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.
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.
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.
MODESTO - A fire damaged a home overnight, nearly spreading to a second home early Sunday morning.
Fire crews responded to the 700 block of Foster Road shortly after 1:30am for a report of a home on fire. Arriving fire crews encountered smoke and fire extending out the back of the home. Early reports indicate a second alarm was dispatched to the scene as the fire was threatening a second home.
The fire was brought under control in 20 minutes, and the involved home suffered major damage.
A neighbor said she woke up to a bright glow coming through her bedroom window in the middle of the night and found firefighters arriving to battle the blaze. She said fire crews sprayed water on her home to protect it from catching fire.
The nieghbor indicated a family had just finished working on the home and was preparing to move in on Monday, but the fire destroyed the interior of the home.
The cause of the fire was under investigation, and damage estimates were placed at $150,000
FRENCH CAMP - Anthony Silva, the former mayor of the city of Stockton, was released on bond Wednesday afternoon from the San Joaquin County Jail.
Silva was released on bond after a judge reviewed and approved his bail. His initial bail of $1 million was reduced to $350,000 Monday in court.
Silva was arrested at the San Francisco airport on March 5th on return from a recent trip to Colombia, after investigators with the San Joaquin County District Attorney's Office served warrants at the Stockton Kids Club and Silva's north Stockton home. Silva faces charges including money laundering, embezzlement, and grand theft.
Officials with the district attorney's office say Silva used stolen funds to pay for rooms at Motel 6, trips to the Philippines, and a subscription to filipinocupid.com.
Prior to these recent charges, Silva was arrested in 2016 and faces misdemeanor charges stemming from an incident involving an alleged strip poker game at a summer camp for kids.
As conditions of Silva's release, he is required to wear a monitoring device.
OAKDALE - At least one person was reported killed in a plane crash in Oakdale Saturday morning.
The incident was reported at about 10:30am at the Oakdale Airport. Early reports indicate a small aircraft crashed into a vehicle, catching fire. The flames were threatening a hangar area, however fire crews were able to prevent the spread from happening.
Further updates will be posted as they become available.
SAN FRANCISCO - Former City of Stockton Mayor Anthony Silva was arrested Sunday afternoon by investigators with the San Joaquin County District Attorney's Office.
Silva was booked into the San Joaquin County Jail at 5:38pm and faces numerous felony charges including money laundering, embezzlement by a public officer and grand theft.
The arrest was ordered Thursday, as investigators with the district attorney's office served search warrants at Silva's north Stockton home and the Kid's Club facility in South Stockton. Several boxes and envelopes were removed from the building, some labeled financial documents and pay records dating back several years.
The new arrest is reportedly unrelated to Silva's previous arrest charges.
Silva had left for Colombia on vacation Wednesday. He returned on a flight to San Francisco Sunday. He is being held on one million dollars bail and is expected in San Joaquin County Superior Court Monday afternoon.