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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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Published in Traffic

Fatal Bus Collision Still

MODESTO - Residents in the neighborhood of Tuolumne Elementary School are mourning the loss of a 5 year old boy after suffering fatal injuries from being struck by a city bus.

The child was hit just after noon on Wednesday, according to CHP officer Eric Parsons. The child was crossing the street, and reports indicate the mother was present as well.

Witnesses say the collision happened very quickly, and the child was pinned under the bus. Several residents who saw what took place were in shock.

"This is a deep blow," one parent said, "As a parent, I feel for the mother."

A vigil was held later in the evening. Counselors were on hand at the school Thursday for anyone who needed their service.

Published in News
Thursday, 05 December 2013 16:09

Federal Charges Planned For Rim Fire

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TUOLUMNE COUNTY - The Tuolumne County District Attorney's Office announced on December 3rd that Federal prosecutors have declared the intention to prosecute in the Rim Fire.

"The cause, origin, and responsibles are known," the D.A.'s website says. "Potential accountability in the Federal System far exceeds that which is available in the post-realignment (AB109) California System. Tuolumne County Prosecutors and the People of Tuolumne County await just conclusion in the Federal System."

The investigation into the Rim Fire led authorities to a hunter's illegal camp fire, officials say. The fire burned over 400 square-miles in Yosemite National Park and the Stanislaus National Forest, and cost over $127 million to battle.

Published in Uncategorized
Friday, 23 August 2013 09:35

More Fire Evacuations

Hand crews monitor a burn zone just below a ridge of homes. Hand crews monitor a burn zone just below a ridge of homes.

Turlock Fire and police responded to the Rim Fire today, to assist in structure protection and evacuations of communities.

The Rim Fire has now grown to over 105,000 acres and has been burning since Saturday, nearly a week.

The fire has spread into Yosemite National Park as the communities of Tuolumne and Ponderosa Hills were given evacuation orders today.

Today, our crews spent the morning at the front lines along Clements Road. Multiple fire crews, including firefighters from Modesto, were standing by homes in the area ready to defend against fast moving flames.

Turlock Police and Fire personnel respond to the Rim Fire. Turlock Police and Fire personnel respond to the Rim Fire.

Overhead, spotter planes guided in a DC-10 as it dropped retardant over raging flames racing up the ridge toward houses. Trucks brought in dozers to dig defense lines. And in the background, residents loaded animals and livestock into trailers as law enforcement officials ushered them out of the area to an evacuation zone.

Additional local fire crews are expected to travel up to the fire tomorrow, and assist in operations for the next seven days.

Published in News
Thursday, 21 March 2013 08:32

Vehicle Found In River

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An SUV was found nose down in the Tuolumne River between 7th and 9th Streets this afternoon.

Emergency crews responded to the call which came in just after 2pm today. First responders determined no one was in the vehicle and it was later discovered that the vehicle was stolen.

A towing service was called to the scene to tow the vehicle out of the water.

Published in Traffic
Thursday, 07 March 2013 06:09

Deceased Body Identified

A body discovered last Thursday has been identified by authorities, and the case has been deemed a homicide.

Police say the body of 21 year old Daniel Joseph Montgomery Allen had been in the river for an extended period of time before being discovered, perhaps even weeks. Family members reported him missing in December.

Authorities did not provide any information regarding the circumstances of his death. Officials continue to investigate.

Published in Modesto Crime
Thursday, 17 May 2012 04:00

Fishing For Modesto Youth

Published in Life & Social

Sheriff’s Office Deputies assigned to the Crime Reduction Team, Rural Crime Detectives, and Officers from Fish and Game conducted a clean-up project along the Tuolumne River this morning. Trash thrown along the river bed and into the water had accumulated to the point that it looked like a land fill.

The Crime Reduction Team put together a project to help clean-up the trash and help protect our rivers. Approximately 10 inmates currently assigned to the Sheriff’s Office Alternative Work Program were used to clean the trash and filled a large Bertolotti trash container with the garbage they picked up.

Inmates found grocery store carts, mattresses, trash and a syringe near the water during the clean-up. The Crime Reduction Team asked for the community to help report illegal dumping to avoid contamination of our rivers and the dumping of trash.

Anyone with information about illegal dumping can contact the Sheriff’s Office at 209-525-7114 or Non-Emergency Dispatch at 209-552-2468. Callers can also leave an anonymous tip by calling Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636. Tipsters can also e-mail tips at http://www.modestopolice.com/CrimeStoppers, or text them to CRIMES (274637) by typing "Tip704" plus the message and be eligible for a cash reward

Photos From Stanislaus Sheriff's Department:

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Published in Life & Social