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Thursday, 22 March 2018 16:24

Imminent Failure of Moccasin Dam

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TUOLUMNE COUNTY - The Moccasin Fish Hatchery was evacuated Thursday afternoon after reports of imminent failure at the dam.

The small facility was overrun by water, which is expected to flow into the Don Pedro Reservoir. Emergency personnel closed off several roadways urging motorists to not attempt to cross flooded streets and highways. Some residences and businesses were reported to be taking in water.

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Water rescue personnel were dispatched to assist in helping people who were stranded by floodwaters. They were trapped on a chicken coop. Their vehicles and home on Priest Coulterville Road was underwater. Emergency shelters were also being set up for displaced residents.

Highway 120 at Highway 49 was closed off, as well as Highway 120 between Pinecrest and Strawberry due to flooding.

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Tuesday, 20 March 2018 16:33

Homicide Investigated in Ceres

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CERES - Authorities with the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the death of a man as a homicide.

The incident began Monday night when medics were called for aid to a home on the 4200 block of Blaker Road. Medics located the body of a man who was deceased and requested the Sheriff’s Office.

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Detectives responded to investigate the man’s death as a homicide. Investigators processed the scene for any evidence and interviewed witnesses throughout the night. 

A cause of death has yet to be determined pending an autopsy. Positive identification of the victim is also pending notification of next of kin.

Investigators are encouraging anyone with any information regarding this case to contact Detective Adam Rodriguez at (209) 525-7093, or Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636 where callers can remain anonymous.

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Tuesday, 13 February 2018 12:01

Early Morning Fire Displaces Nine

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MODESTO - Nine people including one child were displaced in an early morning fire on Johnson Street Tuesday.

The fire was reported at about 7:15am at a home on Johnson Street in Modesto. Early reports indicated fire to the rear of a home. Responding fire crews reported a heavy column of smoke visible from downtown. 

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The two story home was located to the rear of a property behind another home, with all occupants safely evacuated. Downed power lines created a safety hazard for firefighters battling the blaze.

According to the Modesto Fire Department, the blaze started on the outside of the home before working its way inside. Investigators have yet to determine a cause of the fire, and damage is estimated at $100,000.

Red Cross volunteers responded to assist the displaced residents.

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Monday, 29 January 2018 18:33

Fatal House Fire in Modesto

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MODESTO - An early morning house fire in Modesto claimed the life of one person and sent another to a hospital with burn injuries.

Shortly after 4:00am, dispatchers received multiple 911 calls for a report of a house on fire near Madison Street and Maze Boulevard. Arriving fire crews found a burn victim in the street who was quickly rushed to the hospital. Witnesses reported a second person who was unaccounted for. The home was fully engulfed on fire.

Firefighters battled to control the blaze in the small 600 square foot home, and upon entry located a deceased victim inside. The identity of the person was not available.

An investigator responded to the scene to determine the cause of the fire.

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Friday, 29 December 2017 16:10

Fire at South Modesto School

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MODESTO - Fire crews responded to a fire at Bret Harte Elementary School Friday afternoon.

At about 4:00pm fire crews responded to the school on Glenn Avenue. Witnesses stood outside the school while firefighters battled heavy smoke and fire conditions. At least one building reportedly suffered heavy fire damage.

The cause of the fire was under investigation and time of publication.

Mark Nelson Law Office

Friday, 22 December 2017 13:55

FBI Agents Thwart Modesto Man's Terrorist Plot

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MODESTO - Authorities took a man into custody this week who planned to carry out a terrorist attack at Pier 39 in San Francisco on Christmas Day.

According to documents filed in the US District Court Eastern District of California Friday, a criminal complaint alleges that Everitt Aaron Jameson planned to build explosive devices and carry out an attack on Monday. The complaint was filed by Special Agent Christopher McKinney with the FBI.

The document details Jameson's social media activity led to his discovery. A "confidential human source" made contact with him to learn of the details of his plan. Jameson had been in communication with the FBI contact, who led him to believe he had connections to ISIS and to develop plans for his attack. He planned to build explosives in a mountainous location, store them at his home, then detonate them at Pier 39.

A search warrant of Jameson's home led to his arrest and gathering of evidence, according to the twelve page complaint. As agents interviewed Jameson, he expressed his support of ISIS and said he would have been happy had such an attack would have been carried out.

A Facebook account believed to have belonged to Jameson was shut down off the social media site early Friday afternoon.

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Wednesday, 20 December 2017 10:21

Fire Crews Respond to Burning Strip Mall

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MODESTO - Fire crews responded to a burning strip mall late Tuesday evening.

The fire was reported at about 11:00pm at a commercial building at the intersection of Yosemite Boulevard and South Santa Cruz Avenue. Fire was visible from the rear of the building with smoke pouring from the attic. Firefighters made entry through the rear of the building to combat the flames.

The building had previously housed several businesses including a barber shop and a Metro PCS store. The building now appeared boarded and vandalized with broken windows and graffiti. Sections of the building appeared demolished, with signs of transient camps surrounding the area.

The cause of the fire was under investigation.

Mark Nelson Law Office

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