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CHP announces arrest in Prunedale projectile attacks

Jan 25, 2020
California Highway Patrol

For nearly a year now, mysterious projectiles have been hitting cars passing through the Prunedale area in Monterey County. The California Highway Patrol has made an arrest.

The CHP arrested Charles Kenneth Lafferty, 52, in Nipomo Wednesday. He’s accused of using a slingshot with glass marbles to strike moving vehicles. Lafferty is now in custody at the Monterey County Jail.

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An overturned tanker truck is blocking both lanes of southbound Highway 101 between Los Osos Valley Road and Higuera Street, and the highway is closed. Traffic is at a standstill and backed up to the Madonna Road exit.  Drivers can expect major delays and Caltrans recommends taking other routes. Northbound lanes of Highway 101 through the southern San Luis Obispo area remain open. 

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Central Coast CHP officers are stepping efforts along Santa Barbara County's Highway 154 following an uptick in traffic collisions. 

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Students and faculty at Santa Ynez Valley Union High School were in mourning Friday after learning about the death of freshman student Carina Velazquez, killed during a traffic incident Thursday night.

A statement from the principal on the school's website Velazquez died late Thursday night as the result of injuries suffered when she was struck by a vehicle. She had been taken to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital with major injuries.

Salinas CHP

A Central Coast woman got an early Christmas on Monday when she picked up a classic car that was stolen from her 28 years ago. It even came complete with a big red ribbon.

The California Highway Patrol office in Salinas matched the vehicle to a police report filed in 1986 by Lynda Alsip, who now lives in San Benito County, but was a Monterey County resident at the time of the theft.

The match was made by doing a vehicle identification number search on a 1967 Ford Mustang that was being registered.

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An overnight big rig crash and fire forced the closure of northbound 101 just south of San Luis Obispo early Thursday morning.

No injuries were reported.

"For unknown reasons the driver allowed the vehicle to travel into the center median and collide with the guardrail," the CHP said in an update via social media. "The vehicle then struck the concrete bridge overcrossing causing major damage."

The vehicle came to rest hanging from the over-crossing over Higuera Street.