RIPON - Police report the discovery of a skimming device in a bank ATM and are seeking information on persons of interest.
The device was found on March 19th at an ATM machine at the Bank of Stockton located at 234 West Main Street in Ripon. Police have surveillance images of four persons of interest, and are asking for the public's help in identifying them.
Police say the device was placed on the ATM on March 19th at about 7:30am by an adult man and woman. At about 5:40pm the same day a different pair of adults returned to remove the device.
Authorities and bank officials say so far no bank accounts have been compromised.
STOCKTON - Police are investigating a double homicide that took place early Thursday morning.
The incident happened shortly before 1:30am when police responded to a report of a stabbing victim near the 3300 block of East Anderson Street. Arriving officers found a 49 year old man who was suffering from stab wounds.
The victim told police that the stabbing happened near the 3300 block of East Main Street and there may have been additional victims. Officers responded to that area and located a 52 year old man and a 37 year old woman who were stabbed. Medics arrived and pronounced them deceased at the scene.
Police detectives responded to take over the investigation. Authorities have no suspect information and no motive. The 49 year old man was transported to the hospital in critical condition but was stabilized.
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.
MODESTO - Police arrested a man suspected of being involved in a 2016 homicide Tuesday afternoon.
The homicide happened on August 19th, 2016. At about 2:20am police received a report of gunfire heard in the area of Prescott and Rumble Roads, and moments later several reports of a collision on Prescott Road.
Emergency crews arrived and located a 1998 Honda Civic with what police describe as "catastrophic damage." Police say the vehicle was found to be stolen and looked to be struck by gunfire.
Mark Esparza, the 17 year old driver, was found ejected from the vehicle near the crash scene. First Responders attempted to save his life, however he died at the scene.
During Esparza's autopsy, investigators determined that he suffered a gunshot wound as well as injuries from the crash.
Search warrants were served by detectives in October on Alta Way in Modesto and last week on Jade Place in Manteca. No arrests were made at the time, however a warrant was issued for 33 year old Scott Bates Jr.
Officers saw Bates on McHenry Avenue Tuesday and placed him under arrest. He was booked into the Stanislaus County Jail on charges including homicide, being a felon in possession of a firearm, committing a felony while out on bail, and other enhancements. He is being held without bail.
TURLOCK - Authorities with the national weather service issued a tornado warning for Turlock Tuesday afternoon.
The warning was in effect from 12:47 for 22 minutes. A National Weather Service Doppler radar registered severe thunderstorm activity capable of producing a tornado. The storm was located near Turlock and was projected to move northeast at 20mph.
The storm was also predicted to produce abundant hail.
Impacted areas in the warning were Turlock, Denair and Keyes. Further informaiton will be posted as details become available.
MERCED COUNTY - One person was killed in a traffic collision on Interstate 5 south of Los Banos Monday afternoon.
The crash was reported at about 2:42pm near Highway 165 on Southbound Interstate 5. Early reports indicate a pickup truck overturned, trapping the occupants.
A 70 year old man, a resident of Oregon, died in the collision. A 60 year old woman, also from Oregon, suffered major injuries in the collision and was transported to a Fresno hospital.
The man's identity was not released pending notification of family.
MERCED - Police arrested a Merced woman on a charge of homicide after allegedly striking a pedestrian with her vehicle and fleeing the scene during a fight.
At about 7:00pm Sunday, officers with the Merced Police Department received several calls of a large fight in progress in the area of 19th Street and Martin Luther King Boulevard. Responding officers received updates that a woman in a red car had just run someone over and struck several vehicles as she attempted to leave the scene.
As police officers arrived in the area, they witnessed a red vehicle near 19th and I Streets being driven by a woman. The vehicle had obvious visible signs of damage. Officers also found a woman down in the roadway requiring immediate medical attention, and several witnesses saying she had just been run over by the driver of the red car.
Police described the scene as very chaotic with a large gathering crowd. Witnesses identified the suspect driver as Ashley Sanders, a resident of Merced. The victim was transported to a hospital in Modesto where she died from her injuries.
Sanders was arrested by police without incident and booked into the Merced County Jail on homicide charges.
The name of the victim was not released by authorities, pending notification of family. She was only identified as a 20 woman who lived in the neighborhood.
HUGHSON - Emergency crews responded to a water rescue early Monday afternoon.
The incident was reported shortly before noon at the Fox Grove fishing access. Early reports indicate a jet skier was in distress in the water, and may have been trapped by a tree.
Crews with the Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District responded and launched a rescue boat. The jet skier was reached by firefighters and rescued.
The events leading up to the rescue call were not yet available at time of publication. Further details will be posted as information is released.
MODESTO - Police have arrested a suspect in connection to a fatal shooting and have issued an arrest warrant for a second man.
On Friday, police arrested 24 year old Javier Carrillo as authorities served several warrants throughout Stanislaus County. He was booked into the Stanislaus County Jail on a charge of murder.
The search warrants continued Sunday after authorities identified a second suspect identified as 20 year old Alberto Delacruz. Investigators believe Delacruz may have been involved in the shooting. He was not located, and a warrant for his arrest was issued.
The shooting happened Wednesday evening. Officers responded to Orchard Park Way just south of Floyd Avenue at about 8:15pm for a report of a person assaulted. They found 31 year old David Reyes suffering from a gunshot wound to the leg. Reyes was transported to a hospital where he later died.
Investigators continue to work to determine what led up to the shooting, however they believe the victim and suspects knew each other.
Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636 where callers can remain anonymous.
MODESTO - Fire crews responded to a triplex fire early Sunday morning that caused major damage to the building.
Firefighters with Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection and Modesto Fire responded to the building on the 100 block of Kerr Avenue next to the M&ET Railroad tracks at about 2:18am. Arriving fire crews encountered one unit of the triplex heavily involved in fire.
The fire had burned its way into the attic, which is shared across the triplex and spread to the other two units, as well as a trash pile outside of the triplex. Firefighters were able to containt the fire within 30 minutes. None of the units were occupied, however they were full of debris.
The cause of the fire is under investigation, and a damage estimate was placed at $100,000.
MODESTO - Police surrounded a neighborhood as officers searched for a wanted suspect Sunday afternoon.
At about 4:30pm a police officer near Ensenada Drive and San Blas Court recognized a man wanted on an assault with a deadly weapon charge out of the Sacramento area. Officers quickly detained several individuals as one fled into the neighborhood.
Police surrounded the area, including an apartment complex on Coffee Road, as they searched for the suspect. Police used a K-9 to assist with the search. The Stanislaus County Sheriff's Air Support Unit also responded to help.
Officers detained several individuals on San Blas Court south of Ensenada Drive. At time of publication, their involvement was unclear and it was unknown if the primary suspect was apprehended. He was described as a light skinned African-American man with red pants and a black or dark colored shirt.
Early reports indicate a gun was recovered during the incident.