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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.

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.

Pacific Grove police recover gun stolen from Salinas in 1999

PACIFIC GROVE, Calif. - A traffic stop in Pacific Grove early Thursday morning led to the arrest of a suspected Seaside gang member and the recovery of a gun reported stolen 15 years ago.

Officers conducted a vehicle check at the Asilomar turnout for an illegally parked vehicle and found that the occupants were involved in drug activity.

Officers also found a loaded handgun inside the vehicle and discovered it had been reported stolen out of Salinas in 1999.

Police arrested the driver, Gustavo Lobato, 20, of Seaside, on multiple weapons-related charges and then transported him to Monterey County Jail.

Pacific Grove Police: Woman forced by threat to drive to Salinas

PACIFIC GROVE, Calif. - Pacific Grove police are investigating a kidnapping incident that occurred Wednesday morning.

Police say the victim was in the Safeway parking lot when she was approached by another woman, who asked about a job. The victim offered to give the other woman a ride.

Once inside the car, the suspect took out a handgun and threatened the victim and the victim's children if she didn't drive her to a specified location in Salinas.

The victim drove the woman to the address and the suspect got out of the car, leaving the victim and her children unharmed. After driving back to Pacific Grove, the victim called police.

The suspect is described as a middle-aged Hispanic woman with a medium build and dark hair pulled back into a ponytail. She was wearing a black sweatshirt and blue jeans and had a black purse.

Traffic alert: Drivers warned to heed road work or else

Beginning today, Caltrans and the California Highway Patrol (CHP) are warning motorists statewide that the CHP is conducting maximum enforcement of traffic laws in active construction zones as part of a public safety campaign focused on work zone safety.


As part of this campaign, Caltrans will activate its electronic highway message signs in active construction and maintenance work zones around the state to display the following warning:





Monterey Police search for hit-and-run suspect

Monterey Police search for hit-and-run suspect

MONTEREY, Calif. - Monterey Police are asking the public for help finding the driver behind a hit-and-run crash Friday. 

The crash happened around 7:30 p.m. near Del Monte and Ramona avenues.

Security video released by officers shows a charcoal gray Ford F-150 switching lanes and hitting a car. The victim's car then rolls over. Police say the victim suffered moderate injuries from the crash.

Police believe that the suspect's vehicle suffered damaged to the right passenger side. Anyone with information is urged to call the Monterey Police Department at (831) 646-3830.

Wife of former Pacific Grove police commander pleads guilty

The wife of former Pacific Grove Police Commander John Nyunt pleaded guilty Tuesday to eight charges, including forgery and identity theft.

Kristin Nyunt was accused of committing massive identity theft -- aided by  her husband, who prosecutors said helped her access private records.  Her husband also was accused of trying to cover up her crimes by means of threat and fraud.

Kristin Nyunt pleaded guilty in Monterey County Superior Court to two counts of forgery, five counts of identity theft,  two counts of computer crimes and one count of first-degree burglary. She's scheduled to be sentenced on Aug. 19 and is likely to be given three years and eight months in state prison, followed by three years and eight months of probation.

Prosecutors said her husband made repeated efforts to cover up his wife's fraud and then later threatened her against reporting her crimes.