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Saturday, 17 August 2019 18:40

Body Found During Grass Fire

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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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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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MODESTO - Authorities have identified a man who died after being detained with the use of a taser and sheriff K-9.

Rudy Santillan, aged 36 of Modesto, died Wednesday morning in a hospital. Authorities say Tuesday evening at about 6:44pm, deputies were called to the 1000 block of Imperial Avenue for an altercation between a man and his adult son.

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Early reports indicated Santillan was "going crazy" and "breaking everything" and witnesses who called 911 said that there were 30 gang members and someone armed with a gun at the location.

Deputies arrived and made contact with Santillan, who appeared to be in an altered state, in a nearby vacant lot. Officials say he resisted when deputies attempted to take him into custody using physical restraint, tasers and a K-9. During the struggle, deputies asked for an ambulance to stand by in the area.

After Santillan was detained, deputies noticed he was unconscious and suffering from a medical emergency.

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Deputies began performing life saving measures on Santillan until medics arrived to transport him by ambulance to a hospital. He died early the next morning at Doctors Medical Center.

Stanislaus Sheriff Internal Affairs, Districy Attorneys and the Crimes Against Persons division is investigating the incident. Authorities are tentatively planning to release body worn camera video pending the investigation.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Detective Fisher at (209) 525-7083.

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MODESTO - Authorities are investigating a fatal deputy involved shooting that took place late Wednesday night.

Deputies with the Stanislaus County Sheriffs Office were investigating a kidnapping/false imprisonment case when they located their suspect near the intersection of Vine and Madison Streets.

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A Ramey Warrant was obtained for the suspect, identified as 52 year old Stephen Murray. As authorities observed Murray, they saw he had the victim in this incident with him.

Deputies attempted to take Murray into custody, at which time he took the victim hostage with a gun. At least one deputy opened fire, striking Murray. The victim was unharmed, Murray died at the scene. Authorities recovered his weapon, which was determined to be a replica firearm.

Detectives with the Modesto Police Department responded to investigate the incident. The Stanislaus District Attorney’s Office and Sheriff Internal Affairs also responded to investigate.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Modesto Police Detective Sean Martin at (209) 572-9500.

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MODESTO - Authorities investigated the death of a man after he was taken into custody by deputies Tuesday afternoon.

Officials say deputies with the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office responded to a home on the 1000 block of Imperial Avenue for a report of a disturbance between a father and an adult son. Reports indicated the son was going crazy and breaking objects, according to a press release by the sheriff’s office.

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Additional reports to authorities indicated that the disturbance had moved out of the home, and several gang members became involved with one of them possibly armed with a gun.

Arriving deputies contacted the adult son in an empty lot nearby, where he resisted officials. The man appeared to be in an altered state, according to authorities. A taser and K-9 was used to apprehend him. During the struggle, authorities asked for an ambulance to stand by in the area.

After the deputies were able to control the man, he became unresponsive and suffered a medical emergency. Deputies began performing life-saving measures on him. He was rushed to a hospital for treatment but later died Wednesday morning.

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Authorities closed off a section of Frazier Street between Inyo and Lassen Avenues well into the night as they examined the area and investigated the incident. Several evidence markers could be seen on the ground near a discarded mattress and other debris on the side of a road.

The man’s age or identity was not released as of Wednesday night, however officials anticipated having more information to release Thursday. Release of body camera video was tentatively planned for release pending investigative interviews and processing of evidence.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Detective Fisher at (209) 525-7083.

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