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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.

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.