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Friday, 07 December 2012 06:56

New Modesto Police Chief Announced

Modesto City Manager Greg Nyhoff is pleased to announce the appointment of Galen Carroll to the position of Chief of Police. Carroll possesses more than 18 years of experience in law enforcement with the City of Long Beach where he most recently served as Police Commander of the North Patrol Division. Carroll began his career as a Police Officer, advanced to Sergeant then Lieutenant and is currently a Commander. Carroll’s wide variety of experience includes Field Training, Internal Affairs, Port Security, Administration, Field Support and Investigations.

The selection process for the Chief of Police included a competitive process with both internal and external candidates who were interviewed by three panels that included community members, current and former police Chiefs and/or Sheriffs, and City of Modesto Department Directors. An extensive background check was conducted on Carroll including contacting 27 references for interviews. Many of those interviewed were command staff, peers, and officers. The following are just a few statements made by those interviewed: · “He has great integrity and work ethic.” · “He is well liked by neighborhood associations because of his involvement and support.” · “He is a solid leader who is widely thought of as firm and fair.” · “He is an excellent problem solver and creative person.” · “He sets high standards for his people and himself and is a great team builder.”

“Galen stood out above the rest during the selection process. He is well-grounded, has great integrity, intelligence and an all-around solid candidate,” said Nyhoff. “In addition to ranking the highest in the process, Galen has a command presence that will be well received by the Police Department. I also believe his vision and leadership style will be a great fit for not only the Modesto Police Department, but the Modesto community as a whole. Galen takes an active role in his current community by holding quarterly meetings to obtain feedback from citizens and businesses on the issues facing them, provides them with current crime trend information and gains their assistance in crime reduction – I look forward to him doing the same in Modesto.”

Carroll completed his Master of Arts degree in Organizational Leadership at Chapman University in Orange, CA and also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix. In addition, he graduated the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy in Quantico, VA.

Carroll and his wife, Carlene, look forward to moving to the area to be closer to their family.

Carroll will be formally introduced to the Modesto City Council at their December 11, 2012 meeting. Carroll will assume the office of the Chief of Police on January 8, 2013, with an annual salary of $175,000. A swearing-in ceremony will be scheduled for a future date.

Monday, 07 January 2013 02:17

Woman Kidnapped, Raped By Brother

On January 6, 2013 the Merced County Sheriff’s Office made an arrest where a 26 year old woman was kidnapped against her will in Temple City Los Angeles, taken to Planada where she was held against her will and forcibly sexually assaulted.

The suspect, Apolinar Cortez 48 of Planada drove to Los Angeles with an accomplice, took the victim from her residence by force at knife point stating he would kill her if she didn’t do what he said late Friday night. The suspects then drove her to Cortez’s place of residence, a converted shack in the 100 block of Topeka Ave in Planada, arriving early Saturday morning. The second suspect then left while Cortez had sexual intercourse against the victim’s will stating he would kill her unless she did what he said. The victim is the biological sister of the suspect. Their relationship prior to this incident is unknown as to how often they spoke or got along. It is also unknown at this time how long he has harbored these feelings.

The victim was trapped inside the shed until Cortez left to get breakfast Sunday morning. The victim was able to escape, made contact with people who lived nearby and told them what had happened. They in turned called the Sheriff’s Office who responded and was able to locate and take Cortez into custody without incident as he was leaving the store he had breakfast. Detectives Dwayne Pavelski and Roberto Torres responded to process the crime scene and interview the suspect. Cortez confessed to the crimes stating he was in love with his sister.

The second suspect is still outstanding and anyone who may have seen him near the residence of knows anything about the case is urged to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 209-385-7472.

Cortez remains in custody in lieu of 1.17 million dollars on kidnapping with rape, rape, false imprisonment and incest.

Thursday, 06 December 2012 01:23

Sylvan DUI Accident Investigated

During the midnight hour last night, emergency crews responded to the area of Sylvan Avenue near Bridgeford Lane for a report of a traffic collision. The collision occured when a 58 year old male, who is suspected of driving while intoxicated, lost control of his vehicle and crossed into an oncoming lane in the path of another vehicle. A t-bone type collision occured, and at least one person was taken to the hospital with minor to moderate injuries. The passenger of the drunk driver was pinned in momentarily, requiring extrication by Modesto Regional Fire crews.

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Thursday, 29 November 2012 04:24

Police Investigate Suspicious Death

Today at about 11am medics and fire personnel were dispatched to an apartment complex on the 2100 block of Oakdale Road for a medical emergency. When emergency crews arrived, they found a middle aged woman who was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Police investigators arrived and classified the incident as a "suspicious death." Not many other details were available.

Tuesday, 27 November 2012 08:01

Stormy Weather On The Horizon

Forecasts from the National Weather Service are calling for notable changes in the weather for Northern California this week. This first significant storm of the season is expected to bring moderate to heavy rain, as well as significant winds beginning Wednesday and continuing through the weekend. The safety and well-being of our residents is our number one priority and, as a result, when storm events like the one forecasted occur, several City departments work in tandem to prepare and respond.

Below is helpful information regarding City services during storm events:

For life-threatening situations or structural damage, dial 9-1-1.

City Trees: Crews continue to work normal service and maintenance programs and will be on-call throughout the week. To report downed City trees or broken limbs, call the Forestry Division at (209) 342-2253.

Storm Water Drainage: The City’s Storm Water Collections crews respond to reports of street flooding and address problems as they arise. To report flooding on City streets, contact the Storm Water Collection Division’s 24-hour number at (209) 577-6200.

Sand Bags: Sand bags are FREE for Modesto residents by calling the Streets Division at (209) 342-2244. Specific locations and hours of operation for sand bag pick-up may be established if it becomes evident that the storm is severe and the demand is high for sand bags.

As this is the first significant storm of the season and leaves from the trees have yet to fall, tree damage is a possibility. The following are ways to properly dispose of tree limbs or other organic debris that result from storm events:

· Small items can be placed in your green can and be put out on your usual garbage day. · For street collection, larger items can be placed at the curb in front of your property and should not extend more than three (3) feet into the street and must be at least one foot from the curb. · For alley collection, larger items can be placed in the alley behind your property and should not extend more than three (3) feet into the alley and must be at least one foot from the fence. · For a large private tree that has fallen, contact a private tree service to have it cut and cleared in an appropriate manner.

Tuesday, 27 November 2012 06:41

Stockton Police Release Surveillance Video

On November 17, 2012, two suspects entered 2460 E. Main Street (Paisano’s Market) and fled with two cases of beer. The suspects returned about a half hour later and one suspect ran up to the front of the business and fired multiple rounds into the store. The store owner / clerk, Majad Ali Awnallah, a 37 year old male, was shot. He was transported to a local area hospital where he died from his injuries.

The Stockton Police Department is releasing the video of the beer run and shooting in efforts to identify the suspects. The suspects are described as:

Hispanic male, in his twenties, 5’8” / medium build. Hispanic male, in his twenties, 5’9” to 5’11”/ medium build.

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

Citizens may also text information from their cell phones to ‘CRIMES’ (274637) and type the keyword TIPSPD and then their tip or logon to the Stockton Police Department’s Facebook page and click ‘Submit A Tip’.

If you have any information that may lead to an arrest, Crime Stoppers will pay a cash reward up to $1,000.

Tuesday, 27 November 2012 06:17

Vigil Held For Murdered Teen

Friends and family and those close to 18 year old Damien King gather for a candle light vigil Monday night to remember him. King was shot and killed at a party on the 4700 block of Terminal Avenue in Riverbank over the weekend. His mother describes what kind of person he was and what his goals were for the future. Anyone with information is urged to contact authorities or crimestoppers at 209.521.4636 where you can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward.

Tuesday, 27 November 2012 03:35

Stockton Traffic Collision Investigated

Police are working to determine what caused a collision involving five vehicles near the intersection of Harding Way and West Lane in Stockton Monday afternoon.

Four people were transported to the hospital with various injuries. The driver of the pickup that overturned received critical injuries. One vehicle reportedly caught fire, prompting citizens who witnessed the collision to hold the flames at bay until rescue crews could arrive.

Police are looking into the possibility that one driver may have been using their cell phone just before the collision. Cell phone records are being reviewed, as well as traffic camera recordings.