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Stanislaus SWAT serves a warrant on Rosemont in West Modesto.

Responding to a recent general increase in violent gang related criminal activity throughout Stanislaus County, local law enforcement agencies have combined their resources and collaborated together to increase their effectiveness and individual efforts. This joint effort is a proactive investigative measure to combat gang activity and developed into the service of several search warrants executed today. These mutual efforts were in response to the broad rise in criminal street gang incidents throughout the Stanislaus County area.

Numerous agencies participated in the service of these search warrants including the Modesto Police Department, Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department, Ceres Police Department, Turlock Police Department, and the FBI. Although this is a continuing joint endeavor, an immediate result of these combined efforts resulted in the search warrants served throughout Stanislaus County earlier today.

Vigorously combating any increase in criminal activity, sharing criminal knowledge, and prudently using valuable resources represent a few of the beneficial outcomes of combining the resources of all involved agencies. This is an ongoing investigative effort between all involved agencies and detectives as they continue to work throughout the day processing the results of these search warrants.

Gaines Booking Photo

Today, Modesto Police detectives arrested a former Modesto Police officer on several felony charges, after the Stanislaus District Attorney obtained a grand jury indictment. Lee Freddie Gaines II, a former 5-year veteran police officer with the Modesto Police Department is facing several felony charges, which are alleged to have occurred during his time as a police officer.

The case was initiated on January 8th, after a third party made the department aware that Gaines may have committed possible criminal misconduct while in the performance of his law enforcement duties.

The case was immediately forwarded to the Internal Affairs Unit, which launched an internal administrative investigation, as well as a criminal investigation into the matter. The investigation quickly revealed Gaines possibly committed criminal sexual violations against an adult female, while he was working in uniform in his police officer capacity. This alleged incident occurred on January 5th. Upon learning of the allegations, Gaines was immediately placed on administrative leave and stripped of his law enforcement powers. Gaines was eventually separated from employment with the Modesto Police Department on February 10th, as the criminal investigation continued to move forward. The case was forwarded to the District Attorney’s Office for prosecution and on March 15th, a criminal grand jury indicted Gaines on several felony charges, which include oral copulation by force, violence, duress, or fear of bodily injury, being armed with a firearm in the commission of a sexual offense, and a felony sex offense enhancement.

Gaines was arrested at his Modesto residence this afternoon and after a brief court appearance, was booked into the Stanislaus County Jail.

“Those who are sworn to enforce the law have a special obligation to obey it. I’m disappointed and disgusted at this former officer’s conduct. His actions were abhorrent and not representative of the dedicated staff who work tirelessly to serve the community,” said Modesto Police Chief Michael Harden.

Chief Harden went on to say, “I apologize to every citizen of Modesto. There are no excuses for the conduct of this officer. The message is clear that no one is above the law.” This case in now in the hands of the Stanislaus County District Attorney’s office and all questions regarding this case will be referred to the District Attorney’s office.

Wednesday, 14 March 2012 13:07

Suspicious Fires Hit South Modesto

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Modesto Fire crews set up to enter a burning home on Marin Avenue in south Modesto.

Wednesday, 14 March 2012 04:12

Modesto Police Investigate Motel Shooting

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Modesto Police are investigating an early morning shooting at a local Modesto motel which left two people shot.

This morning, March 14, 2012, just before 2:00 AM, Modesto Police Officers were dispatched to the report of a shooting at the Quality Inn located at 500 Kansas Avenue in southwest Modesto. Officers arrived to find two people who had each been shot at least once. The two victims, both Las Vegas residents, included a 36-year-old male and a 23-year-old female. Both victims were transported to local hospitals to be treated for gun shot wounds. The female has since been released and the male is listed in critical, but stable condition.

Modesto Police Detectives were called to the scene and started interviewing potential witnesses. Initial reports indicated there were at least two people involved in the shooting and they possibly left in a white vehicle. However, detectives are still trying to confirm this information. Detectives have made no arrests at this time and are still piecing together the facts to try to identify what may have led up to the shooting, and who is responsible.

Police ask anyone who may have information regarding this incident to call Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward. Tipsters can also text information to Crime Stoppers by sending a text message to 274637. Just type “TIP704” along with your message.

Wednesday, 21 March 2012 03:59

Fatal Stockton Crash Investigated

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Stockton authorities are investigating a crash that killed a motorist this morning in a collision involving a big rig. The accident happened on Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard near Mariposa Road, a major roadway. The driver of the compact car was transported to a hospital but did not survive their injuries, the truck driver was also transported with moderate injuries. The roadway is expected to be closed for a period of time.

Monday, 12 March 2012 02:38

Empire Shooting Leaves Teen Dead

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Emergency crews respond to a shooting victim in front of Empire Elementary School.

At approximately 7:20 PM yesterday evening, Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a reported drive by shooting the 5200 block of First Street in town of Empire in Stanislaus County. As deputies arrived on scene they found the victim, a 15-year-old male from Empire, deceased.

The suspect vehicle is described as a white four-door 90's model car with a silver or chrome stripe along its doors. There were two or more male suspects in the vehicle. Sheriff's Detectives investigating the incident believe that it is gang related.

Anyone with information about this case can contact the Detective Mario Moreno at (209) 525-4475. Callers can also leave an anonymous tip by calling Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636. Tipsters can also e-mail tips at, or text them to CRIMES (274637) by typing "Tip704" plus the message and be eligible for a cash reward.