STOCKTON - Authorities inspected, cited and towed multiple vehicles during an expected sideshow Saturday night.
Police received information of a possible sideshow expected to happen at the 10300 block of Trinity Parkway Saturday night. Authorities say the event drew an estimated 200 participants to the location.
Police officers and the California Highway Patrol Air Support Unit responded to prevent the sideshow from happening. Authorities say similar events have caused safety concerns in the past and conducted the mission to prevent this one from getting out of control.
Officers issued 15 warnings, 49 citations, made 11 equipment inspections and towed four vehicles. Police say they have a team of officers trained to identify modified vehicles, conduct vehicle inspections and write vehicle seizure warrants for vehicles involved in sideshows.
According to police, ten vehicles have been seized for involvement in sideshows and more seizure warrants are forthcoming.
GUSTINE - Police arrested a man accused of molesting a child in November of 2016.
Authorities say the victim was a female juvenile who lived in Salinas and was visiting relatives in Gustine when the incident happened. The case was assigned to two Gustine officers who located the suspect outside of his home on the 500 block of 6th Street Friday.
Officer Efren Fernandez and Corporal Telan Hosaka interviewed the suspect, identified only as a 54 year old Hispanic Man. He was taken into custody after confessing to the crime.
Authorities booked the suspect into the Merced County Sheriff's Detention Facility.
MODESTO - A fire damaged a home overnight, nearly spreading to a second home early Sunday morning.
Fire crews responded to the 700 block of Foster Road shortly after 1:30am for a report of a home on fire. Arriving fire crews encountered smoke and fire extending out the back of the home. Early reports indicate a second alarm was dispatched to the scene as the fire was threatening a second home.
The fire was brought under control in 20 minutes, and the involved home suffered major damage.
A neighbor said she woke up to a bright glow coming through her bedroom window in the middle of the night and found firefighters arriving to battle the blaze. She said fire crews sprayed water on her home to protect it from catching fire.
The nieghbor indicated a family had just finished working on the home and was preparing to move in on Monday, but the fire destroyed the interior of the home.
The cause of the fire was under investigation, and damage estimates were placed at $150,000
STOCKTON - Police are investigating a shooting that left one man injured early Sunday morning.
The incident happened at about 1:50am near the 2300 block of Pacific Avenue. The victim, identified only as an adult man, was driving away from the area when he heard someone yell at him followed by gunfire.
The victim, realizing he had been struck by gunfire, drove himself to an area hospital for treatment. He is expected to recover from his injuries.
The suspects were described as an African-American male in his 20's with dreadlocks, and a Hispanic man in his 20's. Both were seen in a newer white four door sedan.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact the Stockton Police Department at (209) 937-8377, or Crime Stoppers at (209) 946-0600 where callers can remain anonymous.
STOCKTON - Police are investigating a hit and run collision that claimed the life of a bicyclist Friday night.
The crash happened at about 9:04pm near the 4400 block of the West Highway 99 Frontage Road. The victim, identified only as an adult male, was riding a bicycle when he was struck by a red tractor trailer hauling a flatbed.
The bicyclist was pronounced deceased at the scene. Police say the driver fled and was not located. He was described as a Middle-Eastern man between the ages of 25 and 32, standing about 5'9" and weighing about 220lbs. He was last seen wearing a dark blue shirt, a reflective vest and denim shorts.
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Stockton Police Department at (209) 937-8377 or Crime Stoppers at (209) 946-0600 where callers can remain anonymous.
RIVERBANK - Detectives investigated a stabbing that sent one person to the hospital Thursday afternoon.
Shortly before 3:30pm, authorities were called out to Cobblestone Bakery located at Third and Stanislaus Streets for a report of a person stabbed. Deputies located the victim with a stab wound to the abdomen a short distance away. He was transported to the emergency room where he is expected to survive.
During the investigation, authorities discovered that the victim was outside the bakery when he was approached by the suspect. The suspect walked into the business and the victim followed where a brief argument occurred before the stabbing. The suspect fled.
A man who identified himself as the owner of the bakery said the victim was the manager of the business who was unloading items when he was assaulted.
Authorities are asking for the public's help in identifying the suspect responsible for the stabbing. The only description available was a Hispanic adult male.
Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Detective Nunes at (209) 869-7162, or Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636 where callers can remain anonymous.
MODESTO - Police are investigating a homicide aftera man died from a gun shot wound to the leg Wednesday night.
Police responded to the area of Orchard Park Way near Floyd Avenue at about 8:15pm for a report of an assault. They found the victim, identified as 31 year old David Reyes, suffering from a gunshot wound to the leg. He was transported to a hospital where he later died.
Investigators believe the suspect and victim may have known each other. A motive or suspect description was not available.
Authorities are asking for anyone who may have information regarding this case to contact Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636 where callers can remain anonymous.
FRENCH CAMP - Anthony Silva, the former mayor of the city of Stockton, was released on bond Wednesday afternoon from the San Joaquin County Jail.
Silva was released on bond after a judge reviewed and approved his bail. His initial bail of $1 million was reduced to $350,000 Monday in court.
Silva was arrested at the San Francisco airport on March 5th on return from a recent trip to Colombia, after investigators with the San Joaquin County District Attorney's Office served warrants at the Stockton Kids Club and Silva's north Stockton home. Silva faces charges including money laundering, embezzlement, and grand theft.
Officials with the district attorney's office say Silva used stolen funds to pay for rooms at Motel 6, trips to the Philippines, and a subscription to filipinocupid.com.
Prior to these recent charges, Silva was arrested in 2016 and faces misdemeanor charges stemming from an incident involving an alleged strip poker game at a summer camp for kids.
As conditions of Silva's release, he is required to wear a monitoring device.
MANTECA - Authorities with the Modesto Police Department served a search warrant Wednesday morning in relation to a homicide investigation that began in August of 2016.
Police detectives and the SWAT team served the warrant on Jade Place shortly after 10:00am Wednesday morning. At least one person at the home where the warrant was served was detained by authorities.
Police spokeswoman Heather Graves said a vehicle related to the case was recently recovered by the Stockton Police Department, but had no further details regarding that development.
The homicide occurred on the early morning of August 19th, 2016. At about 2:00am, emergency crews responded to a report of a vehicle that had collided into a tree on Prescott Road just north of Plaza Parkway. The occupant, identified as 17 year old Mark Esparza, died from the crash.
Investigators later determined that Esparza was shot at as he tried to flee another vehicle near Mount Vernon.
Authorities are encouraging anyone with information regarding this case to contact Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636 where callers can remain anonymous.
MODESTO - Authorities arrested a 31 year old man after he fled from a crash that claimed the life of an eleven year old boy, authorities say.
The crash happened near the intersection of Hatch and Carpenter Roads shortly before 11:00pm Monday night. According to the California Highway Patrol, a 31 year old man who was identified as Traves Krause was driving north on Carpenter approaching the Hatch Road intersection. His vehicle entered the intersection and struck the left side of a Toyota sedan.
Authorities say Krause fled the scene and was later found injured at his home. He was transported to a hospital where he was treated for injuries sustained in the crash and then booked into the Stanislaus County Jail.
The 30 year old driver, a woman from Merced, suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene. A 30 year old male passenger and a nine year old girl suffered major injuries and were transported to a hospital. Another passenger, an 11 year old boy, was taken to a hospital where he died.
Authorities say driving under the influence was determined as a factor in the crash. Krause faces charges of murder, resisting arrest, DUI causing injury, and felony hit and run causing injury or death. He is being held without bail.