deputies and California Highway Patrol officers in Monterey and San Benito Counties are beginning their summer mobilization.

The Avoid the 20 effort, named for the number of law enforcement agencies in the two counties, gets its funding from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, said Salinas police traffic Sgt. Gerard Ross.

Traffic alert: Drivers warned to heed road work or else

Beginning today, Caltrans and the California Highway Patrol (CHP) are warning motorists statewide that the CHP is conducting maximum enforcement of traffic laws in active construction zones as part of a public safety campaign focused on work zone safety.


As part of this campaign, Caltrans will activate its electronic highway message signs in active construction and maintenance work zones around the state to display the following warning:





Holiday weekend DUI crackdown fast approaching

Monterey and San Benito County law enforcement are already planning a DUI crackdown for the Independence Day weekend.

Grand jury calls Monterey County cyber security 'at risk'

Grand jury calls Monterey County cyber security 'at risk'

MONTEREY, Calif. - After a data breach in Monterey County’s social services department in 2013 on an old 2008 computer, the grand jury embarked on a study of the county’s privacy and security of on-line data and information systems. What it found was a gross lack in attention to data security mostly related to funding of education of best practices and new software protections for the issue.

Manhunt for San Francisco man accused of having explosive materials

Manhunt for San Francisco man accused of having explosive materials

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is asking for the public's help to find Ryan Kelly Chamberlain, II. The 42 year old is wanted for allegedly possessing explosive materials in his residence.

He was last seen Saturday south of San Francisco, after his apartment in Russian Hill was raided. 

Police and the FBI say Chamberlain should be considered armed and dangerous. They believe he is on the move, and have no indication of where he might be headed.

Chamberlain is described as a white man, 6 feeet, 3 inches tall, weighing around 225 pounds. He has brown hair and blue eyes.

According to the FBI's San Francisco office, Chamerlain was last seen wearing  dark blue, hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans.

He drives a white 2008 Nissan Altima with either Texas or California license plates. The Texas plate number is: BX9M042. The California plate number is: 7FQY085.

East Salinas explores solutions to trust issues with police

SALINAS, Calif. - More than 100 people came together at Emmanuel Bilingual Baptist Church on Wednesday night to discuss violence on the streets and a lack trust in law enforcement in East Salinas.  Participants said it was just the first step to moving beyond the fear, frustration and anger following recent officer-involved shootings.

"We want our voices to be heard as residents.  But we want to do it in a way that's gonna impact others and its gonna benefit the community as well, not just harm it," said resident Sylvia Ramirez.

Ramirez said protestors that marched on the streets one week ago, aren't reflective of everyone in East Salinas.  Outrage poured onto the pavement following recent officer involved shootings and a peaceful protest turned into violence toward police. 

Salinas police identify man killed in Wednesday night fracas

Salinas police identify man killed in Wednesday night fracas

The man shot and killed Wednesday night in Salinas has been identified as 23-year-old Constantino Garcia, who'd recently moved to the city with his wife and child. Salinas police estimate there were approximately 100 people in the area who presumably witnessed the shooting in the area of Del Monte, but at this time, no witnesses have come forward with information. Those who may have witnessed this incident are urged to contact Detective Zuniga or Detective Gonzalez of the Salinas Police Department Investigations Bureau at 758-7929 or 758-7127. You can also call the anonymous tipline at 775-4222 or the We-Tip-Line at 1-800-78-CRIME.

Early Thursday morning, police investigators and protestors have cleared the area along Del Monte Avenue in east Salinas. 

The command center was also broken down. 

Still no word from police on the officer taken to the hospital after being hit in the head with a bottle.