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Friday, 02 November 2012 01:31

Police Open Fire After Ceres Pursuit

Just after 2am this morning, police responded to the Del Taco restaurant near the intersection of Mitchell and Whitmore in Ceres for a report of a fight.

When officers arrived, police say 28 year old Martin Moreno fled the scene in a green Honda Civic. Police gave chase where the suspect vehicle ended up on Belleza Court in the Eastgate Neighborhood. Police say a pursuing officer used their patrol vehicle to spin out the suspect car in an attempt to bring the pursuit to an end.

Shots were fired soon after, but no indications are available at this time as to why officers opened fire. Moreno was struck in the shoulder and transported to a local hospital for treatment.

Moreno is facing charges including pursuit, assault and driving under the influence.

stockton homicide victim

On October 20, 2012, at 10:49 pm, there was a shooting in front of 4550 Mist Trail Drive. The victim, Denise Lemberg, 27 years old, from Modesto was with her longtime boyfriend and an additional couple and were parked in front of the residence. They were in the vehicle for a short period, when two Hispanic males walked up to the vehicle and opened fire. The victim suffered several gunshot wounds as did a male back passenger. The victim died of her wounds at a local hospital.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic male, 15 to 17 years old, 5'6", 150 lbs, wearing a black oversized short sleeve shirt, dark pants and white tennis shoes. The second suspect is descibed as a Hispanic male, 15-17 years old, 5'4", 130 lbs, wearing a grey "Ben Davis" type short sleeve shirt with a white thermal underneath, black "Dickies" and white shoes.

After the shooting, the suspects ran south on Mist Trail Drive and then east on Abruzzi Circle.

Anyone having any information, contact Detective N. Ezell or Det. B. Burrell, via the Stockton Police Department.

Thursday, 01 November 2012 10:07

Arrests Made In Burglary Capers

On 10/27/12 at about 6:30 AM two adult males pried the back door open to the Kohls Department store in the city of Riverbank and stole over 50 watches and pieces of jewelry from the business. Later in the evening of 10/27/12 Modesto Police Department officers were conducting an unrelated investigation regarding a stolen vehicle in the City of Modesto. During their investigation they located a stolen vehicle and were able to take two adult males into custody.

The two males were identified as 22 year old Bobby Murrah of Modesto and 38 year old Randy Lee of Turlock. During a search of the stolen vehicle they located a large bag containing about 50 watches and clothing worn by Murrah during the commission of the burglary. Lee was found to be in possession of a watch at the time of his arrest for the stolen vehicle.

Detectives Josh Humble and Josh Sandoval were called by Modesto Police regarding the stolen property. When Detectives Humble and Sandoval arrived to the location of the stolen vehicle they was able to identify the bag of watches and the watch found in the possession of Lee as the ones stolen from Kohls earlier in the evening. Through their investigation, Murrah was identified as one of the two suspects that had broken into Kohls earlier in the evening.

Detective Humble and Sandoval obtained search warrants that were served in the 2800 block of Patterson Road in Riverbank, Ca and 5200 block of Tunson Road in Modesto, Ca. Detectives believed additional property from the Kohls burglary would be found at those locations.

In the 2800 Block of Patterson Road detectives found two shotguns that had been stolen during a burglary at the Sports Authority on McHenry Ave on 10/28/12. The shotguns had been altered and made into short-barreled shotguns. In addition, stolen watches from Kohls were also found. 34 year old Thomas Denino Jr of Modesto who was present during the search warrant was arrested for possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana for sales, possession of stolen property and possession of a short barreled shotgun.

In the 5200 Block of Tunson Road detectives found over one ounce of methamphetamine and about 1/2 pound of dried processed marijuana detectives believed they were possessed with the intent to sale. Several more watches from Kohls were located at the residence. While serving the warrant 19 year old Alyssa Soares of Modesto, CA was found in possession of a loaded and concealed .22 caliber handgun.

34 year old Tommy Taylor of Modesto who was also present during the service of the search warrant was identified as the second suspect that had been involved in the Kohls burglary. During the service of the warrant he was found to have possessed the clothing he had on during the commission of the burglary. Taylor was booked for second degree burglary, possession of methamphetamine for sales and violation of parole. Soares was arrested for possession of methamphetamine for sales, possession of a narcotic controlled substance, possession of a concealed, loaded firearm, second degree burglary and conspiracy to commit burglary.

29 year old Matthew Turner of Modesto, CA was arrested on 11-01-12 at 12:30 PM for possession of stolen property and being a felon in possession of ammunition. During the service of the search warrant on Tunson Rd Turner was not home and detectives found ammunition and property stolen from Kohls in his room.

Anyone with information about this investigation can call Detective Josh Humble at 209-863-7146. You can also leave an anonymous tip by calling Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636. Tipsters can also e-mail tips at, or text them to CRIMES (274637) by typing "Tip704" plus the message and be eligible for a cash reward

The Ripon Police Department has been seeking community donations to help purchase a drug detection dog. The department’s first drug detection dog “Topper” retired after a very successful career.

On 10-31-12, two young Ripon girls, accompanied by their proud father, came to the police department to donate their hard earned recycling money to the department, toward the purchase of a new drug detection dog. B’elanna and Aidan Morriss presented Chief Ed Ormonde with the money they saved. Chief Ormonde gratefully accepted the money from these outstanding citizens.

B’elanna (11) and Aidan (10) eagerly told officers that they wanted to donate the money to the Ripon Police Department to help police catch “Bad guys”, and to help stop drugs in Ripon. The girls said their grandmother contributed money also to, in their words, “Keep our town safe.”

Police Chief Ed Ormonde said, “We are proud to see young Riponites contributing in ways that are heartwarming expressions of concern for their community.”

On November 1, 2012 just after 1:00am Merced Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to the La Cascada Bar on Santa Fe on a report of shots fired with a man down. When deputies arrived they discovered that the victim had already been taken to the hospital by friends of the victim.

Witnesses say there were two groups involved in an altercation inside the bar and security had to intervene. One of the groups went outside and a few minutes later the altercation of about 10 people continued. During the altercation, several witnesses said they heard gun shots.

The victim, a 24 year old Hispanic male, was shot during the altercation and was able to get away from the suspect as people fled the area. The victim was taken to Mercy Hospital in Merced by people at the scene. The victim suffered from a single gunshot wound to the left side of his chest and a laceration to his head and listed in critical condition. He was later flown to a Modesto area hospital for surgery.

The cause for the altercation is still unknown and under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Merced County Sheriff’s Office at 209-385-7472 and you main remain anonymous.

Thursday, 01 November 2012 03:17

Stockton Man Arrested In Murder Case

On May 24, 2012, in the City of Pleasanton, CA, an unidentified female was located inside of a garbage can deceased. Pleasanton PD conducted follow up, but the female’s identity remained unknown.

On June 12, 2012, the Stockton Police Department received a report of a missing person, Ana Flores-Pineda, a 25 year old female, who resided in Stockton. Stockton PD Detectives conducted follow up on the missing person case and working in conjunction with Pleasanton PD, were able to identify the deceased female located in Pleasanton as Ana Flores-Pineda.

On October 31, 2012, Detectives from Pleasanton PD and Stockton PD conducted follow up in Stockton and arrested a suspect connected in this case.

Arrested: Javier Prado Sandoval, a 30 year old male, of Stockton, will be booked into the San Joaquin County Jail for the murder of Ana Flores-Pineda. The investigation is on-going and further details regarding this case will be released at a later date.

The Stockton Police Department is encouraging citizens to call if they have information pertaining to this investigation. Callers are asked to call the Investigations Unit 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’.

Tuesday, 30 October 2012 08:57

Modesto Fire Holds Training Symposium

More than 150 Firefighters and instructors representing at least 12 different Fire Departments from across California participated in a two-day training symposium Friday, October 26 and Saturday, October 27. Since its inception in 2010, the Modesto Firefighter Training Symposium has provided the best training environment possible for local and state-wide firefighters.

The hands-on portion of the training took place Friday, and included tactics like interior search and rescue, engine operations, residential ventilation and forcible entry. This comprehensive, hands-on training is unparalleled in the Central Valley as it provides attendees with a greater number of rotations through the tactical skills than many high-cost, out-of-state training options. The more firefighters are able to repeat the tactical skills, the better equipped they are to keep the communities they serve safe while also ensuring the safety of themselves and their fellow firefighters. In addition to the hands-on training Friday, an interactive Chief Officer workshop on “Building and Operating a Command Team” was held and focused on extended operations, those large in size and complexity, and utilizing the management cycle as a tool to handle these situations as a team.

Saturday featured a seminar presented by Bill Gustin, a 29-year veteran with the fire service and Captain with the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department. Gustin’s seminar, Modern Construction Challenges for Today’s Fire Service, examined how construction, design and fuel load of modern residences present new challenges and dangers to today’s firefighters.

This Training Symposium is produced and presented by a team of professional and dedicated fire personnel from the Modesto Regional Fire Authority. The team plans and executes the Training Symposium mostly on their own time and, in an effort to keep costs as minimal as possible, aggressively seeks out partnerships and donations from throughout the region.

Tuesday, 30 October 2012 06:37

LucasFilm Sells To Disney

Burbank, CA and San Francisco, CA, October 30, 2012 – Continuing its strategy of delivering exceptional creative content to audiences around the world, The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) has agreed to acquire Lucasfilm Ltd. in a stock and cash transaction. Lucasfilm is 100% owned by Lucasfilm Chairman and Founder, George Lucas.

Under the terms of the agreement and based on the closing price of Disney stock on October 26, 2012, the transaction value is $4.05 billion, with Disney paying approximately half of the consideration in cash and issuing approximately 40 million shares at closing. The final consideration will be subject to customary post-closing balance sheet adjustments.

"Lucasfilm reflects the extraordinary passion, vision, and storytelling of its founder, George Lucas," said Robert A. Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Walt Disney Company. "This transaction combines a world-class portfolio of content including Star Wars, one of the greatest family entertainment franchises of all time, with Disney's unique and unparalleled creativity across multiple platforms, businesses, and markets to generate sustained growth and drive significant long-term value."

"For the past 35 years, one of my greatest pleasures has been to see Star Wars passed from one generation to the next," said George Lucas, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Lucasfilm. "It's now time for me to pass Star Wars on to a new generation of filmmakers. I've always believed that Star Wars could live beyond me, and I thought it was important to set up the transition during my lifetime. I'm confident that with Lucasfilm under the leadership of Kathleen Kennedy, and having a new home within the Disney organization, Star Wars will certainly live on and flourish for many generations to come. Disney's reach and experience give Lucasfilm the opportunity to blaze new trails in film, television, interactive media, theme parks, live entertainment, and consumer products."

Under the deal, Disney will acquire ownership of Lucasfilm, a leader in entertainment, innovation and technology, including its massively popular and "evergreen" Star Wars franchise and its operating businesses in live action film production, consumer products, animation, visual effects, and audio post production. Disney will also acquire the substantial portfolio of cutting-edge entertainment technologies that have kept audiences enthralled for many years. Lucasfilm, headquartered in San Francisco, operates under the names Lucasfilm Ltd., LucasArts, Industrial Light & Magic, and Skywalker Sound, and the present intent is for Lucasfilm employees to remain in their current locations.

Kathleen Kennedy, current Co-Chairman of Lucasfilm, will become President of Lucasfilm, reporting to Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn. Additionally she will serve as the brand manager for Star Wars, working directly with Disney's global lines of business to build, further integrate, and maximize the value of this global franchise. Ms. Kennedy will serve as executive producer on new Star Wars feature films, with George Lucas serving as creative consultant. Star Wars Episode 7 is targeted for release in 2015, with more feature films expected to continue the Star Wars saga and grow the franchise well into the future.

The acquisition combines two highly compatible family entertainment brands, and strengthens the long-standing beneficial relationship between them that already includes successful integration of Star Wars content into Disney theme parks in Anaheim, Orlando, Paris and Tokyo.

Driven by a tremendously talented creative team, Lucasfilm's legendary Star Wars franchise has flourished for more than 35 years, and offers a virtually limitless universe of characters and stories to drive continued feature film releases and franchise growth over the long term. Star Wars resonates with consumers around the world and creates extensive opportunities for Disney to deliver the content across its diverse portfolio of businesses including movies, television, consumer products, games and theme parks. Star Wars feature films have earned a total of $4.4 billion in global box to date, and continued global demand has made Star Wars one of the world's top product brands, and Lucasfilm a leading product licensor in the United States in 2011. The franchise provides a sustainable source of high quality, branded content with global appeal and is well suited for new business models including digital platforms, putting the acquisition in strong alignment with Disney's strategic priorities for continued long-term growth.

Tuesday, 30 October 2012 02:53

Police Impersonators Ransack Hilmar Home

On October 29, 2012 just after 7:00 pm a 70 year old man and woman were outside feeding livestock when a white four door vehicle pulled up in front of their house in the 21,000 block of Bloss Ave in Hilmar. The driver, a Hispanic male adult, approached the male wearing a white T-Shirt, a black baseball cap and what appeared to be a black police tactical vest with a small gold star badge on it. The suspect said he was with the police and was there to confiscate his drugs.

The victim told the suspect the narcotics task force was already at his house a few weeks ago and confiscated all his marijuana. The suspect did not believe the victim, pulled out a handgun, grabbed the victim and walked him into his house where he was placed on the floor and had his hands tied. A few minutes later the other suspects brought his wife into the house from the backyard and forced her to lie next to her husband.

They kept asking where the drugs and money were and the victims kept telling them the police had already been there and they didn’t have any. The suspects then ransacked the house and took an undisclosed amount of money, some personal effects and the victim’s truck, a white 2000 Toyota Tacoma license 7H64575. The suspects told them to stay on the floor or they would be shot as they left the residence.

Neither victim was injured and anyone with information is asked to contact the Merced County Sheriff’s Office at 209-385-7472.

Sunday, 28 October 2012 03:32

Police Impersonators Arrested At Party

On 10-27-12, at around 10:30pm San Joaquin County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of two subjects, dressed in tactical uniforms, arrived at a party in the 22400 Blk. of S. Manteca, Rd. in Manteca, identifying themselves as Police Officers.

18 year old Kyle CLOGSTON of Manteca and 19 year old Marcus BRADFORD of Lodi, portraying themselves as Police Officers to the Victim, after they had located the Victim and party goers in an orchard behind the Victim’s property. When deputies arrived on scene, the Victim stated that CLOGSTON clearly identified himself as a Police Officer to him. Deputies noted that both subjects were wearing tactical style gear, both ballistic as well as tactical vests, and BRADFORD had a badge on his chest resembling that of a law enforcement officer. Both subjects were also in possession of multiple air-soft rifles as well as pistols which had the orange tips painted over black making them look like real firearms.

During the investigation, both subjects admitted that they had attempted to portray themselves as Peace Officers to break up the party and admitted that they in no way work for any law enforcement agency. Both were subsequently transported to the San Joaquin County Jail and booked pursuant to 538(d) (a) PC, Impersonating an Officer, 538(d) (2) PC, Impersonating a Peace Officers Badge, and 20150(a) PC, Possession of an Imitation Firearm.

There was a third male subject, a juvenile that did not get out of the vehicle or portray himself as a Police Office. He was counseled and released to his father.