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Holiday Shopping Safety Tips

Holiday Shopping Safety Tips

The holiday season is upon us!  While anytime is a good time to think about personal safety and crime prevention, the Watsonville Police Department wants to share some holiday shopping safety tips to protect yourself against becoming a victim of crime.

When going shopping, keep in mind the following:

Avoid shopping by yourself. Invite a friend or family member; there is safety in numbers.  Try to park in a well-lit, well-trafficked area of the parking lot at stores and malls. Avoid secluded and dark areas and always be alert and aware of your surroundings and any potential danger signs. This lessens the criminal’s “window of opportunity.”

Door-to-Door Marketers Offering Lower PG&E Bills

The City of Watsonville has received calls from concerned citizens in the Bay Village and Pajaro Village neighborhoods reporting that independent natural gas companies’ sales representatives have been going door-to-door offering cheaper natural gas. One resident reported that a sales representative said he was representing “the City and PG&E.”  This is incorrect as the City does not endorse any natural gas provider. It was also reported that by a resident that it was difficult to terminate the contract with the new gas provider when the service was not longer wanted.

Due to deregulation of natural gas sales several years ago, it is now legal for independent companies to make wholesale purchases and then to sign up customers to buy the natural gas at a retail price.  Depending on many factors, the new companies may or may not be able to deliver a savings.

Robobank robbed in Castroville

CASTROVILLE, Calif. Monterey County Sheriffs were called to area of Merritt Street at 10:44 a.m in Castrovile on reports of a bank robbery.

Highway patrol seeks witnesses to 183 accident

Highway patrol seeks witnesses to 183 accident

CASTROVILLE, Calif. - A major accident that left 6 with serious injuries continues to be investigated by the California Highway Patrol. Almost a month later, 3 persons remain in the hospital from this accident.

On October 12, at 2:45 p.m., emergency personnel responded to a call of a vehicle collision on SR-183 near Castroville. Upon arrival, they found a head-on collision with major injuries.

The victims in the hospital remain in the intensive care unit, including a 16 year old female from Watsonville.

The driver of one vehicle, 22 year old, Pedro Alonzo-Rodriguez of Salinas, was determined by officers at the scene to be under the influence of alcohol and was placed under arrest for felony DUI.

The CHP is asking for the public’s assistance in locating witnesses to this collision.

Homicide in double shooting and 3 robberies stretches to Castroville

Homicide in double shooting and 3 robberies stretches to Castroville

 NORTH MONTEREY COUNTY, Calif. – A crime spree that began around 7 a.m. this morning across Monterey County has left one man dead and another person injured. Sheriff's deputies say three separate robberies occurred in the space of 1 to 2 hours and could all be linked to the same suspect!

The homicide victim was a business owner and was found shot inside of his car at Creekside Terrace and Reservation Road in south Salinas, just off Highway 68. Within an hour after that a man was robbed and shot in Castroville while walking to work on Del Monte Avenue. Then a North Monterey County High School student was robbed at a bus stop.

Deputies say the same black Honda was spotted at all three scenes. And now a 19 year old suspect is behind bars.

Update: Homicide victim in double shooting revealed

Update: Homicide victim in double shooting revealed

NORTH MONTEREY COUNTY, Calif. – A crime spree that began around 7 a.m. Friday morning across Monterey County has left one man dead and another person injured. Sheriff's deputies say three separate robberies occurred in the space of 1 to 2 hours and could all be linked to the same suspect!

Update: the Monterey County Sheriff's office has officially released the identity of the man killed in this deadly crime spree. Investigators say 59-year-old Paul Chung was shot and killed in his car by 19-year-old Anthony Romero. Chung was a local businessman and the owner of a 99 cents store in Salinas. 

DEAR JON: Buses flashing red lights mean stop

DEAR JON: Buses flashing red lights mean stop

Students are back at school and traffic safety is a hot topic, especially around school buses. You’ve probably seen buses flashing red lights often. Most people stop, as they should, but police say many don’t. Nick sent me a note, “Dear Jon, without fail everyday I see drivers that do not understand what the lights on the school bus mean, can you help?”

The Salinas Police department’s Sargent Gerry Ross says this issue continues to be a problem, “Officers are not going just give you a warning if you pass a bus with its red lights flashing.” For me, that’s warning enough.

When you see a school bus what's the first thing that comes to your mind? Are you thinking, ‘There’s a road hog in my way!?’ Or do you see a bus as a vehicle carrying precious cargo, our children?