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Wednesday, 13 January 2016 16:00

Man in Serious Condition After Shooting

MODESTO - A man is in serious condition following a shooting in a market parking lot Wednesday afternoon.

Authorities responded to the Sumary Market at the corner of Herndon Road and Nadine Avenue at about 1:45pm and located a man suffering from a gunshot wound. He was transported by ambulance to a hospital where he was said to be in serious condition.

Deputies with the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Office taped off the parking lot to a market. Authorities believe an altercation may have taken place prior to the shooting.

The shooter reportedly fled the scene in a vehicle with another man. Investigators are looking into the possibility that the incident is gang related.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Office or Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636 where callers can remain anonymous.

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Published in Modesto Crime
Wednesday, 13 January 2016 15:30

Whitmore Closed for Possible Explosive

CERES - Police blocked off Whitmore Avenue between Louise and Rose Avenues Wednesday afternoon after a report of a possible explosive device.

Police initially responded to a report of two vehicles driving erratically and contacted two suspicious men who were running in the area. Authorities were unsure if they were related to the vehicles. During a search of the two men, police located weapon related items and the possible explosive.

The possible explosive was left near a tree at a home on the 2800 block of Whitmore Avenue. Authorities urged motorists to avoid the area. Firefighters and paramedics staged in the Save Mart shopping center parking lot.

At time of publication, the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Bomb Squad was responding to assist in the incident. 

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Monday, 11 January 2016 14:27

Authorities Investigate Discovery of Body

RIVERBANK - Authorities are investigating a death after the body of a deceased person was found in a canal Sunday afternoon.

At about 4:00pm, deputies were called to the area of Jackson and Morrill Road after a person walking along a canal discovered a body.

Officials say the body is that of an adult male, and that positive identification has not yet been made. The cause of death is under investigation.

No further details were released at time of publication.

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TURLOCK - Authorities responded to a report of a large fight involving an estimated 100 people at the Sikh Temple Sunday afternoon.

Deputies from the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Office were requested to assist Turlock Police at about 12:30pm Sunday. Officers with the California Highway Patrol also responded. A large crowd was said to be in a fight and were refusing to leave the temple according to reports. Merced County Sheriff's Deputies also responded to assist.

Many people at the temple were carrying religious daggers during the fight.

Authorities attempted to clear the temple, but a large group refused to leave, early indications suggest. Deputies blocked entry to the temple and parking lot.

Several people were reportedly injured during the altercation and exposed to pepper spray.

Past altercations have revolved around leadership of the temple.

We will post further updates as they become available.

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Published in News
Sunday, 10 January 2016 00:05

Shooting Investigated Near Ceres

MODESTO -  Emergency crews responded to a report of a person shot on Pecos Avenue shortly after midnight Sunday morning.

The shooting was reported on the 1400 block of Pecos Avenue. Authorities investigating several reports of gunshots in the area responded and located a victim. Fire personnel and ambulance medics were called to treat the victim.

Early indications suggest the victim was driving through the area when a bullet struck that person in the arm. No information on age and gender of the victim was available at time of publication.

Authorities may be looking for a dark colored Nissan Maxima with tinted windows in relation to the case. The shooting is under investigation.

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Published in Breaking News
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
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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STOCKTON - A stolen vehicle suspect was arrested following a pursuit Wedensday night that ended when he rammed his vehicle head on into patrol cars.

The pursuit began just before 6:00pm in the area of West 5th Street where the suspect fled authorities. The driver lost control of the vehicle in the area of I-5 at the Charter Way onramp, where he rammed a San Joaquin County Deputy head on. A Stockton Police CHP task force unit was also involved in a collision with the suspect earlier in the pursuit.

The suspect, identified as Michael Mullins, was arrested and booked on charges including auto theft, assault on a peace officer, felony evading and possession of a stolen vehicle.

The involved officers are expected to be okay.

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