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Crime Tips Coming In, Helping Salinas Police

 A police department that once begged for information on crimes in the past is finally getting help from witnesses. "We started getting phone calls, officers were getting phone calls at the police department and also getting calls from members of the community that they know," said Commander Dave Shaw.

Within a few hours of a robbery suspect being on www.kionrightnow.com, the tips started rolling in and even more came after you saw the story on Central Coast News at 5pm Tuesday night.

Police say nowadays it's more common, "In years passed I may have been surprised," said Shaw.

But the parking lot purse perpetrator isn't the only time you've tried to help police catch a criminal.  We did a quick search of recent newscasts and found a dozen cases where witnesses stepped up to the plate.

Salinas Police: Purse Thief Who Sent His Picture to Victim Identified

An hour after Central Coast News aired the photo of a suspected purse thief, Salinas police say they got several calls identifying the man in the picture.

According to Salinas Police the guy in the picture is 26-year-old Korey Thomas Heess.

California Crime Spree Nets 3 Gang Members Nearly 60 Years in Prison

 A judge sentenced Ramiro Vasquez, age 22, to 18 years, 8 months; Joe Hernandez Jr., age 29, to 20 years; and Manuel Del Real, age 22, to 19 years in prison for a variety of charges stemming from a crime spree on November 28, 2010, that started in Fresno County, traveled through Monterey County and ended in San Luis Obispo County.

On November 28, 2010, the the suspects, along with two females, drove a stolen Lincoln Navigator from Fresno to Monterey County. While driving in Pacific Grove, an officer stopped the Navigator for a seatbelt violation. While walking up to the passenger side of the vehicle, he saw a movement that caused him to duck behind a building. The Navigator, driven by Hernandez, then sped off.

Officers were unable to immediately locate the stolen vehicle but soon received a report of an attempted carjacking on Highway 1.

Manhunt Monday, August 15, 2011

Manhunt Monday, August 15, 2011

Steve Moreno is a parolee-at-large and police say that he also wanted for burglary.

If you have any information please call the Salinas Police Department at 1-800-78-CRIME

An Effort To Clean-Up Graffiti, Litter & Weeds

For a City of 150,000, Salinas has it's fair share of litter, graffiti and weeds.  A grassroots effort is underway to surface volunteers in order to clean the place up. 

Salinas City Coucilman, Steve McShane, announced a "City of Salinas Clean-Up Day" planned for Saturday, August 20th from 8AM – Noon based out of the following five locations:


  • Los Olivos – Riker Neighborhood:  Meet at 302 La Jolla Circle (Near Corner of Blanco & Los Olivos).  Contact is Kevin Low (831) 751-9654 or g.appletree@juno.com
  • Monterey Park Neighborhood:  Meet at St.

Man Steals Car, Lead Police On Chase, Crash Into Tree

 One man is in jail Sunday night for stealing a car from an auto dealership and evading police.  Monterey County Sheriff's Deputies tried to pull 30-year-old Dennis Berghadski over, but he failed to stop.  Deputies said Berghadski ended up crashing into a tree inside the Salinas Golf Fairways.  During a search, officers found a meth pipe.  Berghadski is on felony probation and was taken to jail.

Man Arrested For Gun, Drug, and Gang Charges

Early Sunday morning at 4:14 am, Salinas Police found a car matching the description of a hit and run in the area of Madeira and Roosevelt Streets. When officers made contact with the driver, 21-year-old Ivan Munoz, they said they immediately smelled marijuana coming from the vehicle and conducted a search. During the search, officers found a loaded .357 revolver handgun, 7 bindles of cocaine, a marijuana cigarette, a digital scale, and a high capacity magazine for a handgun.

Police say Munoz is a registered gang member. He was booked into the Monterey County Jail for an assortment of gun, drug and gang charges. The investigation revealed Munoz was not involved in the hit and run.