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MODESTO - Downtown Modesto was filled with characters from the popular Star Wars movies Thursday evening to celebrate the release of the latest chapter of the space saga.

Star Wars Episode 9, The Rise of Skywalker was ushered into Modesto’s Brenden Theater with members of the Central California Garrison of the 501st Legion. The group is an international Star Wars costuming organization.

Scott Simpson, a member of the Central California Garrison, says the group has been involved with the downtown theater to host events like this one since 2002. 

The celebration continued into the evening with live music as well.

The characters will return to the theater Saturday afternoon from 1:00pm to 4:00pm, where guests are encouraged to take photos.

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MODESTO - Authorities have identified the woman who was killed when a chase involving police ended in a violent crash Wednesday morning.

Kendra Sanguinetti was identified as the woman riding as a passenger in a Toyota Avalon that fled police after a Ceres officer tried to make contact with the vehicle at about 1:30am Wednesday. She was a resident of Jamestown and was 28 years old.

The driver, 24 year old Devin Long was arrested after he was found hiding in a trash compartment near the crash site. Long is also from Jamestown.

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The chase began when a Ceres Police Officer noticed the vehicle parked in an empty business complex near the intersection of Mitchell and Don Pedro Roads. As the officer entered the complex, he noticed the vehicle turn on and take off. A traffic stop was attempted near Service and Mitchell Roads, but the car fled again northbound.

Another Ceres Police Officer fell in behind the vehicle as the car ran a red light and sped northbound on Mitchell Roads. The driver was able to avoid stop sticks that were deployed, and continued past Hatch Road reaching speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour.

The pursuit continued to Yosemite Boulevard, where officers began falling behind. As they approached Scenic Drive in Modesto, officers could only see the vehicle’s tail lights. 

Authorities say the vehicle then lost control and collided with a tree just north of the intersection. The tree was knocked over, and the force of the impact split the car in half. Officers lost sight of the driver, and immediately requested medics for the passenger who was found unresponsive. They attempted to provide aid, but the crash killed Sanguinetti.

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Long had exited the vehicle after the crash and fled on foot in an eastbound direction. Modesto Police Officers who responded to assist were able to locate him about 40 minutes later hiding in a trash corral. 

Authorities with the Ceres Police Department say Sanguinetti was wanted for a felony warrant in Sonora for assault with a deadly weapon. She also had several misdemeanor warrants for her arrest. Investigators believe this played a role into why the two fled from police.

Long was arrested on charges including murder, recklessly evading a police officer, grand theft auto, driving under the influence causing a death, resisting arrest and driving on a suspended license.

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LIVINGSTON - A deputy suffered minor injuries in a shooting at about midnight Wednesday morning, authorities say.

The deputy responded to the 7000 block of Yamato Road for a report of a disturbance, and was shot in the arm as he arrived on scene.

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Authorities say the deputy is expected to be okay and suffered minor injuries. The weapon used was an unknown caliber firearm.

The Merced County SWAT team was called to the scene along with the investigations bureau. Roadways around the area were closed off to traffic.

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Wednesday, 18 December 2019 03:29

Authorities Investigate Major Traffic Crash

MODESTO - Authorities investigated a crash that happened after a pursuit early Wednesday morning.

Police say the incident happened at about 1:30am. The pursuit involved a Ceres Police Officer.

The collision happened on Oakdale Road near County Center Three in the northbound lanes.

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The vehicle that fled the officer appeared to hit a tree along the roadway before splitting in half. The back half of the car came to rest in the roadway, the front half stopped against another tree in front of a Jack in the Box restaurant.

Car seats, wheels and exhaust lines littered the roadway.

A police sergeant at the scene could not provide more details regarding the driver or other occupants of the vehicle, or any other details regarding the pursuit.

The investigation was conducted by both Ceres and Modesto Police Departments, due to the pursuit involving Ceres PD and the crash taking place in Modesto city limits.

Further details are expected as the investigation unfolds.

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Tuesday, 17 December 2019 23:48

Major Crash Investigation in Stockton

STOCKTON - Authorities investigates a traffic collision that shut down several lanes of Highway 99 late Tuesday night.

The crash was reported at about 10:59pm on the southbound lanes of the highway near Golden Gate Avenue.

Early reports indicated a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle near the fast lane.

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Officials closed down several lanes of the highway during the investigation. There appeared to be one person down covered by a yellow blanket.

A vehicle with damage was stopped further south of the scene facing the wrong direction. It apparently spun out during the collision. A small trailer attached to it was overturned.

The events leading up to the collision were under investigation Tuesday night. 

Anyone with information regarding the crash is encouraged to call the Stockton CHP Office.

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Tuesday, 17 December 2019 20:33

Modesto Forever 21 Location Nearing End

MODESTO - The two-story Forever 21 will soon be a thing of the past for Modesto Shoppers.

After the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection at the end of September, the Vintage Faire location was on the list to go, including 110 other stores across the United States. 

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The store will remain open until December 31st. Until then, shoppers can find some great deals at the popular fashion store. All items tagged with a red line are $2 or under. Most items are at a 50-80% discount. The store is also selling all their fixtures, furniture and equipment. Shoppers are also allowed to keep any hangers included on items they buy. More hangers could be purchased as well. 
 
Although the Modesto location is closing it’s doors, the Stockton and Turlock locations will remain open for Central Valley shoppers.

When shopping at the Modesto store, the receipt will include a 40% discount coupon on any regular priced item from the Stockton and Turlock locations, which expires December 31st.

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WEST STANISLAUS COUNTY - A school bus driver transporting students was arrested on DUI charges Monday, authorities say.

At about 2:42pm, officers with the California Highway Patrol received a call about a school bus that was being driven in a reckless manner.

Officers responded and located the bus near Morton Davis Drive near the Diablo Grande community. 

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Officials say the driver, identified as 55 year old Karolyn Denise Ray of Patterson, was showing signs of being under the influence of a controlled substance.

Ray was placed under arrest and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of DUI and Child Endangerment. Officials say there were children on board the bus at the time, ranging in ages from kindergarten to fifth grade.

The children were released to their parents, none were injured.

"It's troubling to know that anyone chooses to operate a vehicle under the influence," said Officer Thomas Olsen with the California Highway Patrol. "It's even more troubling that a school bus driver made the decision to do so."

Ray was a bus driver for First Student, a contracted service for school districts.

Olsen went on to say they were glad to remove the driver from the roadways so she wasn't a danger to herself or other motorists.

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Tuesday, 17 December 2019 16:58

Shooting Investigation Leads to Arrest

TURLOCK - Authorities arrested a Patterson man while investigating a shooting that left a woman injured over the weekend.
 
Police say a woman was shot early Sunday morning near the 400 block of E. Main Street. 
 
When police arrived at the scene, they noticed a vehicle leaving the area and conducted a traffic stop. During the investigation, Police arrested 29 year old Steven Sawyer from Patterson who was booked into the Stanislaus County Jail. He faces charges for robbery, possession of a loaded firearm in a vehicle and possession of a stolen firearm. 

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During the investigation, police discovered that two people where robbed at gunpoint behind a business and a woman was shot. Her injuries were said to be non-life threatening.
 
Authorities said this is still an active investigation and are working on leads and additional possible suspects. 
 
Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Paul Inderbitzen at (209) 668-6551 or Turlock Police at (209) 668-1200
 
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Tuesday, 17 December 2019 16:47

Firefighters Battle Blaze at Turlock Home

TURLOCK - Several fire crews responded to a house fire in the 2100 block of Mayfaire Drive Monday afternoon.
 
When firefighters arrived to the home, they noticed a garage with heavy fire spreading to the home and a vehicle in the driveway.  
 
Further fire damage to the home and neighboring homes was prevented by firefighters performing a vertical ventilation on the roof of the home to remove heat and smoke. 

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Everyone in the home was able to safely get out before fire crews arrived but two people were left displaced and received help from the Red Cross. 
 
Turlock Fire Officials say the cause of the fire remains under investigation and anyone with information is asked to contact Fire Marshal Mark Gomez at (209) 669-2119
 
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STOCKTON - Authorities with the California Highway Patrol identified two persons involved in a crash where a sheriff patrol vehicle struck a sedan, resulting in the death of a child.
 
Officials say San Joaquin County Sheriff Deputy Kengie Chue Yang was driving a Chevrolet sheriff’s patrol vehicle on Interstate 5 north bound south of Charter Way, when at around 10:38 pm Saturday night he crashed into the rear of a Ford sedan.
 
Authorities identified the driver of the Ford sedan as Kaleshatinae Dalerika Johnson, who was also driving on Interstate 5 north bound, south of Charter Way.
 
The impact forced Johnson’s Ford from the traffic lanes to the embankment. The cause of the crash is currently unknown and remains under investigation. Stockton CHP says alcohol or drugs do not appear to be a factor in the crash. 

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Following the crash, Yang went to the Ford and removed an infant from the rear of the vehicle and began to preform CPR. Good samaritans also offered aid and removed Johnson from the vehicle and began CPR. 
 
Everyone involved in the crash was transported to San Joaquin County General Hospital. The infant was taken by air ambulance to UC Davis Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased.
 
As the investigation continued, several lanes of I-5 were closed to traffic
 
CHP’s Multidisciplinary Accident Investigation Team assisted in the investigation.
 
Stockton CHP investigators ask anyone who witnessed the crash or has any information to contact Officer Sengo at (209) 938-4800.
 

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