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Wednesday, 29 February 2012 02:57

Two Men Critical After Modesto Shooting

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Modesto Police detectives are investigating a shooting that left two people in critical condition. Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspect or suspects involved.

On Tuesday February 28th, just a little after 4:30 p.m., Modesto Police officers were called to the 2100 block of Palisade Avenue in northwest Modesto for a reported shooting. 911 callers reported two male victims had been shot.

When officers arrived, they located a male adult victim in the front yard of a residence on Palisade Avenue. The victim suffered from at least one gunshot wound and was transported to a local hospital. While officers were at the hospital with this victim, a second victim arrived to the hospital. The second victim also suffered from at least one gunshot wound. Both victims were treated at the hospital and are currently listed in critical, but stable condition.

Witnesses reported prior to the shooting, a verbal dispute had occurred on the roadway in the 2100 block of Palisade Avenue, involving several males. As the argument escalated, a suspect pulled out a gun and fired several shots, hitting the victims. The suspect was seen running away from the scene, prior to the officers arriving. The initial information by witnesses described the suspect as a white or Hispanic male, mid teens to early 20’s, wearing dark clothing.

Police ask anyone who may have information regarding this incident to please 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.

Tuesday, 28 February 2012 20:38

West Modesto Shooting Leaves Man Dead

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Modesto Police are investigating an early morning shooting that left one person dead. Police have identified the shooter, who is on the run and considered armed and dangerous.

On Wednesday, February 29th, at about 12:50 a.m., Modesto Police Officers responded to a report of a victim shot inside a residence in the 900 block of Tuolumne Boulevard, in west Modesto. When officers arrived, they located a male victim in his twenties suffering from at least one gunshot wound. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he died from his injuries.

Through their investigation, Modesto Police Homicide Detectives have identified Jose Abraham Hernandez Maldonado, a 21-year-old Mexican National, as the person responsible in the shooting. Maldonado also goes by the name of Abraham Hernandez.

Investigators learned prior to the shooting, Maldonado arrived to the residence on Tuolumne Boulevard and a dispute began between Maldonado and the victim. During the dispute, Maldonado pulled out a gun and shot the victim at least once. Maldonado fled the residence before officers arrived. The circumstances and motive that led up to the shooting are still under investigation.

Maldonado is described as a Hispanic male adult, approximately 6’ tall, weighing 260 pounds. He has a tattoo of the name “Maldonado” on his left forearm and a tattoo of the name “Hernandez” on his right forearm. Maldonado is considered armed and dangerous.

Police ask anyone who may have information regarding this incident or know where Maldonado is hiding, to please call Detective Ra Pouv at (209) 572-9826 or Crime Stoppers toll free 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.

A vehicle crossed paths and collided with a Manteca Police cruiser late Saturday night.

A Modesto man was killed when the car he was riding in struck a parked semi trailer in southwest Modesto.

On Tuesday, February 21st, at about 4:35 PM, Modesto Police were dispatched to Morgan Rd and Oates Ct to investigate a major vehicle collision involving a semi truck and trailer. When officers arrived they found that a white Kia Optima had struck the back of a parked semi trailer which was parked on the west side of Morgan Rd just south of Oates Ct. The collision caused a good portion of the Kia to become wedged under the back of the semi trailer.

The male passenger, believed to be a Modesto resident in his 20’s, was pronounced deceased at the scene. Fire and ambulance personnel worked for nearly an hour to stabilize the driver and then remove him from the wreckage. The driver, a 19-year-old Modesto resident, was transported to a local hospital for treatment for serious injuries sustained in the collision. His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening at this time.

The Modesto Police Department Traffic Unit was called to the scene to investigate. The investigation is on-going and officers will be attempting to determine what caused the driver to collide with the parked trailer. At this early point in the investigation no final determinations have been made; however officers are looking into the possibility that drug and/or alcohol may have played a roll in the collision.

Tuesday, 21 February 2012 16:24

Arrest Made In Shiva's Motel Fatal Shooting

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At 3:01 PM today Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the Shiva’s Motel in the 700 Block of S. 9th Street for a subject who had been shot. When deputies arrived to the motel parking lot they found a black male adult with a gunshot wound. The victim was pronounced dead on scene. During the investigation Jose Angel Cervantes 22 y/o of Modesto turned himself in to detectives. Cervantes was interviewed and has been arrested for homicide. Detectives continue to work on leads and interview witnesses. They know there were more witnesses to this homicide and ask they come forward to speak with detectives.

Anyone with information about this case can contact the Detective Jon McQueary at 209-525-7099. 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

Tuesday, 21 February 2012 15:31

Arrests Made In Ceres Shooting

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Miguel Amaya, charged with attempted Murder

On Monday, February 20th at 5:14 PM, the Ceres Police Department received a call of a large fight in front of a home in the 2500 block of Morgan Road. Additional reports came in of shots being fired and a woman injured. Officers arrived and attended to a 29-year-old female resident who was shot below her the left clavicle. Ceres Investigators learned this incident began as a feud between Miguel Amaya, 29 years out of Modesto, , and a male resident at this home. Earlier in the day, Miguel Amaya found the resident at a business on Hatch Road. Miguel Amaya followed him to his home on Morgan Road, where an argument ensued. Miguel Amaya was accompanied by Saul Amaya, 27 years out of Modesto and Juan Corrilo, 18 years out of Modesto. When the argument became heated, the female victim heard the commotion outside of the home. She walked outside and Miguel Amaya fired several shots using a .40 caliber handgun. She suffered a gun shot wound and was transported to a local area hospital by ambulance. The victim is currently in stable condition. Investigators searched the outside of the residence and found shell casings and several bullet holes on exterior of the residence. Some of the bullet holes were from a previous drive by shooting. This is the third weapons-related incident at this home in two years. Investigators do not believe the female victim was the intended target for the gun fire; however, the motive is still being investigated. Ceres Investigators interviewed witnesses and followed tips to an apartment in the 2900 block of Third Street in Ceres, California. At about 08:00 PM, Miguel Amaya, and his alleged co-conspirators were located and apprehended leaving the Third Street address. The Ceres SWAT Team served a search warrant at the Third Street residence after they were taken into custody; the search did not yield any evidence in connection to the shooting. 1 Miguel Amaya was arrested and booked at the Stanislaus County Jail for attempted murder. Saul Amaya and Juan Corrilo were booked on accessory charges. Saul Amaya received an additional charge for violation of parole.

A Riverbank City Councilman was arrested by Oakdale Police early this morning on felony charges of DUI and Child endangerment according to a news release.

Jesse James White was involved in a traffic collision at approximately 1am near Highway 108 at Mann Avenue according to police. He then tried to flee the scene on foot, leaving a small child behind in the vehicle. A witness detained White nearby and held him until police arrived. White's speech was slurred, and there was a noticeable odor of alcohol. He could not stand on his own.

White was also the focus of a lawsuit by the city of Riverbank, drug charges, and a recall.

The child suffered minor injuries in the crash and was released to family members.