Police Department

Crime
6:12 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Guilty plea in King City Police Department corruption scandal, part of prosecution deal

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.

Crime
3:53 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

King City moving closer to hiring new police chief

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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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Crime
5:19 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Troubled King City Police Department gets new interim chief

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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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Crime
5:51 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Body cams quickly becoming new tool for law enforcement in Monterey County

Demonstration still of a body camera in use.
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Several Monterey County police departments are moving forward with body camera technology to help document specific on-duty officer interactions with the public.

This week, Greenfield became the first department in the county to institute the technology. King City, Soledad and Salinas are expected to follow soon.

Salinas Police Chief Kelly McMillan says his department—by far the largest of any Central Coast police department—will purchase as many as 125 cameras.

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Crime
7:00 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

King City police officer fights termination following corruption scandal

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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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Crime
6:22 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Santa Maria police release route kidnapper used to molest girl

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Santa Maria Police are looking for a man they believe kidnapped and molested a girl this past Sunday night.

Investigators say the man took the girl from a common area at the apartment complex where she lived and escorted her to nearby Sanchez Elementary School where the lewd acts then took place. School was not in session at the time.

Sergeant Daniel Rios says the department has released the route, day and time that this crime occurred with hopes of generating more leads.

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Crime
5:57 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

San Luis Obispo PD plans to enforce special Halloween weekend safety rules

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Law enforcement in San Luis Obispo says it's working to keep Halloween celebrations from getting out of control this year.

Fines for several party-related infractions will be doubled during the period of time from 12:01 a.m. Thursday morning until Monday morning at 7:00 a.m.

Open alcohol container, excessive noise and unruly gatherings are among the violations included in what's being called a Safety Enhancement Zone.

Urination in Public and Possession of Dangerous Weapons are also violations covered by the doubled fine enhancement.

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Lifestyle
5:53 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Santa Barbara Police plan crackdown on skateboarders in the downtown core

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The City of Santa Barbara says complaints are coming in by the hundreds over skateboarders who hit pedestrians on sidewalks or cause traffic problems in the streets.

As a result, the city's police officers will start cracking down on those who violate the rules within the downtown corridor.

The Santa Barbara Police Department says skateboarding is not a crime and is allowed on the vast majority of city sidewalks, parkways, and at a free beachfront skate park.

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Crime
5:19 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

King City Police Department works to rebuild force after corruption scandal

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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.

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Community
5:57 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Central Coast communities gearing up for National Night Out

Credit National Night Out - Evansville

Neighborhoods and police departments throughout the Central Coast are getting ready for Tuesday's National Night Out. 

The annual event is designed for people to get to know there neighbors and local law enforcement in an effort to reduce crime.

Aside from the numerous local get-togethers, Sergeant Chuck Strange with the Lompoc Police Department says a block party will be held in the parking lot of Lompoc High School with free food and activities from 5 to 8 p.m.

In Santa Maria, a similar event takes place at Veterans Memorial Community Park and runs from 4 to 8p.

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Crime
6:52 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Santa Barbara police lose battle for local gang injunction

Downtown Santa Barbara
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A long-running push by Santa Barbara law enforcement to institute a gang injunction received a crushing blow on Tuesday when local judge Colleen Stern struck down the idea. 

Santa Barbara Independent Reporter Nick Welsh has been following the story and spoke with KCBX News Director Randol white about the ruling's importance.

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Paso Robles
1:55 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

City pays $125,000 to settle lawsuit over ticket quotas

Part of the agreement reached between former police officer Jon Tatro and the city of Paso Robles to settle the officer’s lawsuit.
Credit Paso Robles Daily News

Paso Robles Daily News

The city of Paso Robles offered $125,000 to settle a lawsuit by a former police officer who accused the department of traffic ticket quota system. The agreement was reached between the city and former officer Jon Tatro after opening statements of the trial concluded on March 13. The two parties signed the agreement March 20.

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