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November 24, 1995 | SEBASTIAN ROTELLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In bounty hunter jargon, it was a cross-border "extraction." The four heavily armed bounty hunters from Salinas tracked down a suspected triple murderer at his brother's house in Mexicali. Aided clandestinely by one or two Mexican federal police officers, they chased and tackled the fugitive, hustled him into their car and fled to the international line, according to authorities. That was as far as they got: U.S.
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December 28, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A family cat helped alert his owner of a fire in the home, allowing everyone to escape unharmed. The fire started in the garage about 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, homeowner Rick Genasci said. Officials said Christmas wrapping paper stored too close to the home's heating system sparked the blaze, which quickly spread to the house. The Genascis' cat alerted the family by scratching at the door that connected the house to the garage, Genasci said.
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May 31, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
A tiny tattoo of a broken heart behind her right ear has cost a Salinas teenager her job at the local Olive Garden Italian restaurant. Karen Ketola, 19, was given an ultimatum May 21: Remove the tattoo, work in the kitchen or find another job. She was given two weeks to have the tattoo removed, but she quit a few days later. Ketola had the tattoo when she was hired as a waitress last September, but about two months ago she was told to cover it or she couldn't come back to work, she said.
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May 6, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A beautician has been charged after allegedly injecting a client with cooking oil as part of a wrinkle-defying cosmetic procedure. Martha Mata Vasquez, 39, of Salinas was charged with involuntary manslaughter and practicing medicine without a license. Bail was set at $1 million. Vasquez is accused of injecting vegetable oil into the buttocks of Olivia Aguirre-Castillo of Castroville on Nov. 17. Aguirre-Castillo died of organ failure.
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January 7, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Bail was tripled to $1.5 million for a pastor charged with molesting a 16-year-old girl after prosecutors told a judge a second victim has been found. Superior Court Judge Russell Scott hiked the bail Thursday for Donald Domelle, pastor of the Baptist Temple of Salinas on Harrison Road, because he presents a flight risk based on new, more serious allegations, Deputy Dist. Atty. Gary Thelander said. Prosecutors plan to file at least 40 more counts against Domelle.
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February 5, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Mayor Anna Caballero is spearheading a plan to keep libraries open in John Steinbeck's hometown. With just two months before the town's three libraries are set to close because of budget cuts, Caballero launched a $500,000 fundraising campaign. She said an anonymous Salinas Valley rancher had pledged $25,000 and promised an additional $75,000.
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January 5, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Monterey County grand jurors scolded the Board of Supervisors in a scathing, 229-page report that criticizes the board for allegedly dropping the ball on crucial issues of water, transportation and affordable housing. Monday's grand jury report said the board lacked budget expertise, bent to special interests and "employed a laid-back, wait-and-see attitude in the development of the General Plan."
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February 4, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A North Salinas High School freshman has been arrested for bringing a realistic-looking toy gun to school, authorities said. The teenager was taken to Monterey County Juvenile Hall shortly after the 9-millimeter replica was discovered Thursday morning. School officers found the replica inside the teen's locker after another student reported the youth had a gun, police said. The teenager was suspended indefinitely. The school board will decide whether to expel him.
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January 8, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Supervisors will begin looking at several dramatic options for financially troubled Natividad Medical Center, from closing to a sale of the Monterey County-operated hospital. The Board of Supervisors will spend the next two months reviewing options presented during a meeting Tuesday that underscored a sense of urgency for the Salinas hospital.
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November 8, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
City Hall is getting a makeover. The 39-year-old building will be getting new signs, carpet, automatic door openers, a wheelchair ramp and renovated bathrooms, all to help it comply with the Americans With Disabilities Act.
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May 4, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The hometown of Nobel Prize-winning author John Steinbeck is saving its library services. The City Council on Tuesday approved $10 million to restore library hours, put more police officers on the street and set up after-school recreation programs. The three Salinas libraries were set to close last year because of budget cuts, but a grass-roots campaign raised more than $500,000 to keep the libraries open with limited hours.
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February 4, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A North Salinas High School freshman has been arrested for bringing a realistic-looking toy gun to school, authorities said. The teenager was taken to Monterey County Juvenile Hall shortly after the 9-millimeter replica was discovered Thursday morning. School officers found the replica inside the teen's locker after another student reported the youth had a gun, police said. The teenager was suspended indefinitely. The school board will decide whether to expel him.
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January 7, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Bail was tripled to $1.5 million for a pastor charged with molesting a 16-year-old girl after prosecutors told a judge a second victim has been found. Superior Court Judge Russell Scott hiked the bail Thursday for Donald Domelle, pastor of the Baptist Temple of Salinas on Harrison Road, because he presents a flight risk based on new, more serious allegations, Deputy Dist. Atty. Gary Thelander said. Prosecutors plan to file at least 40 more counts against Domelle.
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July 24, 2005 | Jane Engle
How do you get reliable information about hurricanes headed toward your vacation destination? That question may have been on travelers' minds early last week as resorts in Cancun, Cozumel and areas along the Riviera Maya on Mexico's eastern coast cleaned up after Hurricane Emily. At the Travel section's deadline Tuesday, Texas was braced for a possible landfall. With experts predicting a heavy hurricane season this year, it's a good idea to log on to the National Hurricane Center website, www.
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July 23, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A 74-year-old Marina piano teacher who pleaded guilty to misdemeanor hit-and-run driving after his car struck and killed a man was sentenced to give 300 hours of free piano lessons to needy kids. Frank Bruno, who was also fined $1,100, said Thursday that he would never get behind the wheel of a car again and that he grieves over the death of Donald Ostrom, 48, and looks forward to meeting him in heaven. Bruno could have been sentenced to a year in jail.
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April 15, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A former state prison doctor skipped court and fled before jurors convicted him of child molestation, authorities said. James Daly, 64, was last seen Sunday morning in his Carmel Valley home by his wife. She later received a letter from him saying he was leaving because he felt he was not receiving a fair trial. Daly was arrested in May 2004 on charges of aggravated assault and rape. A jury convicted him Wednesday of 10 counts of molesting a family member. He could be sentenced to 58 years.
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September 11, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
A raging brush fire forced residents from their homes Tuesday afternoon before firefighters were able to get the blaze under control. Some 300 firefighters from 15 area agencies were called in to battle the flames, which burned about 70 acres and threatened several homes overlooking the Salinas Valley. Six air tankers, four helicopters and a spotter plane also were called in to help knock down the fire.
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February 22, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
A man who was shot several times by police using a Taser electric stun gun has died, authorities said Monday. Robert Clark Heston, 40, of Salinas died at 7:25 p.m. Sunday, said police Lt. Kelly McMillin. Heston was hospitalized Saturday after his heart stopped when he was hit by Taser darts. Officers who responded to a report of a domestic disturbance said they saw Heston attack his 66-year-old father at their family home. Heston then attacked them, officers said.
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April 11, 2005 | John Spano, Times Staff Writer
The Salinas Public Library, where Nobel Prize-winning author John Steinbeck's first literary study was nurtured, has been thrown a financial lifeline. Fundraisers came up with $500,000 after local government officials said they could no longer afford to pay for the library system's three facilities. The donations will keep the libraries in the financially strapped community open part time through December.
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February 22, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
A man who was shot several times by police using a Taser electric stun gun has died, authorities said Monday. Robert Clark Heston, 40, of Salinas died at 7:25 p.m. Sunday, said police Lt. Kelly McMillin. Heston was hospitalized Saturday after his heart stopped when he was hit by Taser darts. Officers who responded to a report of a domestic disturbance said they saw Heston attack his 66-year-old father at their family home. Heston then attacked them, officers said.
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