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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.

Sunday, 04 December 2011 16:27

Armed Suspect Injures Police Officers

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MODESTO, CA - Two Modesto Police officers are recovering at home this evening after being involved in a struggle with an armed and violent suspect, who had just committed a robbery at a local business in east Modesto.

On Friday December 2nd, at around 5:30 pm, Modesto Police officers were called to Kano’s Smoke Shop, located at 1309 Yosemite Boulevard in east Modesto, for a robbery in progress. Witnesses reported the suspect was armed with a handgun and had fired one round while inside the business. When officers arrived, they saw the suspect, Pedro Alvarez a 35-year-old Modesto resident, exit the business and attempt to flee.

Alvarez was carrying two large “machete” knives and money, all of which he had taken from the business. In addition Alvarez had a loaded handgun tucked in his waistband. Officers confronted Alvarez and as they were in the process of arresting him, Alvarez began to violently struggle and resist arrest. The officers were able to take him into custody after an intense struggle.

Two Modesto officers suffered minor/moderate injuries, which required them to be transported and examined at a local hospital. One officer suffered from an injured hand and another suffered from an injured shoulder. Both officers were released from the hospital yesterday evening and are recovering at their respective homes.

Alvarez was also medically cleared at a local hospital for minor scrapes and bruises and was booked into the Stanislaus County Jail for robbery, assault on a peace officer, possession of a loaded firearm, being armed with firearm during the commission of a felony, and unlawful discharge of a firearm.

“We are very fortunate these officers only suffered minor injuries during this dangerous encounter” said Lieutenant Jolene Gonzales, who is an evening Patrol Watch Commander, “The officers showed great restraint as they took a violent and armed robbery suspect into custody.” The scene from Kano's Smokeshop, where two police officers were injured in a struggle with an armed suspect.

Emergency crews work to extricate a person pinned in their vehicle after colliding with a school bus Monday morning. One person was extricated from their vehicle this morning after they were pinned into it after a collision involving a Modesto City School bus. The accident happened shortly before 11am this morning at the intersection of 13th and G streets in downtown Modesto. No students on the bus were injured, there was at least one on board. Traffic units from the Modesto Police Department are on scene investigating the collision, we will post further updates as soon as they become available.

Thursday, 01 December 2011 12:29

Stockton - Two Bodies Found In Warehouse Fire Rubble

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STOCKTON, CA - San Joaquin County Investigators are at the scene of a warehouse that burned down on Monday evening. During the fire investigation, officials found two deceased bodies buried in the rubble.

The Modesto Police Department is investigating a fatal traffic collision that occurred on McHenry Avenue last night.

At about 8:20 PM on Wednesday night Modesto police officers responded to a report of a vehicle versus pedestrian traffic collision near the intersection of McHenry Avenue and Briggsmore Avenue. When medical personnel and patrol officers arrived they discovered a critically injured man in the roadway. First responders administered CPR and emergency lifesaving measures at the scene. The man was transported to a local hospital, where he later died from his injuries.

The preliminary investigation suggests that the pedestrian was in the northbound lanes of McHenry Avenue, south of Briggsmore Avenue when he was struck by a northbound SUV. Moments later, the man was struck by a second vehicle that was also traveling in the northbound lanes of McHenry south of the intersection.

At this early stage in the investigation the exact cause of the collision continues to be under investigation. Neither of the drivers appeared to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

The identity of the pedestrian involved in this collision is being withheld pending notification of next-of-kin. He is being described as a white male in his late teens or early 20’s.

Traffic on McHenry between Granger and Briggsmore was diverted for several hours as the scene was processed by traffic investigators.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact Traffic Officer Rodney Garcia at 572-9500.