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Wednesday, 10 July 2013 01:20

Marijuana Crops Confiscated

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Denair, CA-On July 3rd, 2013 agents from Stanislaus Drug Enforcement, Central Valley HIDTA, CAL-MMET, Federal Drug Enforcement Agency and Department of Homeland Security located a large Marijuana grow in 1200 acres of almond trees in the area of Monte Vista Ave and Hall Rd east of Denair.

Agents eradicated over 15,000 Marijuana plants that had been planted between almond trees in the orchard.

During the investigation Agents located a second marijuana grow in the same orchard.

On July 9th agents eradicated another 23,000 Marijuana plants.

Over all 38,000 Marijuana plants were eradicated during the two day operation. Agents estimate the street value of the seizure was approximately $200,000.

Jesus Meraz Alvarez 56 of Washington, Elian Mendoza Gallardo 31 a transient, Mendoza Jesus Torres 29 a transient, were arrested for Cultivation of Marijuana and an ICE hold was placed on them for being in the country illegally.

The property owners were contacted and were unaware that the suspects had set up camps in the middle of their orchards and were growing the Marijuana.

The incident is still under investigation by agents.

Anyone with suspicious activity or any further information can contact the Stanislaus Drug Enforcement Agency at 209-558-6300

Calls to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and you may be eligible for a cash reward. Leave your tip by calling Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636.

You can also e-mail tips at http://www.modestopolice.com/CrimeStoppers, or send information to Crime Stoppers by sending a text message to 274637. Type “TIP704” along with your message.

Monday, 01 July 2013 18:00

18 Displaced By Fire

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(Raw Video) 6 adults and 12 children living in one home are displaced by a 2 alarm fire. Note: The fire happened on Park Hurst, an incorrect location of Park Faith Lane is shown in the video.

Monday, 01 July 2013 08:13

Fire Destroys Home

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Raw Video: A fast burning fire destroys an unoccupied home on Hatch Road in South Modesto on Friday afternoon.

Saturday, 29 June 2013 05:33

Keep Yourself, And Your Pets, Safe

Ceres Police Officer Wren and K9 Partner Zeus regularly keep cool on hot days like today. Ceres Police Officer Wren and K9 Partner Zeus regularly keep cool on hot days like today.

With temperatures reaching well past the triple digit mark, the risk of suffering heat related illness also rises. It's always a good idea to keep yourself - and your pets - hydrated and cool during intense heat.

Pets can get dehydrated quickly, so give them plenty of fresh, clean water when it's hot outdoors. Make sure you and your pets have a shady place to get out of the sun, be careful to not over-exercise them, and keep them indoors when it's extremely hot. Drinking water regularly to stay hydrated is very important, first responders warn. By the time you become thirsty you're already dehydrated.

Symptoms of overheating in pets include excessive panting or difficulty breathing, increased heart and respiratory rate, drooling, mild weakness, stupor or even collapse. They can also include seizures, bloody diarrhea and vomit along with an elevated body temperature of over 104 degrees. Animals with flat faces, like Pugs and Persian cats, are more susceptible to heat stroke since they cannot pant as effectively. These pets, along with the elderly, the overweight, and those with heart or lung diseases, should be kept cool in air-conditioned rooms as much as possible.

Never leave your animals alone in a parked vehicle. "On a hot day, a parked car can become a furnace in no time-even with the windows open-which could lead to fatal heat stroke," says Dr. Louise Murray, Vice President of ASPCA Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital. Also, leaving pets unattended in cars in extreme weather is illegal in several states.

Feel free to trim longer hair on your dog, but never shave your dog: The layers of dogs' coats protect them from overheating and sunburn. Brushing cats more often than usual can prevent problems caused by excessive heat. And be sure that any sunscreen or insect repellent product you use on your pets is labeled specifically for use on animals.

Please leave pets at home when you head out to Fourth of July celebrations, and never use fireworks around pets. Exposure to lit fireworks can potentially result in severe burns or trauma to curious pets, and even unused fireworks can be hazardous. Many types of fireworks contain potentially toxic substances such as potassium nitrate, copper, chlorates, arsenic and other heavy metals.

Friday, 14 June 2013 02:53

Fatal Shooting Investigated

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On Thursday, June 13, 2013, at 11:33 PM deputies with Patterson Police Services responded to the report of shots fired in the area of Garza Park. Another 911 caller reported a subject had been shot in the 100 block of Washburn Street.

Deputies found the victim, a 25 year old Hispanic male, seated in a car with a fatal gunshot wound to the head. The Sheriff's Homicide Team along with Crime Scene Investigators responded to assist Patterson Police Services personnel.

Detectives have not yet identified the suspect or suspects in this apparent gang related homicide and there were no witnesses.

No further details are available at this time. The victim's name is being withheld pending further investigation.

Anyone with information about this investigation can call Detective David Hickman at 209-525-7042. 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, 13 June 2013 15:32

Fire Destroys Home

Stanislaus Consolidated Fire crews extinguish a blaze at a home on Santa Rita Avenue Thursday afternoon. Stanislaus Consolidated Fire crews extinguish a blaze at a home on Santa Rita Avenue Thursday afternoon.

Thursday afternoon fire crews from the Modesto Regional Fire Authority and Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District responded to a report of a fire at a residence on Santa Rita Avenue and Mono Drive.

The residence on fire was behind the main home on Santa Rita, and upon arrival heavy fire was visible from the front of the residence.

The owner of the property stated his son lived in the home and had just left for work within the hour. Fire crews searched the home for any sign of occupants but the home was clear.

The blaze was extinguished by fire crews in about 20 minutes.

Monday, 10 June 2013 21:38

Auto Theft Suspect Nabbed

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It can happen in the blink of an eye. You walk into the grocery store, and just like that your car is gone when you return. It happened to at least 12 people recently.

In the last week of May, officials received multiple reports of stolen autos from Modesto businesses. Investigators with StanCATT, Stanislaus County Auto Theft Task Force picked up the case. The unit works undercover, catching criminals when they least expect it, sometimes in the act. This criminal would prove to be a good catch.

From May 24th, to May 27th several vehicles were reported stolen from businesses with large parking lots such as Home Depot and Orchard supply. They were later located and recovered, most with property and parts missing from the vehicles. The vehicles were early 90's models, including a Honda Accord, Civic, Infiniti J30 and an Acura Legend.

Auto theft investigators conducted surveillance that Wednesday and Thursday. Their hard work would soon pay off. "We contacted a suspect at a Modesto residence on May 30th, where he was tased and arrested." A StanCATT supervisor said. "He was booked on 5 charges of auto theft, but we believe we can link him to as many as 12, based on evidence found in his possession." Investigators found wheels, and a stereo among other property with the suspect. They say he had just moved to Modesto from the bay area and hit the ground running stealing cars.

At one point the suspect, identified as 27 year old Nassen Yasim, was confronted by a victim. "He was caught by a person returning to their vehicle and chased off." The supervisor continued. "He was in the process of breaking into that person's vehicle in an attempt to steal it."

A customer we spoke to at the Home Depot on Carpenter Road said he was surprised at the suspect's blatant acts. "It's pretty gutsy of the guy to take off with someone's car and leave them stranded in broad daylight. I'd sure like to catch him in the act."

While officials say confronting a suspect in any crime is potentially dangerous, investigators do recommend other measures to protect your property. "Be aware of your surroundings. Use deterrents such as steering wheel locks. Park in visible spaces. This all makes auto theft stats go down and helps us in our work."

Sunday, 09 June 2013 01:40

Heat A Danger For First Responders

Firefighters in wildland gear stay hydrated at the Modesto reservoir. Firefighters in wildland gear stay hydrated at the Modesto reservoir.

As temperatures rise, the heat danger for first responders increases exponentially as well. Heavy equipment, dark uniforms, active physical work all contribute to dehydration for public servants.

For law enforcement officers, the heat stress comes from long days in direct sunlight, chasing down criminals and working community events. Like everyone else exposed to heat, the weather can wreak havoc on even the healthiest of bodies.

Firefighters suffer the same amount and even more. Heavy protective gear and exposure to extreme heat can weaken a firefighter in a matter of moments.

"With all the gear and equipment, they forget to take care of themselves during the excitement of the call." said Royjindar Singh, Assistant Fire Cheif at Keyes Fire Department. "We can't help anyone if we go man down. That's the biggest thing we have to remind our guys of."

First responders heed danger signs just like everyone else. Staying hydrated throughout the day is a top priority. "We give everyone a reminder of the signs of heat cramps, heat exhaustion, etc." said Singh. "It helps them to know when they are getting too hot and need to take a break."

Saturday, 08 June 2013 04:56

Fatal accident; Alcohol Suspected

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On Saturday morning at approximately 2:15 AM a 2007 Honda Accord was traveling Eastbound on Belharbour Drive east of Rosetti Court. The vehicle struck the north side curb, went off the roadway, and collided with a tree just north of the roadway. This section of Belharbour has several curves in the roadway in the area leading up to the location of the collision. Due to the impact with the tree, the vehicle sustained major damage and eventually caught fire after both occupants had already exited the vehicle.

The initial Modesto Police Officer who arrived on scene of the collision performed cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on the driver. Despite additional life saving measures provided by other first responders, the driver was pronounced deceased at the scene. The drivers name is being withheld pending notification of his family members. He was a 26 year old Modesto resident. The vehicle had one additional passenger who suffered a broken jaw. He is a 19 year old Modesto resident and is being treated at a local hospital.

As standard protocol in a fatal vehicle collision, the Modesto Police Department Traffic Unit has initiated a comprehensive collision investigation. The cause of this collision is still under investigation as traffic investigators are still locating potential witnesses and assessing evidence located at the scene of the collision. Initial information gathered at the scene indicates alcohol may have been a factor in the collision. At this time, it is unknown if the diver was wearing his seatbelt. The passenger appears to have been wearing his seatbelt at the time of the collision.

Anyone with information or witnesses to this collision is encouraged to contact Traffic Officer Nelson at 209-652-2160.

Saturday, 08 June 2013 03:10

George Lucas Cruises Modesto

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George Lucas chats with us about growing up in Modesto, how he listened to music, and what he always thought about while in class at Thomas Downey High School from 1958-1962