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Wednesday, 07 August 2013 02:02

School Fuel Thief Caught

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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

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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.”

Monday, 05 August 2013 15:51

SWAT Team Ends Standoff

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Newman-Newman Police Department and Stanislaus County Sheriff SWAT team took Angel Dominguez, 26 of Newman, into custody after a 5 hour standoff.

At approximately 5:30 this evening Newman Police Department received a call of neighbors fighting in the 1900 block of S St in Newman. The caller stated that one of the subjects was armed with a firearm.

A two man patrol unit went to the residence a short time after. Upon arrival they located Angel Dominguez in his front yard, armed with a firearm. Dominguez pointed the firearm at the officers as they exited their vehicle. As the officers took cover Dominguez ran into his residence, and no gunshots were fired by law enforcement or the suspect.

Newman Police Department requested assistance and Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department responded and a perimeter was set up. After several attempts to contact the suspect the Stanislaus Sheriff's Department SWAT team and Hostage Negotiation Team was activated.

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Dominguez has had several contacts with law enforcement in the past and is currently on probation for possession of drugs and domestic violence.

After just over 5 hours, Dominguez came out the rear of the residence and surrendered to SWAT officers.

Both departments were very happy the incident ended peacefully.

Dominguez was booked for brandishing a firearm at a peace officer, violation of probation, and felon in possession of a firearm.

Monday, 05 August 2013 15:46

Statewide Amber Alert Activated

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According to reports, the suspect is believed to have killed the mother of the children and abducted them.

From CHP:

THE CALIFORNIA HIGHWAY PATROL’S EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION AND TACTICAL ALERT CENTER HAS ACTIVATED AN AMBER ALERT FOR THE SAN DIEGO COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT IN THE FOLLOWING COUNTIES: SAN DIEGO AND IMPERIAL.

A CHILD ABDUCTION OCCURRED ON AUGUST 3, 2013, AT 05:00 PM, IN THE CITY OF BOULEVARD, SAN DIEGO COUNTY, CA. THE CHILDREN'S NAMES ARE HANNAH ANDERSON, A 16-YEAR-OLD WHITE FEMALE AND ETHAN ANDERSON, AN 8-YEAR-OLD WHITE MALE. THE SUSPECT IS JAMES LEE DIMAGGIO, 40 YEAR OLD WHITE MALE.

POSSIBLY DRIVING A 2013 BLUE NISSAN VERSA 4-DOOR, CA LICENSE PLATE NUMBER 6WCU986.

Instructions: IF SEEN CONTACT SAN DIEGO SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT AT (858) 565-5200.boulevard amber alert

Monday, 05 August 2013 07:40

Father Arrested In Infant Death

Hickman –Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department Detectives are investigating the death of an 8-month-old child who had been living in a car with family members in Hickman. booking Shortly after 9 a.m. Sunday, Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department and emergency personnel responded to the 500 block of Hickman Rd. The mother of the child had called authorities to report that her 8 month old daughter was not responsive. The child was transported to Oak Valley Hospital were she was pronounced deceased.

The parents have been sleeping in their vehicle, a Mercury Grand Marquis, for the last two months with their four children ages 4, 3, 2, and 8 months.

During the investigation the mother had also made allegations of domestic violence against the father, Dale Rutherford, 41 out of Ceres.

During the investigation evidence was located supporting her allegations and of child abuse. The father, Dale Rutherford, was arrested on felony charges for domestic violence and child abuse.

Anyone with information about this investigation can call Detective Cory Brown at 209-567-4485.

You can also leave an anonymous tip by calling Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636. Tipsters can also e-mail tips at http://www.modestopolice.com/CrimeStoppers, or text them to CRIMES (274637) by typing "Tip704" plus the message and be eligible for a cash reward

Thursday, 01 August 2013 01:51

Man Found Shot To Death

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Grayson - A 32 year old Modesto man was found shot to death on Laird Road early this morning. Authorities are investigating the case as a homicide. The victim was found dead on the side of the road just east of Grayson and has been identified as Ernie Aguayo of Modesto.

Officials received a call at about 1am this morning indicating that a body had been discovered on the side of the road. The caller initially believed that it was a dead animal, but when they approached they could see it was a person. Officials say the lighting is poor and surrounded by orchards in the area.

Deputies responded and located the victim who had been shot to death. Homicide investigators have taken over the case and are actively investigating the incident. There are no suspects in custody at this time.

Anyone with information about this investigation can call Detective Darwin Hatfield at 209-525-7100.

You can also leave an anonymous tip by calling Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636. Tipsters can also e-mail tips at http://www.modestopolice.com/CrimeStoppers, or text them to CRIMES (274637) by typing "Tip704" plus the message and be eligible for a cash reward.

Tuesday, 30 July 2013 01:00

Suspect Arrested In Stabbing

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On July 29, 2013 at 5:45pm Turlock Police responded to Donnelly Park located at 600 Pedras Rd regarding an assault in progress. When Officers arrived on scene Dan Rigney, a 52 year-old male, was being held on the ground by citizens who had intervened in the assault.

Rigney used a knife to cut the victims throat while threatening to kill her. He was arrested for attempted homicide, criminal threats and domestic battery. The victim was transported to a local hospital with serious but non-life threatening wounds and is in stable condition.

Rigney and the victim agreed to meet at Donnelly Park to exchange property as their relationship had ended.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact Detective Steve Rodrigues at (209)668-5550 ext. #6626

The Turlock Police Department is an active participant in the Crime Stoppers Program. Callers can leave an anonymous tip by calling Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636 and may be eligible for a cash reward.

Friday, 16 August 2013 06:57

Stockton Shooting Leaves Man Dead

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Today, at 11:41 am, Stockton Police Officers responded to a report of a shooting in the the 1100 block of E. Sonora Street. When Officers arrived, they located a 28 year old male who had been shot. The victim was transported to a local area hospital where he died from his injuries.

The Stockton Police Department is encouraging citizens to call if they have information pertaining to this investigation. Callers are asked to call the Stockton Police Department at (209) 937-8377, the Investigations Unit at (209) 937-8323, or Crime Stoppers at (209) 946-0600. Callers can remain anonymous.

Citizens may also text information from their cell phones to ‘CRIMES’ (274637) and type the keyword TIPSPD and then their tip or logon to the Stockton Police Department’s Facebook page and click ‘Submit A Tip’.

If you have any information that may lead to an arrest contact Crime Stoppers. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards up to $10,000.

Monday, 29 July 2013 17:13

Fatal Shooting Investigated

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Modesto - Investigators with the Modesto Police Department are investigating a shooting that claimed the life of a 24 year old man.

Authorities say just after 6pm on Monday, officer responded to the 2800 block of Campbell Lane for a report of a shooting. Police found the 24 year old male victim suffering from at least one gunshot wound. Fire fighters and paramedics entered the scene to provide aid to the victim. He was transported to a local hospital where he died from his injuries.

Witnesses say the victim had just driven up when another vehicle passed by and opened fire on the victim's vehicle. Several rounds were fired at the victim, who was still in his car.

Homicide detectives are investigating the case and have few leads.

Anyone with any information regarding this shooting is asked to contact the Modesto Police Department at (209) 572-9500 or Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.