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MODESTO - Police taped off an alleyway Friday morning after the discovery of a woman's nude body in an alleyway.

At about 9:00am police were alerted to the discovery of a body found in an alleyway near the intersection of Carver Road and Evergreen Avenue.

According the Sergeant Kalani Souza with the Modesto Police Department, a passerby alerted a resident who found the body and called police. Officers responded and taped off the area. Investigators and evidence technicians arrived and examined the scene.

The body was said to be tucked behind a utility box near a fence. Authorities say the placement of the body is suspicious.

Sergeant Souza explained that there didn't appear to be any visible markings or injuries on the woman's body, however detectives would investigate further. Police were unable to say what the woman's ethnicity or age were until positive identification could be made.

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.

Mark Nelson

Wednesday, 12 April 2017 18:25

Body Found, Sheriff's Office Investigates

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STANISLAUS COUNTY - Authorities investigated the discovery of a body on the side of a road Wednesday afternoon.

At about 2:30pm authorities received a 911 phone call from a county works employee who was operating a tractor cutting grass on Wellsford Road. The 911 caller indicated that they had found a body on the side of Wellsford Road, just north of Parker Road.

Deputies arrived and closed off the 1700 block of Wellsford Road with crime scene tape. 

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"We did find what we believe to be an adult," said Sergeant Anthony Bejaran, a Sheriff's Office spokesman. The age and gender of the person could not be determined. Bejaran said a forensic pathologist would have to examine the body.

Authorities did not know how long the body had been on the side of the road. It was located between some grass and berry bushes.

"CHP is also here with us," Bejaran said. "There is the potential that this was possibly a traffic collision."

Bejaran explained that CHP officials would assist early on should the pathologist determine that the cause of death was due to a traffic collision.

The sheriff's office takes several missing persons reports during the week, but Bejaran was unsure if there were any for that area. An autopsy was scheduled for Thursday.

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MODESTO - Two schools were placed on lockdown late Monday morning after a report came in of a distraught man firing a gun.

Police were dispatched at about 11:45am to the 400 block of Yosemite Avenue for a report of a 19 year old man firing a gun. Initially, the incident was reported as a self inflicted gun shot wound.

Additional arriving officers reported hearing more gunfire. The man was reportedly armed with a shotgun. Initial information indicates the man was upset over the recent death of a relative.

Modesto High School and James Marshall Elementary were placed on lock down during the investigation.

Further updates will be provided as they become available.

Mark Nelson

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.

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 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.

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.

Mark Nelson