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Friday, 08 January 2016 19:11

Sheriff K-9 Stabbed During Arrest

MODESTO - A Stanislaus County Sheriff's canine was stabbed while deputies were attempting to apprehend a man early Friday morning.

Just before 3:45am, a clerk at the Quick Stop market at 1501 Paradise Road called authorities to report a suspicious person. The clerk told a dispatcher that he thought the man, who authorities identified as 53 year old Wesley Brackney, was going to rob the business.

Deputies arrived at the business and located Brackney outside the store. Authorities say he immediately became confrontational with deputies and refused to comply with their orders. He was aggressive and verbally threatened deputies according to a press release.

Canine handler Wade Carr decided to deploy his partner Rocky instead of physically engaging Brackney. Authorities say Brackney had several opportunities to surrender before Rocky was deployed.

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As Rocky moved in, the suspect armed himself with a knife he was carrying and began to stab the dog. As he attacked the canine, deputies moved in and disarmed him. Backup arrived and Brackney was taken into custody. Rocky suffered four stab wounds to the head, neck and back. A vet was able to treat his wounds with stitches.

Brackney faces several charges including assault on a police canine, and assault on a peace officer. He also had an outstanding warrant for narcotics. Authorities say he has a lengthy criminal history including narcotics offenses. He is on probation and a registered narcotics offender.

After Brackney was arrested, he told deputies it was his intention to provoke them into a confrontation to shoot him, authorities say.

"I'm very proud of the restraint Deputy Carr and Deputy Martinez demonstrated during this armed confrontation," Sheriff Adam Christianson said. "Deputy Carr's canine partner was under attack and being actively stabbed. Deputy Carr certainly had justification to use deadly force in this confrontation to save his partner's life, but chose to physically engage Brackney to stop the assault, placing himself at great risk."

Neither deputy was injured during the confrontation.

Rocky, a 5 year old Belgian Malinois, is a two year veteran with the Sheriff's Office. He is expected to make a full recovery.

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MODESTO - Deputies with the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Office arrested an auto theft suspect thanks to an alert witness and a Facebook post.

Authorities were alerted by a witness who called 911 after seeing the social media post reporting the SUV stolen. A deputy with the sheriff's office caught up to the vehicle in southeast Modesto.

The driver of the SUV attempted to flee the deputy when a traffic stop was attempted. The driver entered the Creekwood neighborhood, where the deputy terminated the pursuit because of speeds and wet road conditions. As the deputy drove through the area, the vehicle was located at the intersection of Creekwood Drive and Leavenworth Way.

The vehicle was abandoned at the corner, and after a brief search the suspect was located hiding on the 700 block of Waddell Way.

The suspect, a 35 year old Hispanic man, was arrested on charges including auto theft, possession of stolen property, and narcotics. He also had a warrant for arrest by Modesto Police for robbery.

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Published in Modesto Crime
Sunday, 13 December 2015 11:04

Crash Reported on Finch Road

MODESTO - Emergency crews responded to a report of a traffic collision late Sunday morning.

The crash was dispatched by the California Highway Patrol at about 10:53am in the area of Codoni Avenue and Frazine Road. The collision was located by responding firefighters on Finch Road.

Emergency crews reported a vehicle had crashed into a tree and an occupant was trapped inside. It is unclear if weather was a contributing factor in the collision.

At time of publication patient condition was not available.

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Friday, 11 December 2015 16:56

Suspected Package Thief Arrested

PATTERSON - Authorities announced the arrest of a man suspected of stealing packages on Wednesday afternoon.

Lourinzo Mixon, 20, was apprehended by deputies with Patterson Police Services after he was identified through surveillance video.

Mixon is suspected of being one of two people involved in recent thefts of packages from porches of homes. Authorities say they are working on identifying the second person involved in the thefts.

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MARIPOSA COUNTY - A woman suspected of abandoning her child in a car overnight was arrested by authorities on child abuse charges.

Authorities were alerted at about 12:30pm Wednesday afternoon for a found child in the Jerseydale area. Authorities say a woman was riding her horse in the Sierra National Forest when she located a vehicle stuck off the roadway. The rider called out to the vehicle and discovered a child and a dog inside.

The rider used her jacket to wrap the child, who was only wearing a tee shirt and cold to the touch. She then rode up the roadway to call authorities.

Deputies with the Mariposa County Sheriff's Office arrived on scene and spoke to the child. A search and rescue operation was launched to locate the little girl's mother. A California Highway Patrol helicopter responded to assist in the search also.

A deputy later located the child's mother, identified as 27 year old Heather Escandon of Coarsegold, hiding in bushes. Authorities say she was uncooperative with deputies, but told investigators she had become stuck in the area Sunday, and left on foot sometime Tuesday to seek help leaving her child in the car overnight.

During the investigation, authorities determined Escandon to be under the influence of a stimulant, believed to be methamphetamine. She was arrested and booked into the Mariposa County Jail.

The child was taken to an area hospital for evaluation and later released to her father.

Sheriff Doug Binnewies praised the rider for calling authorities, expressing concern with cold weather moving into the area.

"I believe the Mariposa resident that found the girl, most likely saved two lives yesterday," Binnewies said. "She's a hero."

Escandon faces charges of felony child abuse and being under the influence of a controlled substance. She is being held on $35,000 bail.

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HUGHSON - Donation campaigns have been established for two victims that lost their lives in a head on collision on Santa Fe Avenue over the weekend.

The Stanislaus Sheriff Employee Foundation has set up a link HERE for the family of Sergeant Jeremy Fielder, who was identified as one of the victims of the crash.

Sergeant Fielder, a 20 year veteran of the Sheriff's Office, was off duty at the time of the collision.

Donations can also be made by check to 10-11 Donations, 250 E Hackett Road Modesto CA 95358.

A donation link has also been established for Vanessa Zamora, identified as the other driver in the collision. Donations can be made by clicking HERE. Extra donations received are planned to start a college fund for 8 year old her son.

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Published in News
Saturday, 05 December 2015 10:34

Two Drivers Killed in Head on Crash

HUGHSON - Two people were killed in a head on collision on Santa Fe Avenue betwen Leedom and Hatch Roads Friday night, sending a third to the hospital.

The crash was reported to the California Highway Patrol at about 8:03pm, according to Sergeant Mayolo Banuelos. A Honda SUV and a Honda sedan were involved in the head on crash. Drivers from both vehicles died from their injuries.

Officials closed the roadway for several hours as they investigated the collision. The weather conditions were cold, but clear and dry, Sergeant Banuelos noted.

Factors surrounding the collision are still being investigated, it is unclear if drugs or alcohol played a role in the crash said Banuelos.

We will post further details as they become available.

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TUOLUMNE COUNTY - A crash on Highway 120 just east of the town of Groveland has claimed six lives and injured two others.

The collision was reported just after 6:30pm according to the California Highway Patrol. Two vehicles reportedly crashed head on, both erupting into flames.

Witnesses were unable to remove the passengers before both vehicles were engulfed in flames. The fire reportedly spread to a hillside nearby. Fire crews arrived to extinguish the blaze.

Two other injured persons were airlifted for medical attention. The crash closed the highway, but a detour at Ferreti Road was established.

We will post further details as they become available.

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Sunday, 18 October 2015 15:50

Pipe Bomb Destroyed in Turlock

TURLOCK - The Stanislaus County Sheriff Bomb Squad responded to a report of a pipe bomb discovered in a yard Sunday afternoon.

The bomb squad responded to assist the Turlock Police Department with the incident at about 12:30pm at a home on the 2500 block of Oxford Avenue.

Officials used a robot to neutralize the pipe bomb. There were no injuries reported in the incident.

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Tuesday, 13 October 2015 11:47

Overturned Vehicle Reported in Merced County

MERCED COUNTY  - A motorist escaped serious injury after her vehicle overturned Tuesday afternoon.

The collision happened just before 11:30am near the intersection of American and Griffith Avenues. CHP responded to a report of a single involved vehicle overturned.

The woman occupant of the vehicle was able to escape out of the auto with minor injuries. An ambulance was requested to the scene as well as a tow truck to clear the crash.

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