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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.

Monterey County Sheriff's Office Manhunt Monday

Monterey County Sheriff's Office Manhunt Monday


David Godoy Salazar has a felony warrant for Transportation/Sales of Methamphetamine and Committing a Felony while Out on Bail. Deputies also say that he has charges pending for  Domestic Violence, False Imprisonment, Resisting Arrest, Willful Injury to a Child, Criminal Threats, Brandishing a Firearm, Battery and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.

If you have any information on this case please call 831-755-3722

Salinas Farm Workers Help Chase Down Hit and Run Suspect

California Highway Patrol was on the scene of a traffic accident on Highway 68 and Hitchcock Road Wednesday morning.

According to CHP dispatch, the driver hit a power pole, splitting it in half, and flipped his car. The driver went into McShane's Nursery and then ran into a nearby field. Witnesses said that farm workers chased the man down and CHP has him in custody.

The driver told CHP that he fell asleep at the wheel, but as of now it is unknown why the driver ran from the accident.

18-Year-Old Homicide Victim Identified

A 18-year-old died Tuesday night after being shot to death near East Laurel Drive in Salinas. 

Around 9:15 p.m. Tuesday night, officers responded to the intersection of Linwood Drive and Vallejo Street for a report of shots fired and one person down. When officers arrived they found Giovanni Hernandez, age 18, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Officers performed CPR on Hernandez until medical personnel arrived and took over. Hernandez was pronounced dead at the scene a short time later.

It appears Hernandez was walking in the area of Vallejo St. and Linwood Dr. when he was confronted by at least one suspect. It is unknown what was said but the suspect fired multiple rounds at Hernandez, striking him and ultimately killing him. There are few witnesses but we believe Hernandez may have been walking with a friend when the shooting occurred.

Monterey County Sheriff's Department Manhunt Monday, July 18th, 2011

Monterey County Sheriff's Department Manhunt Monday, July 18th, 2011

 Lynn Denise Lewis has outstanding warrants for Violation of a Court Order and traffic offenses.

If you have any information you are asked to please call the Sheriff's office at  (831) 755-3722

Watsonville Manhunt Monday, July 18th, 2011

Watsonville Manhunt Monday, July 18th, 2011

Julio Geronimo has a warrant for his arrest for robbery.  He has been arrested in the past for robbing a victim at knife point as well as other violent crimes.  Geronimo is a documented "North Side Watson Chicos" Norteno gang member.  Geronimo goes by the gang moniker of "Wicked". 

Call 911 with information that requires immediate attention or the tip line at 831-768-3544. 

Salinas Teen Still Alive After Gun Misfires Twice

 A teenager in Salinas is alive after a gunman walked up to him and tried to shoot him twice at point blank range.

Police say that the 19-year-old victim and a friend were at a home one La Cuesta Court Tuesday night around 10:18 pm. According to police, Salvador Carreon ran up to the victim and fired two shots. Luckily the gun misfired both times.

As Carreon was trying to fix the gun the victim and his friend tried to wrestle the gun away from Carreon. Police say that the gun was fired in the struggle but nobody was hit. The victim's father heard the shot and ran outside where he saw his son sitting on top of Carreon. The dad was able to grab the gun away from Carreon. 

The victim and his friend were able to hold Carreon until the police arrived to take him into custody. Carreon is currently on felony probation.