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MERCED COUNTY - A Winton man was arrested for sex crimes with minors, authorities say.

Teng Xiong, 45 years old, also known as Art Jones was booked into the Merced County Jail and faces several charges of sex crimes with minors.

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According to the Merced County Sheriff’s Office, Xiong is belived to have possibly committed the crimes during his time as an elementary school teacher. The investigations bureau is currently working the case and is looking for anyone with more information regarding Xiong’s crimes.

Xiong faces charges of sexual penetration with a foreign object and lewd or lascivious acts with a child under the age of 14.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Detective Martha Martinez at (209) 385-7472. Callers may remain anonymous.

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Monday, 26 August 2019 19:21

Sanitation Worker Killed in Riverbank

RIVERBANK - A sanitation worker was killed by the arm of a garbage truck Monday afternoon.

Authorities say the worker was killed by the arm that grabs garbage cans near Homewood Way. No further details were available, OSHA was expected to have more information Tuesday.

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Monday, 26 August 2019 15:26

Missing Teen Last Seen Near Stockton

MODESTO - Police are looking for a missing teen who is said to be at risk and was last seen near Stockton.

Authorities say 16 year old Thor Read has been missing for nearly a week. Police say he is at risk because of medical issues.

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Officials say the teen recently cut his hair to a buzz-style cut and was last seen wearing black pants, a black baseball cap, black boots and had a green backpack. He is six feet tall and weighs about 180 pounds.

Thor was last seen near Highway 99 in Stockton, and police say he could be traveling to the state of Washington.

Authorities are asking anyone with information regarding the missing teen to call police dispatch at (209) 552-2470.

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Monday, 26 August 2019 12:23

Tracy Police Investigate Homicide

TRACY - Police investigated a homicide involving a man in his 60’s Sunday night.

Authorities received a call shortly after 9:00pm reporting a person bleeding near Gretchen Talley Park. Arriving officers located a victim, described only as a 64 year old Middle Eastern man down in the road suffering from what officers say was a traumatic injury. He died at the scene.

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Officials investigated the crime late into Monday morning. A motive was unknown, and authorities did not release the type of injuries sustained by the victim due to the nature of the investigation.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact the Tracy Police Department at (209) 831-6550, or Crime Stoppers at (209) 831-4847 where callers can remain anonymous.

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MANTECA - An online fundraiser was established for a man who was killed in a shooting on Highway 120 late Friday night.

Rudy Ramirez was identified as the victim in the case. Those who knew him were in shock and disbelief at what happened to him.

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At about 10:40pm emergency personnel were dispatched to a report of a traffic collision on Westbound Highway 120 west of the Airport Way offramp. As first responders arrived on scene, they discovered Ramirez had actually been shot, with several bullet holes in his vehicle. He was pronounced deceased on scene.

No suspect or suspect vehicle information was available, and authorities are encouraging anyone who may have seen anything unusual or may have information regarding this case to contact the Stockton office of the California Highway Patrol at (209) 938-4800.

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MODESTO - Police have released surveillance images of four suspects seen fleeing the Vintage Faire Mall Sunday afternoon after a robbery at a jewelry store.

The incident happened shortly before 5:00pm at Valliani Jewelers inside of Vintage Faire Mall. Police say the suspects used hammers and tools to break open several display cases at the shop and steal an undisclosed amount of property.

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The suspects fled the area on foot and possibly in a vehicle from there in an unknown direction.

The sound of glass breaking caused mass panic and confusion inside the building, as people thought the sound was actually gunfire. At least two people suffered trample injuries or twisted ankles.

Authorities with multiple agencies responded to the scene to secure the businesses and check the area to ensure public safety.

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

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MODESTO - Authorities from multiple agencies responded to the mall during a robbery Sunday afternoon that caused panic inside the building.

The incident caused panic and confusion as the robbers used hammers to break glass cases. The echoing sound was believed to be gunfire, causing people to run and hide, and in the process at least two people suffered trample injuries and twisted ankles.

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Police officers were assisted by Sheriff Deputies and CHP Officers, searching businesses around the mall and  helping those who were hiding.

Authorities say the suspects fled with an undisclosed amount of merchandise. Early reports indicate there were at least four suspects wearing dark clothing and may have fled in a black or silver car.

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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MODESTO - An event that has stirred up much controversy in the area after its announcement came and went on a sunny Saturday afternoon.

The National Straight Pride Coalition, which was unable to obtain a permit to hold their event at local venues, rallied in front of Planned Parenthood on McHenry Avenue at about 1:00pm. The organizers were denied permits to hold events at Graceada Park after failing to secure insurance. An alternative location of the Center Plaza was suggested, however that did not work out for the group either.

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The event drew much controversy in council chambers during recent meetings, with counter-protesters quickly organizing. Graceada Park, described by many attendees of council meetings as a jewel of the city, was mostly quiet Saturday morning. A birthday party was held, as well as another family gathering; a concern of which people opposed to the Straight Pride Event voiced, stating that the park was not a proper venue while family events took place. In the background, police officers on horseback stood watch over the park.

In nearby Enslen Park, counter-protesters gathered to celebrate diversity and acceptance. Those of the LGBTQ community and allies danced to music until receiving word that the Straight Pride event had moved to McHenry Avenue. They quickly organized and marched to the same location

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At the Planned Parenthood office, about 20 members of the Straight Pride Coalition rallied and held signs. Members of the group say they chose the location stating “Planned Parenthood is the biggest killer of African-American babies.”

Ryan Messano, a resident of Vallejo, chose to attend the event in support of the coalition’s efforts. He applauded the group’s mission, saying they were fighting the spread of disinformation and felt the opposition was in favor of normalizing homosexuality.

Messano noted that as counter-protesters arrived and began to chant, that the group was trying to “drown out intellectuals.”

When asked if there was a common ground to discuss differences with the opposition, Messano replied “I love truth more than I love humans. Hurt people are hurting people, I empathize, but I don’t sympathize.”

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Chris Holland, organizer of the counter protest, applauded community efforts to quickly prepare for the day’s events. 

“Things are astounding,” Holland said. “I’m very inspired by everyone here today.”

Holland said the group worked around the clock for a month, with their biggest concern being safety for both groups. 

“The true face of Modesto is love,” Holland said. “There is no common ground with intolerance. People are being fooled by the words straight pride, they are cloaking themselves in religion.”

The reference stems to some of the verbiage listed as core values of the National Straight Pride Coalition on their website. One of the many which drew criticism and label the group as racist was the “inherent superiority of whiteness.” The group later altered the text, deleting the statement.

 

Although the passion of both sides was displayed at times leading to heated discussion, police officials were pleased with the outcome. 

Sergeant Kalani Souza said a total of about 25 officers were present at the Planned Parenthood office, with additional personnel roving the area. The extra staffing was put in place to ensure the safety of both sides, he said. Deputies with the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office also assisted throughout the day’s event.

One lane of southbound McHenry Avenue was temporarily blocked to avoid any issues with attendees who quickly filled the sidewalks and parking lot.

Althoug there was a brief disturbance between a bicyclist and a demonstrator, Souza said there were no arrests and no injuries.

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Sunday, 25 August 2019 10:27

Homicide Investigated on Manteca Highway

MANTECA - Authorities with the California Highway Patrol are investigating the fatal shooting of a man that occurred late Friday night.

The incident happened at about 10:40pm on the westbound lanes of Highway 120 between the Airport Way offramp and the McKinley Avenue undercrossing. The incident was initially dispatched as a traffic collision with a vehicle spin-out but the involved car was found to have bullet holes in it.

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The 2003 white Chevy Malibu came to rest sideways in the fast lane facing north. Arriving officers requested medical personnel to the scene after finding the victim unresponsive inside the vehicle. The victim, identified only as a 32 year old man, died at the scene.

Westbound Highway 120 was closed off at the Airport exit for several hours, with traffic diverting on surface streets around the crime scene. No suspect information was available.

Investigators are seeking anyone who may have witnessed the incident or who may have information regarding the crime to contact the Stockton CHP office at (209) 938-4800.

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Wednesday, 21 August 2019 04:07

Two Alarm Fire Injures Resident

CERES - Emergency crews responded to a house fire early Wednesday morning that injured one resident.

The fire was dispatched shortly before 4:00am on the 1400 block of Strawberry Drive. Early reports indicate the occupants self-evacuated as they called 911.

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Officers with the Ceres Police Department arrived and reported heavy fire conditions from the house. Fire crews arrived and quickly requested a second alarm response as the fire threatened a neighboring home.

An ambulance responded to the scene to treat one person who suffered smoke inhalation injuries.

The fire quickly grew to the home, fully engulfing it on fire. A cause and origin was under investigation.

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