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Saturday, 17 August 2013 06:43

"Revenge Porn" Bill Passes


This week Senate Bill 255 was approved. Introduced by Senator Anthony Cannella of Ceres, SB 255 targets "Revenge Porn" making it a misdemeanor crime to publish nude videos or photos of someone without their consent. The crack down is a sign of hope for many victims who's vengeful exes leak intimate photos for the web to see.

The intimate images are often meant to humiliate someone following a breakup, the senator says.

"People who post or text pictures that are meant to be private as a way to seek revenge are reprehensible," Cannella says on his website. "Right now, there is no tool for law enforcement to protect the victims ... This is a common sense bill that clamps down on those who exploit intimacy and trust for revenge or personal gain."

Senate Bill 255 would make revenge porn punishable as a misdemeanor crime with six months in jail or a $1,000 fine. Such matters are currently resolved only via civil litigation.

Monday, 12 August 2013 12:27

Traffic Collision Claims Life


Just after 3pm, emergency personnel responded to a traffic collision near Highway 120 at the Main Street off ramp in the Eastbound lanes in Manteca.

A total of 6 vehicles - 4 passenger autos and 2 big rigs were involved. Most of the vehicles suffered major damage. One vehicle, a Chevy sedan, was crushed in between both big rigs killing one occupant.

It is currently not clear what caused the accident or how many more people suffered injuries.

The highway was closed for several hours while crews cleared the wreckage from the scene. CHP is still investigating the incident.

Sunday, 11 August 2013 09:48

Overturned Tanker Snarls Traffic


Oakdale: A propane tanker overturns on a busy Oakdale highway causing a traffic mess for several hours. The incident happened around noon and kept the roadway closed at River and Rodden Roads until tow trucks could upright the trailer.

Friday, 09 August 2013 02:23

Standoff Ends In Rescue


Waterford - A girl was rescued this morning and a man was arrested after he threatened to set fire to his trailer while he and his daughter were inside.

The man was taken into custody at around 9:45am after Stanislaus County Sheriff's Deputies responded to the location on the 300 block of Sawmill Court and tried to reason with him. He refused to make contact with the deputies and could be heard threatening to set fire to his trailer with he and his daughter inside.

Deputies requested fire to respond and reports indicate there may have been evacuations of surrounding residences. Entry was made and the man was taken into custody. Deputies were able to rescue the little girl just as the trailer began to burn.

Waterford High School was placed on lockdown for a short period of time. Officials are continuing to investigate the incident.

Thursday, 08 August 2013 03:20

Fire Claims Two Lives


Authorities are now saying they have found evidence indicating the deaths of two people in an early morning fire may not have been accidental.

Modesto - Early this morning just after 3am, fire crews with the Modesto Regional Fire Authority responded to a home on the 4000 block of Divan Court for a report of a house fire.

Upon arrival fire crews noticed a smoky haze in the court. During the investigation they noticed fire from a second floor window of a home at the end of the court.

Fire crews began their operation and while battling flames from an upstairs bedroom, two deceased occupants were found.

A total of 24 firefighters, bringing 5 engines, a truck, and a battalion chief, responded to the scene. The fire was under control in 15 minutes of the first engine's arrival.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation. Investigators from the Modesto Police Department, Stanislaus District Attorney's office, and officials from the Modesto Regional Fire Authority are all investigating the incident.

Police say the victims are only identified as a male and female at this time. Neighbors say a third person was reported living at the home but was not there at the time of the fire. According to officials, there are no obvious signs of foul play at this time. An early report suggested a Molotov cocktail was thrown into the home, but police earlier said there was no evidence to support that.

It is not confirmed if in fact a Molotov cocktail or other type of incendiary device was located.

The coroner's office will continue the investigation.

Thursday, 08 August 2013 02:50

National Night Out

A Stockton Police Officer takes 4th place in a pie eating contest at a National Night Out event. A Stockton Police Officer takes 4th place in a pie eating contest at a National Night Out event.

This week, neighborhoods across the country celebrated National Night Out. The event promotes community partnerships and encourages neighborhoods to stand up against crime.

The introduction of National Night Out, “America’s Night Out Against Crime”, in 1984 began an effort to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships, neighborhood camaraderie and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. NATW’s National Night Out program culminates annually, on the first Tuesday of August (In Texas, the first Tuesday of October). That first year, 2.5 million Americans took part across 400 communities in 23 states.

The traditional “lights on” campaign and symbolic front porch vigils turned into a celebration across America with various events and activities including, but not limited to, block parties, a dj including dj's from Modesto, Turlock, Merced, Manteca, Pleasanton, Livermore who play at weddings & parties, cookouts, parades, visits from emergency personnel, rallies and marches, exhibits, youth events, safety demonstrations and seminars, in effort to heighten awareness and enhance community relations.

Founder Matt Peskin said, “It’s a wonderful opportunity for communities nationwide to promote police-community partnerships, crime prevention, and neighborhood camaraderie. While the one night is certainly not an answer to crime, drugs and violence, National Night Out represents the kind of spirit, energy and determination to help make neighborhoods a safer place year round. The night celebrates safety and crime prevention successes and works to expand and strengthen programs for the next 364 days.”

Thursday, 08 August 2013 00:56

Man Arrested In Child's Death


On August 7, 2013, the Stockton Police Department investigated a death of a 2 year old girl. The child was transported to a local area hospital by the mother’s boyfriend. As a result of the investigation, it was determined the child died from blunt force trauma to the body. Last night at 8:31 pm, Detectives arrested the mother’s boyfriend Miguel Flores, a 24 year old male, for felony child abuse resulting in death and felony child abuse for abusing the deceased girl’s 3 year old sister.

Wednesday, 07 August 2013 02:02

School Fuel Thief Caught


This morning just before 1am, the Ripon Police Department dispatch center received a 911 call from a local concerned citizen regarding a theft in progress. The citizen reportedly saw a suspect siphoning fuel from a large storage tank, located at the Ripon High School.

Ripon officers arrived on scene within minutes. Upon arrival they saw a white Dodge 3500 truck, with a large utility trailer attached to it. The truck was parked next to the fuel storage tank at the school. Officers saw industrial hoses running from tanks in the trailer, to the school fuel storage tank. A male suspect who appeared to be hiding inside the utility trailer was detained. The truck that was involved in the theft was found to be registered to the suspect. Hoses and pumping equipment allowing the rapid theft of fuel were located in the trailer. The thief off-loaded approximately 500 gallons of fuel valued at $2,250. The fuel the thief was stealing is used to run local school busses.

Joe Henry Leonardo Sr. (44) of Ceres was booked into the San Joaquin County jail on a felony count of Grand Theft.

Department spokesperson, First Sgt. Steve Merchant said the 911 call from a concerned local citizen, combined with a quick response from the patrol force, were the keys to apprehending this felony suspect. Merchant said the Ripon Unified School District will be back in session next week.

Tuesday, 06 August 2013 03:24

Police Officer Faces Charges


Ceres, CA – Officer Christopher Melton, a nine year veteran of Ceres Police Department, is being charged with misdemeanor 149 PC: assault by an officer under color of authority.

This charge arises out of an incident that occurred on April 13, 2013 when Ceres Police Officers took a suspect into custody at the 1600 block of Evans Road. A subsequent investigation questioning the amount of force used by Officer Melton during the incident commenced after another Ceres officer reported suspected misconduct to agency supervisors.

Officer Melton was placed on paid administrative leave, pending the outcome of the criminal and internal affairs investigations. The internal affairs investigation, which covers issues such as compliance with agency policies, procedures, and standards of conduct, is ongoing and no further information will be released at this time. The criminal investigation is separate and distinct, and accordingly, Ceres Police Department submitted the criminal case to the Stanislaus County District Attorney’s Office. The District Attorney's Office will not be commenting on the matter.

Chief de Werk said, “While these circumstances, as reported, are very unfortunate, it is highly appropriate that what took place on April 13th is being handled by the District Attorney’s Office. Officer Melton’s conduct, as alleged, does not reflect the values of Ceres Police Department or the law enforcement community as a whole. The fact that this incident was reported and is being examined in the context of criminal law, and internal departmental procedures, reminds us that the system does and can work to retain the public trust.”