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Thursday, 23 August 2018 16:43

Search Called Off For Missing Ceres Man

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TUOLUMNE COUNTY - Authorities called off the search for a missing Ceres man presumed drowned in the New Melones Reservoir.

Officials believe 58 year old Richard Matlock went Missing last weekend and drowned at the lake. Multiple agencies searched the water over various days in an attempt to find and recover Matlock. Sonar equipment and dive teams were used, but there was no success in locating the victim.

Authorities say the extreme depths of the reservoir make rescue and recovery efforts highly strategic and very dangerous. The search and recovery efforts were called off August 21st.

“We send our heartfelt condolences to the Matlock Family for their tragic loss,” authorities said in a statement.

“Our number one goal is to find Rick to be able to lay him to rest,” family wrote on social media.

They described Matlock as a big family man who was married to the love of his life for 40 years. He worked for E-Towing for almost 20 years and ran their Modesto yard. To his children and grandchildren, he was the center of their world. Relatives call the loss unimaginable and devastating.

“He was the guy that you called when you needed help, and he showed up, every single time, no matter what. Rick had so many friends and that he considered family, and a lot of people called him Dad.”

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Matlock’s family plans to be proactive in his recovery, although they don’t plan to do anything out of the scope of their experience. They are asking anyone who can volunteer their time and equipment to meet at the Tuttletown Boat Ramp at New Melones Reservoir on Saturday August 25th at 9:00am. Anyone interested in volunteering is encouraged to call Ric Nesslage at (209) 581-7634

A memorial fund in honor of Matlock was set up via GoFundMe. If you would like to contribute, you can do so by clicking HERE.

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Monday, 18 June 2018 00:02

Aircraft Makes Emergency Landing on Highway

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TUOLUMNE COUNTY - An aircraft low on fuel made an emergency landing on Highway 49 Sunday afternoon.

Sheriff Officials say the Boeing Biplane took off from the Columbia Airport around 4:45pm. They received a call shortly before 5:30pm reporting the plane having to make an emergency landing because of low fuel.

The airplane safely made an emergency landing on Highway 49 near the Stevenot Bridge. There were no vehicles on the highway at the time, and no one was injured.

Officers with the California Highway Patrol responded to close the road while the pilot safely pushed the airplane onto the shoulder. There was no damage to the craft. The road remained closed while the plane was refueled. Shortly after the pilot was able to take off again.

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Sunday, 17 June 2018 12:54

Deceased Man Found in Creek

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MERCED - Authorities are conducting a death investigation after the discovery of a deceased man in a creek Saturday afternoon.

Shortly before 3:00pm police were called to the area of West 16th Street and Highway 59 for the report of a person floating in the creek. Early reports indicate a pedestrian was walking in the area and noticed an odor before finding the body. Arriving police officers located a deceased man who has not been identified.

Detectives responded to investigate the incident. Officials with the Merced County Coroner will continue the investigation to determine the man's identity and cause of death.

Wednesday, 13 June 2018 17:39

Fire in Waterford

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WATERFORD - Emergency crews responded to a report of a fire Wednesday afternoon.

The Fire was reported on the 12000 block of Hernandez Avenue at about 5:30pm. Early reports indicated dark smoke from behind a structure. Fire spread to a second structure, and a call for a second alarm was made.

An ambulance was also requested to the scene, but neighbors reported no one was inside the home. Firefighters quickly stopped the flames from spreading any further as more resources responded to the scene.

No details on the cause of the fire were available at time of publication.

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MODESTO - A 38 year old man who was involved in an altercation with Stanislaus County Sheriff Deputies died while in custody Saturday.

At about 10:30am, the man flagged down deputies to the parking lot of the Country Girl Truck Stop on South 7th Street indicating something was wrong with his truck. Deputies later learned the vehicle was unregistered and notified the man he would be receiving a citation. Authorities said the man became upset and began fighting with deputies. Additional deputies responded and the man was taken into custody.

Authorities say that as the man was transported by a deputy to a local hospital to be medically cleared, he became unresponsive. Hospital staff provided medical care to the man, but he later died.

The Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office and District Attorney’s Office are investigating the incident to determine the events leading up to the man’s death. An autopsy is pending and the identity of the man was not released by officials.

Authorities are asking anyone with information regarding this case to contact Detective Carter at (209) 525-7075.

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Tuesday, 01 May 2018 14:15

Suspect Arrested in Fatal Hit and Run Case

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TRACY - Authorities investigating a hit and run that claimed the life of a teen in April made an arrest in the case Friday night.

On April 21st, 15 year old Alexia Rubio was struck and killed by a hit and run driver on MacArthur Drive near the Tracy Cemetery. The only description provided to authorities was a white four-door car that fled the scene.

Through tips from the public, investigators developed leads that brought their attention to the 200 block of La Monte Lane. Authorities served a search warrant at the location and discovered a white Honda Accord with damage consistent with the crash. The car belonged to 32 year old Gabriel Jon Bailey who was located on Perry Lane and taken into custody.

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Bailey was booked into the San Joaquin County Jail with a $500,000 bail.

Investigators say the case is still active and are asking for anyone with information to contact Tracy Police at (209) 831-6650 or Crime Stoppers at (209) 831-4847 where callers can remain anonymous.

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Thursday, 22 March 2018 16:24

Imminent Failure of Moccasin Dam

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TUOLUMNE COUNTY - The Moccasin Fish Hatchery was evacuated Thursday afternoon after reports of imminent failure at the dam.

The small facility was overrun by water, which is expected to flow into the Don Pedro Reservoir. Emergency personnel closed off several roadways urging motorists to not attempt to cross flooded streets and highways. Some residences and businesses were reported to be taking in water.

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Water rescue personnel were dispatched to assist in helping people who were stranded by floodwaters. They were trapped on a chicken coop. Their vehicles and home on Priest Coulterville Road was underwater. Emergency shelters were also being set up for displaced residents.

Highway 120 at Highway 49 was closed off, as well as Highway 120 between Pinecrest and Strawberry due to flooding.