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Thursday, 25 July 2013 04:06

Free Eye Exams Today

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Free comprehensive eye exams and glasses will be provided to local residents in need through a partnership between Stanislaus County and VSP® Vision Care (VSP). VSP doctor and VSP board member James Winnick will be volunteering his time to provide eye exams on-board a state-of-the-art, 45-foot-long mobile eyecare clinic on July 25 at the Stanislaus County Library in downtown Modesto until 4 p.m. Local residents who are unable to be examined on-board the clinic may be eligible to receive a gift certificate redeemable for a free eye exam at a local VSP doctor’s office.

Eye exams are an important part of a person’s overall health routine at any age and can provide a means for the early detection and treatment of serious health conditions including diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Some health conditions do not display symptoms until damage has already occurred, but an eye doctor can tell a lot about a patient’s overall health by viewing blood vessels in the eyes.

To date, through Eyes of Hope outreach programs such as VSP Mobile Eyes®, VSP Global companies have invested close to $160 million in free eyecare and eyewear for close to 845,000 adults and children in need.

Tuesday, 23 July 2013 11:46

Homicide Victim Identified

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Modesto – Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department Detectives have been investigating the homicide that occurred earlier this week in the 500 Block of Briggs Avenue.

The Victim has been positively identified as Rachel Anne Ortega, 27 years old out of Modesto.

The Homicide was reported at approximately 6:30 am on July 21, 2013. A witness was walking home from work and located Ortega under a car port on Briggs Avenue. The witness went home and immediately called police. Modesto Police Department was first on scene and secured the area.

Sheriff Department Detectives responded and took over the investigation.

The home owners, where the victim was located, are cooperating with detectives and did not know the crime had occurred until they were contacted by law enforcement.

The cause of death is not being released do to this being an active investigation.

Ortega had been seen with an unidentified male subject the day prior to the homicide. Detectives are asking for assistance in identifying him and locating him for questioning.

Anyone with information about this investigation or on the male subject in the attached photograph can call Detective David Hickman at 209-525-7042.

You can also leave an anonymous tip by calling Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636. Tipsters can also e-mail tips at http://www.modestopolice.com/CrimeStoppers, or text them to CRIMES (274637) by typing "Tip704" plus the message and be eligible for a cash reward

Tuesday, 23 July 2013 04:38

Traffic Collision In Rural Turlock

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TURLOCK - Emergency crews are responding to a traffic collision in the area of Mitchell and West Main.

Reports indicate several vehicles and possibly a big rig are involved.

Emergency crews at the scene have requested an air ambulance to the scene.

Reports indicate CHP may have someone in custody related to the collision.

We'll have further details as they become available.

Tuesday, 23 July 2013 02:57

Shooting Investigated

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Turlock - Police are investigating a shooting near Dianne Drive just west of Highway 99 this morning.

Officials say one person has been shot dead at the scene. That person may have been trespassing on someone else's property. Reports indicate they were shot in the head just before 8am. Investigators are interviewing the property owner.

Reports indicate the body of a deceased person is in a field nearby. He is roughly described as a white male in his 20's. Officials have a crime scene taped off.

We'll have more details as information becomes available.

UPDATE:

On July 23, 2013, at approximately 7:56 a.m., Turlock Police Department officers and medical personnel responded to the 1100 block of Dianne Road on the report of a shooting that had just occurred. When officers arrived, they located a 22 year-old, White male, deceased in a nearby field with gunshot wounds to the head.

The on-going investigation revealed that the deceased subject had been seen trespassing into private property on several previous occasions by the homeowner. Today the deceased subject was seen gathering items from the homeowner's property. The subject was confronted and an altercation occurred in which the homeowner shot the 22 year-old male.

No arrest has currently been made as a result of this investigation which is continuing and will be reviewed by the Stanislaus County District Attorney’s Office.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact Detective Brandon Bertram at (209) 668-5550, ext. 6623.

The Turlock Police Department is an active participant in the Crime Stoppers Program. Callers can leave an anonymous tip by calling Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636 and may be eligible for a cash reward.

Monday, 22 July 2013 09:59

Missing Teen

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This is Stephanie Folgar, 18 years old. According to family she disappeared from Lathrop June 28th. If found call Lathrop police (209) 915-3357 or (209) 858-5551 Authorities say they have some leads but no conclusions yet.

Monday, 22 July 2013 04:55

Teen Shot To Death

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On July 20, 2013 at approximately 9:51 p.m., the Los Banos Police Department responded to a residence in the Hundred Block of West K Street regarding a call of shots fired.

Upon arriving on scene, Officers located a 17 year-old male suffering from a gunshot wound to his upper body. The gunshot victim was transported by ambulance but later succumbed to his injuries.

“This appears to be an isolated incident and at this time it does not appear to be gang related.” according to Gary Brizzee, Chief of Police.

Police say no one is in custody and there is no suspect information available. The victim has not been identified pending notification of next of kin.

Sunday, 21 July 2013 04:05

Homicide Investigated

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Officials are investigating a homicide on Briggs Avenue in West Modesto.

Briggs is closed off behind the Maxx Value shopping center. Homicide investigators and Sheriff's Deputies are on scene and a crime scene is taped off.

At this time there is no confirmation on the age and gender of the victim or the circumstances behind their death.

We'll have more information as it becomes available.

Update:

Authorities received a report from a citizen walking home from work early this morning of a deceased person found in a driveway.

The residents of the home did not know the dead victim was in the driveway. They are cooperating with authorities in the investigation.

No identification has been made on the victim at this time. Officials ask anyone who might have information to contact the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Office or crime stoppers at 209-521-4636.

Sunday, 21 July 2013 02:43

Last Day At The Fair

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Today is Corona Day at the Fair. Free gifts from Corona to the first 1,000 guests. Tomorrow is also Free ‘til 3 p.m. No admission charged until 3:00 p.m.

FOODMAXX ARENA: Mud Bog Races & Lawn Mower Races begin at 6:30 p.m. and are hosted by KAT Country 103.

BUDWEISER VARIETY FREE STAGE: El Coyote y su Banda featuring Manuel Romero are performing at 8:30 p.m. The concert is free with Fair admission and is hosted by Radio LOBO.

MILLER COORS STAGE: Los Amigos perform at 2:00 p.m. and David Perez Band perform at 5:30 p.m.

HEALTH PLAN OF SAN JOAQUIN STAGE: Merafuentes is performing at 3:30 p.m. and Olivia Esquivez is performing at 6:00 p.m.

XFINITY FAMILY FUN ZONE: K9 Kings Flying Dog Show with JD Platt is performing at 3:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m. Cowgirl Tricks Show is at 2:00 p.m. and 4 p.m.

HOURS: Gates open at noon; exhibit buildings close at 11 p.m.; carnival closes at 12 a.m.

PARK ‘N RIDE: 11:30 a.m. – 12 a.m.; Park free and ride free from CSU Stanislaus (Crowell off Monte Vista) and/or Pitman High (Christoffersen Way). Shuttles run every 15 – 20 minutes to/from the Fair’s Arch Gate. Sponsored by FOX 40 News.

WHERE: From Highway 99, exit at Fulkerth Road in Turlock and head east. For Fairgrounds parking, turn right on Soderquist Road, or go past Soderquist for more parking; $5 per vehicle.

ADMISSION: $12 for adults, for age 65 and up 5, $5 for children age 7 to 12, and free for age 6 and younger.

Saturday, 20 July 2013 07:35

Transit Bus Pursuit

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On July 19, 2013 at approximately 9:48 am Stockton California Highway Patrol Officers received a be on the look out for a stolen AC Transit bus out of San Francisco. Officer responded to the area and located the vehicle on SR-120 eastbound near SR-99. Due to safety concerns for the construction workers, officers waited to initiate an enforcement stop on the vehicle as it traveled on SR-99 northbound.

As the vehicle approached French Camp Road it exited and Officers initiated a traffic enforcement stop. The vehicle failed to yield for emergency vehicles and continued eastbound on French Camp Road at speeds greater than the posted speed limit. The vehicle turned left onto SR-120 eastbound, continuing to attempt to evade CHP Officers.

Officers utilized a spike strip and the vehicle traveled across the spike strip near the intersection of SR-120 and McHenry Ave, which disabled the vehicles right front tire and right outer rear tire. The vehicle continued eastbound until the tires lost air and the vehicle came to a stop along the right hand shoulder of SR-120 west of Cleveland Ave.

The pursuit was approximately 19 miles and lasted approximately 20 minutes. There were no other individuals on the vehicle at the time of this incident. The suspect was taken into custody without further incident.

Thursday, 18 July 2013 08:51

Auto Theft Suspects Apprehended

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Police officers with keen eyes were able to locate a stolen auto and apprehend its occupants this afternoon.

According to officials, the occupants were driving through Modesto in plain view on McHenry. The vehicle had been reported stolen earlier in the day.

When an officer stopped the vehicle in the parking lot of DD's Discounts on Tully, the passenger fled on foot. A motor officer quickly arrived and detained him.