Elderly man accused of shooting neighbor, goat with shotgun
An 85-year-old Prunedale man is accused of shooting his neighbor with a shotgun and striking one of the man's goats.
Monterey County sheriff's deputies say Phillip Dexter was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of attempted murder, animal cruelty and willfully discharging a firearm with gross negligence.
Dexter is accused of discharging his Winchester 16-gauge shotgun and hitting Cesario Diaz with four shotgun pellets. Diaz was struck in the left rib cage, the right elbow and the back side of his right knee.
Deputies say Dexter also struck one of Diaz's goats with one shotgun pellet, injuring the animal.
Diaz was transported to Natividad Medical Center and treated for his injuries. He and the goat are expected to survive.
Sheriff's Sgt. Mike Burns said Diaz was caring for goats next door when about five of the animals got on the neighbor's property. He said it was unclear whether the two men exchanged words.
"As to the motive, I don't think it was to shoot at the gentleman who was hit," Burns said.
CHP officers arrest 12 people for DUI around New Year's holiday
Santa Cruz County-area California Highway Patrol officers arrested 12 people on suspicion of driving under the influence during a maximum enforcement period around the New Year's holiday.
The period started at 6 p.m. Friday and ended at 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, said CHP officer Sarah Jackson. The CHP asks anyone who spots an impaired driver to report them by calling 911.