MODESTO - Two pedestrians suffered serious injuries Monday afternoon after fleeing from a store after shoplifting.
Shortly after noon, Modesto Police officers responded to a report of two pedestrians struck by a vehicle near the intersection of Standiford and McHenry Avenues. Early indications suggest both pedestrians were down on the ground, injured.
Police closed off both directions of Standiford and Sylvan Avenues before McHenry as officers examined the scene. There were bags and belongings scattered in the westbound lanes. On the sidewalk clothing and shoes as well as blood could be seen.
According to police spokeswoman Heather Graves, the two pedestrians were fleeing a store across the street after shoplifting. The two were attempting to steal alcohol and ran across the street to avoid capture when they were struck.
The pedestrians were only identified as a man and a woman. The man was listed in stable condition. The woman was listed as critical.
Graves said the two could face charges should the store seek prosecution, and further investigation was pending.
CERES - A horse was killed and a rider suffered major injuries after being involved in a collision with a vehicle Sunday night.
The crash was reported to the California Highway Patrol at about 9:58pm near the intersection of Lucas and Mitchell Roads near Ceres. Emergency crews arrived and found the horse and rider down in the roadway.
The rider suffered a major head injury and was transported to an area hospital. The horse died at the scene. The southbound lanes of Lucas Road were blocked.
Early indications suggest the involved driver remained at the scene. Further details were not available at time of publication.
STOCKTON - Police investigated a shooting Sunday morning that claimed the life of a man.
Police responded to the 1800 block of West Acacia Street at about 6:11am for a report of a person shot. Officers arrived and located an adult man suffering from a gunshot wound, who died at the scene. Detectives arrived to take over the investigation.
Police say two possible suspects are identified as Hispanic men wearing dark hoodies and pants. They were about 5'9" tall and weighed about 190lbs. The two were last seen running west on Acacia Street.
Authorities are encouraging anyone with information to contact the Stockton Police Department at (209) 937-8377 or Crime Stoppers at (209) 946-0600 where callers can remain anonymous.
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.
MODESTO - Police have arrested a suspect accused of being responsible for the murder of a man who was found dead in his car.
Late Sunday night a Modesto Police sergeant was patrolling the area of Tioga and Legion Park drives when he noticed a suspicious vehicle. The sergeant attempted to contact a man who was inside but discovered he was deceased.
The victim was identified as 55 year old Steve Monkhouse. Authorities believe he was inside his vehicle parked in the field when he was assaulted with a knife.
The investigation led police to 25 year old Michael Christopher Suarez of Modesto. Police arrested Suarez Wednesday, and authorities say they attribute his capture to the community that helped identify him.
Suarez faces Murder and other charges and is expected to appear in court Friday.
MODESTO - A big rig crash blocked at least two lanes of Highway 99 Sunday night.
The crash was reported to the California Highway Patrol at about 10:32pm on the northbound lanes of Highway 99 near the Tuolumne Boulevard offramp.
Early reports indicated a big rig and at least two other vehicles were involved in the crash. There were reports of debris across the number two and three lanes of the highway.
There were no reports of injuries in the collision. The truck was reportedly hauling 41,000 lbs of produce.
SALIDA - Authorities responded to a traffic collision in Salida Thursday evening that involved a child.
Emergency crews responded to a report of a child struck by a vehicle at about 6:44pm. The collision happened on the 4800 block of Deveraux Way.
First responders arrived and found the child down in the middle of the road. Early indications suggest the child was struck by an SUV. It is unclear if the child was playing near the roadway or crossing the street during the time of the collision.
Arriving personnel described the child’s condition as alert and conscious. Deputies closed off the road to traffic, and the child was taken to a nearby school to be flown by a Cal STAR air ambulance to a regional hospital.
The circumstances leading up to the crash are under investigation.
MERCED - Police arrested a felon during a traffic stop who was found to be in possession of a firearm.
Officers with the Merced Police Department conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle belonging to Ishmele Brewer on the 1600 block of West 16th Street Tuesday. Officers with the gang violence suppression unit had developed information that Brewer was in possession of a firearm.
Police say Brewer is a convicted felon on probation and is not allowed to be in possession of any firearms or ammunition. Officers conducted a probation search on his vehicle and found a 9mm handgun and ammunition.
Brewer was arrested and booked into the Merced County Jail on charges including being a felon in possession of a firearm, possession of ammunition, violation of probation and gang enhancements.
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.
"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.
TURLOCK - Authorities arrested a man on a charge of attempted murder following a stabbing that took place Tuesday afternoon.
Shortly before 2:00pm officers responded to the 100 block of Almond Avenue for a report of a person who had been stabbed in the neck. Police arrived and found a 30 year old man who had sustained a life-threatening injury.
The victim was transported to a local hospital for care, and was listed in stable condition.
Police found a man who is suspected of the stabbing a short distance away. He was identified as 34 year old Travis Shepherd. Officers were also able to locate a knife they believe was used in the stabbing.
Shepherd was interviewed by detectives who responded to investigate and was later arrested for attempted homicide.
Police are asking anyone with information regarding this case to contact Detective Cliff Lewis at (209) 668-6556, or the Turlock Police Tip Line at (209) 668-5550 extension 6780, or the Crime Stoppers tip line at (209) 521-4636 where callers can remain anonymous.