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STANISLAUS COUNTY - Authorities investigating the discovery of a man's remains are treating the case as a homicide and are asking for the public's help in identifying the victim.

The Stanislaus County Sheriff's Office reports that detectives were called out to the 6600 block of McCracken Road north of Westley on November 18th for the report of a deceased person. Deputies arrived and found the remains of a heavyset man between the ages of 19 and 25. Detectives believe he may have been missing for the last couple of years.

Authorities say that identification is pending due to the condition of the remains. Investigators aren't sure how the body ended up in Ingram Creek and are looking for the public's help in identifying the victim and providing leads.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Detective Wyatt at (209) 525-7091 or Crime Stoppers where callers can remain anonymous at (209) 521-4636.

Mark Nelson Law Office

Thursday, 14 December 2017 17:13

Two Injured in Plane Crash near Valley Springs

VALLEY SPRINGS - Two men in their 70’s were injured during a plane crash Thursday.

Emergency personnel were dispatched to the 10000 block of Hogan Dam Road for a report of a plane crash at an airstrip on private property. Arriving deputies with the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office found firefighters providing aid to a 72 year old man from the Lake Camanche area and a 75 year old man from Pine Grove.

Witness statements indicate the plane may have been flying low in an attempt to land when it clipped a tree near the end of the runway. Authorities say the plane is a 1981 Cessna single engine fixed wing aircraft. 

Both occupants were able to exit the aircraft on their own, and were flown to hospitals out of the area by air ambulance. Sheriff deputies assisted FAA officials to investigate the exact cause of the crash.

Mark Nelson Law Office

MANTECA - A traffic collision involving several vehicles closed at least three lanes of Highway 99 near the 120 interchange Thursday morning.

The crash was reported at about 9:31am and involved at least one big rig according to the California Highway Patrol. Emergency crews responded and closed off the left three lanes of the highway, diverting traffic away from scattered debris and spilled fuel.

All occupants appeared to be out of their vehicles, and minor injuries were reported. The involved big rig and a pickup truck suffered major damage, breaking axles and wheels off of both vehicles. One big rig was carrying 80,000lbs of cargo.

Lane closures were expected to be in place for an extended period of time for cleanup.

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Friday, 08 December 2017 08:09

Head-On Vehicle Collision in Oakdale

OAKDALE - A head-on crash involving two pickup trucks congested traffic Friday morning.

The crash was reported near North Yosemite and Valley Home Rd shortly after 7:00am. The crash involved two pickup trucks, one a Toyota and the other a Chevrolet. At least one occupant was pinned in one of the vehicles requiring extrication by firefighters.

An Oak Valley Ambulance was seen leaving the area with lights and siren. Injuries and patient condition, as well as the circumstances surrounding the crash were not available at time of publication.

Southbound lanes of the roadway were closed with traffic being diverted into a shopping center while crews worked to investigate and clear the scene.

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Friday, 08 December 2017 01:38

Fire Crews Respond to Tiki Lodge

MODESTO - Fire crews responded to a report of smoke from a building early Friday morning.

Firefighters responded to the Tiki Lodge on the 900 block of McHenry Avenue at about 1:15am for a report of smoke seen from the roof. Firefighters arrived and after investigating located signs of smoldering in the attic space of the office area.

Firefighters inspected the rooftop and after about 30 minutes, the smoke was no longer visible.

Cause and damage estimates were not available at time of publication.

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MODESTO - Detectives investigating the October shooting death of a 5 year old boy have released a photo of a vehicle they say is connected to the case.

Authorities are asking for the public's help in identifying the occupants of the vehicle, described as a gray or silver sedan. The shooting happened on October 28th on Lake Park Court shortly before 9:45pm, claiming the life of a 5 year old boy and injuring a second child.

Police say they may have determined a motive for the case and are looking for additional witnesses.

Anyone with information regarding the vehicle or the case is encouraged to contact the Modesto Police Department or Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636 where callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.

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Tuesday, 14 November 2017 10:15

Woman Crossing Street Killed by DUI Driver

STOCKTON - Police arrested a 29 year old man following a fatal DUI crash investigation Monday night.

The crash was reported at 9:28pm near the intersection of El Dorado and Martinique Court. Police say the driver failed to see the woman who was crossing the street and struck her with his vehicle. Medics responded and pronounced her deceased at the scene.

Traffic officers responded to investigate the collision.

Authorities say the driver, identified as 29 year old Kenneth Grubb was evaluated and found to be driving under the influence. He was booked into the San Joaquin County Jail on DUI charges and held on $110,000 bail.

Mark Nelson Law Office

Sunday, 12 November 2017 08:47

Fatal Crash in Modesto

MODESTO - Police say a man in his 20’s died in an early morning crash Sunday.

The crash happened at about 7:00am on Standiford Avenue just east of Tully Road. Sergeant Kalani Souza with the Modesto Police Department said that a single vehicle was involved in the collision and appeared to cross from eastbound into westbound lanes before crashing into a pole.

Police arrived to find medical personnel providing aid to the driver. He was transported to a hospital where he died from his injuries. 

Standiford Avenue was closed while traffic officers investigated the crash. Sergeant Souza indicated speed was being considered as a factor in the crash, but it was too early to tell if drugs or alcohol played a role.

Mark Nelson Law Office

Friday, 03 November 2017 10:27

Homicide Investigated in Ceres

CERES - Authorities with the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Office are investigated a homicide following the shooting death of a man early Friday morning.

Deputies responded to the 3400 block of McGee Road for a report of a person shot shortly before 3:00am. As first responders arrived, they found a Hispanic adult man suffering from a gunshot wound to the upper body. He was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Detectives were called out to examine the crime scene and interview witnesses. Police say the victim has not been identified yet and no suspect information is available.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Detective Fisher at (209) 525-7083, or Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636 where callers can remain anonymous.

Mark Nelson

MODESTO - An upcoming measure on the November 7th Ballot outlining a vote on taxing cannabis businesses is important for voters to understand, citizens say.

"November the 7th is going to be a historical day in the City of Modesto," said Mark Gray. "The city is giving us as patients an opportunity to vote on a tax that will build the general fund while not taxing the patients, or anyone involved in recreational cannabis purchases."

Measure T on the ballot outlines a plan to tax cannabis related businesses and states the following:

"Shall the City of Modesto outline an ordinance establishing a cannabis business tax on all cannabis businesses in the City, up to 10% of gross receipts of each business potentially generating approximately one million dollars or more in revenues annually for general City services, including neighborhood safety, maintaining parks and recreation, and job creation, with all revenues remaining local, and which continues until repealed by the City Council or the voters?"

The tax would not apply to those harvesting cannabis legally for personal use.


An impartial analysis by City attorney Adam Lundrigan reads as follows on the ballot:

"The City Council of the City of Modesto placed Measure T on the ballot asking voters to consider a Cannabis (marijuana) Business Tax of up to ten percent (10%) on gross receipts of all cannabis businesses. The tax is a gross receipts tax only on cannabis businesses; it is not a sales tax imposed on individuals purchasing cannabis.

Currently, cannabis businesses are not permitted in the City of Modesto. The Cannabis Business Tax would not change this. However, cannabis businesses could be allowed in the City if the City Council approves changes to the City’s Municipal Code, if voters pass an initiative to allow cannabis businesses in the City, or if the state Legislature requires the City to permit cannabis businesses.

If cannabis businesses are permitted in the City, Measure T allows the City Council to set a maximum tax rate, by resolution, on all cannabis businesses of up to ten percent (10%) on gross receipts. For example, a cannabis business with gross receipts totaling $100,000 would pay up to $10,000 in taxes to the City.

The Cannabis Business Tax would apply to any business activity involving the distribution, delivery, dispensing, exchanging, bartering or sale of either medical or non-medical cannabis or cannabis products, including cultivation, planting, harvesting, transporting, manufacturing, compounding, converting, processing, preparing, labeling, storing, packaging, testing and/or retail sales of cannabis, cannabis products, and any ancillary products, whether or not done for profit. The tax would not apply to the legal cultivation of cannabis for personal use allowed under the City’s Municipal Code and state law.

Because Measure T does not limit the City’s use of Cannabis Business Tax revenues to specific purposes, it is a “general tax” rather than a “special tax.” Revenues from the tax would be placed in the City’s general fund. The City could use the tax revenues for any legitimate governmental purpose. All of the revenues from the Cannabis Business Tax would go to the City of Modesto; none would go to the state. The tax would continue until repealed by the voters or the City Council.

A “yes” vote on Measure T would approve the Cannabis Business Tax and authorize the City Council to establish a tax rate of up to ten percent (10%) on gross receipts on cannabis businesses if they are allowed to operate in the City in the future. A “no” vote would reject the Cannabis Business Tax. Measure T would be approved if it received a simple majority of “Yes” votes.

The entire text of Measure T will be printed in the Voter Information Guide for the November 7, 2017, election."

The full text can be found by clicking HERE.

Gray was previously the operator of the Prop 215 Information Center on J Street in Modesto as well as an oversight officer of a cannabis facility in Las Vegas, Nevada. He is also aware of the concern of voters regarding the potential misuse of funds.

"What happens to the general fund? There's no accountability," Gray said. "Well there's something called get involved with the city," he urged.

"It's the best thing you guys can do as patients," he continued. "It's the best thing for our city."

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