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*Jan 24, Salinas Suspected Gang Member Arrested For Being In Possession Of Firearm

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*Jan 24, Danville Crowd Gathers On Town GreenTo Welcome Heroic Pilot
*Jan 24, Monterey Man Pleads No Pleads No Contest To Abducting Daughter In 2007
*Jan 24, Vacaville Police Arrest Man For Alleged House Break-In To Wear Residents Underwear

Jan 24, 2009 SALINAS: SUSPECTED GANG MEMBER ARRESTED FOR BEING IN POSSESSION OF FIREARM

Salinas police arrested a 37-year-old suspected gang member and convicted felon of being in possession of a firearm Friday morning, according to authorities.Officers served a search warrant in the 200 block of Winham Street around 8 a.m. and located a Smith and Wesson .45 revolver, a 30/30 Winchester rifle and gang related items, police said.Anthony Sandoval was arrested and booked into county jail for being a suspected gang member in possession of a firearm, and being a felon in possession of a firearm, police said.

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Jan 24, 2009 DANVILLE: CROWD GATHERS ON TOWN GREEN TO WELCOME HOME ‘HEROIC’ PILOT

At least a thousand people have gathered on the Town Green in Danville today to celebrate the homecoming of US Airways Capt. Chesley Sullenberger, according to an organizer for the event.The city of Danville planned the event to welcome home the man who piloted the US Airways flight safely into the Hudson River in New York on Jan. 15, saving the lives of all 155 people on board.”Everybody is very festive,” organizer Greg Gilbert said. “It’s a nice day for a celebration. The grass is half full, the press is here, and there’s no rain.”The celebration is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. Danville Mayor Newell Arnerich, Town Council members and Congressman Jerry McNerney all plan to attend. Sullenberger is expected to speak at the event, marking his first public comments since he landed the plane in the Hudson River and was hailed as a hero.The program will also include remarks by elected officials, presentation of the colors by the U.S. Air Force Color Guard out of Travis Air Force Base, and a performance of the national anthem by San Ramon Valley High School student Grace Leer, Gilbert said.Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will not be attending the event, according to Gilbert.

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Jan 24, 2009 DANVILLE: UPDATE: PILOT ‘SULLY’ GIVES BRIEF REMARKS ABOUT EMERGENCY LANDING

US Airways Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger spoke briefly and modestly at his homecoming celebration in Danville today, his first address to the public since being hailed a hero for safely landing a disabled aircraft last week. The city of Danville planned the event to welcome home the man who piloted US Airways flight No. 1549 safely into the Hudson River in New York on Jan. 15, saving the lives of all 155 people on  board.Sullenberger and his wife both spoke to the crowd of more than 5,000 people from a stage at the city’s Town Green during the 45-minute ceremony.Sullenberger limited his time at the podium to expressing his gratitude for “the outpouring of support” he and his family have received, and said he was glad to be back home in Danville. “Circumstance determined that it was this experienced crew that was scheduled to fly that particular flight on that particular day,” Sullenberger said. “I know I can speak for the entire crew when I tell you we were simply doing the jobs we were trained to do,” he added.He then thanked the crowd, and returned to his seat. His wife Lorrie Sullenberger said she and her family were “breath-taken” when they arrived and saw the packed audience at today’s ceremony, which began at 1 p.m. and ended at 1:45 p.m.She began to cry as she called her husband “honorable” and “the man who makes my cup of tea every morning.” “I’ve always known him to be an exemplary pilot,” Lorrie Sullenberger said. “I knew what the outcome would be that day because I know my husband.”Among those in attendance were Danville Mayor Newell Arnerich and Congressman Jerry McNerney, who each made brief remarks as well, according to event organizer Greg Gilbert.Arnerich honored Sullenberger by giving him a key to the city, and Danville Police Chief Chris Wenzel named Sullenberger an honorary police officer, Gilbert said. In addition, Danville Fire Chief Richard Price gave Sullenberger a Citizen Medal of Valor “for the lives he saved,”according to Gilbert.The program also included a presentation of the colors by the U.S. Air Force Color Guard out of Travis Air Force Base, the singing of the national anthem by San Ramon Valley High School student Grace Leer, and a performance by the San Ramon Valley High School marching band, Gilbert said.It was a great feel,” Gilbert said. “There was lots of cheering. It was a great time for everybody.”

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Jan 24, 2009 MONTEREY CO.: MAN PLEADS NO CONTEST TO ABDUCTING DAUGHTER IN 2007

A father pleaded not contest on Thursday to abducting his daughter on Christmas Eve of 2007, stealing a friend’s boat from a marina in Alameda and sailing south with little experience, according to the Monterey County District Attorney’s Office.Adom Fetter entered no contest pleas to felony charges of child endangerment, child abduction and grand theft, according to the district attorney’s office.During a court-ordered, supervised visitation, Fetter fled with his daughter from Nevada County with $8,000, stole the boat and ran aground in Marina State Beach in Monterey County where they were rescued, officials said.His sentencing date is scheduled for the Feb. 26, before Judge Larry Hayes, and he will receive four years and eight months of prison time, according to the district attorney’s office.

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Jan 24, 2009 VACAVILLE: POLICE ARREST MAN FOR ALLEGED HOUSE BREAK-IN TO WEAR RESIDENT’S UNDERWEAR

Vacaville police are reminding residents to call 911 if they see a prowler because they arrested a man Friday for allegedly breaking into someone’s home, wearing the resident’s underwear and masturbating.A neighbor was looking after a home where the suspect was found inside. The neighbor spotted the suspect who then grabbed a towel and left, according to the Police Department.Detectives identified Garland Viertal, 43, as the suspect and believed the sole purpose of allegedly breaking into the home was to commit a crime to further sexual gratification, police said.Viertal was taken into custody without incident and booked in Solano County Jail, police said.Anyone who might have information about the case is asked to call Detective Miller of the Police Department at (707) 469-6600.

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