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Tuesday, 07 May 2013 09:51

Mother Sentenced In Baby Death


OAKDALE - A 31 year old woman was sentenced to 9 years in prison today in the death of her 44 day old baby.

Authorities say the child of Nicole Smith died of a methamphetamine overdose after toxicology reports showed "excessive amounts" of the drug in the baby girl's system.

Police responded to a home on Obsodian Drive on December 11th for a report of an unresponsive baby. The infant was later pronounced deceased at Oak Valley Hospital.

It was determined that smith was using meth while breast feeding. She pleaded no contest to charges including child endangerment.

The big crowd at the Dan Ramos Community Center in Hilmar was all the proof anyone needed if they were wondering whether crime is a concern in rural areas. Close to 100 farmers were there on a Tuesday night in late February to meet with law enforcement to find out what police are doing about the increase in thefts and home invasions in Stanislaus and Merced counties and how they can help.

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STOCKTON - Police arrested three people Friday who are suspected in an embezzling scheme that bilked a Stockton staffing company out of more than $377,000 over a period of 19 months.

Liliana Trejo, Sandra Lee Melton and Raymond Price were arrested Friday afternoon, according to San Joaquin County Deputy District Attorney Stephen Taylor. A third suspect, Becky Vochatzer, is still at large. All four are suspected in an embezzling ring that stole money from Premier Staffing in Stockton.

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MODESTO – Modesto police are looking for a possible witness to the Feb. 2 homicide that happened on Hatch Road and Dallas Street.

Detectives are looking for the driver of a white Ford Ranger pickup that may have been in the area at the time.

Modesto police were called to Hatch Road and Dallas Street at 8 p.m. Feb. 2 to investigate a shooting. They found the shooting victim in the driver’s seat of a vehicle which was stopped at the intersection. Emergency personnel discovered the victim had suffered one gunshot wound and was dead.

Police detectives are asking for the public’s help to locate a possible witness to the February 2nd homicide that occurred at Hatch Road and Dallas Street.

Surveillance photos of the scene taken from a nearby business show the white pickup. Police ask anyone who may have information regarding the incident to 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.

The Stockton Chamber of Commerce will hold its 15th annual State of the City address May 16 at the Port of Stockton.

Mayor Anthony Silva will deliver his first State of the City Address and lay out his plans for the future of Stockton.

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Saturday, 16 February 2013 08:08

McNerney introduces bill to fight meth abuse

Rep. Jerry McNernecy

WASHINGTON – Rep. Jerry McNerney introduced a bill Friday to combat methamphetamine use.

Meth abuse is one of the most serious issues in northern California and across the country.  It affects families and our community, and needs immediate action.  By bringing resources to areas that need them the most, we can raise awareness and help people recover from methamphetamine addiction,” said McNerney, D-Stockton.

The bill, called the Methamphetamine Education, Treatment, and Hope (METH) Act aims to modernize programs to fight methamphetamine abuse, according to a statement from McNerney’s office.

Among provision in the METH Act are the following:

  • Youth involvement in programs that deter drug usage
  • Improvement of identification and prevention of methamphetamine addiction
  • Broadening support for specific programs targeted to serve pregnant and parenting women
  • Help for medical professionals to raise awareness about how to recognize signs of substance abuse
  • Practices for screening and treating individuals at-risk for developing an addiction.
“It is imperative that we address crime in our region and increase public safety.  This bill will help keep our families healthy, safe and drug-free.  When we see crime rates drop, especially usage of drugs like methamphetamine, our entire community benefits,” said McNerney.

The bill instructs the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to:

  • Collaborate with professionals to raise awareness about how to recognize signs of substance abuse and apply best practices for screening and treating individuals with or at-risk for developing an addiction, including addiction to methamphetamine or other drugs
  • Award grants in rural areas that are determined to have a shortage of mental health professional or substance abuse treatment options, and to areas determined to have high rates of addiction to methamphetamine or other drugs
  • Expand, intensify, and coordinate efforts to provide methamphetamine or other drug addiction treatment to pregnant and parenting women
  • Maintain a clearinghouse that provides information and educational materials to employers and employees about drug-testing policies and programs
  • Support youth involvement in developing and implementing prevention strategies for youth with regard to meth and other drugs

The bi-partisan bill is cosponsored by Reps. Bobby Rush, Charlie Rangel, G.K. Butterfield, Alcee Hastings, David Valadao, and Ben Ray Luján.

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.