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Tuesday, 31 March 2020 18:20

Woman Killed by Traffic Collision

MODESTO - A woman died from injuries sustained during a traffic collision Tuesday afternoon according to Police.

The collision happened at about 2:45pm near the intersection of Kerr Avenue and Yosemite Boulevard. Police say the woman was crossing Yosemite Boulevard at Kerr Avenue when she was struck by a GMC Yukon that was traveling Westbound and turning onto Kerr Avenue.

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The pedestrian was rushed to a hospital where she died from her injuries. Authorities say the driver of the Yukon stopped and cooperated with investigators.

Police say the driver did not exhibit any signs of being under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Anyone with information regarding this collision is encouraged to contact the Modesto Police Traffic Unit at (209) 572-9592.

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Wednesday, 22 January 2020 04:04

Veterinary Center Damaged by Fire

TURLOCK - Several fire crews responded to a report of a fire at a veterinary hospital early Wednesday morning.

The fire was dispatched at about 4:00am on the 1300 block of South First Street. Arriving fire crews reported heavy fire from behind a building.

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A second alarm was quickly called to bring additional resources to the scene. An investigator responded as well to determine the cause.

Early reports indicate a storage unit on the property was well engulfed in fire, threatening the main building and one additional structure.

No further details were available at time of publication.

 

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Monday, 20 January 2020 15:16

Jamestown Woman Killed, Suspect Arrested

STANISLAUS COUNTY - Authorities say a 44 year old Turlock man was arrested after he called to report he had just shot and killed a woman early Sunday morning.

The Stanislaus County Sheriff's Office reports that 44 year old Alfonso Cervantes of Turlock was arrested in connection to the shooting death of 30 year old Nicolette Ciabatti of Jamestown.

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Cervantes called authorities at about 2:50am from the K-Mart parking lot in Oakdale to report the shooting of the victim. The Oakdale Police Department responded to the parking lot where Cervantes was found.

Authorities found the victim deceased on north McHenry Avenue near Stewart Road. Detectives responded to the location to take over the investigation. 

Cervantes was booked into the Stanislaus County Jail Sunday on one count of homicide. He was held without bail. Authorities believe the suspect and victim knew each other, but no information regarding their relationship or a motive for the crime were released.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Detective Hickman at (209) 525-7042 or Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636 where callers can remain anonymous.

 

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MODESTO - Authorities investigated a collision that sent a pedestrian to a hospital with major injuries, closing a roadway early Monday morning.

The collision happened early Monday morning near the intersection of McHenry Avenue and Claribel Road. The collision was dispatched to the California Highway Patrol shortly after 1:00am.

 

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Early reports indicate the involved vehicle struck the pedestrian and continued north on McHenry. The pedestrian, only described as a male, was reported to be down in the roadway when they were struck by the vehicle.

The car was described as a silver sedan, possibly a Cadillac. The pedestrian was rushed to a local hospital by ambulance.

Anyone with information regarding this collision is encouraged to contact the California Highway Patrol or Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636 where callers can remain anonymous.

 

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Wednesday, 15 January 2020 12:55

Police Seek Suspect Who Broke Into Bank ATM

STOCKTON - Police are seeking the public's assistance in identifying a man who vandalized and attempted to break into a bank's ATM machines.

Authorities with the Stockton Police Department say the incident happened on November 28th 2019 at a bank on the 500 block of North Wilson Way. The suspect is said to be a caucasian or Hispanic man with short dark hair, dark eyes with facial hair. He was captured on surveillance cameras during the incident.

 

 

The suspect was last seen wearing a dark jacket, a red white and black flannel shirt, a black tee with letters on the upper right corner and black and white latex gloves. Police say he has a scar or an injury on his left cheek area.

The damage to the ATM was determined to be thousands of dollars.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Detective Gandy at (209) 937-8323 or Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636 where callers can remain anonymous.

 

 

 

MODESTO - Police investigated a traffic collision involving a pedestrian that resulted in major injuries Saturday evening.

At about 6:50pm, emergency personnel responded to the area of Coffee Road near Ensenada Drive for a report of a vehicle collision. Arriving firs responders found a 65 year old man who had been struck by a vehicle.

 

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The pedestrian was rushed to a local hospital with major injuries. 

Officials at the scene say the pedestrian was attempting to cross Coffee Road in an eastbound direction when the collision occurred. The vehicle was traveling in a southbound direction. The driver of the car stopped and cooperated with authorities investigating the crash.

Police urge pedestrians and motorists to be safe on the road. In 2019, the traffic investigation unit responded to 19 serious collisions involving pedestrians. Of those, the pedestrians were found to be at fault in ten of those cases. Out of those 19, eight of them were fatal. In six of those fatality collisions, the pedestrians were found to be at fault.
 
Officers plan to hand out reflective safety vests and wristbands this year to pedestrians through a grant from the office of traffic safety.
 
Anyone with information regarding this collision, or who may have witnessed it is encouraged to call the Modesto Police Department.
 
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Thursday, 09 January 2020 18:58

Elderly Woman Struck, Killed by Vehicle

TURLOCK - An elderly woman was struck and killed by a vehicle Wednesday evening, police say.

At about 6:00pm Wednesday, officers with the Turlock Police Department received a call reporting a pedestrian down on a roadway. Police responded to the 1200 block of East Avenue and found a 78 year old woman who had been struck by a vehicle.

 

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Bystanders at the scene of the crash began performing cpr on the pedestrian in an attempt to save her life, but unfortunately she died at the scene. Officials say the driver remained at the scene and cooperated with authorities on the investigation.

Authorities said alcohol or drug impairment did not appear to be a factor in the crash, and they would like anyone with information regarding this collision to contact officer Diaz at (209) 668-1200, or Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636 where callers can remain anonymous.

 

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Monday, 06 January 2020 12:42

Fire Damages Home, Displaces Occupants

MODESTO - A fire late Monday morning caused significant damage to a home, displacing several occupants.

The fire was dispatched shortly before noon at a home on the 600 block of Lenore Drive. Arriving fire crews encountered significant fire activity, with a second alarm called for more resources to respond.

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Heavy smoke was visible from the home over the neighborhood, as fire crews worked to extinguish the blaze. Firefighters from Modesto, Ceres, and Stanislaus Consolidated Fire agencies responded to the incident.

Early reports indicate several occupants from the home, including children, were displaced by the fire. The cause and origin is under investigation.

 

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STOCKTON - Police are asking for the public's help in locating a vehicle that was involved in a fatal collision with a bicyclist Thursday morning.

Shortly before 5:00am, officers responded to a report of a collision on West Charter Way near the San Joaquin River bridge. Arriving officers located a bicyclist who had been struck. The rider was pronounced deceased at the scene.

 

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Police were able to locate the driver of one vehicle involved in the collision. That motorist stayed on the scene and cooperated with police during their investigation. Authorities say a second vehicle struck the bicyclist and may not have been aware of the collision.

Police are asking anyone with information regarding the second vehicle or who may have witnessed the collision to contact (209) 937-8377 or Crime Stoppers at (209) 946-0600 where callers can remain anonymous.

 

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Wednesday, 01 January 2020 14:47

A Ten Year Path to Journalism

By Gaby Muro

The start of a new decade is something exciting for some as it is for me and how far along I’ve came in my journalism journey. It’s when I truly found my passion and decided to pursue it no matter what anyone told me.

 

 My interest in writing for journalism kicked of in 2009/2010 while I was a 14 year old Freshman in high school and started started taking creative writing classes. I found something fascinating about walking into class everyday and writing until I was told to stop or until the front and back of my paper were full. I knew then that I wanted a career involving writing but I also loved speaking in front of people. You’d think a young teenager would fear public speaking, but to me that is something I never feared. I also had a great interest in technology that at one point my nickname at home was Tecna, a technology fairy from a popular early 2000’s cartoon called Winx Club. 

 

In 2011 I was a sophomore in high school taking more English and creative writing classes. At one point I remember my school had an assembly about finding your career path and how to pursue it. The school asked us to write an essay about our career path and submit it for a chance to win two movie tickets. Of course, I submitted an essay and won the two movie tickets! That essay was the first time I mentioned I wanted a career in journalism. I wrote about getting a degree in journalism or communications and working as a local broadcast news reporter. Now, I didn’t make that up on the spot. News was something I always had to watch growing up in a home that never had cable TV. Sometimes the news even came to my neighborhood as I grew up in the South part of Stockton. I first had an interest in meteorology because I was better at math, but taking writing classes really helped me find that I enjoyed writing in some way although I wasn’t great at it. 

 

2012 was the year I took my first video production class. I learned how to edit videos. This was when I realized, I could be a news reporter who shoots, writes and edits her own stories. In the news industry this is called an MMJ, a Multi Media Journalist. I couldn’t wait to go off to college and actually do this as my high school did not have a journalism department.

 

I finally graduated high school in 2013 and for financial reasons I decided community college was my best option. I decided to stay in Stockton and enroll at San Joaquin Delta College. 

 

In 2014 I was finally a student at Delta College which had and still has an entire Radio, Television and Journalism department. Throughout my time there I met people who actually worked in the news industry and they helped me become part of the journalist I am today. I took real tv journalism classes and found that local news was my true passion. During my time at Delta some of my work was submitted to the Student Emmy Awards. This year I also met Carlos who owns Central Valley TV, at a fire. He decided to take me along some of his journeys as a local Emmy award winning news photographer. He taught me how to set up a live truck and run a live shot. I remember the day August 17, 2014 clearly. Carlos sent me a text and said there was a homicide at a Chevron on Lower Sacramento Road in Stockton and he asked if I wanted to go with him. I said yes. We get to the scene and there is crime tape all around the Chevron and the body is still at the scene. Carlos looked at me and asked if I was scared. I looked back at him and said no. Unfortunately this wasn’t my first time seeing something like this as I grew up in South Stockton but it was my first time covering a homicide as a young journalist.

 

2015 was the year I covered my first wild fire, The Butte Fire which burned over 70,000 acres of land, destroying over 400 homes and killing two. Carlos and I went for a few days and I remember finding an area which appeared to be a parking space but had cars completely burned to the ground and all that was left was burned metal. I remember standing there thinking about the people who had just lost their homes and cars. I wanted to talk to them and tell their stories. Something I remember more clearly was my near death experience with Carlos while covering this wild fire. A fire engine drives up to us and a fire fighter tells us in a loud scared voice there is no way out of the fire and that it was coming our way. Carlos looked at me and again, asked me if I was scared. I looked at him and told him no. Being around fire crews gave me some sort of peace believing they would stop the fire before it reached us and they did. Those fire men saved our lives that day.

 

2016 was a big year for Black Lives Matter protests and riots in the Bay Area. This year I covered my first riot. Carlos and I decided to go for a few days. I remember seeing protestors outside of the Oakland Police Department chain themselves to the doors of the department, people burning stuff, breaking windows and even shut down I-80.  Officers where in full riot gear and I saw several people get arrested. I couldn’t believe my eyes what I was seeing. This was stuff you would only expect to see in a documentary from a different country but it wasn’t. It was happening close to home. I knew I had to talk to someone protesting. I walked up to a girl and asked her if she would talk to me on camera and she looked at me and very aggressively told me no. Yelling at me, she also told me that all of us news people just make them look bad. Any other journalist would have probably walked away but very calmly, I told her not me and that this was why I was here. So that she could tell me their story. She calmed down and agreed to do an interview with me in Spanish. I remember asking her why stuff was being burned and windows where being broken. Her response stayed with me till this day. She told me that a broken window doesn’t compare to the cost of a broken life and that this was the only way their voices would be heard. The next day my interview was used by a local news station. This same day Carlos and I were almost arrested for simply doing our journalistic jobs and forgetting my credential. After being stuck with protestors and other journalists for almost an hour, an officer recognized Carlos and let us go. 

 

In 2017 all the on camera work I had done led me to becoming the first female emcee for the Stockton Heat Hockey team. Very different from news but I still loved the adrenaline rush hockey gave me just like breaking news does. 

 

At the beginning of 2018 I received a scholarship to go to Israel as a journalist. This award was only given to the top 40 student journalists in the country. I was in Israel for 10 days but my most memorable day was the day I went to Sderot, an Israeli city near Gaza. We visited the Legacy Heritage Park of Good Wishes, a park which has a caterpillar shaped bomb shelter for kids to run to in case they hear air raid sirens or even bombs. Since this play ground is closer to Gaza, children would have 15 seconds or less to run to a bomb shelter. 

 

In May of 2018 finally graduated from Delta and received two AA degrees. One in Radio and Television the other in Interdisciplinary Studies: Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. 

 

In 2019 I wanted to put more time and dedication into covering more breaking news. So, I quit all my jobs in 2018 including my job with the Stockton Heat. This decade I have realized that journalism is my true passion and I will continue to tell untold stories and be the voice for those who no longer have a voice because of crime. I am more than just a journalist, I am a human with feelings, empathy and a camera covering stuff that will someday be part of history.

 

Today you can find me listening to police scanners, covering breaking news and writing out documentary ideas for Central Valley TV. 

 

If you or anyone you know has ever been affected by a major crime or a homicide and would like to share your story please email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

 

 

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