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MERCED COUNTY - Authorities are investigating a drowning after the discovery of a deceased male in the Merced River.

The discovery was made shortly before 9:00am Monday morning near the town of Cressey. Authorities say the person was found about 40 yards where they were suspected to have gone missing Sunday afternoon.

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The area is located near Santa Fe Drive at the Merced River crossing. Officials believe the person was on horseback crossing the river when the horse lost its footing in a deep area of the river and began swimming. The horse made it safely to shore, but the rider went missing.

Authorities are unsure if the rider dismounted or fell off during the incident. The male has not been identified. Foul play is not suspected.

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Monday, 19 August 2019 10:26

Off Duty Deputy Shot in Turlock

TURLOCK - Authorities are investigating a shooting that left an off-duty Merced County Sheriff Deputy wounded over the weekend.

The shooting happened early Sunday morning at around 2:30am near a business on the 100 block of South First Street.

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Early reports indicate the victim was wounded and rushed to a hospital in critical condition, but is expected to be survive.

No suspect information has been released. Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Detective Navarro at (209) 664-7319 or Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636 where callers can remain anonymous.

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MODESTO - A social media post warning of a shooting that has been widely shared appears to be mostly unfounded and spreading unnecessary panic.

The post, which appears to have been shared on instagram, screen-capped and shared again warns of a shooting at a Wal Mart.

”FYI be safe,” the post reads. “DO NOT go to Walmart this weekend in Modesto!! In case you haven’t heard there is a planned shooting. Police caught the guy but he states that one of his family members will be doing the shooting instead. Just wanted to spread the news!!!”

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The post is written over with additional messages like “Please read very important,” and “For all my friends and family be safe.” Another caption encourages the post to be shared.

Police are aware of the post and say the information is unconfirmed, which they say has also been shared in other states as well.

”We don’t know anything about the origin of the post or those involved with this,” a police spokesperson said. They also had no knowledge of anyone arrested for the allegations in the post.

Although the incident may be untrue, authorities are still taking precautions. “It’s on our radar and Walmart security is aware.”

The original intent of the post is unclear, but what is certain is the frustration and unnecessary panic it can create.

”Honestly my first reaction was that I didn’t really believe it,” one viewer commented regarding the post. “But considering all of the recent events, especially as we seen on the news yesterday at the local McDonald’s there’s always a possibility for anything now.”

Police say it’s always good to be aware of your surroundings, no matter where you are.

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MODESTO - Police investigated a shooting that critically injured a man early Saturday morning during a carjacking attempt.

Authorities received a 911 call at about 4:00am Saturday reporting two males tried to carjack them at a McDonalds on the 1800 block of Prescott Road. The driver was able to get away from the area, and the victim called 911 to make a report.

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As police were responding to the area, the dispatch center received another call reporting the same two males attempting to carjack a vehicle nearby. As officers diverted to respond to the latest call, they received additional information that one suspect was armed with a gun and fired into the car. A 26 year old male passenger in the car was struck by the gunfire. He was rushed to the hospital and listed in critical but stable condition.

Police are investigating all possible leads and reviewing evidence to identify those responsible for the crime. The suspects are described as male, one wearing a dark colored sweatshirt and shorts, armed with a gun. The second was also a male wearing a light colored sweatshirt and dark pants.

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.

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Saturday, 17 August 2019 18:40

Body Found During Grass Fire

STOCKTON - Authorities are investigating the discovery of a body following a brush fire early Friday morning.

Firefighters with the Stockton Fire Department responded to the area of the 1900 block of Navy Drive shortly after 4:45am for a report of a grass fire. In the area, they located a deceased body according to police.

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A cause of death, age or gender were not released by authorities Friday. Detectives responded to the scene to investigate the incident. Police have classified the death as suspicious.

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

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MODESTO - Parents have expressed growing concern over a broken air conditioning unit in a kindergarten class at Stockard-Coffee Elementary School, especially with triple digit weather this week.

 

One parent reached out to CVTV Thursday saying her child was on day 4 this week without air conditioning. By 12:00pm Thursday the temperatures had reached 104 degrees. The parent said she was not notified of the situation, and that the teacher had reported the issue to the district office. 

 

The parent, who wished to remain anonymous, said that she was told the district was waiting on a part for repair. She said her child’s class was moved to a portable classroom, but felt that it was not set up for kindergarten teaching, and that the issue has been ongoing since before this week.

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“We wouldn’t have known if it weren’t for back to school night,” the parent said. “I know some of the children in the class are asthmatic also.”

 

Debra Hendricks, Superintendent for Sylvan Union School District responded to an inquiry on the situation with the following statement.

 

“Yes, we have had issues with one air conditioning unit. We have had staff and outside services identify the problem. We have and will continue to move students and the teacher to an air conditioned area of the school campus, if need be, until we are able to fix or replace the unit.”

 

With temperatures expected to reach 104 again Friday and remain in the 90’s next week, parents are still worried and upset that something wasn’t done sooner.

 

“The parents were never notified about the conditions during this time,” the parent continued.

 

“The classroom change was made ONLY after several complaints by parents to the district.”

 

She feels the district neglected the issue, were slow to make arrangements for students and failed to communicate the situation to parents.

 

 

 

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RIVERBANK - A Police Detective was arrested on domestic violence charges over the weekend, officials say.

 

The Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department investigated a physical altercation involving a Modesto Police Detective and his estranged girlfriend in Riverbank. The incident took place Wednesday around 11pm, authorities said.

 

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51 year old year old David Ramirez, a 22 year law enforcement veteran and current detective in the Property Crimes Unit was arrested for Domestic Violence. 

 

Ramirez was booked into the Stanislaus County Jail. 

 

The Modesto Police Department and Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office have both initiated an investigation. Ramirez has since placed on administrative leave until the conclusion of their investigation. 

 

Police Chief Galen Carroll issued a statement saying “Anytime an officer is accused of alleged misconduct, we take those allegations seriously.”

 

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Monday, 12 August 2019 20:43

Car, Service Dog for Autistic Boy Stolen

STOCKTON - On Sunday Cynthia Niswonger and her 12 year old son Neeko stopped at a Stockton McDonalds during a trip to use the restroom. Their car, a green Ford Focus Hatchback was left running with the doors locked,  the air conditioner turned on and their dog Sloan inside.

 

Cynthia had a remote key fob in her pocket which was how she was able to leave the car locked. 

 

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When she walked out of the restroom with her son, they saw a man brake the window to her car and leave with it.

 

Sloan serves as a therapy dog for Neeko who suffers from autism. Neeko is non verbal and uses an iPad to communicate. That iPad was also in the car. 

 

The car has since been found in the area of American and 7th Street in Stockton but Neeko’s therapy dog Sloan and the iPad are still missing. 

 

Cynthia and her son Neeko are from San Diego. 

 

Sloan is a mixed dog about 2 years old, 20 pounds and looks like a mini lab. She was last seen near the McDonalds on Charter Way wearing a bright pink harness, a blue and pink flamingo and palm tree collar with a silver rainbow sheen dog bone shaped tag. She also had a hot pink leash attached to her. 

 

Anyone with information regarding Sloan can contact Cynthia Niswonger at (619)316-2133.

 

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CALIFORNIA - On Tuesday, Governor Newsom signed Senate Bill 233, legislation to protect sex workers from arrest after reporting a violent crime such as rape.

The bill also prevents condoms from being used as probable cause for arrest and use as evidence to prosecute someone for sex work. The bill was introduced by San Francisco Senator Scott Wiener and will take effect on January 1st.

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According to Senator Wiener's office, SB 233 provides health and safety protections for sex workers and is the first law with these kind of protections in the country.

"Sex workers are at high risk of victimization, including assault, rape, robbery and kidnapping," a statement from the senators office read. Under current law, sex workers are arrestable when reporting these type of incidents for their engagement in sex work. They can also be arrested and prosecuted based on evidence that they had condoms in their possession.

Senator Wiener says this creates an incentive for sex workers to not carry condoms, putting them at risk of contracting and spreading sexually transmitted diseases and infections.

However, opposition says the legislation enables sex work and related criminal activity to continue without fear of arrest, tying the hands of authorities and creating a loophole.

The authors of the legislation have a different vision.

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"When sex workers believe that carrying condoms and reporting violent crimes will get them arrested, they simply won't take these steps," said Senator Wiener. He believes SB 233 will move the state in the direction to reduce STD transmission and allow victimized sex workers protection against violence. Senator Wiener believes it will also make it easier for authorities to apprehend those who are responsible for crimes like rape and assault. The bill is also supported by organizations like the ACLU.

According to studies by UCSF and the St. James Infirmary, 60% of sex workers experience violence while working. The studies also show that 40% of sex workers reported negative experiences with authorities when reporting themselves as victims of violent crimes. 

Pearl Callahan spent 40 years in the sex work industry. She is now an outreach director for the Sex Workers Outreach Program of Sacramento, and is a survivor of human trafficking. "After 40 years in the sex trade, and being trafficked for 10 of those years, I never thought that we would see a change in my lifetime," she said. "Allowing sex workers to carry condoms and report violent offenses will be lifesaving."

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STOCKTON - Police arrested a man on terrorist threat and false imprisonment charges following a disturbance at a home Friday afternoon.

Authorities say a man at a home on the 1600 block of Chaparral Way was in an argument with a woman about relationship issues. The man had been drinking and threatened to kill the woman. She barricaded herself away from the man in an upstairs bedroom with their 13 year old son.

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Police SWAT officers, Crisis Negotiators and a drone unit arrived to assist with the incident. The SWAT team made a fast entry into the home when the man tried to break into the room where the woman and the boy were hiding. He was taken into custody without incident.

Police located a loaded AR-15 rifle and a safe believed to contain two more firearms.

Thomas Stevens, 38, was arrested on charges including terrorist threats and false imprisonment. No injuries were reported during the incident.

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