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Carlos Rodriguez

Carlos Rodriguez

Sunday, 28 October 2012 03:26

Victim Critical After Lathrop Shooting

On 10-27-12, at around 1:25am Lathrop Police Services deputies responded to the 100 Blk. of E. Harlan Rd. in Lathrop (Two Guys Store) to reports of a shooting.

When deputies arrived they found an 18 year old male, sitting in a vehicle parked on the Southside of the business next to the air station. The victim was suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to a local hospital with life threatening injuries and is currently in critical condition.

Sheriff’s detectives responded to the scene and have taken over the investigation.

Witnesses describe the suspect as a Hispanic or Black male 5-09, thin build wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, last seen running away from the victim’s car after hearing several gun shots. The suspect ran South East behind the store onto Harlan road.

The motive for the shooting is still under investigation. The possibility of the shooting being gang related has not been ruled out. No arrest(s) have been made in the case at this time.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office at (209) 468-4400 or to remain anonymous you can text the information to investigators with a cell phone TO: 274637 (CRIMES) TEXT: SJSO followed by your tip.

Thursday, 25 October 2012 06:25

Arrest Made In Park Sexual Assault

Modesto Police detectives have arrested the suspect wanted in last week’s violent sexual assault at Mancini Park, where a mother was attacked in front of her two young children.

Last Thursday, October 18th, at about 2:40 P.M., Modesto Police officers were called to Mancini Park, located at 1204 River Road in south Modesto, on a report of an assault. When officers arrived, they learned a mother had been violently sexually assaulted by a stranger, while visiting the park with her two young children, ages 1 and 8.

As the family was visiting the park, a male suspect, unknown to the victim, approached her and, without warning, violently physically assaulted the victim by punching her and pulling her to the ground. The mother was holding her one-year-old child in her arms at the time of the assault and the suspect’s attack caused the child to fall to the ground. Once she was pulled to the ground, the suspect sexually assaulted the victim.

An elderly female witness who was nearby saw the assault and quickly grabbed the two children and ran to summon aid. After the assault, the suspect fled on foot towards an adjacent residential neighborhood, west of the park.

Detectives and crime scene investigators collected physical evidence, which included the suspect’s DNA. The evidence was forwarded to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) for processing. Analysts from DOJ have spent the last week working diligently in analyzing and processing the physical evidence.

Yesterday, investigators were able to identify 27-year-old John Lelan Carter, as a person of interest in the assault and, last night, officers from the Manteca Police Department contacted Carter. Manteca Police notified Modesto detectives, who responded to Manteca to follow-up. Detectives were able to develop enough information to arrest Carter for the assault. Carter was arrested by Modesto detectives and booked into the Stanislaus County Jail for rape, felony assault, and child abuse.

This afternoon, Modesto Police detectives received confirmation from DOJ that Carter’s DNA profile matched that of the DNA evidence collected by crime scene investigators.

“We are very appreciative of the tireless work by all those involved in this case, including the staff from DOJ, officers from Manteca Police and investigators from our Department,” said Acting Captain Scott Heller, who is the Investigations Division Commander.

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.

Thursday, 01 November 2012 10:01

Riverbank Authorities Awarded Traffic Grant

Riverbank Police Department has been awarded a $29,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) for a year-long program aimed at preventing deaths and injuries on our roadways through special enforcement and public awareness efforts. The grant received by Riverbank Police will aid in the city’s ongoing effort to improve traffic safety and the quality of life. Riverbank Police Department will use the funding as part of an on-going commitment to keep our roadways safe through both enforcement and education.

Chief Bill Pooley stated “Riverbank Police Services and the City of Riverbank is continuing to provide an effective traffic unit to help ensure the safety of Riverbank’s Citizens and roadways. Partnering with OTS has given our City an opportunity to further our goal of making our streets safer for our drivers and pedestrians. We can focus attentions on driver’s that may be impaired by alcohol or drugs and get them off our roadways. Riverbank’s Deputies are committed to the safety of our citizens.”

The grant will assist in efforts to deal with traffic safety problems and to reduce the number of persons killed and injured in traffic collisions. While traffic deaths from all causes declined by nearly 39 percent between 2006 and 2010 in California, state and federal officials anticipate that figures will show a slight rise in 2011. DUI deaths remain the largest sector, at nearly 30 percent of traffic fatalities. Recent trends show increases in two new categories – distracted driving and drug-impaired driving.

Activities that the grant will fund include:

•Specialized DUI and drugged driving training such as Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST), Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE), and Drug Recognition Evaluator (DRE). •DUI Saturation Patrols •Motorcycle safety enforcement •Distracted driving enforcement •Seat belt and child safety seat enforcement •Speed, red light and stop sign enforcement •Warrant service operations targeting multiple DUI offenders •Compilation of DUI “Hot Sheets,” identifying worst-of-the-worst DUI offenders •Stakeout operations to observe the “worst of the worst” repeat DUI offender probationers with suspended or revoked driver licenses

“Despite the recent increases, California’s roadways are still very much safer than they were before 2006,” said OTS Director Christopher J. Murphy. “The Stanislaus Sheriff and Riverbank Police Department will be keeping the pressure on through enforcement and public awareness so that we can continue saving lives and reach the vision we all share – Toward zero deaths, every 1 counts.”

Funding for this program is from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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Modesto Police have made two arrests in a recent double shooting, which left a 15-year-old teenager dead. Police are still looking for a third suspect who is believed to be considered armed and dangerous.

On Sunday, October 14th, at about 10:45 P.M., Modesto Police officers were called to the 2100 block of Conant Avenue in northwest Modesto for a reported shooting. When officers arrived, they located a 15-year-old male shooting victim in the yard of a residence on Conant Avenue. The victim was transported to a local hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries. A second shooting victim, a 23-year-old male, later showed up at a local hospital suffering from a non-life threatening gunshot wound. He was treated for his injuries and later released.

Investigators learned the two victims were standing in front of a residence in the 2100 block of Conant Avenue when they were approached by several male suspects. At least two of the suspects opened fire at the residence and at the two victims. Once the two victims were shot, the suspects ran from the scene.

Through investigation and tips from citizens, detectives learned the identity of the three suspects involved in the murder. Yesterday, investigators arrested 25-year-old Santos Joseph Garcia and 18-year-old Brian Storment, both from Modesto. Both Garcia and Storment were booked into the Stanislaus County Jail, each for one count of murder and one count of attempted murder.

A third suspect, 28-year-old Jeremy Anthony Romero of Modesto, is currently wanted for this homicide. Romero is believed to be on the run and considered armed and dangerous. Romero has several distinctive tattoos on his face, which police are hoping may aid them in locating this wanted murder suspect. Romero’s tattoos consist of the word “Cal” tattooed under his left eye, the word “Modesto” tattooed on his right jaw, the number “209” tattooed on the right side of his face, and a large five-point red star tattooed on the left side of his neck.

This remains an open investigation and although a motive has yet to be identified, police believe gang involvement by the suspects may have played a role in the shooting.

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.

Monday, 22 October 2012 05:04

Stockton Security Guard Injured In Shooting

On October 22, 2012, at 5:10 am, the 23 year old male victim, who is a security guard, was in the area of Shimizu Drive and Occidental Avenue when he came across two males in a dark colored Honda smoking marijuana. He contacted them and told them they needed to leave the area. One of the suspects fired a single round, from a handgun, at the victim. The victim was hit once in the shoulder. The vehicle fled the area E/B on Shimizu Dr. The victim is in stable condition.

SUSPECTS: S-1, African-American Male, 20-30 years old, unknown clothing; S-2, African-American Male, 20-30 years old, unknown clothing. Suspect vehicle is a late 80’s -90’s dark blue or black Honda Accord 4dr.

The Stockton Police Department is encouraging citizens to call if they have information pertaining to this investigation or any of the recent shootings or homicides. 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.

Energizer Holdings Inc. (NYSE: ENR) (St. Louis, MO), announced today it is initiating a voluntary market withdrawal of the continuous spray Banana Boat sun care products identified in the table below due to a potential risk of product igniting on the skin if contact is made with a source of ignition before the product is completely dry.

Affected Product

UPC

Banana Boat Ultra Mist Sport 15 Spray 6oz, US

7965600979-8

Banana Boat Ultra Mist Sport SPF 30 Spray 6oz. 2/3

7965600878-4

Banana Boat Sport 30 Bonus Continuous Spray 8oz - US

7965600955-2

Banana Boat Ultra Mist Ultra Defense SPF 30, 6oz

7965604626-7

Banana Boat BONUS 8oz Ultra Defense SPF 30 Ultra Mist

7965600956-9

Banana Boat FAMILY SIZE SPORT 30 Ultra Mist 9.5OZ

7965605167-4

Banana Boat Ultra Mist Sport SPF 50 6oz, 2/3s

7965600933-0

Banana Boat Ultra Defense Ultra Mist SPF 50 6oz. 2/3s

7965604492-8

Ultra Defense 50 Bonus Continuous Spray, 8oz, US

7965604549-9

Banana Boat Ultra Mist Kids SPF 50 Clear 6oz. 2/3

7965604495-9

Banana Boat Sport 50 Bonus Continuous Spray 8oz, US

7965604551-2

Banana Boat Ultra Mist Sport Performance SPF 50+ Spray 9.5oz.

7965605110-0

Banana Boat Ultra Mist Ultra Defense 85 Spray 6oz

7965604654-0

Banana Boat Ultra Mist Sport 85 Spray 6oz, US

7965604665-6

Banana Boat Kids SPF 85 Spray 6oz, US

7965604916-9

Banana Boat BONUS 8oz Ultra Defense SPF 85 Ultra Mist

7965604677-9

Banana Boat BONUS 8oz Sport SPF 85 Ultra Mist

7965604679-3

Banana Boat 6oz Sport SFP30 Spray Twin Pack

79656-05374-6

Banana Boat 6oz Sport SPF50 Spray Twin Pack

79656-05028-8

Banana Boat 6oz Spt30 Ultra Mist 2pk w/Sport Lotion&Lip

79656-05389-0

8oz Banana Boat Sport SPF30 UltraMist w/Sport LipBalm

79656-07951-7

Banana Boat 6OZ SPT 30 UltraMist W/$1 Instant Redeemable Coupon

79656-07975-3

Banana Boat 6oz SPORT SPF50 Ultra Mist 3PK

79656-05464-4

Energizer is voluntarily removing these products from retail outlets because of this potential safety concern. Energizer believes that this issue is associated with the product delivery system, specifically the size of the spray valve opening on the affected products. The spray valve opening on the affected products dispenses more than is typical in the industry for continuous sun care sprays. As a result, the product is taking longer to dry on the skin than is typical with other continuous sprays. If a consumer comes into contact with a flame or spark prior to complete drying of the product on the skin, there is a potential for the product to ignite.

Energizer is notifying its retail partners to stop selling the product. Energizer has received four reports of adverse events involving burns associated with the use of the Banana Boat SPORT Ultramist SPF 30 and 50 products in the US, and one event in Canada. Consumer safety is the primary objective of Energizer and therefore it has voluntarily initiated this market withdrawal. As already described, Energizer believes it has identified the cause of this safety concern and expects to offer new Banana Boat continuous spray products shortly.

Consistent with existing warnings on all continuous spray suncare products, consumers should take care to avoid sources of ignition when using these products, should not smoke while using these products, and should not use these products in the presence of a flame or spark.

Consumers who have purchased any of the above listed products are advised not to use them. Consumers with questions or complaints regarding this market withdrawal can contact Energizer by calling Consumer Affairs at 1-800-SAFESUN (1-800-723-3786) Monday through Friday, 8:00AM to 7:00PM Eastern, or by sending an email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

These over-the-counter products were distributed nationwide to wholesalers and retailers from January of 2010 through September 30, 2012.

This market withdrawal is being conducted with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Adverse events that may be related to the use of these products may be reported to FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting Program either online, by regular mail or by fax:

Online: www.fda.gov/medwatch/report.htm Regular Mail: use postage-paid FDA form 3500 available at: www.fda.gov/MedWatch/getforms.htm. Mail to MedWatch, FDA, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20852-9787 Fax: 1-800-FDA-0178

Thursday, 18 October 2012 11:48

Authorities Investigate Violent Sexual Assault

Modesto Police are investigating a violent sexual assault that occurred at a Modesto park earlier this afternoon.

On Thursday, October 18th, at about 2:40 P.M., Modesto Police officers were called to Mancini Park, located at 1204 River Road in south Modesto, for a report of an assault. When officers arrived, they learned a mother had been violently sexually assaulted by a stranger, while visiting the park.

Officers learned the mother was at the park with her two children, ages 1 and 8. As they were visiting the park, a male suspect approached the victim and without warning violently physically assaulted the victim by punching her and pulling her to the ground. The mother was holding her one-year-old child in her arms, at the time of the assault, and the suspect’s attack caused the child to fall to the ground. Once on the ground, the suspect sexually assaulted the victim.

An elderly female witness, who was nearby, saw the assault and quickly grabbed the two children and removed them from harms way. The witness took the children with her, as she ran to summon aid. After the assault, the suspect fled on foot towards an adjacent residential neighborhood, west of the park.

Additional officers, a canine unit, and several sheriff deputies assisted in the search for the suspect, however, due to the short delay between the time of the assault and the time the police were called, the suspect was able to flee the immediate area and elude capture.

Officers have now focused their efforts into identifying the suspect and proceeding in the criminal investigation. The suspect in this assault is described as a black male adult, in his 30’s, last seen wearing a black tank top and shorts.

The assault victim was transported to a local hospital, where she was treated for her injuries. She remains in stable condition. The one-year-old child suffered minor injuries from the assault and fall. Both children are safe and are with immediate family members.

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.

Wednesday, 17 October 2012 07:02

Couple Assaulted By Suspects, One Uniformed

On October 17, 2012 just after 2:00am in the 14,000 block of Magnolia Avenue in Livingston, a 26 year old female and her boyfriend were asleep when they heard a knock at the door. When the woman got up to answer she saw an African American male in a California Highway Patrol jumpsuit/uniform stating he needed to speak with her and her boyfriend outside.

After going outside they saw three other African American males and one Hispanic male wearing dark colored clothes with blue beanies. When she asked to see identification from the suspects the one wearing the CHP uniform flips his wallet open and closed before she could see it. None of the others were wearing uniforms and none had duty belts common with law enforcement officers.

Realizing they are not law enforcement she attempts to run back inside the house when she was struck in the back by a metal baseball bat. Her boyfriend intercedes by physically confronting the group while telling her to run.

The victim starts running to the front house where a relative lives and starts screaming for help. The suspects were scared off, getting into a vehicle before leaving the area. The victim suffered minor injuries and the suspects never stated what they were after. The vehicle they left in was parked out of sight and authorities have no description.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Merced Sheriff’s Office at 209-385-7472.

On October 24, 2012 Ceres Police Detectives arrested 24 year old old Matthew Beale after a parent discovered her 16 year old female daughter received inappropriate and explicit text messages from her teacher over the weekend. Matthew Beale has been employed as a math teacher at Whitmore Charter High School since August, 2012.

On October 23, 2012, the parent complained to the Ceres Unified School District about the text messages her daughter received from Matthew Beale over the past weekend. The district personnel notified the Ceres Police School Resource Officer, who launched an investigation and Matthew Beale was immediately placed on administrative leave.

Ceres detectives quickly followed up on the case and discovered the student and teacher corresponded via hundreds of text messages over the weekend. Among those text messages was a request from Matthew Beale for the student to send him “sexy” pictures of herself. Detectives also found that Matthew Beale had sent the student a photograph of his genitals.

It is further alleged that the student and Matthew Beale met in his classroom on Monday October 22, 2012 during lunch time to make out. Detectives contacted Matthew Beale on October 24, 2012 at his home in Turlock, where he was confronted with copies of the text messages and admitted to his involvement with the student.

Matthew Beale was arrested for sending harmful matter to a minor and lewd and lascivious acts on a minor - both charges are misdemeanors. Matthew Beale was booked at the Stanislaus County Jail.

Ceres Detectives believe this is an isolated incident. However, they are asking anyone with any information in reference to this case to contact Detective Arthur Hively at (209) 537-5728.

Beale's bail is set at $10,000.

UPDATE:

An email sent out to parents of students at Whitmore Charter High School states that Beale was a math teacher, and is no longer employed with the district. A copy of that email has been attached below:

A message from WHITMORE CHARTER SCHOOLS

Ceres Unified School District “Committed to Excellence, Responsive to Every Student” BOARD MEMBERS: Jim Kinard, President Mike Welsh, Clerk Betty Davis Valli Wigt Lourdes Perez Teresa Guerrero Faye Lane SUPERINTENDENT: Scott Siegel, Ed.D. October 24, 2012 Dear Whitmore Charter Staff, Parents and Guardians: Early in the afternoon of October 24, 2012, the Ceres Police Department arrested Matthew Beale, a math teacher assigned to Whitmore Charter High School. The Ceres Police Department charged Mr. Beale with unlawful contact with a minor using an electronic device and unlawful physical contact with a minor. The victim’s name has been withheld for confidentiality reasons. We have been in constant communication with the Ceres Police Department regarding this matter and are most impressed with the fine job which they have done. We will continue working collaboratively with the Ceres Police Department regarding this matter. While this appears to be an isolated incident involving one student, anyone with additional information is asked to call Detective Hively at (209) 538-5712. Mr. Beale is no longer an employee of the Ceres Unified School District, and we are doing all we can to assure that he cannot be on the grounds of any of the schools and that he is prohibited from contacting students, parents or staff members. Please be aware that since this is a criminal matter which will be heard in the courts, we are not able at this time to provide you with any more specific details about the actual incidents. I want to assure you that the Ceres Unified School District and the Ceres Police Department are taking all possible steps to assure the safety of our children. Sincerely, Scott Siegel, Ed.D. Superintendent