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Sunday, 21 May 2017 15:11

Fire Damages North Modesto Home

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MODESTO - Fire crews responded to a report of a fire at a home Sunday afternoon.

The fire was dispatched shortly after 3:00pm on the 4100 block of Woodwind Court in North Modesto. Early reports indicate a resident called to report smoke from the neighbors home.

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Fire crews arrived and noted smoke from the second floor attic area of the home. As crews were setting up operations, fire broke through the roof of the home.

All occupants were reported out of the home. Further details will be posted as they become available.

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Sunday, 21 May 2017 13:24

Drowning Victim Reported at Modesto Reservoir

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STANISLAUS COUNTY - Emergency crews responded to a report of a drowning victim Sunday afternoon at the Modesto Reservoir.

The incident was dispatched shortly after 1:15pm near the west shore of the Modesto Reservoir. Early reports indicate the victim was still under water at the time of dispatch, but was pulled out of water by a witness. 

First responders began arriving at about 1:26pm. An air ambulance was dispatched to the scene, but later cancelled. At time of publication, cpr was in progress.

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MODESTO - A GoFundMe account has been established for a Stanislaus Sheriff Community Service Officer who was killed in a vehicle collision Saturday morning.

 
Raschel Johnson was a 15 year veteran of the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Office. She served as a community service officer for about half of that time.
 
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"Her love for her community was shown in her commitment to her career as a CSO," wrote Gina Shoars on the fundraiser link.
 
Johnson is survived by her spouse, three children, two grandchildren and "more friends than she could count."
 
"She loved without reservation," the link said of Johnson.
 
Johnson and Deputy Jason Garner were involved in a collision Saturday morning while responding to a burglary call. The crash happened near the intersection of Crows Landing Road and South Seventh Street at about 8:20am.
 
If you would like to donate to the fund you can do so by clicking HERE.
 
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Saturday, 13 May 2017 08:33

Patrol Vehicle Involved in Crash

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MODESTO - A collision reportedly involving a patrol vehicle occurred Saturday morning.

The crash was reported shortly before 8:30am near the intersection of Crows Landing Road and South Seventh Street.

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Early indications suggest the collision involved at least one other parked vehicle and there were two fatalities. Emergency crews found a vehicle well involved on fire. An air ambulance was initially dispatched but later cancelled.

More information will be released as it develops.

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KINGMAN, ARIZONA - A man wanted by Modesto Police on charges of child molestation was killed in Arizona, authorities say.

Kevin Marcus Robertson, 37, was killed when his pickup truck collided into a pole in the city of Kingman according to police. Authorities in Arizona say they were contacted by Modesto Police Investigators at about 9:30pm with information that Robertson was in the area and wanted on a felony warrant. 

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According to the Kingman Police Department, Robertson was reportedly armed with a handgun and suicidal.

An officer located Robertson's vehicle at about 9:30pm in the parking lot of a business near the 1900 block of East Andy Devine Avenue. Robertson fled from the officer after refusing to comply with commands, reaching excessive speeds. His vehicle struck a sign post of the Power House Visitor Center after reaching speeds of 95 miles per hour. He was killed in the crash.

The roadway was closed until 7:00am. Authorities are unsure if Robertson, who was wanted on charges of child molestation of a victim under the age of ten, crashed intentionally. The investigation is ongoing.

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MODESTO - Police taped off an alleyway Friday morning after the discovery of a woman's nude body in an alleyway.

At about 9:00am police were alerted to the discovery of a body found in an alleyway near the intersection of Carver Road and Evergreen Avenue.

According the Sergeant Kalani Souza with the Modesto Police Department, a passerby alerted a resident who found the body and called police. Officers responded and taped off the area. Investigators and evidence technicians arrived and examined the scene.

The body was said to be tucked behind a utility box near a fence. Authorities say the placement of the body is suspicious.

Sergeant Souza explained that there didn't appear to be any visible markings or injuries on the woman's body, however detectives would investigate further. Police were unable to say what the woman's ethnicity or age were until positive identification could be made.

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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Wednesday, 12 April 2017 18:25

Body Found, Sheriff's Office Investigates

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STANISLAUS COUNTY - Authorities investigated the discovery of a body on the side of a road Wednesday afternoon.

At about 2:30pm authorities received a 911 phone call from a county works employee who was operating a tractor cutting grass on Wellsford Road. The 911 caller indicated that they had found a body on the side of Wellsford Road, just north of Parker Road.

Deputies arrived and closed off the 1700 block of Wellsford Road with crime scene tape. 

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"We did find what we believe to be an adult," said Sergeant Anthony Bejaran, a Sheriff's Office spokesman. The age and gender of the person could not be determined. Bejaran said a forensic pathologist would have to examine the body.

Authorities did not know how long the body had been on the side of the road. It was located between some grass and berry bushes.

"CHP is also here with us," Bejaran said. "There is the potential that this was possibly a traffic collision."

Bejaran explained that CHP officials would assist early on should the pathologist determine that the cause of death was due to a traffic collision.

The sheriff's office takes several missing persons reports during the week, but Bejaran was unsure if there were any for that area. An autopsy was scheduled for Thursday.

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