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Salinas Police: Mom Runs From DUI Accident With Bleeding Baby in Her Arms

Salinas Police: Mom Runs From DUI Accident With Bleeding Baby in Her Arms

SALINAS, Calif- A woman has been arrested after police said that she was involved in a DUI accident with her baby in the car.

Monica Moreno got into the accident Monday afternoon on the 800 block N. Madeira Avenue, said police. Witnesses told police that the driver ran from the scene with a baby in her arms. Both the woman and her baby were bleeding from the face.

Police said that Moreno was speeding down the street when she ran into a parked car. They were able to identify Moreno as the driver based on paperwork that was left behind.

Police received several tips to Moreno's location and she was detained a short time later on the 900 block of Rider Avenue. According to police she has a blood alcohol level of .09 more than two hours after the collision.

The baby was taken to the hospital for head and neck injuries.

Moreno was charged with Felony DUI, Felony Hit and Run, and Child Endangerment.

Four Arrested After Carjacking in Salinas

Four Arrested After Carjacking in Salinas

By Chloe Beardsley - email

SALINAS, Calif. -- Police arrested 21-year old Eric Ortiz, 30-year old Mike Rivera, 29-year old Eric Reeve and the 17-year old woman for stealing a car and attempted assault.

It happened Monday afternoon around 3:00 p.m. near the Steinbeck Center in Salinas. Officers told Central Coast News, the 23-year old victim was called by a 17-year old female acquaintance to meet him at the Steinbeck Library parking lot.

Dear Jon: Why Don't Police on the Central Coast Fight Gangs With Tatics Featured on 60 Minutes?

Dear Jon: Why Don't Police on the Central Coast Fight Gangs With Tatics Featured on 60 Minutes?

Dear Jon - Why don't police here on the central coast use the same counter-insurgency tactics against gangs like the ones featured on 60 Minutes on Sunday?  Jacqueline....

Any of us who saw that segment on 60 Minutes saw former Green Berets, now Massachusetts State Troopers taking their special military training and wooing community members to be their eyes and ears. The results have been a more manageable gang crime problem.

I took this question to central coast police, Salinas and Santa Maria, known for their gang issues.

In Salinas, Officer Miguel Cabrera tells me their department believes in community policing, which is basically what was being done in North Springfield, Massachusetts, they do it that in Hebron heights neighborhood of Salinas. Doing more policing simply boils down to having more money to beef up their gang units. The department has gone through major cutbacks in officers impacting their gang task force and gang suppression units.

Four Salinas Police Officers Save Family From Car Crash

Four Salinas Police Officers Save Family From Car Crash

By Ricardo Navarro - email

SALINAS, Calif. -- The American Red Cross Monterey Bay Area Chapter is hosting a Heroes Dinner to help honor local heroes. Of those recognized are four Salinas Police Officers. Officer Justin Heckman, Officer Kevin Mead, Officer Christopher Balaoro and Officer Alex Zamora.

The story of how four Salinas Police Officers became heroes cant be told through one point of view, because on that cold February night, the role each played was crucial.

It starts with Officer Chris Balaoro who was approached by two frantic cousins, speaking limited English.         
     
"They said they were following relatives and lost visual of them," said Officer Balaoro. 

Town Hall Meeting to Discuss Gang Violence Solutions

Town Hall Meeting to Discuss Gang Violence Solutions

Castroville, Calif.- A reminder that the second in a series of community meetings on preventing gang violence in Monterey County will take place today, Wednesday, May 8th at 6:00 p.m. at the Japanese School House in Castroville, 11199 Geil Street.  

A community meeting for Salinas area residents will take place the next evening, May 9th, at 6:00 p.m.

Salinas Father Looking for Man Who Stole Daughter's Bicycle

Salinas Father Looking for Man Who Stole Daughter's Bicycle

NORTH SALINAS - A Salinas father reached out to Central Coast News, following the theft of his daughter's bicycle Monday evening.  The suspect was caught on surveillance photos approaching the bicycle, then taking off.  

Anthony Russell posted the images to his Facebook page, in hopes of spreading the word to locate the accused thief.  Russell says he has cameras around his home.  The theft occurred around 5 p.m. Monday.  He says Salinas Police are aware of the incident.  The bicycle is a light blue 20-inch single speed specialized BMX bicycle.  

 

Three Suspects Arrested After Burglary, Chase In Salinas

Three Suspects Arrested After Burglary, Chase In Salinas

SALINAS, Calif. - Salinas Police have arrested three suspects following a reported burglary and chase Wednesday morning.

Police say they received a call of a burglary in progress in the Creekbridge area. The victims told them that three suspects took off in a Honda Accord.

At approximately 10 a.m., officers spotted the car in north Salinas, and a pursuit ensued.

The Honda crashed into a patio at Boronda Manor Apartments at Santa Rita Street and Swaner Avenue. Police say all three suspects jumped out of the car while it was still moving and ran in different directions.

Santa Rita Elementary School was placed on lockdown as a precaution, and police set up a perimeter to make sure the suspects did not enter the campus.

Officers located the three suspects a short time later and arrested them.

Police say they later determined that the Honda Accord had been reported stolen.