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With a heat wave on the horizon, public safety officials along the Central Coast are reminding residents and visitors celebrating Independence Day that all fireworks are completely illegal to use or even possess. Except where they are legal.

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The California gas tax that took effect on November 1 is raising money for transportation projects across the state. Cities, towns and counties are applying for grants under SB1, the law that established the tax increase. A big focus of the state department of transportation, Caltrans, is to increase rail service in many places. 

ICE arrests 19 in Monterey County

Jun 12, 2017
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54 people were arrested last week in a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) operation targeting areas in Central California. ICE officials said over a third of the arrests took place in Monterey County, specifically in communities in the Salinas Valley.

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A major Central Coast transportation agency is making moves to cut down on its operating costs. 

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King City is moving forward with its plans for a district elections system. Its part of an effort to make representation on the City Council more reflective of the town's neighborhoods. 

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The King City Police Department is working toward rebuilding its force, and this week added another interim position as part of the process.

State audit underway of King City Police Department

Dec 15, 2015
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A state audit of the King City Police Department got underway this week as investigators look into recent corruption convictions and the department's policies and procedures.

King City's former police chief accepted a plea deal Wednesday, pleading no contest to embezzlement and obstructing a peace officer by lying to investigators—both misdemeanor counts.

A Monterey County Jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict on felony charges against 50-year-old Dominic Baldiviez, so the deal was offered to avoid a re-trial, according to Monterey County District Attorney Dean D. Flippo.

King City appoints new police chief with community input

Jun 22, 2015
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King City named new Chief of Police on Monday. The city has been looking for a new police chief since a corruption scandal surfaced in February of last year.

The police department is in the middle of rebuilding it's strained relationship with the community.

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King City officials say they're concerned over a spike in violence, following a couple of gang-related murders in recent days.

The most recent killing happened Sunday, with one man shot to death in a car, one wounded and a four-year-old boy who witnessed the whole incident from the back seat.

Friday saw a similar situation, again with one man dead and one wounded.

The acting King City Police Chief says enforcement is getting beefing up through partnerships with the Monterey County Sheriff's Office, CHP and several other jurisdictions, incuding Greenfield.

The previous owner of a King City towing company will testify for the prosecution in the King City Police Department corruption case, after pleading guilty Tuesday in court. 50-year-old Brian Miller pleaded guilty to both bribery and grand theft charges.

The Monterey County District Attorney's Office has offered Miller a lenient sentence of probation in exchange for his truthful testimony during upcoming court cases, prosecutor Steve Somers told KCBX.

King City moving closer to hiring new police chief

Mar 23, 2015
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The King City Police Department is about a month away from announcing a new police chief, following more than a year of department turmoil.

City Manager Michael Powers confirms the hiring team is down to one candidate and that a background check is all that remains to be completed.

Back in February of last year, the department was hit hard when several officers and the then police chief Bruce Miller were arrested as part of a corruption investigation.

Several trials and a couple of sentencing dates are scheduled in the coming months for those accused in the case.

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The beleaguered King City Police Department is hoping for some brighter days ahead with the addition Monday of a new interim police chief.

Retired Seaside Police Chief Tony Sollecito takes over for former Interim Police Chief Dennis Hegwood, who left in December.

The department was hit hard last winter when several officers and the then police chief Bruce Miller were arrested as part of a corruption investigation.

Sollecito says he decided to come out of retirement because he loves law enforcement and sees the King City situation as a worthy challenge.

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One of the King City police officers charged this past winter as part of a broad corruption case is fighting his termination.

Jaime Andrade was let go from the force a couple of months back, but had his case heard through binding arbitration this past week, according to City Manager Michael Powers.

The City Manager says the outcome of that hearing won't be known until early next year.

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A California-based think tank says King City is the second most financially stressed city in the state. Compton ranked No. 1.

The California Policy Center released its list of the "Unlucky 13" this week saying King City's problems stem from a combination of lowered property and sales tax revenues.

Just this week however, King City likely passed a half-cent sales tax increase which wasn't included as part of the study. Final election numbers have yet to be certified.

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The King City Police Department is working to rebuild its force after embarrassing charges of corruption came to light this past February.

A total of six current and former officers--including the acting police chief at the time--were arrested for potential involvement in what prosecutors describe as a towing scheme targeting poor Latinos.

It's in this climate that the department is working to heal its relationship with the community, in part by adding new officers to the force.

Travel Correspondent Tom Wilmer talks with Steinbeck expert Dr. Susan Shillinglaw about the 75th anniversary of The Grapes of Wrath, and the first public tour of the old Steinbeck family ranch near King City.

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Updated: 2/28/2014 at 1:32 p.m.

A former Cuesta College criminal justice instructor has been named as the interim police chief in King City, following the arrests of the police department's acting chief and several officers on bribery and embezzlement charges

Dennis Hegwood was appointed by City Manager Michael Powers to run the police department while a national search is conducted for the department's next police chief.