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Parole denied for ex-Marine who stabbed woman along Pacific Grove trail

A state parole board has denied parole again for a former Marine who stabbed a woman multiple times on the Pacific Grove Recreational Trail in 2000.

Jason Blad, now 33, pleaded guilty more than a decade ago of attempted murder for the attack, perpetrated by himself and another Marine, Jesse Jay Carson. The two were students at the Defense Language Institute at the time of the attack. Carson was convicted at trial of the same charges. Both were sentenced to life in prison.

The two men stabbed the woman 12 times and slashed her throat twice before leaving her for dead on the trail in November 2000. At the trial in Monterey County Superior Court, the victim told jurors she'd pleaded for her life and tried to get away, but the two pinned her to the ground and began stabbing her on each side.

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5k run to help local children fighting cancer

Monterey is creating history with its first ever community outreach and "kidrageous - baby matthew's 5k golden gallop" benefit for Jacob's Heart, to help Monterey County children who either suffer from, or have lost their lives to pediatric cancer.

In Monterey County alone, 57 children have lost their lives to cancer since the founding of Jacob's Heart in 1998.

Organizers said it's important to raise awareness to the lack of funding, which has resulted in stagnant strides towards a cure.

Monterey police open recruitment for new officers

For the first time since 2007, the Monterey Police Department is opening recruitment for police trainees.

Applicants selected for this position will be sent to the Police Academy. Upon successful completion of the six month academy, the trainees will be promoted to officer and will begin a rigorous four month field training program.

The trainee position is a non-sworn, entry-level position that will be paid an hourly wage and receive only the mandatory benefits as required by law.

Registration for the Academy and all uniforms, equipment and supplies will be supplied by the Department.

The closing date for the trainee position is September 19.

The Department has also opened recruitment for Lateral Police Officers, Academy Graduates and Academy Attendees.

State lifeguards team up with local fire department

According to the city of Pacific Grove, state lifeguards and the fire department have teamed up. The Monterey Fire Department teamed up with the California State Parks in order to provide better water rescue services.

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MBARI money manager sentenced to prison time

An employee at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute in Moss Landing was sentenced to 19 months in prison and ordered to pay nearly $800,000 in restitution for wire fraud, according to the United States attorney's office and FBI.

Lisa McMahon pleaded guilty in March to one count of defrauding the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI), a non-profit center for advanced research and education in ocean science and technology and supported in part by federal funding.

McMahon was a payroll specialist with responsibilities concerning the payment of wages, 401(k) contributions and loans for MBARI employees.

Be Ready for a Natural Disaster

Be ready for the next earthquake, fire, flood, or other emergency

Free fair on September 20 will help you prepare

 

MONTEREY, Calif. — After events like the weekend earthquake in Napa, many of us think about whether we would be prepared if disaster strikes. Unfortunately, many of us don’t get past the thinking stage.      

 

What’s the best place to keep an emergency kit? How much water should you have on hand? If you have to go to a shelter, what will you do with your pets? Get guidance and tools to help you answer those questions and others at the Emergency Preparedness Fair, Saturday, September 20, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Del Monte Center in Monterey.

 

Duran Duran: Unstaged premieres in Pacific Grove

For one night only Duran Duran took the stage in Los Angeles with a historical performance that included some of the most celebrated guests in music history and it's coming to Pacific Grove for one show only.

It's directed by acclaimed filmmaker David Lynch who brings his own visual style for a truly memorable musical experience. On Wednesday, September 10that 7:00pm the public can watch Duran Duran: Unstaged.

The premiere is taking place at Lighthouse Cinemas, in partnership with Screenvision and Phase 4 Films. This one-time concert presentation.

The band performs 18 songs, including "Hungry Like the Wolf", "A View to Kill", "Ordinary World" and "Rio." Also appearing are Gerard Way of My Chemical Romance, The Gossip's Beth Ditto, Mark Ronson and Kelis.