OAKDALE - Fire crews battled a structure fire late Monday afternoon.
The fire was reported at about 6:06pm on the 7700 block of Sonora Road. Arriving firefighters found a double-wide mobile home fully engulfed in flames.
Fire Crews from Stanislaus Consolidated and Escalon responded to the scene. Downed power lines created a safety hazard for firefighting efforts.
The cause of the fire was under investigation. At time of publication there were no mention of injuries.
LOS BANOS - A 21 year old was arrested after setting fire to a home with two girls inside Sunday afternoon.
Police responded to the home on the 1400 block of Pintail Circle after receiving a report of a structure fire, and arrived to find 21 year old Carlos Castillo in front of the house. Castillo was detained by officers after making suspicious comments regarding the fire.
Castillo resisted officers as he was taken into custody, trying to run away. An additional officer and sergeant arrived and surrounded Castillo who began reaching into his waistband and approaching the officers. Castillo began shouting for the officers to kill him.
One officer deployed a taser causing Castillo to fall to the ground. He was placed into handcuffs and detained. No weapon was found on his person.
Police contacted an 18 year old woman and a 10 year old girl who were inside of the home and escaped the fire through a window. They told officers that Castillo was inside acting strangely, so they fled upstairs and locked themselves in a room. A short time later they smelled smoke as Castillo set fire to the home.
The two escaped the fire by falling through a window, causing a laceration to the ten year old's arm as well as other injuries. They both were also suffering from smoke inhalation. Both were transported to a hospital for care.
During questioning, police learned that Castillo had set fire to the home. He was placed under arrest without bail and faces charges including arson, aggravated arson, child endangerment causing bodily injury and resisting arrest.
STOCKTON - A man who was assaulted and stabbed early Monday morning is expected to recover, police say.
The incident happened at about 2:59am on the 300 block of South El Dorado Street. Authorities say the victim was approached by the suspect who hit him and then stabbed him twice with an unknown object. The suspect then fled the area in an unknown direction.
The victim was transported to an area hospital for treatment of his injuries, but is expected to recover.
Police say the suspect is described as an African-American adult man who stands at about five feet eight inches tall. He is said to go by the name "Cheezy."
Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact the Stockton Police Department at (209) 937-8377 or Crime Stoppers at (209) 946-0600 where callers can remain anonymous.
MERCED - A fire in an Asian market destroyed the building and its contents Sunday morning.
The fire was reported at about 10:19am on the 600 block of Main Street. Arriving fire crews encountered heavy smoke conditions from the building. Turlock City, Atwater and other fire agencies responded to assist in the blaze which reached three alarms.
The contents and interior of the market were destroyed by the blaze. The market sold Asian foods and products. The fire caused instability issues with the building, delaying firefighter's investigation efforts.
The cause of the fire was under investigation, there were no reports of injuries.
MODESTO - A man who was killed in a hit and run traffic collision was identified by relatives, and say his organs are being donated to those in need.
Ronald Ramos, 61, was struck by a vehicle on Paradise Road Saturday morning at about 6:00am. A 39 year old woman driving the involved Honda stopped to check on him before leaving the scene. Authorities later located her during the investigation. Ramos died at the scene.
Relatives say Ramos was disabled and had recently defeated a month long illness. He was on his way to catch a bus to visit his ill mother during the time of the collision. His organs, tissue and skin are being donated to help those in need of transplants according to family members.
A GoFundMe account has been established to raise funds for cremation service. Anyone interested in helping can do so by CLICKING HERE.
Police are seeking help from witnesses to the collision. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Modesto Police Department at (209) 572-9500 or Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636 where callers can remain anonymous.
MODESTO - Police responded to a report of an armed robbery at a fast food restaurant Saturday night.
The robbery was reported at a Burger King restaurant on Oakdale Road at about 8:19pm. Early indications suggest a man armed with a gun entered the business and ordered food, then demanded cash.
The suspect was described as a hispanic male adult in his late 30's armed with a gun. He was wearing a black pull over hoodie and black pants. He was said to have dark hair and discoloration on his face.
A dark colored Honda was seen southbound on Oakdale shortly after the robbery. There were no customers inside at the time.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact the Modesto Police Department at (209) 572-9500 or Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636 where callers can remain anonymous.
MODESTO - Police investigated two separate fatal collisions that claimed the lives of two pedestrians Saturday.
Shortly after midnight emergency personnel responded to a report of a traffic collision between a vehicle and a pedestrian near the intersection of Sylvan and McHenry Avenues. Police were told by witnesses that the pedestrian was struck by a black Saturn driving west on Sylvan when the collision hapened, then struck a light pole.
The driver of the Saturn exited the vehicle, looked at the pedestrian, then entered the vehicle again. The driver backed the vehicle over the pedestrian again before fleeing the scene. Police later found the vehicle crashed into a parked car and abandoned on the 3600 block of Chippewa.
Six hours later police responded to another collision involving a pedestrian on Paradise Road. Early reports indicate that a 61 year old man was struck by a Honda traveling east. The Honda was being driven by a 39 year old woman, who initially stopped to help the pedestrian but later left before authorities arrived.
Police were able to later make contact with the driver. The pedestrian died at the scene. Authorities say the investigations are ongoing and they are seeking additional witnesses.
Police offer the following safety tips for both motorists and pedestrians:
• Slow down, especially in inclement weather and at night.
• Watch for pedestrians in and around crosswalks and around vehicles.
• Put away all distractions.
• Use crosswalks.
• Look both ways several times before crossing.
• Don’t assume a driver sees you. Make eye contact to ensure you’re seen.
• Obey all traffic laws.
• Stay alert. Items such as headphones and cell phones should be put away until you arrive safely at your destination.
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.
TWAIN HARTE - Authorities arrested a 7-11 employee after receiving information that he was selling narcotics during his work shift.
Detectives arrived at the store and questioned the employee who was identified as 43 year old Bryan Scott Irwin. Detectives received information that Irwin was selling narcotics during his shift at the store.
Authorities say Irwin confessed to selling drugs in the past and handed over a black pouch from his pocket to detectives. Inside, investigators found a plastic bag with more than nine grams of methamphetamine, two hypodermic needles, and several small ziploc baggies.
Authorities arrested Irwin and booked him into the Tuolumne County Jail on charges of possession of methamphetamine for sale and for possession of narcotics paraphernalia.
YOSEMITE - Roads leading into Yosemite Valley are expected to close Thursday at 5:00pm due to a winter storm and flash flood warning.
The National Weather Service issued the warning through Friday December 15th, with some areas expected to receive as much as six inches of rain. Officials predict heavy snow in the Sierra Mountains, with as much as six feet at the crest. The Merced River water level is expected to rise over 14 feet, several feet above flood level at the Pohono River Gauge.
Road closures take effect in and out of the park starting at 5:00pm and will last overnight. Officials urge travelers who are leaving the park to exit today by 4:00pm at the latest.
The following roads are scheduled to be closed:
- Highway 140 at the El Portal park line.
- Wawona Road from Wawona to Yosemite Valley will be closed at Chinquapin.
- Northside Drive exiting Yosemite Valley will be closed at Yosemite Valley Lodge for outgoing traffic.
- Big Oak Flat Road at Highway 120 will be closed at Foresta Junction.
Roads are expected to be re-evaluated for opening on Friday.
Park officials urge travelers to be cautious of other hazards while leaving the park including mud and debris flows, falling rocks and tree collapse. Fire zones may see increased dangers of debris flows during heavy rain.
Travelers can call (209) 372-0200 24 hours for road and weather information.
MODESTO - Police have identified a Patterson man who lost his life in a traffic collision Tuesday night.
Shortly before 8:00pm Tuesday, emergency crews responded to the area of 9th Street and Coldwell Avenue for a report of an overturned vehicle. A man was found unresponsive in the car. First responders attempted life saving measures, but the man died at the scene.
The driver was identified as 59 year old Bill Verhaegen of Patterson. The investigation into the crash continues, but it appears he suffered a medical emergency at the time of the crash.
Anyone with information that may be helpful in the investigation is encouraged to contact Officer Phillips at (209) 342-9153.