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Victim's Mother Questions Salinas Police After Shooting

Fourth of July is a day of celebration, but for one Salinas family, it's a day of mourning. 22-year-old Chris Lopez was shot and killed over the weekend. Lopez's mother is now questioning police.

"I received a call from him," says Judith Lopez, victim's mother. "He said mom I've been shot."

Those were the last words Judith Lopez heard from her son Chris. The 2007 Everett Alvarez High School graduate was walking two blocks to start his shift at FoodMaxx, around one o'clock Saturday morning. He never made it.

"If it can happen to me," says Lopez. "It can happen to anybody."

The sad part is she heard the gun shots but thought it was fireworks. Salinas Police found Chris on Jackson Street, after someone shot him. He died at the scene.

Sheriff's Son Pleads Not Guilty to Drug Charges, Released From Jail

Jacob Miller, the son of Monterey County Sheriff Scott Miller, was in court Thursday afternoon and pleaded not guilty to charges that he was selling methamphetamines.

Tuesday, members of the Narcotics Task Force served a search warrant at Jacob Miller's apartment, which is attached to his fathers house in Pacific Grove. According to a Sheriff's Department news release, they found meth and digital scales at the apartment.

Jacob Miller was taken into custody but had to be moved to the Santa Cruz County Jail because of his relationship to Monterey County Sheriff, Scott Miller.

Central Coast News Reporter Katelyn Sykes say that Jacob Miller has posted bond and that his father was at court with his son.

Salinas Gang Member Convicted of Attempted Murder

Salinas Gang Member Convicted of Attempted Murder

District Attorney Dean Flippo announced today that Jorge Sanchez, a 19-year-old resident of Salinas, was convicted by a jury of two counts of premeditated attempted murder, two counts of assault with a semiautomatic firearm and being an active participant in a criminal street gang.

The jury also found true the special allegation that the crimes were committed for the benefit of the Norteno criminal street gang. The jury also found true the special allegation that Sanchez personally discharged a firearm causing great bodily injury to both victims.

On February 15, 2008, Sanchez and another gang member were driving in their car on Williams Road near Alisal High School when Sanchez pointed out two boys, ages 14 and 15, leaving the school whom he believed were Sureno gang members. They then drove into the neighborhood where they expected the boys to walk.

Salinas Shooting Victim Dies After Surgery

Police say that Thursday's shooting victim has died. Pedro Alonso, 19, underwent surgery for injuries and died early this morning.

The shooting happened on N. Sanborn Rd. near La Paz Middle School around 6:18 pm. Police say that Alonso was shot while he was driving. His car crashed on Boronda Rd. near Falcon Dr.

Police say that they are still investigating and it is too early to tell if this shooting is gang related.

A silver-colored Acura was possibly involved in the shooting, say police. Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to call the Salinas Police Department's Anonymous Tip Line at (831) 775-4222, or the We-Tip Line at 1-800-78-CRIME.

Alisal School Board President Charged With 2 Felonies

Alisal School Board President Charged With 2 Felonies

District Attorney Dean D. Flippo has charged Jose Castaneda with two counts of perjury and two counts of filing a false document.

All of the charges are felonies and each carries a maximum penalty of three years in prison.

The district attorney's office said that the allegations arose out of two incidents involving the submission of documents to initiate a recall election against Monterey County Supervisor Fernando Armenta.

At this time it is unknown exactly what Casteneda is accused of doing. The matter was referred to the District Attorney's Office for investigation by the Monterey County Registrar of Voters.

Castaneda is scheduled to appear in court for a felony arraignment on June 30, 2011, at 1:30 p.m.

Castaneda is the Alisal Union Elementary School Board President.

Salinas Police Arrest Teens for Rash of Robberies

Salinas Police arrested two teens for robbery and say, the teens could be linked to 20 similar crimes.

On Thursday afternoon, police arrested the suspects from a home on Julia Drive. One of them lives there. Now, Salinas Police say, these streets are a little safer.

Twenty Salinas officers and a California Highway Patrol chopper searched for the suspects. At the end, they had a 16 and 17 year old in custody. They're accused of two attacks on Wednesday, one on Cherokee Drive and another on Alvin Drive.

Police said the crimes are similar to 15-20 robberies across the city.

"We are checking into the possibility," says Salinas Police Sgt. Henry Gomez. "I can't say at this point that they are but we are going to look at that and see what we can come up with."

Officers say the victims are always innocent people in the wrong place at the wrong time.

"They were walking down the street," says Gomez.

A 20-year-old man suffered life-threatening injuries after getting shot while driving his car Thursd

 20-year-old man suffered life-threatening injuries after getting shot while driving his car Thursday night in north Salinas. 

Police told Central Coast News several men pulled up next to the victim and shot him while driving on Sanborn and Del Monte near La Paz Middle School.  Police said the car was hit more than 6 times. The victim managed to drive off, but crashed after losing consciousness at East Boronda Road and Falcon Drive around 6:30 Thursday evening. The car crashed into a tree on the corner. Police roped off the area as well as a portion of Sanborn by La Paz Middle School for several hours to investigate.

Officers told Central Coast News the victim was able to talk to them before he was airlifted to a Bay Area hospital.  They don't have any suspect description or a motive.