Man dies, woman hurt in hit-and-run
A man died and his female passenger was injured in a hit-and-run collision in Salinas on Sunday night, police said.
The man turned a Honda Accord left from McGowan Street onto South Sanborn Road into the path of a northbound Chevrolet Trailblazer, police said.
The Trailblazer hit the Honda in the driver-side door, causing major damage to both vehicles, police said.
The Honda driver was pronounced dead at the scene of the 7:11 p.m. crash. His passenger was flown to a San Jose area hospital, police said.
The Trailblazer was found in a neighborhood nearby, but the driver's identity wasn't known, police said.
Station clerk escapes from man with shotgun
A gas station clerk ran from the store Sunday night after a masked man with a shotgun entered.
Police said the gunman apparently left the Valero station at 215 E. Alisal St. without getting any money.
The attempted robbery happened shortly after 9 p.m.
Gunmen fail to rob grocery store
Two gunmen attempted to rob a grocery store Monday morning but were foiled when they were unable to open the door to an office containing the store safe, police reported.
Police said the robbers entered the Food Maxx store, 1576 N. Sanborn Road, shortly after 8 a.m.
They were armed with handguns and wearing masks and gloves, police said, and ordered three clerks at gunpoint to open the office door.
Man arrested after discarding handgun
A transient was arrested Friday night on a neighborhood street after he discarded a loaded gun, sheriff's deputies reported.
Deputies said Arnoldo Ayon, 39, was contacted by deputies in the 11300 block of Palmer Street and initially released while deputies searched the area and found a semi-automatic pistol.
Ayon was found hiding behind a cinder block fence of a house he had been ordered by a court to stay away from, deputies said.
Deputies said Ayon resisted being placed in a patrol car. They described him as a documented gang member on probation.
Driver booked after hitting fire hydrant
A Salinas man was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving after his Jeep Grand Cherokee ran off Stockton Street and crashed into a fire hydrant, a light pole and a fence Monday afternoon, police reported.
Police said the accident occurred shortly before 4 p.m. on Stockton east of Rossi Street and sent a geyser 40 feet in the air from the broken hydrant.
The driver, Gary Wheelus, 29, had a blood alcohol level five times the legal limit, police said. He was booked into county jail.