Give the Phone a “Break”: April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

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April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and Salinas Police Department encourages drivers to give the phone a break and focus on the road.

Throughout the month of April, Salinas Police Department will have additional officers on patrol specifically looking for drivers who violate the state’s hands-free cell phone law.

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Loud Noise Violation

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On Saturday 2/27/21, at about 7:45 PM, officers responded to a loud music complaint on Rianda Circle. This location is about one block from the police building and officers could hear the music from the station parking lot. When the initial officers arrived, they saw a large concert stage with a live band in the business parking lot. The stage was similar to the stages used for concerts at the Sports Complex. There were approximately 100 people in attendance, some in their vehicles and about half outside their vehicles dancing.

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Officer Responding to Emergency Struck by DUI

Last night at approximately 12:04 AM, an officer was responding Code 3 (lights and siren) to assist officers who were in a struggle with a fighting suspect. The officer was traveling westbound on John St. and was approaching the southbound off-ramp when a DUI driver made an illegal left turn and crashed into the responding police unit. The collision resulted

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Exemplary Actions by Off-Duty Salinas PD Detective Ruben Sanchez

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On February 22, 2021, the Salinas Police Department received a letter from a grateful community member regarding Detective Ruben Sanchez’s exemplary actions, while off-duty…

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Homicide Update: Victim Identification

Family notifications have been made; the 57 year old victim has been identified as Gabriela Guzman.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call Detective John McNeil at (831) 758-7277 or email him at: [email protected]

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Attempted Homicide Update

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The female victim, who was seated in the vehicle, has been treated and released. The male victim is still hospitalized and remains in critical condition. Fortunately, a 9 year old passenger in the back seat, was not injured….

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Attempted Homicide

On Friday, 2/19/21 at 9:46 pm officers responded to the parking lot of Denny’s at 2005 N. Main St. on a report of gunshots heard in the area. On arrival they contacted an adult male and an adult female, both 44 years of age suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Both victims were transported to a local hospital, with the male in critical condition and the female in stable condition.

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Homicide

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On 02/17/21, at 12:15 PM, Officers responded to a welfare check request on the 1700 block of Great Island Street. The reporting party said he had been trying to reach his 57-year-old mother and had not heard from her in several days. He called his mother’s work and they had not spoken to her since Friday. He had also tried to call his mother’s boyfriend, Richard Ruiz (59), with no answer….

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Homicide

On 02/17/21, at 12:15 PM, Officers responded to a welfare check request on the 1700 block of Great Island Street. The reporting party said he had been trying to reach his 57-year-old mother and had not heard from her in several days. He called his mother’s work and they had not spoken to her since Friday. He had also tried to call his mother’s boyfriend, Richard Ruiz (59), with no answer.

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Homicide Investigation

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Salinas Police are investigating a homicide that occurred on Great Island Street. Detectives are on scene. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Salinas Police Department at (831) 758-7321. If you would like to remain anonymous, you can call the Salinas Police Department tip line at (831) 775-4222.

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