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MODESTO - Police are investigating a homicide after a man was found deceased in his vehicle Sunday night.

At about 11:15pm a Modesto Police Sergeant patrolling near Tioga and Legion Park Drives located a suspicious vehicle parked in a field west of the intersection. The sergeant found a man inside who whe tried to make contact with, but found he was deceased.

Authorities have identified the victim as 55 year old Steve Monkhouse. Police say they believe the victim was inside of his vehicle when he was assaulted with a knife.

Detectives are working to determine what led up to his death. Police say a suspect has not been identified.

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.

Mark Nelson

MODESTO - Two schools were placed on lockdown late Monday morning after a report came in of a distraught man firing a gun.

Police were dispatched at about 11:45am to the 400 block of Yosemite Avenue for a report of a 19 year old man firing a gun. Initially, the incident was reported as a self inflicted gun shot wound.

Additional arriving officers reported hearing more gunfire. The man was reportedly armed with a shotgun. Initial information indicates the man was upset over the recent death of a relative.

Modesto High School and James Marshall Elementary were placed on lock down during the investigation.

Further updates will be provided as they become available.

Mark Nelson

MODESTO - Thousands of volunteers turned up for the Love Modesto event Saturday morning in an effort to improve quality of life around the city.

After a rally at 8:00am in downtown Modesto, several breakout groups ventured across the city with various volunteer projects. About 65 of those volunteers met in South Modesto to clean up debris and trash throughout the neighborhood.

The event was an opportunity to get to know neighbors and unify the community, but also to beautify the neighborhood according to Evelyn Mejia, who was part of the South Modesto cleanup efforts.

Mark Nelson

"They're really bad," Mejia said of the cluttered alleyways. "People just come and dump stuff like trash."

The group started in an alleyway near Eureka Street and Amador Avenue picking up litter and moving south through the alleys. Some had discarded tires, clothing, trash and even abandoned cars that had been vandalized or stripped down. Volunteers brought pickup trucks to load all the trash and tires to be hauled away.

The effort gave the volunteers a sense of pride.

"Someone is gonna walk through here and ask what happened," one volunteer explained.

Since it's beginning, the event has brought an estimated 90,000 people donating about 315,000 volunteer hours.

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MODESTO - A fire in the cargo area of an Alaska Airlines flight prompted an emergency landing at the Modesto airport.

Multiple fire crews including Modesto, Ceres and Stanislaus Consolidated were dispatched to the Modesto Airport at about 6:38am for a report of an inbound flight with fire in the cargo area.

The Alaska Airlines flight had 62 passengers on board and was traveling from Sacramento to San Diego.

Five engines, two trucks and two airport crash rigs responded. The flight landed safely at 6:50am with no visible smoke or flames from the exterior. Firefighters used thermal imaging cameras to check the interior of the airplane and found positive heat signals.

Officials say the planes fire extinguishment system had activated. The cargo was checked on the runway and no visible fire was found.

The plane was then moved to the terminal where the passengers safely exited and remained until travel arrangements were made.

Mark Nelson

Saturday, 08 April 2017 13:31

Police Identify Homicide Suspect

STOCKTON - Police have identified a suspect in a Friday night homicide case.

Authorities say Erek Williams, 18 years old, has been identified as a suspect in the shooting death of a 21 year old man on the 4400 block of Calandria Street. He is 6'3'', about 190lbs and is dependent on a wheelchair. Police say he has ties to Oakland and the Bay Area.

An arrest warrant for Williams has been issued, and police say he is considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information regarding Williams' whereabouts or this case is encouraged to contact the Stockton Police Department at (209) 937-8377 or Crime Stoppers at (209) 946-0600.

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Saturday, 08 April 2017 07:52

Four Rescued After Vehicle Rolls off Cliff

MARIPOSA COUNTY - Four people were rescued Friday morning after their vehicle rolled 500 feet down a mountainside.

Authorities with the Mariposa County Sheriff's Office say an alert driver was traveling on Highway 49 about a mile south of Schilling Road when they saw tire tracks leading off the roadway. The driver was able to hear people calling for help when she exited her vehicle and called 911.

Search and Rescue crews used a rope system to reach and remove the four passengers of the vehicle. The passengers were transported to an area hospital for evaluation and care.

Mark Nelson

STOCKTON - Police are investigating the shooting death of a 21 year old man who was shot and killed while sitting in a vehicle.

The incident happaned Friday night along the 4400 block of Calandria Street. Police responded at about 10:30pm to a report of a person shot. Arriving officers found the victim sitting in the vehicle suffering from a single gunshot wound. Police say the man was unresponsive.

Medics arrived, but the victim was pronounced deceased at the scene. Police detectives responded to take over the investigation. There was no suspect description or motive available at time of publication.

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.

Mark Nelson

Friday, 07 April 2017 18:53

Fatal Crash Reported near Oakdale

OAKDALE - One person was killed Friday afternoon in a collision on Highway 108 near Stearns Road.

The crash was reported at about 4:43pm involving a big rig and a pickup truck and a third unidentified vehicle, according to the California Highway Patrol. Emergency crews arrived on scene and found the involved vehicles with major damage from the collision.

Both lanes of the highway were blocked by the crash, with eastbound traffic diverting onto Stearns Road. Westbound traffic diverted onto Wamble Road. Early reports indicate a woman who was occupying one of the vehicles lost her life in the collision.

Further details regarding the crash will be posted as information becomes available.

Mark Nelson

Wednesday, 05 April 2017 10:55

Amber Alert Issued for Bay Area Infant

MOUNTAIN VIEW - Authorities have issued an Amber Alert for an infant allegedly abducted by her father Tuesday morning.

The child is identified as Madilyn Wallin, 4 months old. She was abducted from Mountain View by her father Michael Lenard Walling according to authorities. She is two feet tall, 15 pounds and has brown hair and hazel eyes. She was last seen wearing a white top and pink ballerina outfit.

Michael Lenard Wallin is 45 years old and has full body tattoos. He is 6'2'' and weighs 220 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a Golden State Warriors tee shirt. 

Authorities say they are traveling in a blue 2007 Nissan Altima 4-door vehicle with paper plates. The vehicle is said to have recent front and back end damage to the body.

Authorities urge anyone with information regarding this case to immediately call 911.

Mark Nelson

Tuesday, 04 April 2017 20:52

Police Investigate Person Shot

MODESTO - Police responded to a report of a person shot in West Modesto Tuesday night.

The incident was reported at about 8:50pm near the 1000 block of Roselawn Avenue. Early reports indicate a person was seen down on the ground by a passerby who stopped to help.

At time of publication a witness was administering CPR to the victim. Three persons wearing all red were said to be fleeing the area on foot.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact the Modesto Police Department at (209) 572-9500, or Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636 where callers can remain anonymous.

Mark Nelson