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Wednesday, 23 May 2018 23:07

Suspects Open Fire in Turlock Home Depot

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TURLOCK - Police responded to a report of gunfire inside of a Home Depot Store early Wednesday morning.

At about 4:20am, authorities received several 911 calls from Home Depot employees reporting a burglary in progress. At least one caller reported gunfire while on the phone with a dispatcher. Responding police officers arrived at the business within three minutes, but the suspects had already fled.

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Authorities said the two suspects entered the business by force through the south doors. Both suspects were inside the store for about a minute when one opened fire. He fled out the north door, while the other fled back out through the south door. Both suspects, believed to be men in their 20's were wearing dark colored clothing and had their faces covered. They left the area in an unknown type vehicle.

Authorities are asking for anyone with information to contact Detective Tim Redd at (209) 664-7325, the Turlock Police tip line at (209) 668-5550 extension 6780, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

No one was injured during the incident and nothing was stolen.

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Wednesday, 23 May 2018 22:24

Pastor Arrested on Child Molestation Charges

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STOCKTON - Police announced the arrest of a pastor who was also a volunteer police chaplain on child molestation charges.

Authorities said Wednesday on May 14th, two girls ages 12 and 15 reported that they were molested by their church pastor. Detectives conducted an investigation and arrested 57 year old Bruce Echevarre on child molestation charges.

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Police say Echevarre was a pastor at the United Church of the Living God in Stockton. He was immediately relieved of his chaplain duties.

No further details of the crime were released, however authorities are seeking any more potential victims and are encouraging them to come forward. Anyone with information is asked to contact the investigations division at (209) 937-8323 or Crime Stoppers at (209) 946-0600 where callers can remain anonymous.

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Monday, 21 May 2018 15:01

Turlock Police Investigate Homicide

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TURLOCK - Authorities are investigating the fatal shooting of a 16 year old boy that occurred Saturday evening.

Shortly after 7:30pm, police responded to the 500 block of Vermont Street for a report of a teenager that had possibly been shot. Arriving officers located a teen outside of a residence suffering from at least one gunshot wound. Police performed CPR on the vicitm until medics arrived. He was transported to a hospital where he died from his injuries.

Detectives arrived to the scene to take over the investigation, gather evidence and speak to witnesses. They say the victim lived in the area, and are asking for anyone with information to help with the case. No motive or suspect information was provided.

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A gofundme page circulated on social media identified the victim as Ismael Guzman.

"In life we never seem to prepare ourselves for these type of situations. We never stop to think that these type crisis can happen to us. I ask you all for a single prayer to help our family get through this diffcult time. I also ask if any of you would like to donate anything. I apperciate everything in advance. May god bless you all. "Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal." You will forever be miss our beloved son, brother, uncle," the post said.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Detective Tim Redd at (209) 668-5550 extension 6625, or Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636 where callers can remain anonymous.

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Wednesday, 16 May 2018 09:17

21 Year Old Man Killed in Shooting

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MODESTO -  police are investigating a shooting that claimed the life of a 21 year old man late Tuesday night.

At about 11:30pm, police received a 911 call reporting a person who had been shot in the parking lot of Regal Cinema on McHenry Avenue. First responders arrived and found two people providing CPR to the victim. Medics quickly transported the victim to a hospital where he died from his injuries.

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Early indications suggest the victim was with a group of people in the parking lot when the shooting took place. Police are still investigating the cause of the shooting and working to determine who shot the man.

Police are encouraging anyone with information regarding this case to contact Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636 where callers can remain anonymous.

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SACRAMENTO - A 72 year old man and former police officer was arrested by authorities including the FBI who was said to be the suspect authorities have sought for so long dubbed “The East Area Rapist.”

The announcement of the arrest came following what authorities credit to be an advent in DNA technology. A discarded DNA sample belonging to 72 year old Joseph James DeAngelo was said to be the key to crack the case. During a press conference Wednesday afternoon at a Sacramento crime lab, Sheriff Scott Jones said that DeAngelo was surprised to be taken into custody by authorities who were conducting surveillance on him.

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Officials with the FBI were still at DeAngelo’s Citrus Heights home gathering evidence as of Thursday morning, two days after the arrest. The East Area Rapist is allegedly linked to at least 12 murders and dozens of rapes across the state.

Two cases in Modesto and two in Stockton have been reopened following the announcement of the arrest.

According to Heather Graves, spokeswoman for the Modesto Police Department, detectives were reassigned the cases Wednesday. Both incidents happened in June of 1978, and with the circumstances being similar, detectives are looking to see if there is a connection to DeAngelo.

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On September 16th, 1977, the suspect hit Stockton, terrorizing a married couple on the 3700 block of Portage Circle North. The suspect entered the bedroom shining a flashlight and said “don’t move or I’ll kill you.” At one point, he held a knife to the male victim’s throat, then led the woman out of the room and sexually assaulted her.

The second Stockton incident happened on March 18, 1978. Around 1:00am a man and his wife were awakened by the suspect who was holding a flashlight and a gun. Both victims were threatened and tied up, then he took the woman to another room where he sexually assaulted her.

DeAngelo served in the Navy, then was a police officer in Exeter, California and Auburn, California. He was terminated after being convicted of shoplifting a hammer and dog repellent from a store. He went on to work at a Save Smart distribution center from which he retired. Sheriff Jones said investigators are working to determine wether any of the crimes committed occurred during his time as a police officer.

DeAngelo is in custody on suicide watch.

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Wednesday, 18 April 2018 16:11

Police Seek Identity of Package Thief

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MODESTO - Police are seeking the public’s help in identifying a woman caught on camera stealing a package.

Police say the woman was caught on video Monday stealing a package from the doorstep of a home near Creekwood Drive and Claus Road.

Police are asking anyone who may know the identity of the woman to contact Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636 where callers can remain anonymous.

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Tuesday, 17 April 2018 13:25

18 Year Old Killed in Shooting

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STOCKTON - Police are investigating the shooting death of an 18 year old man that happened late Tuesday morning.

At about 11:20 police responded to the 4100 block of Colfax Court for a report of a person shot. The victim was pronounced deceased at the scene.

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No suspect information was available. The victim was an 18 year old man, according to police spokesman Officer Joe Silva.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact the Stockton Police Department at (209) 937-8377 or Crime Stoppers at (209) 946-0600 where callers can remain anonymous.

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