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  • MODESTO - Police closed off an area near the transit center in the downtown area just after 7am after a report of a person who may have been carrying a sword. Police began investigating after an officer saw the person running toward the transit center carrying the sword. The person in question was described as an adult male possibly wearing a green jumpsuit. The sword is said to be a samurai sword type. Initially when officers approached, the man fled and hid in the bed of a pickup truck. Authorities believed the man could have been a danger to both the
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    Police Surround Man With Sword

  • MODESTO - A two alarm fire caused significant damage to a fourplex late Wednesday morning. The fire was reported at about just before 11:15am on the 2100 block of Palisade Avenue, near Prescott. Initially, the incident was reported as a potential fire with smoke visible from the home. Arriving fire crews reported heavy smoke and fire from the bottom floor and upgraded the response. Fire crews worked in an offensive operating mode to combat the fire and brought it under control. At time of publication, at least three adults were displaced. One animal was deceased at the scene, two others escaped.
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    Two Alarm Fire on Palisade Avenue

  • MODESTO - In an unrelated incident to Wednesday morning's sword standoff, police stopped a man carrying a significantly large sword while walking down the street. The man was carrying the sword in what appeared to be a gun holster strapped to his waist when a police officer driving down the street saw him. The man was detained on Sharon Way just west of Prescott Avenue by officers. Police examined the sword and determined the man had no criminal history and was on his way home. The man's mother saw her son speaking with police and stopped to give him a ride
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    Police Stop Man Carrying Sword in Plain View

  • CERES - Lately we've seen a lot of people shed tears and place blame on cops after claims of police brutality made national headlines. Tuesday, more tears were shed at the hands of law enforcement, but accompanied by hugs from those who a group of Ceres Police officers say may not have had a Christmas otherwise. Together with the Ceres Partnership for Healthy Children and Ceres Walmart, police officers chose a group of families and took them shopping for gifts. One of the most humbling visuals - a little girl who you might think would run straight for a Barbie doll or other toy
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    Ceres Toy Drive Continues With Shopping Event

  • CERES - Emergency crews responded to a report of a vehicle collision on Highway 99 Tuesday afternoon. The collision was first reported at about 12:53 near Whitmore Avenue in the northbound lanes. Early reports indicated a pickup, a big rig and another vehicle all involved in the crash. Arriving first responders reported there was one minor injury in the collision and that CHP was trying to clear the roadway. CalTrans closed the slow lane for road repairs between Hatch Road and Tuolumne Boulevard Tuesday, causing traffic congestion on both the highway and surrounding surface streets.
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    Vehicle Collision Near Ceres

  • NEWMAN - Emergency crews responded to a report of a vehicle into a creek Tuesday afternoon with a person requiring a rescue. The incident was dispatched at about 1:23pm near the area of Eastin and West Stuhr Road. Initial reports indicated a vehicle entered the water, and a person was standing on top of the sinking vehicle. At the time of publication, it was unclear if there were any other occupants in the vehicle. We will post further updates as they become available. UPDATE: The involved vehicle is a silver pickup stuck in the flooded waters of the Orestimba Creek. The
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    Creek Rescue Reported

  • CERES - A pair of traffic collisions kept Ceres Police busy during the 10:00pm hour Tuesday night. Police first responded to a vehicle that came off of the southbound lanes of Highway 99 and ended up on Railroad Avenue. The vehicle crashed through a fence and ended up near the tracks. Some pieces of the car broke off during the collision, and it is believed the driver may have attempted to drive over the tracks to gain access to Railroad Avenue. The driver was located by an ambulance a short distance away. Authorities say the driver was not injured. The second
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    Vehicle Collisions in Ceres

  • MODESTO - Wet weather returned Monday after a weekend break in a record storm that soaked much of northern California late last week. City vacuum trucks were out pumping water in areas with no drain or overrun by flooding. Authorities recommend safety precautions when out traveling in this kind of weather. Avoid using cruise control during a rainfall. This will allow you more options in case of traction loss in your vehicle, maximizing your safety. Slow down and leave enough braking room between vehicles. With rain on the road, slowing down will reduce your vehicle's chance of hydroplaning. Even in speeds
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    Wet Weather Returns to Valley

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