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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.

Officer involved hit and run on the 101 Sunday may have been intentional

Officer involved hit and run on the 101 Sunday may have been intentional

PRUNEDALE, Calif.- The investigation into a hit and run on the 101 Sunday between a suspected speeder and a Highway Patrol motorcycle officer continues. Now the CHP is asking for your help if you know anything.

The CHP is looking for the driver of the hit and run from Sunday, and if there are any witnesses, or people with information in regards to this event to call them at 831-796-2160.

Any information you may know about the collision, the suspect vehicle, or driver would be appreciated by the CHP.

Preliminary investigations indicate that this may have been an intentional act.

Dear Jon: Miranda rights aren’t always required if arrest is made

Dear Jon: Miranda rights aren’t always required if arrest is made

First off, I’m not a lawyer and this is not legal advice. But Scott sent me a note asking, “Dear Jon, when arrested and taken into custody, is it required that you be read your Miranda rights?” I sought comments on this question from three Central Coast police chiefs and one deputy district attorney. The following is what they shared with me.

Bryan Stow Beating Suspects Take Plea, Get 8 and 4 Years Respectively

Bryan Stow Beating Suspects Take Plea, Get 8 and 4 Years Respectively

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The two men accused of beating Santa Cruz native Bryan Stow into a coma outside of Dodgers Stadium in 2011 pleaded guilty Thursday morning.

Louis Sanchez will receive an eight-year state prison term and Marvin Norwood is looking at a four-year term when they are sentenced at a future date.

The two initially pleaded not guilty to charges related to the March 31, 2011 beating.

Rewards being offered by FBI to deter laser strikes on aircraft

Rewards being offered by FBI to deter laser strikes on aircraft

A new regional reward program to deter people from pointing lasers at aircraft has been announced by the FBI.

Reported incidents of the federal violation are on the rise. Since the FBI and the Federal Aviation Administration began tracking laser strikes in 2005, statistics reflect a more than 1,100 percent increase in the deliberate targeting of aircraft by people with handheld lasers.

Gang member in possession of loaded gun

 

On 1/28/2014 at approx. 1239 hours WPD officers were dispatched to the area of Watsonville High School on a report of a fight with weapons. Witnesses on scene described the participants in the fight as having possibly been gang members. As officers came into the area a school administrator directed officers to the area of Bockius street, where two males were seen running. The males were described as gang members. Two subjects matching the description provided by school staff, were located on the 100 block of Grant Street. Master Officer Alex Rodriguez attempted to detain the subjects for further investigation but both subjects attempted to evade him. One suject ran towards a home on Grant St. and threw an object over the fence into the back yard of the home.

Salinas Teen Dies on Christmas Day After Being Hit By Car

Salinas police said that 19-year-old Daisy Ramirez Martinez died Christmas Day, almost two weeks after she was hit by a car.

Daisy was in the crosswalk at North Main and Navajo when she was hit, said police. The driver has been identified as 46-year-old Maria Arcega.

This has been a deadly year in Salinas for traffic accidents -- this marks the 12th fatality in 2013. Salinas police said it is the most they have seen in a year. Over half of the fatalities involved a pedestrian, said police.