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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.

Thursday, 08 March 2012 04:06

A Day In The Life Of A Modesto Police Officer

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Modesto Police Sergeant Brian Findlen calls for the traffic units to respond to a fatal accident near Ceres.

Ever wonder what it's like to be a police officer? In this classic episode of Central Valley Report, our cameras ride along on an eventful night with a Modesto Police officer on patrol (Warning: Video may not be suitable for some viewers.)

Thursday, 08 March 2012 02:46

Cause Of McHenry Mansion Fire "Undetermined"

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The McHenry Mansion suffered a fire damaging the front entryway in early December.

A three month investigation of the December 6, 2011, McHenry Mansion fire has resulted in an official ruling that the cause of the fire is “undetermined.” For official reporting purposes, there are three reporting categories for fires – undetermined, accidental or arson. Arson has been ruled out as the forensic analysis of the wood samples eliminated flammable liquids as the cause of the fire.

Modesto Regional Fire Authority investigators evaluated the scene of the fire, which was mostly contained to the entryway of the 128-year-old Mansion. Witnesses were interviewed, lighting fixtures and holiday decorations were scrutinized as well as other potential sources of ignition. Wood samples were taken from the entryway and submitted to the Department of Justice Crime Lab for forensic analysis. The results of the forensic analysis came back this week, and due to the fact that the exact cause of the fire could not be pinpointed, the official cause of the fire is officially recorded as “undetermined.”

“It is unfortunate that the specific cause of the fire was not able to be definitively determined; however, the most important thing is that this treasured building is still standing,” said Modesto Regional Fire Authority Chief Michael Kraus. “I am thankful to the dedicated and professional firefighters who quickly extinguished the fire and took great care of a piece of Modesto’s history that night.”

The most severe damage to the Mansion occurred 10 feet above the floor of the entryway; adjacent to this area were remnants of a hanging, incandescent light fixture and plastic garland decoration, which was on display for the holiday season. As a result, investigators were unable to rule out the light fixture and/or the decorations as either having started or contributed to the spread of the fire.

While the damage to the exterior entryway of the McHenry Mansion is severe, it is repairable. The Mansions’ fire sprinkler system along with the quick response from the Modesto Regional Fire Authority are credited for preventing the spread of the fire to the interior of the building which could have caused significantly more damage to this irreplaceable historic Modesto icon.

Repairs to the McHenry Mansion are ongoing and it is anticipated that public tours will begin again on a limited basis in April, with the goal of a grand re-opening in the fall of this year.