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BAGRAM AIR FIELD, AFGHANISTAN - The starting temperature was 58 degrees and the wind conditions were low, as nearly 600 runners competed in the Boston Marathon - kind of.

The hundreds of runners were military service members at the only sanctioned Boston Marathon overseas, called the Shadow Run.

U.S. Army Lt. Col. Rodney Freeman, who founded the first shadow version of the Boston Marathon in Iraq, held the race for armed forces personnel stationed overseas in 2005. He currently serves in the New Hampshire Army National Guard in the Adjutant General’s Executive Staff.

“When we deployed to Iraq in 2004, I was training to run Boston in 2005,” said Freeman. “Not being able to run Boston in 2005, I contacted the Boston Athletic Association in February of 2005 to tell them that we were planning a small marathon in Iraq on Patriots' Day. They responded with medals, T-shirts and all the other stuff that we needed to hold a marathon in Iraq.”

This year, U.S. Army Chaplain (Capt.) Lukasz Willenberg was the driving force in bringing the Boston Marathon Shadow Run to Afghanistan. He ran in the Boston Marathon for the last four years and was planning to run in 2014, when he learned he would be deploying to Afghanistan.

“Knowing that I wouldn’t be able to run in Boston in 2014,” said Willenberg, “I had an idea to bring Boston to Afghanistan.”

According to the Boston Athletics Association website, thousands of U.S. Armed Forces service members participate in shadow versions of the Boston Marathon wether it be on land in Afghanistan or Iraq, or on a ship at sea.

Department of State's Josh Peterson claimed top honors in both overall and men's finish after completing the run in 2 hours and 39 minutes. U.S. Army Capt. Daniella Mestyanek, a member of “Task Force Lift,” 159th Combat Aviation Brigade from Fort Campbell, Kentucky, won the women's field with a time of 3 hours and 12 minutes.

Published in Life & Social
Monday, 21 April 2014 08:17

Modesto Police Investigate Armed Robbery

MODESTO - Police are responding to the area of Paradise Road and Martin Luther King Boulevard for a report of a robbery involving a gun.

The suspect demanded money, unknown if from a business or person, and brandished a firearm. The suspect is described as an adult male in his 30's wearing a jacket. He fled the area on foot.

No injuries were reported.

We'll have further updates as information becomes available.

UPDATE - One person matching the description of the suspect has been detained in the area of Madison Avenue.

Published in Breaking News

 MODESTO - Police are investigating a collision that occurred Friday night that left a bicyclist with major injuries.


Published in Traffic
Sunday, 20 April 2014 07:26

Child Dies In Highway Crash

STOCKTON - A 3 year old girl was killed in a collision on Highway 99 Friday afternoon, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Officials at the scene at the Hammer Lane exit said they believe a lane change issue may have been the cause of the fatal collision. Three children were ejected from the vehicle, a stone colored Isuzu SUV. A 3 year old girl suffered fatal injuries. A 10 year old boy was airlifted to UC Davis Medical Center, and a 9 year old girl was taken to San Joaquin General Hospital. An 18 month old infant also in the Isuzu was not ejected and suffered minor injuries, along with two adult passengers.

Officials say the occupants were traveling north from Atwater. A 59 year old female passenger who is believed to be the grandmother of the children was visiting from Mexico. There was no mention if the other party involved, two occupants in a Prius, were injured.

Although several carseats were found in the Isuzu, authorities say the children may not have been properly restrained.

Published in Traffic
Saturday, 19 April 2014 16:11

Emergency Crews Respond To Water Rescue

CROWS LANDING - Emergency crews including an air ambulance are responding to the area of Bell and Fink Roads for a report of a vehicle into the Delta-Mendota Canal.

According to the California Highway Patrol, a report of a vehicle into the canal was dispatched at about 11:41 pm. A motorist calling in the collision reported seeing the vehicle in the canal. After a few moments, the brake lights of the submerged vehicle flickered off.

Multiple rescue teams from the area are on the scene, along with an air ambulance and two ground ambulances. Track marks near the canal are being examined by officials. We will have further updates as information becomes available.

UPDATE: Fire crews and the air ambulance have left the scene. Broken glass near the canal is being examined by officials from the Sheriff's Department and CHP. There is no confirmation on wether the vehicle was occupied or not at this time.

Published in Breaking News
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 08:12

Paying It Forward

In the recent weeks, we covered a story where three young girls were injured at a sleepover in Modesto. Thankfully we can report that all three girls were expected to recover, and we were honored to meet one of them today.

Brittney, a 13 year old 8th grader, has made a remarkable recovery despite the seriousness of her injuries. She's very bright, friendly, and loves art.

In case you were wondering, yes, this is related to the sleepover stabbing incident. No, this is not a story about that. The days following our report on that incident, there was a lot of negativity surrounding that incident that probably would have been better left unsaid, or at least thoroughly thought through. It was a very sensitive topic, and we felt it wasn't fair for comments to be made about those involved when no one knew their situation.

The incident drummed both concern, and opinion from our viewers. Much of the confusion surrounding the incident we noticed came from a misunderstanding by the general public of the circumstances involved.

Luck just made it so that a relative of Brittney's posted to our Facebook page looking to raise funds for her recovery on her return home. We reached out and after a great conversation, we felt compelled to do do something positive for this sweet little girl. We would have liked to do something for the other girls involved as well, but observing other attempts by media to reach out to that family went unsuccessful, we decided to respect that family's privacy.

A quick series of text messages to our partners at Modesto View magazine to brainstorm hatched the idea that became today's meeting. Collectively, we reached out to local business owners who quickly agreed to donate something for Brittney's homecoming.

So today, thanks to those donations, Brittney was presented with a pack of movie passes donated by Brenden Theaters, a jewelry gift donated by Intrinsic Elements, a pizza dinner and drinks donated by Hero's Pizza, a gift certificate from Hollywood Princess on Carpenter Road, a gift certificate for a manicure and hair curling from Beach House Salon on Floyd Avenue, a pack of passes to Funworks, and some art supplies.

There's a bigger picture to what happened after the fact. We see a lot of posts saying nobody cares about our community anymore. We wanted to prove that statement wrong. The truth is, there are many people who care. You just have to want to see it. Those who donated proved that fact. Some had not even heard about what Brittney endured and donated without thinking twice.

We hope this inspires you to think about the "bigger picture" in our lives. A small act of kindness can make an impact in someone's life. Get enough momentum going, and it can make an uplifting impact on our community.

A special thanks to those who donated to make her day, and to Brittney we wish nothing but the best.

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Published in Life & Social
Saturday, 12 April 2014 06:20

Feds Arrest Stockton Man In Child Porn Case

STOCKTON - Authorities announced Friday that 38 year old Stockton man Paul Sanfilippo, a sunday school volunteer at a local church, was arrested on federal charges for receiving and distributing child pornography.

The investigation began in September of 2013 when Sanfilippo was arrested by Stockton Police Family Crimes Investigators for possession of child pornography and contacting a minor for the purpose of lewd and lascivious conduct.

Federal officials with the Department of Homeland Security were also involved in the investigation. It was discovered that Sanfilippo was receiving and distributing child pornography throughout the US and other countries.

The Stockton Police Department is encouraging citizens to call if they have information pertaining to this investigation. Callers are asked to call the Stockton Police Department at (209) 937-8377, the Investigations Unit at (209) 937-8323, or Crime Stoppers at (209) 946-0600. Callers can remain anonymous.

Sanfilippo is currently in federal custody in Sacramento.

Published in Stockton Crime

ceres expose suspect sketch

CERES - Police are asking for the public's help in identifying a person in a composite sketch who they say is exposing himself to young girls.

Police say the young man has been doing this since December of 2012, and the victims have been young girls in apartment complexes in southeast Ceres between Whitmore Avenue, 10th Street, Roeding and Mitchell Road.

The most recent incident took place on April 5th, police say. The man has been described by witnesses as a white male adult in his late 20’s to early 30’s. His height is estimated to be between 5’8”-6’0” tall and he weighs between 170-230 lbs. He has dirty blonde long hair that one witness described as being halfway down his back. On a few of the occasions he was seen wearing jogging clothing and running through the area before exposing himself.

A Department of Justice sketch artist met with one of the victims and produced the sketch released by authorities in the hopes that someone may recognize the suspect. Police ask the public to not approach the person and call 911.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Detective Hively via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling (209) 538-5728. Anonymous tips can also be reported to Stanislaus Area Crime Stoppers at 209-521-4636 or via text to “274637” TIP704 in the wording

Published in News


MODESTO - Police are responding to a report of a vehicle collision at Alturas near Tuolumne. Reports indicate the vehicle collided into a pole or tree.

Prior to the collision gunshots were heard and an occupant of a silver Ford Taurus that collided may have been struck by gunfire.

Early reports also indicate a disturbance preceding the shooting occurred on Martin Luther King Drive.

We'll have updates as information becomes available.

UPDATE: A nearby resident tells us he heard two gunshots in the area before hearing the collision. After not hearing anything else, he went outside to see what the commotion was.

"I grabbed my .45 because I didn't know if those guys were coming back," the man said. "I went to check on the driver, and saw he was bleeding from his leg so I put pressure on his wound until help arrived."

Tuolumne Boulevard was closed between Sutter and Alturas while authorities investigated the incident. The collision damaged the light pole at the corner, toppling it into a tree.

Police checked the nearby Alex & Sons market, believing the incident may have begun in that area as an altercation. The suspect vehicle is described as a dark sedan that fled toward highway 99.

Published in Breaking News
Friday, 11 April 2014 10:42

Modesto Nuts 2014 Home Opener

Modesto Nuts Home Opener

MODESTO - The Modesto nuts won their 2014 home opener game Thursday night against the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes. The final score was 6-5. Here are some video highlights from the game.

Published in Sports
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