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Thursday, 22 November 2012 03:30

Service Members Celebrate Thanksgiving

“Sky” soldiers with the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team enjoy a Thanksgiving meal at Combat Outpost McClain, Afghanistan.

LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan – The annual celebration of Thanksgiving has been an official U.S. holiday since 1863, but the tradition goes back to 1621 when the Pilgrims joined with Native Americans in a three-day feast to celebrate their first harvest in the New World.

Today, while the holiday has been expanded into parades, television specials, football games and countless individual family traditions, the one thing that remains consistent is the tradition of Thanksgiving dinner.

While many soldiers in combat have had to go without turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, Soldiers deployed with 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, for a few hours, got a taste of that family tradition with their fellow brothers- and sisters-in-arms in eastern Afghanistan, Nov. 22, 2012.

“Long Knife” soldiers were treated to turkey, ham, prime rib, mashed potatoes, glazed sweet potatoes, corn, stuffing, among many other traditional Thanksgiving dishes, to include apple pie and pumpkin pie for dessert.

“I’m used to big family Thanksgivings and this rivalled any meal I’ve ever had,” said Capt. Michael Miller, the Brigade Headquarters and Headquarters Company command and co-Mayor of Forward Operating Base Gamberi. “I think everyone was pretty impressed.”

Miller, a Petersburg, Ill. native, stressed that all credit for the meal goes to the Fluor Corporation contractors and the local Afghans who work in the dining facility.

The Afghan employees have been working for weeks in preparation for the feast, hand-carving giant turkeys out of plastic foam, creating colorful paper leaves to plaster the walls of the DFAC with and gathering and hanging a cornucopia of other traditional decorations on the walls, he said.

All branches of military stress the importance and value of traditions. A common, yet important, military Thanksgiving tradition is for commanders and senior enlisted leaders to go to their unit’s DFAC and serve their troops their holiday dinner.

While members of the Long Knife brigade are spread over 6 FOBs and 2 Army air fields, the distance between units did not stop Col. Bill Benson, the Long Knife commander, and Command Sgt. Maj. Christopher Menton, the senior enlisted advisor to the commander, from visiting their troops at several of the FOBs and upholding that tradition.

They left the brigade headquarters in the morning and went on a run to three FOBs, beginning at FOB Naghlu High, the current home of the 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 4th BCT, 1st Cav. Div.

There, they joined with Lt. Col. Robert Kuth, the 2-7 Cav. commander, and Command Sgt. Maj. Eliodoro Perez, the 2-7 Cav. command sergeant major, in serving both their own “Ghost” battalion soldiers, but also the French soldiers also stationed there.

For some, like Pfc. Richard Ferrick, the only satellite communications operator with 2-7, this is their first Thanksgiving while deployed and are grateful that the commanders and command sergeants major took time out of their busy schedules to spend the holiday with the troopers.

“It’s awesome. It really is,” Ferrick said. “I’m very thankful that they made some time to come down here and spend Thanksgiving with us and serve us our food.”

While scheduling conflicts didn’t allow for the brigade command team to serve dinner at the other two FOBs visited, FOBs Kutschbach and Mehtar Lam, they did make a point to visit with as many Soldiers as they could and wish them a Happy Thanksgiving.

The brigade only arrived in Afghanistan at the beginning of November, but any holiday away from families can be difficult. However, the extra effort of giving the troopers a taste of home is well worth it, and not necessarily just for the Soldiers, but the families left back home as well.

“It’s good for the soldiers,” Miller said. “But I think it’s actually almost just as good for the families to know that their loved ones here with us are getting taken care of and getting a proper way to celebrate the holiday.”


Saturday, 17 November 2012 04:40

Mini Horse Rescued From Canal

Ceres Fire crews were dispatched to a canal near the 4500 block of Crows Landing Road for a report of a mini horse trapped in an irrigation canal. Fire personnel were able to remove the horse from the canal, and a nearby resident offered to house the animal in a stable until the owner could be found.

Thursday, 15 November 2012 07:15

30 Gang Members Arrested In Stockton Sweep

On Wednesday November 15th, multiple law enforcement agencies including the Stockton Police, California Highway Patrol, and San Joaquin County Sheriff's Department conducted a large scale sweep dubbed "Operation Family Feud."

Out of 39 people arrested, 30 of them were tied to the Norteno Street Gang. Various weapons, narcotics, and ballistic armor were all confiscated during the operation.

Authorities are continuing their investigation.

On November 15, 2012 just after 7:00am two suspects arrived in the 2800 block of South Highway 59 in a green 90s Toyota Celica. A 36 year old Caucasian female was outside when they asked if anyone else was home. When she said no, they pulled a handgun and she ran into the house. The two suspects followed her into the house and ordered her to the ground.

They proceeded to ran sack the residence and asked where the marijuana was. She told them it was out back and the told her not to get up and went outside and found the processed marijuana from a couple of dozen plants. The suspects took off with the marijuana and some jewelry from the house. They are described as Hispanic males, who appeared to be in their early 20s driving a green Toyota Celica.

No one was injured during the incident. The victim waited approximately 45 minutes before calling the Sheriff’s Office to report the crime. Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact the Merced County Sheriff’s Office at 209-385-7472 or the Merced Multi Agency Narcotics Task Force.

Friday, 30 November 2012 06:36

Arrests Made In Craigslist Robbery

Ceres, California – On November 28, 2012 at approximately 6 PM, a Merced resident responding to a Craigslist ad to purchase a vehicle was robbed at gunpoint by the potential sellers at Walnut and Central Avenue in Ceres. The victim was uninjured, but his wallet, cash, and stereo equipment were taken by the suspects.

The suspect vehicle was located at Service & Mitchell the following day, where a felony traffic stop was conducted. It was occupied by 32 year old Jesus Diaz, Jr. from Ceres. A second vehicle, occupied by 19 year old Noah De La Rosa from Modesto, was also stopped in the area and determined to be related to this case. De La Rosa was in possession of ecstasy pills and both suspects were detained.

Following the traffic stop, a search warrant was executed at Diaz’s residence, located at the 2500 block of Lynell in Ceres, where the guns described by the victim were located (a Mac-10 assault weapon and a .380 handgun), along with the victim’s stereo equipment, identification, and social security card. Over a pound of marijuana was also recovered from the house.

Jesus Diaz, Jr. was arrested and booked at the Stanislaus County Jail for conspiracy, robbery, being a felon with a prior weapons offense in possession of a firearm, possession of an assault weapon, and various vehicle code violations. Noah De La Rosa was arrested and booked for robbery, conspiracy, possession of Ecstasy, and possession of an assault weapon.

This investigation is still ongoing, so no further information is being released at this time. Updates will be provided when they are available.

Anyone with information on this case should contact Detective Perry at (209) 538-5730 or tips can be anonymously reported to the Stanislaus Area Crime Stoppers at: Phone number: 1-866-60-CRIME Text Tips: “274637” TIP704 in the wording Website:

Modesto Police detectives continue to follow leads and gather evidence as they work on identifying the suspect or suspects responsible for the killing of three people inside an east Modesto home earlier this year. This afternoon, detectives arrested an accessory in this triple homicide.

On Saturday, March 3, 2012, at about 3:42 a.m., Modesto Police officers were called to a residence in the 700 block of N. McClure Road in east Modesto on a report of a shooting. When officers entered the residence, they located three victims, 19-year-old Alyxandra Tellez, 31-year-old Edward Joseph Reinig, and 16-year-old David Siebels, each of whom had suffered fatal gunshot wounds. A fourth victim, an 18-year-old female who was hiding in the home, was able to elude the attacker(s). She was able to call 911 and report the crime.

Investigators have been trying to determine if this assault may have been related to an earlier domestic violence case involving the same 18-year-old female back in January. In that case, it was alleged the 18-year-old female was assaulted and held against her will for several days by the victim’s then boyfriend, 31-year-old Richard Garibay, a.k.a. Richard Garcia, and a friend of Garibay, 30-year-old Armando Osegueda. At this point in the investigation both Garibay and Osegueda are considered “persons of interest”.

During the course of this investigation, homicide detectives have spoken to 20-year-old Malissa Rose Boldroff, the girlfriend of Osegueda, in order to determine Osegueda’s whereabouts the night of the triple homicide. During questioning, Boldroff has provided conflicting and misleading statements to detectives. Investigators believe Boldroff is intentionally providing false information in order to mislead and cover up facts about this homicide and the individuals involved. .

This afternoon investigators contacted Boldroff at the Stanislaus County Courthouse. Boldroff was present at a court hearing involving Garibay and Osegueda related to a torture case from Ceres. Boldroff was interviewed at the Modesto Police Station before being arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Jail for one count of accessory to murder.

This remains an active criminal investigation and homicide detectives have yet to determine the reason or motive for the killings.

If you have any information regarding this incident please call Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward. Tipsters can also text information to Crime Stoppers by sending a text message to 274637. Just type “TIP704” along with your message.

Police Investigators enter a home on McClure where three people were found shot to death.


Police are investigating what appears to be a murder suicide in Stockton.

The incident took place in a parking lot at the Red Roof Inn on the 1700 block of Fremont Street not far from Interstate 5.

A waste management employee who was preparing to empty a dumpster behind the business located a silver SUV with two bodies in it. Both persons were deceased, and authorities have recovered a weapon from the vehicle.

The persons found in the vehicle were not registered guests at the hotel, according to reports.

We'll have more information as this story develops.