No injuries were reported after a Salinas home caught fire last night. Fire crews responded to the home on the 300 block of California Street shortly before 7 o’clock. Officials believe the fire erupted after the home’s owner said she forgot to unplug a light bulb hanging from an extension cord in her attic. The woman told authorities she smelled smoke and noticed flames coming from that area. The woman was able to escape unharmed. Good Samaritans meanwhile were able to assist the woman to safety, along with several pets inside the home.
A King City High School History teacher and wrestling coach has been arrested on suspicion of beating up a 15-year old student. According to Monterey County Sheriff’s Deputies, the student and a 15-year old female family member of 45-year old Michael Ciccarelli are both on the wrestling team and are dating, when the two were absent from wrestling practice on November 21st. Ciccarelli discovered the two in a compromising position when he went to the boy's home and broke down the door to the teen's bedroom before punching and kicking the boy in the face. The boy suffered a broken nose. The incident was reported the following day and Ciccarelli was arrested after an arrest warrant was served.
The YMCA will begin providing domestic violence counseling for south Monterey County abuse victims, after being awarded a contract by Medi-Cal. Counseling services start next year on January 1st, and will be provided every Wednesday in Soledad at the Behavioral Health Clinic located at 359 Gabilan Drive. The agency will also serve King City clients on Friday at the Behavioral Health Clinic located at 620 Broadway Street.
A Monterey County Gym reopened today after the city shut it down last week due to sewage system problems. Officials say Fitness Evolution was shut down Friday because of a faulty sewage pump that prevented the building, on the 2000 block of Garden Road, to dispose waste. A Monterey permit and inspection services building official says he was under the impression the sewage system was not working for at least 2 weeks. The building is also home to Cypress Coast Physical therapy, which was also closed.
A man was robbed at gunpoint while walking on a SalinasPark trail this morning. Police say the victim was walking on a North Freedom Parkway trail at Natividad Creek Park at about 11 o’clock, when a man came out of the bushes and pointed a gun at him. The robber made off with the man’s cell phone. He was last seen heading towards East Boronda Road. The suspect was said to be in his early twenties wearing a light green camouflage jacket and tan pants.