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MODESTO - A fire in the cargo area of an Alaska Airlines flight prompted an emergency landing at the Modesto airport.

Multiple fire crews including Modesto, Ceres and Stanislaus Consolidated were dispatched to the Modesto Airport at about 6:38am for a report of an inbound flight with fire in the cargo area.

The Alaska Airlines flight had 62 passengers on board and was traveling from Sacramento to San Diego.

Five engines, two trucks and two airport crash rigs responded. The flight landed safely at 6:50am with no visible smoke or flames from the exterior. Firefighters used thermal imaging cameras to check the interior of the airplane and found positive heat signals.

Officials say the planes fire extinguishment system had activated. The cargo was checked on the runway and no visible fire was found.

The plane was then moved to the terminal where the passengers safely exited and remained until travel arrangements were made.

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Mark Nelson

Tuesday, 21 March 2017 20:45

Police Arrest 2016 Homicide Suspect

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MODESTO - Police arrested a man suspected of being involved in a 2016 homicide Tuesday afternoon.

The homicide happened on August 19th, 2016. At about 2:20am police received a report of gunfire heard in the area of Prescott and Rumble Roads, and moments later several reports of a collision on Prescott Road.

Emergency crews arrived and located a 1998 Honda Civic with what police describe as "catastrophic damage." Police say the vehicle was found to be stolen and looked to be struck by gunfire.

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Mark Nelson

Mark Esparza, the 17 year old driver, was found ejected from the vehicle near the crash scene. First Responders attempted to save his life, however he died at the scene.

During Esparza's autopsy, investigators determined that he suffered a gunshot wound as well as injuries from the crash.

Search warrants were served by detectives in October on Alta Way in Modesto and last week on Jade Place in Manteca. No arrests were made at the time, however a warrant was issued for 33 year old Scott Bates Jr.

Officers saw Bates on McHenry Avenue Tuesday and placed him under arrest. He was booked into the Stanislaus County Jail on charges including homicide, being a felon in possession of a firearm, committing a felony while out on bail, and other enhancements. He is being held without bail.

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Tuesday, 21 March 2017 12:59

Tornado Warning Issued for Turlock

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TURLOCK - Authorities with the national weather service issued a tornado warning for Turlock Tuesday afternoon.

The warning was in effect from 12:47 for 22 minutes. A National Weather Service Doppler radar registered severe thunderstorm activity capable of producing a tornado. The storm was located near Turlock and was projected to move northeast at 20mph.

The storm was also predicted to produce abundant hail.

Impacted areas in the warning were Turlock, Denair and Keyes. Further informaiton will be posted as details become available.

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Mark Nelson

Monday, 20 March 2017 12:19

Water Rescue Reported near Hughson

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HUGHSON - Emergency crews responded to a water rescue early Monday afternoon.

The incident was reported shortly before noon at the Fox Grove fishing access. Early reports indicate a jet skier was in distress in the water, and may have been trapped by a tree.

Crews with the Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District responded and launched a rescue boat. The jet skier was reached by firefighters and rescued.

The events leading up to the rescue call were not yet available at time of publication. Further details will be posted as information is released.

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Mark Nelson

Sunday, 19 March 2017 19:42

Modesto Triplex Damaged by Early Morning Fire

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MODESTO - Fire crews responded to a triplex fire early Sunday morning that caused major damage to the building.

Firefighters with Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection and Modesto Fire responded to the building on the 100 block of Kerr Avenue next to the M&ET Railroad tracks at about 2:18am. Arriving fire crews encountered one unit of the triplex heavily involved in fire.

The fire had burned its way into the attic, which is shared across the triplex and spread to the other two units, as well as a trash pile outside of the triplex. Firefighters were able to containt the fire within 30 minutes. None of the units were occupied, however they were full of debris.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, and a damage estimate was placed at $100,000.

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Mark Nelson

Sunday, 19 March 2017 18:17

Neighborhood Surrounded for Suspect Search

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MODESTO - Police surrounded a neighborhood as officers searched for a wanted suspect Sunday afternoon.

At about 4:30pm a police officer near Ensenada Drive and San Blas Court recognized a man wanted on an assault with a deadly weapon charge out of the Sacramento area. Officers quickly detained several individuals as one fled into the neighborhood.

Police surrounded the area, including an apartment complex on Coffee Road, as they searched for the suspect. Police used a K-9 to assist with the search. The Stanislaus County Sheriff's Air Support Unit also responded to help.

Officers detained several individuals on San Blas Court south of Ensenada Drive. At time of publication, their involvement was unclear and it was unknown if the primary suspect was apprehended. He was described as a light skinned African-American man with red pants and a black or dark colored shirt.

Early reports indicate a gun was recovered during the incident.

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Mark Nelson

Sunday, 19 March 2017 15:47

Stockton Police: Sideshows Are Not Tolerated

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STOCKTON - Authorities inspected, cited and towed multiple vehicles during an expected sideshow Saturday night.

Police received information of a possible sideshow expected to happen at the 10300 block of Trinity Parkway Saturday night. Authorities say the event drew an estimated 200 participants to the location.

Police officers and the California Highway Patrol Air Support Unit responded to prevent the sideshow from happening. Authorities say similar events have caused safety concerns in the past and conducted the mission to prevent this one from getting out of control.

Officers issued 15 warnings, 49 citations, made 11 equipment inspections and towed four vehicles. Police say they have a team of officers trained to identify modified vehicles, conduct vehicle inspections and write vehicle seizure warrants for vehicles involved in sideshows.

According to police, ten vehicles have been seized for involvement in sideshows and more seizure warrants are forthcoming.

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