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Students injured in Seaside High School classroom shooting file claims

Monterey >> Students who were injured when a Seaside High School teacher fired a gun into the ceiling of his classroom earlier this year filed a claim against the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District and the Sand City Police Department.

Dunnion Law sent out a release Thursday announcing the claim, which was filed Aug.

Monterey woman convicted of 21 felonies for elder theft, money laundering scheme

Salinas >> The Monterey County District Attorney’s Office announced Friday that a 38-year-old Monterey woman was found guilty by a jury of 21 felony offenses for her role in a conspiracy to commit identity theft.

Aman Suleiman Shawar used the identity of her 68-year-old mother that resulted in a total loss of more than $500,000.

Salinas police ID homicide victims, make arrest for evidence tampering

Salinas >> The Salinas Police Department announced Friday officers made a pair of arrests in connection with a homicide that took place early Monday morning.

Daniel Martinez Jr., 37, was shot and killed at about 12:33 a.m. in a home on the 1200 block of Polk Street. Ray Demetrio Espino and Maria Benavides, residents of the home, were booked at Monterey County Jail for destruction of evidence, accessory to a felony and conspiring together to commit a crime.

Group trying to make trips to Marina, Seaside schools safer

Monterey County >> Over the next two years, local members of the community will help create a Safe Routes to Schools plan for 15 schools in Marina and Seaside to make it safer and easier for students to walk and bike to school.

A pair of project kickoff meetings took place Aug. 29-30 that allowed parents, school stakeholders and local residents to give input on traffic safety issues around schools.

Soledad man pleads guilty to setting dog on fire

Salinas >> Soledad resident Devonte Sirwet, 22, entered no contest pleas on felony charges of first-degree residential burglary, arson and animal abuse last week after lighting the family’s dog on fire in March.

According to the Monterey County District Attorney’s Office, Sirwet was kicked out of his mother’s home in December 2017 due to his escalating substance abuse and anger issues.

Salinas Haciendas project: A win for affordable housing

Salinas >> The Monterey County Housing Authority Development Corporation celebrated the grand opening of its most recent affordable housing development at an event on Thursday morning with local leaders in government, redevelopment, and the general public in attendance.

“This is a day for us to remember,” said Joe Gunter, mayor of Salinas.

Pacific Grove upholds decision allowing new cell facility

Pacific Grove >> After four hours of back and forth between the appellate, representatives for Verizon Wireless and council members, the City Council on Wednesday upheld the Planning Commission’s previous decision to allow a new wireless facility to exist in Pacific Grove.

The vote was 5-2 with council members Ken Cuneo and Bill Peake dissenting on the decision that allows the cell carrier to install what’s commonly referred to as a “small cell facility.