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SNELLING - A 41 year old man who was a person of interest in a homicide case engaged authorities in a pursuit and shootout Thursday night.

The incident unfolded at about 7:45pm when detectives with the Turlock Police Department were conducting surveillance on a person of interest at a home near Quincy and Hawkeye Avenues. Authorities were preparing to serve a search warrant at the location in relation to a homicide that took place on the 300 block of North Thor Street on October 31st.

Authorities observed the suspect, identified as Kevin Mayhew, place a rifle case in the vehicle. Detectives and uniformed officers attempted to stop Mayhew as he left the area, but he fled leading officers on a lengthy pursuit.

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As the pursuit headed northbound on Snelling Road, Mayhew's vehicle became disabled after the use of a spike strip. Mayhew stopped the vehicle just south of State Route 59, west of the town of Snelling. He exited the vehicle and opened fire on the pursuing officers, including Turlock Police, Merced Police and Merced County Sheriff Deputies.

Authorities returned fire striking Mayhew several times. Officers provided medical care, and an air ambulance transported Mayhew to a hospital. He was later booked into the Merced County Jail on charges of attempted murder of a police officer. No officers were injured in the shootout. Turlock Police say one of their officers was involved in the shootout with Mayhew.

According to the Turlock Police Department, the purpose of the search warrant was to gather evidence in the October 31st shooting. Several items of evidence were recovered from Mayhew's Thor Street home, as well as several firearms recovered from Mayhew's vehicle involved in the pursuit.

No further information was released by authorities.

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Wednesday, 08 March 2017 11:17

Fatal Crash Reported in Merced County

MERCED COUNTY - Emergency crews responded to a crash south of the City of Merced Wednesday morning that claimed three lives.

The crash was reported to the California Highway Patrol at about 7:29am on the northbound lanes of Highway 99 near East Mission Avenue. Early indications suggest that 911 callers reported a gold Chevrolet Silverado traveling southbound on Highway 99 crossed over the median and collided with a black Ford SUV traveling north.

Two occupants of the pickup and an occupant of the SUV were killed in the crash. The two occupants of the pickup truck were identified as a man and woman in their 50's from Modesto. The occupant of the SUV was identified as a man in his 20's from Chowchilla.

Traffic was closed by officials until shortly before 11:00am.

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Tuesday, 07 March 2017 12:48

Man Arrested on Stolen Gun, Drug Charges

PATTERSON - Authorities arrested a man early Monday morning after a report of a large fight with weapons.

Shortly after midnight, deputies with Patterson Police Services responded to a report of a fight involving 15 to 20 people in an alleyway near the 200 block of South 3rd Street. Authorities say the 911 caller indicated two people had guns.

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As deputies arrived, they located three men in the alleyway. One of the men ran to a garbage can and tossed a firearm inside and refused to comply with orders according to authorities.

The man was detained and searched by deputies, who found drugs in his pocket.

Authorities arrested the man, identified as 24 year old Gerardo Rodriguez. He was booked on charges including possession of a stolen firearm, drug possession, resisting arrest and probation violation.

The other two men who were with Rodriguez were detained for a short time but later released.

SAN FRANCISCO - Former City of Stockton Mayor Anthony Silva was arrested Sunday afternoon by investigators with the San Joaquin County District Attorney's Office.

Silva was booked into the San Joaquin County Jail at 5:38pm and faces numerous felony charges including money laundering, embezzlement by a public officer and grand theft.

The arrest was ordered Thursday, as investigators with the district attorney's office served search warrants at Silva's north Stockton home and the Kid's Club facility in South Stockton. Several boxes and envelopes were removed from the building, some labeled financial documents and pay records dating back several years.

The new arrest is reportedly unrelated to Silva's previous arrest charges.

Silva had left for Colombia on vacation Wednesday. He returned on a flight to San Francisco Sunday. He is being held on one million dollars bail and is expected in San Joaquin County Superior Court Monday afternoon.

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Saturday, 04 March 2017 21:07

Police, FBI Serve Warrants in Modesto

MODESTO - Authorities including Modesto Police and agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation served several warrants Saturday.

The warrants were served in various locations around the city of Modesto, including a section of Carver Road between 9th Street and Orangeburg Avenue. The Modesto Police SWAT team assisted in the operation.

Police spokeswoman Heather Graves confirmed the operation, however referred further inquiry regarding the warrants to the FBI. Graves said the department was providing assistance to the agency in serving the warrants.

Further updates will be posted as they become available.

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MODESTO - Authorities arrested a couple after investigating the abuse, torture and death of a child this week.

Officials say a 911 call was placed March 1st for a report of a child not breathing at a home on the 300 block of Standiford Avenue. First responders arrived and began performing life-saving measures on the child, who authorities identified as three year old Gilbert Escamilla.

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The child was transported to a hospital in critical condition and flown to Madera Children's hospital. Investigators were notified Thursday morning that Gilbert had passed away.

Authorities described the child's injuries as burns, lacerations and bruising. The cause of death has not been determined.

Detectives began an investigation after learning how badly injured the child was, processing the home for evidence and interviewing relatives that live there. The investigation led to the arrest of the 24 year old Connie Escamilla, the child's mother. She faces a charge of murder in the child's death. Escamilla's fiance, 20 year old Kylie Beasley, was also arrested on murder and torture charges.

Escamilla's seven year old daughter was placed into protective custody.

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MODESTO - Police responded to a report of a shooting near Riverside Park Wednesday afternoon.

The shooting was reported at about 3:40pm. Early reports indicate the victim was struck in the arm after a person aimed a gun at a child and shot the father. The suspect was last seen fleeing toward Dry Creek.

The victim was located at a nearby gas station after entering a vehicle. The suspect was described as a 16-17 year old boy wearing a blue windbreaker.

Capistrano School was reportedly placed on lockdown during the incident.

Further updates will be posted as they become available.

Mark Nelson

Monday, 27 February 2017 18:49

Police Investigate Suspicious Death

STOCKTON - Police investigated a suspicious death after a man was found deceased in a vehicle Monday afternoon.

At about 2:30pm, police were called to the area of Kelley Drive and Hillview Avenue for a report of a possible deceased person found in a vehicle. Arriving officers located an adult male in the back seat of a pickup truck who was deceased.

Authorities say the man had not been seen in several days. A cause of death was not released by authorities, or the circumstances surrounding the incident.

Detectives responded to continue the investigation.

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Monday, 27 February 2017 17:51

Two Arrested in Auto Theft Investigation

PATTERSON - Two arrests were made by auto theft detectives after locating two vehicles that were reported stolen.

On February 23rd, authorities with the Stanislaus County Auto Theft Task Force located a 1993 Honda Accord traveling on Walnut Avenue that was reported stolen out of Ceres. As investigators conducted surveillance on the vehicle, it pulled up to a 1996 Honda Accord on Saffron Way, which was also reported stolen from Ceres.

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A man exited that car and entered the original vehicle, driving through a residential area before stopping on Hannah Drive. Authorities conducted an enforcement stop, detaining two people from the car.

Investigators were able to locate evidence in the vehicle connecting them to another car reported stolen in Patterson earlier that morning.

Eloisa Contreras, 27, was connected to two stolen vehicles. Saul Lopez, 25, was connected to six stolen vehicles in Ceres, Patterson and Newman. Both were arrested and booked, while the vehicles were returned to their owners.

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Monday, 27 February 2017 14:26

Ceres Police Investigate Stabbing Death

CERES - Police detectives investigated a stabbing that happened Sunday afternoon resulting in the death of a woman.

Police say at about 5:00pm officers responded to a report of a domestic disturbance at a home on the 3700 block of Central Avenue. A roommate directed officers to a bedroom in the home where they located a 26 year old woman with multiple stab wounds. Medical personnel treated the woman, but she died at the scene.

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A 35 year old man was also found in the bedroom with knife wounds that appeared to be self inflicted. He was transported to an area hospital where he was said to be in serious but stable condition. Police say he is a person of interest in the case.

Investigators are still working to determine the circumstances regarding the case and have not released further details. The woman was identified as 26 year old Yeraldin Dominguez.

Authorities encourage anyone with information regarding this case to contact the Ceres Police Department at (209) 538-5712, or Detective Bryan Ferreira at (209) 538-5616.

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