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Wednesday, 21 August 2019 04:07

Two Alarm Fire Injures Resident

CERES - Emergency crews responded to a house fire early Wednesday morning that injured one resident.

The fire was dispatched shortly before 4:00am on the 1400 block of Strawberry Drive. Early reports indicate the occupants self-evacuated as they called 911.

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Officers with the Ceres Police Department arrived and reported heavy fire conditions from the house. Fire crews arrived and quickly requested a second alarm response as the fire threatened a neighboring home.

An ambulance responded to the scene to treat one person who suffered smoke inhalation injuries.

The fire quickly grew to the home, fully engulfing it on fire. A cause and origin was under investigation.

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MERCED COUNTY - Authorities arrested a Turlock woman who led deputies on a high speed chase Tuesday morning.

Shortly after 11:00am, a Merced County Sheriff Lieutenant and Captain were passed on Highway 99 by a silver sedan traveling at a high rate of speed. As the vehicle continued driving erratically southbound on the highway, they advised a deputy who was just up ahead that the vehicle was approaching.

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The officials observed the vehicle swerving dangerously through traffic, and as the vehicle passed the deputy he attempted to initiate a traffic stop. The driver did not pull over and began passing vehicles in speeds estimated to exceed 100 miles per hour authorities said.

A second deputy joined the pursuit and the two continued to try to get the driver to stop. As the pursuit approached Highway 99 and Franklin Road the driver of the silver sedan lost control crashed onto nearby railroad tracks.

Deputies quickly took the driver into custody, who was identified as 24 year old Aleigha Freitas of Turlock. Authorities believe she was under the influence of drugs.

Inside the vehicle, deputies located a six month old infant strapped into a child safety seat. The baby and Freitas appeared to be unharmed, but were transported to a hospital to be checked out.

The child was placed in the custody of Merced County Child Protective Services, Freitas was charged with felony evasion and felony child endangerment.

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Tuesday, 20 August 2019 16:16

Students Arrested for School Threats

MODESTO - Police arrested two students Tuesday after posting threats against a school to social media.

Officers were dispatched to investigate the threats at about 10:00pm Monday night after reports were made against students and staff at Beyer High School.

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Authorities say they were notified by a concerned student after seeing a post on Snapchat, depicting a student holding a firearm with the caption “don’t go to school tomorrow.”

Officers worked through the night and early Tuesday morning to determine the identities of the students involved. Through teamwork efforts, those two students were identified and arrested before school started Tuesday morning.

Police say neither student was armed, and no weapon was found. The weapon depicted in the social media post was determined to be a replica type pellet gun.

Extra staff and security arrangements were made Tuesday to help ensure the safety of staff and students. 

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Tuesday, 20 August 2019 13:58

Major Crash Investigated in Stockton

STOCKTON - Authorities investigates a major vehicle collision Tuesday afternoon.

The crash happened at the intersection of Hammer Lane and Marinatha Drive, just west of Highway 99.

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Early reports indicate the crash may have happened during a pursuit. At least one vehicle was resting on its roof.

It is unclear exactly how many vehicles were involved. Officers with the Stockton Police Department closed the road off at least one block in either direction.

The number of injured motorists was not available at time of publication, but early reports indicate there may be at least one fatality.

The California Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.

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Tuesday, 20 August 2019 10:03

Vehicle Collision Near Riverbank

RIVERBANK - Emergency crews responded to a vehicle collision Tuesday morning just outside of Riverbank.

The crash was reported to the California Highway Patrol at about 9:49am. It happened near Terminal Avenue and Claribel Road.

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Early reports indicated that a white Chevy Suburban and a red Mercedes were involved, and that one of the vehicles may have been catching fire. When emergency personnel arrived, that did not appear to be the case.

The involved motorists were able to exit their vehicles. An ambulance was requested to the scene, but the extent of their injuries was not available at publication time.

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TURLOCK - Authorities released a photo Monday afternoon from a surveillance camera showing a vehicle of interest believed to belong to a suspect in a shooting early Sunday morning.

Police say the suspect vehicle is described as a grey sedan or SUV, and the suspect is described as an adult Hispanic man about 40 years of age. He is 5’10 to 6 feet tall and approximately 200 pounds. He was wearing a blue polo shirt and blue jeans.

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Authorities believe the suspect exited a business on the 100 block of South First Street shortly before 2:30am and fired a gun in the direction of the victim, who was with three additional patrons outside. Police rendered aid to the victim, who had suffered at least one gunshot wound. Medical personnel transported him to a hospital in critical condition, but he has since stabilized. The victim was said to be an off-duty Merced County Sheriff Deputy, according to Merced County authorities.

Investigators are seeking witnesses to the crime and ask for any possible video that may have been recorded. Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Detective Frank Navarro at (209) 664-7319, or Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636 where callers can remain anonymous.

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STOCKTON - Police investigated the discovery of two deceased people in a home early Monday morning.

Shortly after 8:30am police were called to the 1700 block of Sacchetti Circle for a welfare check. Officers made entry to the location and found two deceased people.

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Detectives were called out to the scene and took over the investigation. Identities and causes of death or circumstances surrounding the deaths were not released at time of publication.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact the Stockton Police Department at (209) 937-8377 or Crime Stoppers at (209) 946-0600 where callers can remain anonymous.

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MODESTO - A pilot escaped serious injury while landing when their landing gear collapsed Monday afternoon.

Officials say the pilot who was inbound from Sonora thought something wasn’t right with his landing gear. He then contacted the tower at the airport to do a visual check. The tower did not see any issues.

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As the pilot attempted to make a landing, the gear on the single engine plane collapsed. Emergency crews were dispatched, but there were no reported injuries.

Damage to the aircraft was said to be minor. The NTSB and FAA were notified of the incident.

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Monday, 19 August 2019 15:01

Arrest Made in 27 Year Old Murder Case

STOCKTON - The Butte County Sheriff’s Office announced the arrest of a 55 year old man in a decades old murder case Monday afternoon.

Richard Pyle, 55 of Stockton, was arrested for the 1991 murder of Tracy Zandstra. Zandstra was 29 years old at the time of her disappearance. 

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In November of 1991, authorities with the Butte County Sheriff’s Office began investigating the disappearance of Zandstra, which was initially classified as a missing persons case. She and Pyle were in a relationship at the time and living together in Stirling City, according to officials.

Although her body has never been found, detectives continued to investigate the case throughout the 27 years and located evidence that she had been murdered and her body disposed of. Authorities obtained an arrest warrant for Pyle and worked with the Stockton Police Department to locate him. Pyle was listed as a transient.

On August 15th, Pyle was located in Stockton and arrested on the murder warrant.

“I am proud of the persistent determination of the many detectives and investigators who have worked throughout the years to bring justice to Tracy and closure to her family,” Sheriff Kory Honea said.

Pyle was booked into the Butte County Jail with a bail set at one million dollars. He was expected to be arraigned in the Butte County Superior Court Monday afternoon.

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LODI - A vehicle collision involving a garbage truck and at least one other vehicle delayed traffic on Highway 99 Monday afternoon.

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The crash happened at about 12:15pm on Highway 99 near the Highway 12 exit. Early reports indicate a garbage truck and at least one other vehicle were involved.

The garbage truck came to rest in the median area, between a guard rail and concrete barrier. The front windshield appeared to be inches from a concrete support for an overcrossing. The vehicle came to rest on the driver side.

Traffic was delayed as emergency crews worked to clear debris and treat the wounded. The extent of injuries was unclear at time of publication. At least one ambulance was dispatched to the scene.

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