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2400 Vera Cruz Dr, Modesto

MODESTOModesto police arrested six people suspected in the fatal shooting of a 20-year-old man Thursday night that investigators said was gang-related.

Friday afternoon detectives arrested the following suspects:

  • 18-year-old Nancy Rodriguez from Modesto.
  • 20-year-old Jeanette Robles from Modesto.
  • 21-year-old Elida Carranza from Modesto.
  • 22-year-old Jesse James Sebourn from Ceres.
  • 20-year-old Lisandro Mendoza from Winton.
  • 20-year-old Jenna Cheyenne Sebourn from San Mateo.
Erick Gomez, 20, of Modesto was shot and killed in the 2400 block of Vera Cruz Dr. just after 8:30 p.m. Thursday.

According to homicide and gang investigators, Gomez was walking along Vera Cruz Drive when he was attacked by a group of male and female Sureno criminal street gang who were driving past in several vehicles. Police said the men and women chased Gomez down and physically assaulted him.  During the assault, Gomez was stabbed and shot multiple times before the group returned to their vehicles and fled the scene.

As officers were investigating the shooting on Vera Cruz Drive, police received a report of a 17-year-old girl who had arrived at a local hospital suffering from critical stab wounds. That victim had been taken to the hospital by friends.  Investigators believe the stabbing victim and her friends, who were at the hospital, were responsible in the fatal shooting of Gomez. Police said it is still unclear how the girl obtained her stab wounds and the case remains an open and active investigation.

The stabbing victim underwent emergency surgery and was in stable condition as of Friday evening.

All of the suspects were booked on suspicion of homicide, conspiracy, and committing a crime for the benefit of a criminal street gang.

Anyone with information regarding this incident please call Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward. Tipsters can also text information to Crime Stoppers by sending a text message to 274637.  Just type “TIP704” along with your message.

(Upper row) Nancy Rodriguez, Jeanette Robles, Jesse Sebourn
(Lower row) Lisandro Mendoza, Elida Carranza, Jenna Sebourn

Thursday, 14 February 2013 13:27

Modesto police seek clues in fatal shooting

2400 block of Vera Cruz Dr., Modesto

MODESTO – Police were looking for clues in a fatal shooting Thursday evening in a neighborhood southeast of Floyd Avenue and Coffee Road.

The shooting was reported at about 8:30 p.m. in the 2400 block of Vera Cruz Drive. The victim, a man in his late teens or early 20s died, police said.

Initial witness statements indicated two men and three women were involved. They said the shooting followed an argument or fight.

Investigators were also looking for a black Chevrolet Suburban and a white Honda that were also possibly associated with the shooting.

Police also said a stabbing had been reported that may have been related to the Vera Cruz Drive shooting.

This fatal shooting occurred in the same four-plex as the double homicide last February.

Thursday, 14 February 2013 10:33

Modesto police arrest carjacking suspects

Garry Thornhill and JamesHighfill

MODESTO – Two men suspected of stealing a car at gunpoint and crashing it after a short police chase have been arrested, Modesto police said.

Police are still looking for a third man believed to have been involved.

At 1:45 a.m. Thursday, a man was at the 76 Gasoline Station located at 1432 9th St. getting gas for his car when three men approached him. He said one of the men brandished a gun and took the victim’s wallet.

The men noticed the victim had a Chase Bank card in his wallet and forced him to drive them to the Chase branch at 1531 North Carpenter Rd., police said. Once the men obtained the victim’s PIN number they withdrew an undisclosed amount of cash from the victim’s bank account.  The three robbers left the victim behind as they fled in the victim’s 1998 Green Honda Civic.  The victim was able to call police from a nearby business.

At about 5:30 A.M., a patrol officer from the Modesto Police Department spotted the stolen Honda traveling eastbound on Mt. Vernon Drive from Carver Road.  Officers tried to stop the car, but the driver failed to yield the police car’s lights and siren, police said.  Instead, the police were led on a short pursuit for several blocks. The chase ended at the intersection of Mt. Vernon Drive and Katherine Avenue, when the vehicle collided into a tree.

Two suspects, 44-year-old Garry Dale Thornhill and 42-year-old James Jason Highfill were arrested without further incident.

Thornhill was booked on suspicion of carjacking, conspiracy and parole violation. Highfill was arrested for carjacking, conspiracy and probation violation.  Both suspects were booked at the Stanislaus County Jail.

Detectives are still looking for the third man believed to be involved in the carjacking.

38 Special (Courtesy photo)

TURLOCK - Southern rock band 38 Special will entertain crowds at the Stanislaus County Fair in July.

“This American rock band will tantalize the eyes and ears of our Fair guests,” said Adrenna Alkhas, spokeswoman for the Stanislaus County Fair. “It will be a high energy show for our rock ‘n’ roll lovers.”

The concert, scheduled for 8:30 p.m. on Monday, July 15, will be hosted by The Hawk 104.1 on the Budweiser Variety Free Stage.

The band's Gold and Platinum album awards show sales in excess of 20 million with hits like, “Hold On Loosely,” Rockin’ Into the Night,” “Caught Up in You,” “Fantasy Girl,” and “Back Where You Belong.”

The 2013 Fair will feature a spectacular children’s area, with the highly NEW anticipated Wizard’s Challenge, the magical world of science sponsored by Sky Trek Aviation. Also planned for 2013 are 10-nights of free celebrity concerts included with Fair admission, a total of four stages of live entertainment, upwards of 30,000 local exhibits and over 1,750 animals. Metal-mashing motorsports and a rodeo in the FoodMaxx Arena will also be featured.

The 2013 Stanislaus County Fair opens Friday, July 12th for a 10-day run. Fair guests can count on an award-winning experience that has been over 100 years in the making. Discounted Fair admission tickets, unlimited ride wristbands, and the Fair season pass will be on sale beginning Saturday, May 4, 2013. Corporate ticket sales are also available to purchase at a highly discounted rate. Visit the fair’s website for upcoming ticket sale information.

Jennifer Baccus

STOCKTON - Stockton police are asking for the public's help in locating a missing woman.

Jennifer Renee Baccus, 41, was last seen on at 11 p.m. on Feb. 2. She left the place she was living after a disturbance and has not contacted family or friends, police said.

Baccus is at risk due to medical conditions and may be unable to care for herself, according to her family.

She was possibly seen near the Flying J Truck Stop at I-5 and Highway 12 and the Vanco Truck Stop at I-5 and Martin Luther King Blvd.

Anyone who sees her is asked to call the Stockton Police Department at (209) 937-7911.

MODESTO - Modesto police will conduct DUI/drivers license checkpoints throughout the city this weekend.

The checkpoints are scheduled for 9 p.m. Friday through 3:30 a.m. Saturday at undisclosed locations within the city limits.

There will also be roving DUI patrols from 10 p.m. Saturday through 3 a.m. Sunday.

Over the course of the past three years, DUI collisions have claimed 10 lives and resulted in 596 injury crashes harming 358 people in Modesto, according to the police department.

The enforcement efforts are funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Police also encourage drivers who see someone driving impaired to call 911.

STOCKTON - Stockton police are investigating an officer-involved shooting at the AM/PM store at Pershing Ave. and Fremont St. this afternoon.

Just after noon two officers on Interstate 5 tried to stop a suspect they believed was involved in a previous assault. The man drove down the embankment and then tried to carjack a bystander, a police spokesman said. Officers then fired on the man and seriously injured him, according to police.

It was not immediately known whether the man, who is in his 40s, was armed. Police said the officers opened fire during the attempted carjacking, but the man did not fire at them.

Police are conducting a protocol investigation, the spokesman said.

Wednesday, 13 February 2013 05:43

Tubbs, McNerney to hold community meeting Feb. 20

STOCKTON - Councilmember Michael Tubbs, District 6, will hold a community meeting at the Dorothy L. Jones Family Resource Center from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20.

Rep. Jerry McNerney as well as representatives of the Stockton Police Department will also attend the meeting.

Among other issues, the public will be able to get information about crime prevention as well as an update on the Marshall Plan on Public Safety.

The Dorothy L. Jones Center is operated by the Community Partnership for Families and located in Williams Brotherhood Park at 2044 Fair St.

The San Francisco Shakespeare Festival’s Shakespeare on Tour will present “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at the downtown Modesto Library.

The performance will feature professional actors, sets, and costumes. There will be a question and answer session following as well as a a Discovering Shakespeare Playshop, with theater games, activities and text work that are designed to engage the audience.

Participants may also be invited to perform in the community production of William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream scheduled for May 11.

This free program is made possible through a grant from the James Irvine Foundation. For more information, please call the Modesto Library at 209-558-7810.

The performance is 6 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 19 at the downtown Modesto Libray at 1500 I St.

By The Central Valley Business Journal

The University of the Pacific this week was named one of the “Sustainable 16” for its “excellence in environmental academics and sustainability practices.”

Pacific and the other 15 colleges and universities now are in contention to be named “National Champion” in the second annual Environmental March Madness Tournament, sponsored by Enviance Inc., in partnership with GreenBiz Group and Qualtrics.

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