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LATHROP - Authorities booked a man into the San Joaquin County Jail after he made threats to shoot fellow employees.

A deputy with Lathrop Police Services took a report Monday on the criminal threat, indicating that the suspect told coworkers that he would arrive to work Tuesday and shoot employees. Authorities say the suspect also displayed a photo of himself holding a firearm.

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When contacted by the deputy who responded, the suspect said he did not intend to commit the crime. Authorities arrested and booked 25 year old Brandon Bernardeau and charged him with criminal threats with the intent to terrorize. He was being held on $150,000 bond and expected to appear in court Tuesday afternoon.

"Criminal threats are not to be taken lightly," Lathrop Police Services said in an online statemtent. "A suspect may have no intention of completing the violence, but what matters is the perception of the intended victim. If the victim believes that the suspect has the means and capability to commit the act, it is a criminal threat."

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MODESTO - Jasen Bracey may seem like your average 14 year old junior high student, but this week he and those who know him are celebrating a big accomplishment.

Just like any 14 year old boy might have an interest, Jasen plays football. Saturday he scored his first touchdown of the season, with a little help from his team and a lot of encouragement and support from all who know him.

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”I was a little skeptical and concerned on how I would coach him up and get him involved,” said David Nichols Sr. who coaches Jasen on the Modesto Raiders football team. “We are a non-profit organization and have to take anybody that signs up.”

Coach Nichols’ concern comes from Jasen’s visual impairment. He cannot see at all, however it is apparent that this is anything but a disability for the teen.

”He does everything with his teen and is guided by his teammates and coaches voices during practice,” Coach Nichols said. “During the games he has a little speaker to help him out when he is playing that his dad talks to him through.”

Coach Nichols says Jasen loves the sport and brings a motivation to the team unlike any he has seen in his ten years of coaching youth football. Every player lends a helping hand to see that Jasen enjoys the sport just as much as they do.

”They are definitely brothers,” said Coach Nichols.

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On Saturday, Jasen had his big chance. Although the opposing team knew there was a visually-impaired player on the Raiders, they had no idea when he would be put in.

The Raiders had made their advance to first and goal. The coaches and the team had formulated a plan to ensure Jasen had his moment. Using a modified “wedge play,” the team put Jasen in position with the ball and good blocking. Every offensive player pushed hard against the opposing team and made sure Jasen made it across the goal line.

When the crowd realized the special moment that was happening, they erupted in cheers.

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Jason ran off toward the sideline, shared hugs with his coaches, and was celebrated for his accomplishment.

”We as parents admire his courage to play this sport,” said Melissa Macias Cisneros. She captured the moment on video and shared it with CVTV. “He gives it his all and doesn’t want any special treatment out on the field.”

Cisneros and other parents have become instant fans of Jasen’s courage. With children on the JV team, they often stay after watching their own children play to watch Jasen during his games.

”His passion and knowing the game of football without sight and his instincts to overcome has others on the team believing they can do anything,” Coach Nichols continued.

”He has no fear, what he brings to this team is something like no other I have coached for.”

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MERCED COUNTY - Documents filed for temporary emergency orders in Merced County Courts by the mother of John Weir who was reported abducted by his father were denied earlier this year, records show.

In a document filed on April 10th, 2019 in Merced Superior Court, Sarah Weir asks for temporary emergency orders for their son. Additional documents filed in court show that the child was special needs, and required special medical care.

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That medical care was to be facilitated in facilitated in Visalia, where the mother resides. Another document filed July 1st indicates that the child missed a medical treatment due to his father not returning him.

The document reads that Steven Weir “has previously deliberately withheld the child, causing him to miss medical treatment.” 

Further filed documentation suggested that both parents were in disagreement regarding visitation scheduling for holidays and vacations, and that counseling for the matter was recommended.

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Additional documents filed may 17th show another filing for an emergency custody order, with the reason stating the child was removed from the marital home without consent, and his “well-being and safety are unaccounted for. His medical needs are unmet.”

On July 15th, another document outlines an injury the child received during a visitation period with his father. The document shows that during an exchange on July 6th, the mother noticed a large knot on his head and asked the father what happened.

The questioning made the father get upset, according to the document, stating that the child was fine and did not give any details as to how the child was injured.

The document also indicates that the uncle of the child, who works as a medical professional, advised the mother of what to do in case the child showed symptoms of a concussion.

Members of the community have been left wondering how the situation could have escalated, given documented circumstances.

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On Saturday shortly after 11:00am, an Amber Alert was issued for John Weir after he was not returned to his mother. Monday, authorities announced the discovery of the vehicle Steven Weir, John’s father was said to be driving.

Two bodies were found near he vehicle as well, located near the Sand Flat Campgrounds along Clark Fork Road in Tuolumne County. The identity of the bodies were not released by authorities, stating that the investigation is ongoing and further details would be released once the information was available.

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TUOLUMNE COUNTY - Authorities have deactivated an Amber Alert after the discovery of the associated vehicle over the weekend.

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According to the Tuolumne County Sheriffs Office, the vehicle was found on Clark Fork Road near the Sand Flat Campground.

Officials say the bodies of two deceased persons were found near the vehicle.

Authorities say the identities of the two persons were unknown as of Monday morning. 

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The Amber Alert was activated Saturday morning after two year old John Weir was reportedly taken by his father in Merced County.

The two were reportedly traveling in a red Hyundai sedan.

The child’s father Steven was said to be armed and dangerous according to the California Highway Patrol.

As of Sunday afternoon, the Amber Alert was no longer active on the CHP incident feed.

Authorities say the investigation is ongoing.

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Saturday, 21 September 2019 11:13

Amber Alert Activated in Merced

MERCED COUNTY - Authorities activated the Amber Alert system Saturday morning after a report of a child abduction.

The child is named John Weir. He is two years old with blonde hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a blue t-shirt and tan shorts.

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John was last seen with his father Steven Weir on September 20th at about 7:00pm in Merced, according to the California Highway Patrol. 

Weir is 32 years old, 5’10” and weighs 300lbs. He has brown hair and brown eyes and was last seen wearing a blue t-shirt and cargo shorts.

They are believed to be in a red 2005 Hyundai Elantra with the license plate CA 5SKT544. Weir is considered armed and dangerous according to authorities.

Anyone with information regarding their whereabouts or who may have seen them is encouraged to call 911.

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Friday, 20 September 2019 15:05

South Modesto Shooting Investigated

MODESTO - Authorities investigated the report of a shooting in South Modesto Friday afternoon.

The shooting was reported shortly before 2:45pm, early indications suggest the victim may have been shot near the intersection of Inyo and Tucson Avenues and arrived near the 100 block of Imperial Avenue seeking help.

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Authorities responded to investigate the incident, as the victim was transported for care. At publication time, there was no suspect information available or further details regarding the circumstances of the shooting.

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

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Friday, 20 September 2019 13:32

Pedestrian Killed by Hit and Run Driver

STOCKTON - Authorities are investigating a hit and run crash that claimed the life of a pedestrian Wednesday night.

The crash happened shortly after 8:00pm near East Anderson Street and South Airport Way. Police say a 60 year old man was crossing the street when he was struck by a vehicle.

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Authorities say the vehicle was northbound on Airport Way when the collision occurred, and the pedestrian was not in a crosswalk.

The driver of the vehicle fled the area after hitting the pedestrian, who died from his injuries. 

Police are describing the vehicle as a grey or light blue older model sedan.

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.

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Monday, 16 September 2019 13:51

Fake Beard Bandit Robs Valley Banks

MODESTO - A man disguised with what appeared to be a fake beard robbed a bank in Modesto Monday morning and is possibly the same suspect who robbed several others.

At about 10:40am officers were called to the Bank of Stockton for a report of a robbery.

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The suspect demanded cash from the bank and fled prior to police arriving.

Authorities say the suspect was wearing a motorcycle helmet and what appeared to be a fake beard.

No weapons were seen during the robbery and no injuries were reported. An ambulance was called to the bank for an expecting mother who was upset by the incident, but she was expected to be ok.

A short time later, a suspect with a matching description robbed a bank in Ripon. 

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At about 12:20pm, a Bank of Stockton branch in Manteca was also robbed by a suspect with a similar description. The suspect in that case was seen entering a black older model Dodge Neon.

Authorities are urging citizens to be aware of their surroundings at all times.

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

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Sunday, 15 September 2019 17:54

Boat Crash Victim Identified

SKI BEACH - Authorities have identified the victim of Saturday night’s fatal boat crash near Woodward Island.

Kelly Blake, a resident of Discovery Bay, was killed in the two boat collision that happened around 7:15pm. She was 24 years old.

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At least five other boaters were injured in the crash. They were transported to hospitals in both San Joaquin and Contra Costa Counties for care.

The crash was initially investigated as a hit-and-run, however officials say the operator of the second boat was later found to have traveled to seek help for its passengers. One boat sank at the scene.

Investigators are working to determine the cause of the crash, and are reminding boaters to be safe and sober on the water.

The US Coast Guard also assisted in the response.

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Saturday, 14 September 2019 23:24

Hit and Run Boat Crash Kills Woman, Injures Five

SKI BEACH - A boat crash Saturday evening on the Delta waterways claimed the life of a young woman and sent five others to hospitals.

The crash happened at about 7:15pm near Ski Beach close to Woodward Island. The area is a popular destination for boaters a couple miles north of Highway 4 and West of Stockton.

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Deputy Andrea Lopez with the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office said the collision is being investigated as a hit and run.

Lopez said the five patients who were transported were being treated in hospitals located in San Joaquin and Contra Costa Counties.

Witnesses who were also boating in the area said the boat was just west of Ski Beach halfway submerged, but still had power and lights on.

Deputy Lopez was unsure if all patients were on the same boat, or if some were also on the boat that fled the scene.

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Crews with the US Coast Guard responded to assist early on in the incident, but later turned the investigation over to the Sheriff boating unit.

Officials anticipated to continue the investigation well into Sunday, according to the spokeswoman.

Anyone with information regarding this collision is encouraged to contact the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office at (209) 468-4400, or Crime Stoppers at (209) 946-0600 where callers can remain anonymous.

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