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Tuesday, 16 October 2012 10:17

Shoeless Suspect Captured By Authorities

At about 5:15pm, a suspect wanted on weapons charges was spotted by a Modesto Police officer near the area of 3rd and G streets. The officer pursued the suspect who fled on foot into a nearby residential area jumping fences, but lost his boots in the process.

The shoeless suspect was located hiding in a backyard nearby after a perimeter was established and a Sheriff's K9 unit responded to assist. The man is currently in custody.

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A pavement repair project on G Street will begin on Monday, October 15, and continue through Thursday, October 18. G Street will be closed to all traffic between Burney Street and La Loma Avenue. Detours will be in place to assist drivers and there may be delays as the work will require changes in traffic patterns. Motorists are advised to proceed with caution and pay attention to signage. Drivers should use alternate routes when possible to avoid delays.

Funded by State Proposition 1B funds, the G street project will include the removal of the current pavement surface, re-pavement of this section of roadway along with the installation of new pavement markings and striping.

This type of work typically extends the durability of a street surface for as much as 20 years.

Electronic reader boards are in place to alert frequent drivers to the upcoming road work.

Caltrans would like to update drivers on the closures at Brookside, Swain and River Roads as part of the Interstate 5 (I-5) North Stockton Improvement Project.

Brookside Road under I-5 is scheduled to re-open the week of October 15, 2012, once the falsework has been removed.

Swain Road is scheduled to close the week of October 22, 2012, to vehicle traffic while crews work to widen I-5 in the median at that location.

River Road is scheduled to re-open in March, 2013. The closure has been extended due to a delay in construction activities from flood control oversight activities, the availability of equipment and materials and other construction related issues.

These closures are necessary for the safety of motorists during bridge construction. Because of clearances, and the construction activities, there is not enough vertical clearance under these structures for the installation of falsework unless the road is closed.

Caltrans would like to apologize for the inconvenience caused by closing these roads, but assures you it is necessary in order to complete the widening of I-5 prior to starting on Stage 2 of the project. We appreciate drivers’ patience as we work to improve I-5 through Stockton.

The $122.1 million I-5 North Stockton Improvements Project will add High Occupancy Vehicle lanes, auxiliary lanes and soundwalls, from Hammer Lane to south of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. The project also reconstructs the existing six-lane freeway with continuously reinforced concrete pavement between Hammer Lane and Country Club Boulevard. The contractor for the project is R & L Brosamer, Inc. of Walnut Creek, CA.

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will repair guardrail on southbound Interstate 5 (I-5) from Beaver Slough to Walnut Grove.

The #2 (right) lane and right shoulder will close on Wednesday, October 17, 2012, from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. (noon).

Motorists should expect 15 minute delays. Alternate routes should be taken whenever possible.

This work is scheduled to begin as listed, but is subject to change due to traffic incidents, weather, availability of equipment and/or materials and construction related issues.

Tuesday, 16 October 2012 08:08

Turlock Road Closures (Week of 10-15-12)

10/15/12 - Permanently All Hours Roberts Rd. will be closed at N. Golden State Blvd. for median construction activity. Thru traffic on Golden State will not be affected. No detours will be provided.

10/15/12 - 10/20/12 07:00 PM - 09:00 AM State Route (Highway) 99 on-ramps and off-ramps at Taylor Rd. will be closed intermittently by CalTrans for construction activities. Detours will not be provided.

Tuesday, 16 October 2012 06:25

Ripon Police Seek Suspect In Gun Theft

On 10-11-12, an unknown male suspect entered the Barnwood Arms, a local firearms retailer, and stole a Springfield EMP 1911 9mm pistol valued at over $1,200. The suspect reportedly accessed an unlocked gun case, concealed the firearm, and walked out of the store. Employees did not initially notice the theft. It was discovered a short time later, and reported to the police.

The suspect was described as being a white male adult in his 40’s, approximately 6’ tall, 180 lbs, with close cropped brown hair. The suspect has tattoos, including a full-sleeve tattoo on his left lower arm. The suspect was wearing a gray 49ers t-shirt, red long shorts, and black shoes.

Anyone with information concerning this felony theft is being asked to call Detective Matt Ford at 209-599-0254, or the Ripon Police Department information-tip-line at 209-599-7847 (599-RTIP).

Tuesday, 16 October 2012 02:47

Inmates Escape From Honor Farm

On 10-15-12 at 6:30 PM Sheriff’s Deputies from the Operations Division responded to assist deputies at the Stanislaus County Honor Farm located at 8224 W. Grayson Road in Modesto, CA in searching for two inmates who escaped. The inmates were identified as 23 year old Marco Antonio Maciel of Stockton and 34 year old Tomas Arreola Cornejo of Delhi.

Maciel and Cornejo were last seen at the Honor Farm at 6:00 PM on Monday evening and were found missing at 6:30 PM when deputies conducted an inmate count. The two inmates climbed a fence on the south side of the Honor Farm some time between 6:00 PM and 6:30 PM. A search was completed by deputies at the Honor Farm, but neither inmate was found. Both inmates are wanted for escaping from a jail facility.

Maciel was in custody for cultivation of marijuana and possession of a concealed firearm. Cornejo was in custody for possession of narcotics for sale and cultivation of marijuana. Both are criminal illegal aliens who were also being held on INS holds pending the adjudication of their current criminal cases.

Both were housed at the Honor Farm, which is a minimum security facility because of inadequate higher security local jail bed space. Currently under construction is a new 192 bed facility which replaces the beds lost to a fire at the Honor Farm in 2010. Once completed in September of 2013, the Honor Farm will be closed. This new facility will help with the housing of inmates who need to be housed in a more secure facility and provide much needed bed and programming space.

Anyone with information about this investigation can call the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department at 209-525-7114. 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

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Monday, 15 October 2012 06:22

Stockton Mother Wanted In Taking Child

Today just before 9:30am, Shantesha Fluker went to 102 S San Joaquin St to have an unsupervised visit with her child that she does not have custody of. Fluker was holding the victim when she went to the lobby and left through the front door. The victim was last seen wearing a purple shirt with a white flower and ruffles, dark blue leggings, a white "onesie" with a white flower, and white/grey striped socks. The victim is at risk due to her young age. Fluker was last seen wearing a black jacket, black shorts, and turquiose colored glasses. Fluker has black hair with purple and blonde streaks braided in. Fluker has a tattoo on her right shoulder that reads "EPA". Last known address for Fluker is 4400 block of La Cresta Way in Stockton, Ca. Fluker is said to frequent the area of Kentfield Rd in Stockton, Ca. Fluker recently a purchased green1999 Mazda Protege (license plate 4GDE283). Anyone with information is urged to contact authorities immediately.

Modesto Police officers arrested a distraught male after he tried to light a woman in a wheelchair on fire with lighter fluid and a lighter.

On Thursday, October 11, 2012, at about noon, a Modesto Police officer was flagged down near the intersection of 18th Street and G Street in downtown Modesto by a woman in a wheelchair. The woman told the officer she was waiting to cross the street when she was approached an unknown male. The male called her the devil and poured lighter fluid on her pant legs. The suspect then lit a lighter and was in the process of attempting to light the woman on fire, when the woman’s husband arrived and scared the suspect away.

Another Modesto Police officer, who was nearby, located the suspect, 45-year-old Nathan Yarbrough, as he was walking near Burney Street and 17th Street. When the officer contacted Yarbrough, he was still in possession of the lighter fluid. Yarbrough was also distraught and would not comply with the officer’s commands. As the officer was waiting for additional officers to assist in detaining Yarbrough, he squirted lighter fluid on the officer’s boots. Yarbrough was taken into custody without further incident.

Neither the woman in the wheelchair nor the arresting officer suffered any physical harm from being dowsed with the lighter fluid.

Yarbrough was arrested for attempted murder, assault with a caustic chemical, and elder abuse and booked into the Stanislaus County Jail.

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Modesto Police arrested a wanted murder suspect who was featured on America’s Most Wanted after they received an anonymous tip.

On Thursday, October 11, 2012, Modesto Police received an anonymous tip that 24-year-old Mario Hernandez was inside a residence in the 2400 block of Encina Avenue in southeast Modesto. The tipster reported Hernandez was wanted for murder and had been featured on the television show America’s Most Wanted. Officers confirmed with San Jose Police Department that Hernandez was wanted for murder and that San Jose had an active warrant for his arrest.

At about 9 P.M., Modesto Police patrol officers and members from the Department’s Street Gang Unit converged on the location and surrounded the residence on Encina Avenue. Officers began to make announcements for Hernandez to surrender using a police loud speaker. Eighteen-year-old Kathryn Tisdale, who lives in the residence, exited and told officers she did not know Hernandez and denied Hernandez was inside the home. Officers continued to make loud speaker announcements and attempted to call into the residence. After about 30 minutes of announcements, Hernandez emerged from the home and surrendered to officers without incident. No one else was inside the home.

Modesto officers learned Tisdale was in fact Hernandez’ girlfriend and she had been aware Hernandez was featured on America’s Most Wanted and wanted for murder. Tisdale was arrested for harboring a wanted felon and booked into the Stanislaus County’s Public Safety Center.

Homicide Investigators from the San Jose Police Department arrived in Modesto and took custody of Hernandez, returning him to San Jose.

Hernandez was featured both on the America’s Most Wanted Website and in an episode, which aired August 24th. The America’s Most Wanted show has been instrumental in aiding law enforcement locate some of the most violent suspects in the Nation. To date America’s Most Wanted has helped capture 1198 fugitives. You can follow America’s Most Wanted at or on Lifetime Television every Friday night at 9 P.M.