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 - 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.
OAKDALE - At least one person was reported killed in a plane crash in Oakdale Saturday morning.
The incident was reported at about 10:30am at the Oakdale Airport. Early reports indicate a small aircraft crashed into a vehicle, catching fire. The flames were threatening a hangar area, however fire crews were able to prevent the spread from happening.
Further updates will be posted as they become available.
SAN FRANCISCO - Former City of Stockton Mayor Anthony Silva was arrested Sunday afternoon by investigators with the San Joaquin County District Attorney's Office.
Silva was booked into the San Joaquin County Jail at 5:38pm and faces numerous felony charges including money laundering, embezzlement by a public officer and grand theft.
The arrest was ordered Thursday, as investigators with the district attorney's office served search warrants at Silva's north Stockton home and the Kid's Club facility in South Stockton. Several boxes and envelopes were removed from the building, some labeled financial documents and pay records dating back several years.
The new arrest is reportedly unrelated to Silva's previous arrest charges.
Silva had left for Colombia on vacation Wednesday. He returned on a flight to San Francisco Sunday. He is being held on one million dollars bail and is expected in San Joaquin County Superior Court Monday afternoon.
STOCKTON - Police investigated a suspicious death after a man was found deceased in a vehicle Monday afternoon.
At about 2:30pm, police were called to the area of Kelley Drive and Hillview Avenue for a report of a possible deceased person found in a vehicle. Arriving officers located an adult male in the back seat of a pickup truck who was deceased.
Authorities say the man had not been seen in several days. A cause of death was not released by authorities, or the circumstances surrounding the incident.
Detectives responded to continue the investigation.