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STANISLAUS COUNTY - Sheriff Adam Christianson has announced the launch of a new service called OffenderWatch, a public notification system on sex offenders.

The new service is a citizen-friendly, easy to use website that enables people to search for potentially dangerous sex offenders and predators, who may be in close proximity to their homes, places of work, schools, churches and day care centers.

The information is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week and is updated in real time by the department as offender information changes and is reported. As part of this new, innovative service, people may enter any address of interest to them, see a map and a listing of all offenders within a user defined radius (of .25 miles out to 2 miles) of that particular address.

People can then register their address to be continuously monitored by the Sheriff’s Department, who will send to them an email alerting them if an offender or predator should register an address within that user defined radius. Users may confidentially register as many addresses as they like, at no cost to them.

“People have a right to know which offenders may be living near them, who potentially pose a threat to their families. We’re happy to be able to provide that information.” said Sheriff Adam Christianson.

You can access OffenderWatch by clicking HERE.

Thursday, 12 December 2013 02:28

Fire Damages Modesto Businesses, Theater

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MODESTO - A fire that started behind a downtown smoke shop caused damage to a neighboring restaurant and theater early this morning.

Fire crews responded to the Still Smoking shop on the 1300 block of J Street just before 6am and found a fire behind the building. Smoke was also visible from the Hof Brau next door and the State Theater. Responding crews requested a second alarm response, bringing more fire resources to the scene.

The fire was contained and extinguished within an hour. Officials are working to determine the cause of the fire. Damage is estimated at $65,000.

Thursday, 05 December 2013 17:07

Fire Displaces Building Residents

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On December 5th just after 2:30pm crews with the Modesto Regional Fire Authority responded to a report of a structure fire at 822 9th street in downtown Modesto. Prior to arrival Modesto Police arrived and reported fire coming from a second story apartment.

Officers assisted in evacuating residents living on the second floor. The response was upgraded to a second alarm and brought 7 Engines, 2 Trucks, 4 Chief Officers, and 2 support Officers for a total of 34 personnel.

The first unit arrived within 5 minutes and reported a two story multifamily occupancy with smoke from a second floor apartment. Crews operated in an aggressive fire attack and extinguished the fire within 20 minutes.

The fire was contained to only one apartment and damage is estimated at $30,000.00. One minor injury was reported and treated by AMR on scene. Due to the nature of the fire and ability to secure the utilities, all 8 units were secured. As a result, 8-12 adults were displaced and Red Cross responded to assist with shelter. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

The Modesto Regional Fire Authority would like to remind citizens to check their smoke detectors monthly and replace the batteries once a year.

Thursday, 05 December 2013 16:39

Authorities Offer Car Seat Assistance

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Riverbank Police Services is urging parents and caregivers to have their children's car seats checked for proper installation. Seeing the need for certified installation technicians, Chief Erin Kiely sent two of the Riverbank Traffic Officers to a National Certification Program through Safe Kids Worldwide.

The Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department has been supportive of the program and has received previous grants in car seat safety in its contract cities. Deputies with the certification are utilized in multi-agency events, public outreach programs, and schools, where officers work together with parents/ caregivers to insure the safety of their children while riding in a vehicle. When used correctly, child safety car-seats can reduce fatal injury by up to 71 percent for infants and 54 percent for toddlers. The best way to protect children traveling in vehicles is to ensure they have the correct car seat for the child's age and size and that the seat is fitted correctly for the car.

"Two facts stand out when considering the safety of our children traveling in cars and trucks: motor vehicle crashes are the leading killer of children under 13 and at least 70 percent of child safety seats are improperly installed," said Deputy Gary Vernon, “Even if you believe you've correctly installed the right car seat, gain the peace of mind of confirming your child is properly protected." California law requires that children be properly secured in the back seat and in a child restraint system until they are at least eight years old or 4'9" tall. Additionally, all children under age 16 must be properly secured in either a child restraint system or seat belt.

Law enforcement issues thousands of citations annually for child safety seat violations throughout California. According to the Office of Traffic Safety, a first car seat or seat belt violation for a child under age 16 will cost a minimum of $490 with penalty assessments. A second or subsequent offense carries a cost of $1,105. If the parent is not in the vehicle, the driver gets the ticket.

Parents and caregivers can always visit Riverbank Police Services where a certified technician will inspect the child car seat and can show correct installation but an appointment is highly recommended due to officer availability. Here are important tips for proper car-seat selection and installation:

• Select a car seat based on your child's age and size, choose a seat that fits in your vehicle, and use it every time. • Always refer to your specific car seat manufacturer's instructions; read the vehicle owner's manual on how to install the car seat using the seat belt or LATCH system and check height and weight limits. • To maximize safety, keep your child in the car seat for as long as possible, as long as the child fits within the manufacturer's height and weight requirements. Keep your child in the back seat at least through age 12. • Visit your local Child Car Seat Inspection Station where a certified technician will inspect your child car seat and can show correct installation and use.

For more information on child passenger safety go to and click the "Child Passenger Safety" button.

To find a local car seat event or to get help with choosing and installing the right car seat visit:

• National Highway Traffic Safety Administration "Child Car Seat Inspection Station Locator": • "Safe Kids Worldwide" Car Seat Check-Up Events:

Funding for this program is from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Wednesday, 04 December 2013 13:24

DUI Operation Planned

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MODESTO - Officers from the Modesto Police Department’s DUI Enforcement Team will be deploying this weekend to stop and arrest alcohol and drug-impaired drivers in the Department’s ongoing traffic safety campaign. DUI Saturation Patrols will deploy on Saturday, December 7, 2013 between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 3:30 a.m. in areas with high frequencies of DUI collisions and/or arrests.

“The City of Modesto takes a very proactive approach toward DUI Enforcement,” said Sergeant Craig Breckenridge of the Modesto Police Department Traffic Unit. “This is a ‘zero tolerance’ crackdown so drive sober or get pulled over!”

Officials say DUI can impact the economy in addition to the pain and suffering of those immediately affected. Conservatively, a fatality has a $1.4 million impact, an injury $70,000, and a crash that only damages property averages nearly $9000.

“California’s roadways are very much safer today than they were just a few years ago,” said Sergeant Craig Breckenridge, “The Modesto Police Department will be keeping the pressure on through enforcement and public awareness so that we can continue saving lives and prevent injuries.”

Funding for this program is from a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Police ask anyone who may suspect a drunk driver to call 911 and report them.

Wednesday, 04 December 2013 04:08

Fire Damages Home, Occupant Arrested

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RIVERBANK - A man was arrested after assaulting a sheriff's deputy at a fire scene early this morning, officials say.

The fire broke out just before 6:20am on the 3600 block of Castle Park Drive near Terminal Avenue. Fire crews from the Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District responded to the scene to find flames shooting out the garage area and front door.

Captain Buck Condit with Stanislaus Consolidated Fire says a second alarm was called as the roof collapsed near the back of the home. Crews from Oakdale Fire and Modesto Regional Fire Authority responded to assist.

The Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department was also requested as the occupant was reportedly interfering with fire suppression efforts. Deputies arrived and removed the man, who was later arrested for assaulting a deputy. A witness at the scene stated the man appeared unruly and put up a struggle.

Captain Condit says the home suffered roughly $120,000 in damage, which is the estimated value of homes in that area. The damage estimate puts it nearly close to a total loss. Fire officials from Modesto are conducting the investigation of the blaze.

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