MODESTO - Police arrested a man suspected of being involved in a 2016 homicide Tuesday afternoon.
The homicide happened on August 19th, 2016. At about 2:20am police received a report of gunfire heard in the area of Prescott and Rumble Roads, and moments later several reports of a collision on Prescott Road.
Emergency crews arrived and located a 1998 Honda Civic with what police describe as "catastrophic damage." Police say the vehicle was found to be stolen and looked to be struck by gunfire.
Mark Esparza, the 17 year old driver, was found ejected from the vehicle near the crash scene. First Responders attempted to save his life, however he died at the scene.
During Esparza's autopsy, investigators determined that he suffered a gunshot wound as well as injuries from the crash.
Search warrants were served by detectives in October on Alta Way in Modesto and last week on Jade Place in Manteca. No arrests were made at the time, however a warrant was issued for 33 year old Scott Bates Jr.
Officers saw Bates on McHenry Avenue Tuesday and placed him under arrest. He was booked into the Stanislaus County Jail on charges including homicide, being a felon in possession of a firearm, committing a felony while out on bail, and other enhancements. He is being held without bail.
TURLOCK - Authorities with the national weather service issued a tornado warning for Turlock Tuesday afternoon.
The warning was in effect from 12:47 for 22 minutes. A National Weather Service Doppler radar registered severe thunderstorm activity capable of producing a tornado. The storm was located near Turlock and was projected to move northeast at 20mph.
The storm was also predicted to produce abundant hail.
Impacted areas in the warning were Turlock, Denair and Keyes. Further informaiton will be posted as details become available.
HUGHSON - Emergency crews responded to a water rescue early Monday afternoon.
The incident was reported shortly before noon at the Fox Grove fishing access. Early reports indicate a jet skier was in distress in the water, and may have been trapped by a tree.
Crews with the Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District responded and launched a rescue boat. The jet skier was reached by firefighters and rescued.
The events leading up to the rescue call were not yet available at time of publication. Further details will be posted as information is released.
MODESTO - Fire crews responded to a triplex fire early Sunday morning that caused major damage to the building.
Firefighters with Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection and Modesto Fire responded to the building on the 100 block of Kerr Avenue next to the M&ET Railroad tracks at about 2:18am. Arriving fire crews encountered one unit of the triplex heavily involved in fire.
The fire had burned its way into the attic, which is shared across the triplex and spread to the other two units, as well as a trash pile outside of the triplex. Firefighters were able to containt the fire within 30 minutes. None of the units were occupied, however they were full of debris.
The cause of the fire is under investigation, and a damage estimate was placed at $100,000.
MODESTO - Police surrounded a neighborhood as officers searched for a wanted suspect Sunday afternoon.
At about 4:30pm a police officer near Ensenada Drive and San Blas Court recognized a man wanted on an assault with a deadly weapon charge out of the Sacramento area. Officers quickly detained several individuals as one fled into the neighborhood.
Police surrounded the area, including an apartment complex on Coffee Road, as they searched for the suspect. Police used a K-9 to assist with the search. The Stanislaus County Sheriff's Air Support Unit also responded to help.
Officers detained several individuals on San Blas Court south of Ensenada Drive. At time of publication, their involvement was unclear and it was unknown if the primary suspect was apprehended. He was described as a light skinned African-American man with red pants and a black or dark colored shirt.
Early reports indicate a gun was recovered during the incident.
STOCKTON - Authorities inspected, cited and towed multiple vehicles during an expected sideshow Saturday night.
Police received information of a possible sideshow expected to happen at the 10300 block of Trinity Parkway Saturday night. Authorities say the event drew an estimated 200 participants to the location.
Police officers and the California Highway Patrol Air Support Unit responded to prevent the sideshow from happening. Authorities say similar events have caused safety concerns in the past and conducted the mission to prevent this one from getting out of control.
Officers issued 15 warnings, 49 citations, made 11 equipment inspections and towed four vehicles. Police say they have a team of officers trained to identify modified vehicles, conduct vehicle inspections and write vehicle seizure warrants for vehicles involved in sideshows.
According to police, ten vehicles have been seized for involvement in sideshows and more seizure warrants are forthcoming.
MODESTO - A fire damaged a home overnight, nearly spreading to a second home early Sunday morning.
Fire crews responded to the 700 block of Foster Road shortly after 1:30am for a report of a home on fire. Arriving fire crews encountered smoke and fire extending out the back of the home. Early reports indicate a second alarm was dispatched to the scene as the fire was threatening a second home.
The fire was brought under control in 20 minutes, and the involved home suffered major damage.
A neighbor said she woke up to a bright glow coming through her bedroom window in the middle of the night and found firefighters arriving to battle the blaze. She said fire crews sprayed water on her home to protect it from catching fire.
The nieghbor indicated a family had just finished working on the home and was preparing to move in on Monday, but the fire destroyed the interior of the home.
The cause of the fire was under investigation, and damage estimates were placed at $150,000