Child Passenger Safety Week is Sept. 19-25

Release Date/Time:\ 9/20/2021 1:00 PM
Incident: Child Passenger Safety Week is Sept. 19-25
Date:\ Monday, 9/20/2021
Time:\ 1:00 PM
Location: City of Salinas

As part of Child Passenger Safety Week, the Salinas Police Department wants to make sure your child is in the right child safety seat.

Child Passenger Safety Week is Sept. 19-25 and focuses on educating parents and caregivers about the importance of choosing, installing, and using the correct car seat

“Your plate is always full as a parent, but the goal for this week is to offer parents and caregivers the time to make sure their child is as safe as possible in the car,”

Salinas Police Department, Traffic Sgt. Robert Hampson said.

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Operation Black Hawk

For the past five months the Salinas Police Department Investigations Unit, the Monterey County District Attorney’s Office, Salinas Violence Suppression Task Force and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Monterey Office have been conducting an ongoing investigation into NorCal Transportation, who is suspected of operating a drug trafficking organization (DTO) with the specific intent to transport and distribute narcotics between Yuma, Az and Salinas, Ca. During the investigations it was determined that, Nor Cal Transportation was directly connected to the Sinaloa Cartel and transporting narcotics in conjunction with Norteno gang leaders.

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Lewd Acts on a Child Investigation

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On September 15, 2021, the Salinas Police Department arrested Robert Dunham (55) for lewd acts on a child. Robert Dunham is a teacher at Harden Middle School. This is an ongoing investigation and no further details can be provided at this time. If you have any information that can assist the investigation, please contact Detective Dominici at (831) 758-7391 or by email at [email protected]

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Police Service of Salinas Will Hold a Press Conference to Report on the Results of Operation Black Hawk from September 9, 2021

A press conference will be held at the Police Service of Salinas Headquarters in the Community Room 312 E. Alisal St, on Thursday September 16, 2021 at 10:00 am. Interim Chief Roberto Filice, Salinas PD staff and law enforcement partners will present a report on the results of Operation Black Hawk which took place on September 9, 2021.

Operation Black Hawk is a collaborative initiative that brought together federal, local, and state law enforcement to focus on a drug trafficking operation with the specific intent to transport and distribute narcotics between Yuma, Az.  and Salinas, Ca.

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Suspect Arrested in 2002 Homicide

After nearly 20 years on the run, Juan Gabriel Nunez (46) has been arrested in connection with a homicide that occurred on August 8, 2002. Salinas Police Officers responded to 349 Iris Dr. on a report of a missing female and her child. When officers arrived, they contacted the child’s babysitter who told them the mother, Loretta Paluszynski had not shown up to drop off the children as she normally would. Officers responded to the residence to conduct a welfare check and located Paluszynski deceased from multiple stab wounds. The children were located and were safe.

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September is Pedestrian Safety Month: Be Predictable, Look Out for One Another

As part of Pedestrian Safety Month, Salinas Police Department is supporting efforts throughout September to improve pedestrian safety and help reduce crashes and injuries.

Pedestrians are more and more at risk on the road. Based on data from the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), 2020 had the largest ever annual increase, 21 percent, in the rate at which drivers struck and killed pedestrians. In California, pedestrian deaths accounted for 27 percent of all traffic-related deaths in 2019.

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Homicide Investigation UPDATE: Victim Identification

Family notifications have been made and Salinas PD has identified the two victims as Michael David Ramos (33) Salinas resident and Amanda Nicole Ferrell (30) city of Gonzales resident.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call Detective Alex Zamora at 831-758-7148 or you can email him at [email protected] If you wish to remain anonymous you may also call the Salinas Police Department anonymous tip line at 831-775-4222.

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Homicide Investigation

Release Date/Time:\ 8/31/2021 5:00 PM
Incident: Homicide Investigation
Date:\ Tuesday, 8/31/2021
Time:\ 12:35 PM
Location: Bernal Dr. at Maryal Dr.

Yesterday at 12:35 pm Salinas Police Officers responded to a report of a victim of a shooting near the intersection of E. Bernal Dr. and Maryal Dr. On arrival they located an adult male victim 33 years of age and an adult female victim 30 years of age suffering from gunshot wounds. Officers and Salinas Fire Personnel attempted life saving measures on the male victim however he succumbed to his injuries. The female victim was transported to a local hospital however she also died as a result of her injuries. The identities of both victims are being withheld at this time pending notification of family members. Witnesses described an unknown type vehicle driving eastbound on E. Bernal after the shooting however it is unknown at this point if the vehicle was involved in the incident.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call Detective Alex Zamora at 831-758-7148 or you can email him at [email protected] If you wish to remain anonymous you may also call the Salinas Police Department anonymous tip line at 831-775-4222.

Release Authorized by: Miguel Cabrera
Telephone: 758-7289

Fatal Vehicle Pedestrian Collision

Saturday night at 1:30 am, officers investigated a fatal vehicle versus pedestrian collision at E. Alisal at Wood St. They located the victim, on the north sidewalk of the intersection, he was deceased at the scene. Victim identification is pending.

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Coffee with a Cop

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Coffee with a Cop. … This simple idea brings Salinas Police Officers and the community members they serve together-over coffee-to discuss issues and learn more about each other. Members of the community can ask questions, raise concerns, or just say hello and enjoy a cup of coffee with officers.

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