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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.

Holiday weekend DUI crackdown fast approaching

Monterey and San Benito County law enforcement are already planning a DUI crackdown for the Independence Day weekend.

Pacific Grove architect pleads guilty to workers’ compensation fraud

A Pacific Grove architect has pleaded guilty to one felony count of failure to register as an employer and one misdemeanor count of failing to secure workers' compensation insurance. An Insurance Department investigation found that Robert Gunn, 70, hadn't purchased workers' compensation insurance prior to an employee’s injury.

In May 2013, Department of Insurance officials received information that Gunn told his employees he didn't have workers’ compensation insurance, but if he did, he would take the cost of the insurance out of their paychecks.

That started a joint investigation by the Insurance Department, the Monterey County District Attorney’s Office and the Contractor’s State License Board.

Manhunt for San Francisco man accused of having explosive materials

Manhunt for San Francisco man accused of having explosive materials

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is asking for the public's help to find Ryan Kelly Chamberlain, II. The 42 year old is wanted for allegedly possessing explosive materials in his residence.

He was last seen Saturday south of San Francisco, after his apartment in Russian Hill was raided. 

Police and the FBI say Chamberlain should be considered armed and dangerous. They believe he is on the move, and have no indication of where he might be headed.

Chamberlain is described as a white man, 6 feeet, 3 inches tall, weighing around 225 pounds. He has brown hair and blue eyes.

According to the FBI's San Francisco office, Chamerlain was last seen wearing  dark blue, hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans.

He drives a white 2008 Nissan Altima with either Texas or California license plates. The Texas plate number is: BX9M042. The California plate number is: 7FQY085.

Eight animals rescued from squalid Pacific Grove home up for adoption

Eight animals rescued from squalid Pacific Grove home up for adoption

PACIFIC GROVE, Calif. - Eight of the 22 animals rescued earlier this month from squalid conditions at a Pacific Grove home are now up for adoption.

Officials with the SPCA for Monterey County rescued 14 dogs, puppies and four cats from a home filled with clothing, trash, garbage, animal feces and urine.  The animal rescuers said the smell of ammonia from the urine was so overpowering it stung their eyes and caused breathing troubles.

The house, designated as a historic home by the Heritage Society of Pacific Grove, has since been declared uninhabitable.

Seven of the dogs and one of the cats are now available for adoption, and more are expected to be available soon. Adopters have to agree to make the pet or information about the pet available if it's needed for the potential criminal case.