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Sheriff’s Detectives assigned to Patterson Police Services are investigating a drive-by shooting that left two people injured on Friday evening. At 7:30 PM deputies responded to the 200 Block of Torvend for a shooting. When deputies arrived they found two victims, both were transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. It appears at this point in the investigation that this was a gang related shooting.

Anyone with information about this case can contact Patterson Detectives at 209-892-5071. 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.

Photo By Marty BicekOn Friday, February 17th a ceremony was held on a section of Highway 219 to unveil a dedication to Officer Earl Scott, who was shot and killed during a routine traffic stop six years ago to the day. A hundred or so officers attended the event, as well as friends and family members. Officer Scott, who was nearing the end of his shift that morning, was shot in the face by the occupant of the vehicle he had stopped. A passing motorist saw Officer Scott fall and doubled back to call 911. Officer Scott died at the scene, still holding the registration of the vehicle he had stopped. Columbus Allen Jr was taken into custody later that day, and plead guilty in court on August 2, 2010 to the murder of the CHP officer in exchange for a life sentence. Retired CHP Officer Tom Killian said of Scott “As officers, we always knew that if we were in trouble, he’d be the one coming to save us; we knew he’d be there. We weren’t there for him, and that’s hard,” Killian added. “He was always professional, always courteous. I’m sure he was courteous to the person who shot him.” “Earl was the guy you hoped your little sister met and married.” Said CHP Officer Brandon Rioux, Scott's field training officer. “I was one of Earl’s many friends; Earl was one of my few friends." Yesterday's ceremony concluded with a tribute to Officer Scott at the Gallo Center For The Arts in Modesto. Officer Scott, who was two days away of completing five years of service with the CHP when he was killed, was 36 years old.


Modesto Police Department along with the assistance of the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department served numerous search warrants today due to several recent gang related shootings. On January 10th 2012, Modesto Police Department and the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department Special Weapons and Tactics teams served several high-risk search warrants within the airport neighborhood of Modesto. These search warrants were in relation to several recent gang related shootings within the airport neighborhood. Detectives from the Violent Crimes Against Persons Unit have been able to identify several homes that were related to the shootings and the search warrants were executed in an attempt to stop the violence. During the service of the warrants several guns were located as well as over 1.3 pounds of Methamphetamine. Arrested were: Mauricio Sanchez 19 of Modesto for two counts of drive by shooting and association with a criminal street gang, Carlos Soriano 21 of Modesto for two counts of drive by shooting and association with a criminal street gang Ronald Sisneroz 19 of Modesto for parole violation Hector Estrada 38 years of Modesto for possession of methamphetamine for sales Juan Vargas 46 of Modesto for possession of methamphetamine for sales Ricky Madrigal 19 of Modesto for Possession of drugs Also arrested were: One male juvenile for an outstanding warrant and one male juvenile for one count of drive by shooting and association with a criminal street gang Detective Gumm from the Violent Crimes Against Persons Unit feels that today’s action from police as well as future operations will help in making the airport neighborhood just a little bit safer. He anticipates more arrests as this case unfolds. At this time police ask anyone with information to contact Modesto Area Crimestoppers at 521-4636 or text a tip to “274637” include the word TIP704 in your tip.

Police are investigating a shooting that occurred in the parking lot of a Modesto Walmart early Monday evening. No arrests have been made, however several people were detained and the investigation is on-going.

At about 4:50 PM, Modesto Police were dispatched to the report of shots fired in the parking lot of Walmart, located at 2225 Plaza Parkway. Numerous 9-1-1 calls were received reporting that several shots were fired after a verbal altercation between two groups.

Photo: Marty Bicek

The first arriving patrol officer arrived minutes later and spotted a white sedan in the parking lot of the store. Callers had identified this car as being associated with the shooting and officers quickly determined that the car had been struck by at least two rounds. The occupants of the vehicle were detained during the investigation and were later released after they were determined to be victims in this case.

As information continued to pour in, officers received additional information that another associated male fled back into the store as the officers were detaining the occupants of the vehicle mentioned above. Additionally, a second male was seen running into the Kohl’s store just east of the Walmart. A male was located in the Walmart a short time later and was detained without incident. He was found to be in lawful possession of ammunition which had been purchased at Walmart. He was released after being questioned by officers.

Given the dynamic nature of the initial reports and the obvious risk to patrons of the Walmart, the store was evacuated while officers searched for additional suspects and discarded weapons. The store was reopened approximately an hour later.

Investigators believe a verbal altercation between the two groups preceded the gunshots. After the shooting, the suspects ran north and east and were last seen by witnesses jumping the retaining walls that border the shopping center. An exhaustive search was conducted, however no additional suspects were found.

The suspects are described as Hispanic males, both in their mid-20’s, 5’-6” to 5’7”. The first male was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and black pants. The second suspect was wearing a dark colored hooded sweatshirt and black pants.

Police ask anyone who may have information about the shooting 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.

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It is with a heavy heart that Sheriff Adam Christianson announced this morning that the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office lost a family member during an investigation in the City of Hughson, CA. Crime Scene Investigator Mary Donahou was assisting a deputy when she was struck by a vehicle on Santa Fe Ave south of Whitmore Ave at about 6:30 AM. The California Highway Patrol is investigating the accident and we do not have details at this time. Mary had been with the Sheriff’s Office for 9 years and leaves behind a 12 y/o son. Mary was loved by all those that she worked with and will be missed.

Wednesday, 07 December 2011 11:03

Modesto's Historic McHenry Mansion Suffers Two Alarm Blaze

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MODESTO, CA - The McHenry Mansion, Modesto's iconic victorian home centered in the heart of downtown, caught fire Tuesday night drawing the attention of the entire region.

The call came in at about 7:30pm, as a business owner leaving his salon across the street noticed the flames at the front entrance of the mansion. Fire crews arrived after his 911 call and had the fire controlled within a half hour.

News of the fire spread quickly online, and residents from as far as Escalon came to the landmark to witness what they could not believe first hand.

Photo by Marty Bicek

Hugo Patino, a battalion chief with the Modesto Regional Fire Authority stated that a majority of the fire was held to the exterior of the building. There was minimal damage to the interior by fire, although water had damaged the entry way through fire fighting efforts.

Despite the favorable outcome, the fire still caused $200,000 dollars in damage.