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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?

Fire Safety Equipment Inspection Scam Alert

Fire Safety Equipment Inspection Scam Alert

The Pajaro Valley Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture reported that a local business received a billing invoice from RMZ Fire Safety for $413.11. The invoice was for an “Annual State Required Fire Safety Equipment Inspection, Test and Certification”. RMZ has an address listed in Walnut Creek and a telephone number. This address is a mailbox located in The UPS Store in Walnut Creek and there is no answer at the telephone number listed. After researching online, we have discovered that this company has been sending these false invoices throughout Monterey and Santa Cruz counties as well as the Bay Area.

Velador back in court Wednesday

Velador back in court Wednesday

WATSONVILLE. Calif. A woman accused of *nearly* killing a 10 year old boy in March is expected in court tomorrow.

Watsonville police arrested Brenda Velador last week. They say she sped through a crosswalk and hit Jesse Ventura who was crossing Main Street with his family.

The boy remains in a coma at a bay area hospital.

Velador pleaded not guilty to reckless driving charges Monday. Prosecutors want to increase her bail from $60,000 to $250,000.

Avoid the 20 DUI Task Force set

Avoid the 20 DUI Task Force set

SALINAS, Calif. - Those who take the risk to drink and drive stand a high probability of getting caught. Why? Because law enforcement is especially looking for the those driving under the influence between now and Labor Day. The 'Avoid the 20' task force is set to get starting Friday, August 15.

Expecting to arrest between 100 and 140 DUI suspects over 18 days, city and university police, sheriff’s deputies and California Highway Patrol officers in Monterey and San Benito Counties are beginning their summer mobilization.

The Avoid the 20 effort, named for the number of law enforcement agencies in the two counties, gets its funding from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, said Salinas police traffic Sgt. Gerard Ross.

Suspected car thief sought by authorities in Santa Cruz, Monterey counties

 Suspected car thief sought by authorities in Santa Cruz, Monterey counties

Authorities in Santa Cruz and Monterey counties are seeking a 28-year-old man suspected in numerous auto thefts, vehicle burglaries and possible identity theft in both counties.

Matthew Clark is approximately 5’9’, 150 pounds, with brown hair and green eyes. There is an active $50,000 warrant for his arrest in Monterey County.

If you have information regarding Clark’s whereabouts, authorities ask that you contact the Santa Cruz County Auto Theft task force tipline at 465-7433.

Watsonville police identify 44-year-old man as victim of Sunday's homicide

Watsonville police have identified Hilario Hernandez Ramirez as the victim of Sunday night's fatal shooting.

Officers found 44-year-old Ramirez unconscious outside the Wall Street Inn on Beach Street around 9:30 p.m., with a gunshot wound to his neck.

Officers and paramedics attempted life-saving efforts but Ramirez died on scene.

Police have not taken anyone into custody and have not released a possible motive.

Two arrested after chase in Watsonville

Two arrested after chase in Watsonville
WATSONVILLE, Calif. -

Four suspects in a stolen car led police on a chase Thursday morning in Watsonville.

An officer spotted the car near Brewington Avenue and Orchard Street just before 8 a.m. and after running its license plate, discovered the car had been stolen during a recent carjacking in Stockton.