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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:

WORKERS AHEAD

CHP ON PATROL

MAX ENFORCEMENT

 

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.

Mortar-like device explodes in Pacific Grove parking lot

A loud explosion Saturday night broke windows, shattered lights, set off car alarms and shook buildings in one Pacific Grove neighborhood.

Police said around 12:30 a.m. officers arrived at the location on Presidio Boulevard and Austin Avenue to investigate the noise. Neighbors said they could smell smoke similar to that from fireworks.

After a search of the area, a large homemade mortar-like device was discovered in the parking lot of Enviro-Temp Heating and Cooling at 1236 Presidio Blvd. The building's windows and exterior light fixtures were shattered.

No injuries were reported or other property damage.

The device was taken to be processed as evidence.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with additional information is urged to contact Pacific Grove Police Department 831-648-3143.

Dogs rescued from hoarding case available for adoption

Dogs rescued from hoarding case available for adoption

Several puppies rescued from a hoarding case in May in Pacific Grove are all ready for new homes.

Frankie, Francesca, Felicia, and Franco are nine weeks old and their mother, Zoey, is also available for adoption. The SPCA for Monterey County said a family could really offer them a rags to riches story.