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Friday, 14 June 2013 02:53

Fatal Shooting Investigated


On Thursday, June 13, 2013, at 11:33 PM deputies with Patterson Police Services responded to the report of shots fired in the area of Garza Park. Another 911 caller reported a subject had been shot in the 100 block of Washburn Street.

Deputies found the victim, a 25 year old Hispanic male, seated in a car with a fatal gunshot wound to the head. The Sheriff's Homicide Team along with Crime Scene Investigators responded to assist Patterson Police Services personnel.

Detectives have not yet identified the suspect or suspects in this apparent gang related homicide and there were no witnesses.

No further details are available at this time. The victim's name is being withheld pending further investigation.

Anyone with information about this investigation 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, or text them to CRIMES (274637) by typing "Tip704" plus the message and be eligible for a cash reward

Thursday, 13 June 2013 15:32

Fire Destroys Home

Stanislaus Consolidated Fire crews extinguish a blaze at a home on Santa Rita Avenue Thursday afternoon. Stanislaus Consolidated Fire crews extinguish a blaze at a home on Santa Rita Avenue Thursday afternoon.

Thursday afternoon fire crews from the Modesto Regional Fire Authority and Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District responded to a report of a fire at a residence on Santa Rita Avenue and Mono Drive.

The residence on fire was behind the main home on Santa Rita, and upon arrival heavy fire was visible from the front of the residence.

The owner of the property stated his son lived in the home and had just left for work within the hour. Fire crews searched the home for any sign of occupants but the home was clear.

The blaze was extinguished by fire crews in about 20 minutes.

Monday, 10 June 2013 21:38

Auto Theft Suspect Nabbed


It can happen in the blink of an eye. You walk into the grocery store, and just like that your car is gone when you return. It happened to at least 12 people recently.

In the last week of May, officials received multiple reports of stolen autos from Modesto businesses. Investigators with StanCATT, Stanislaus County Auto Theft Task Force picked up the case. The unit works undercover, catching criminals when they least expect it, sometimes in the act. This criminal would prove to be a good catch.

From May 24th, to May 27th several vehicles were reported stolen from businesses with large parking lots such as Home Depot and Orchard supply. They were later located and recovered, most with property and parts missing from the vehicles. The vehicles were early 90's models, including a Honda Accord, Civic, Infiniti J30 and an Acura Legend.

Auto theft investigators conducted surveillance that Wednesday and Thursday. Their hard work would soon pay off. "We contacted a suspect at a Modesto residence on May 30th, where he was tased and arrested." A StanCATT supervisor said. "He was booked on 5 charges of auto theft, but we believe we can link him to as many as 12, based on evidence found in his possession." Investigators found wheels, and a stereo among other property with the suspect. They say he had just moved to Modesto from the bay area and hit the ground running stealing cars.

At one point the suspect, identified as 27 year old Nassen Yasim, was confronted by a victim. "He was caught by a person returning to their vehicle and chased off." The supervisor continued. "He was in the process of breaking into that person's vehicle in an attempt to steal it."

A customer we spoke to at the Home Depot on Carpenter Road said he was surprised at the suspect's blatant acts. "It's pretty gutsy of the guy to take off with someone's car and leave them stranded in broad daylight. I'd sure like to catch him in the act."

While officials say confronting a suspect in any crime is potentially dangerous, investigators do recommend other measures to protect your property. "Be aware of your surroundings. Use deterrents such as steering wheel locks. Park in visible spaces. This all makes auto theft stats go down and helps us in our work."

Sunday, 09 June 2013 01:40

Heat A Danger For First Responders

Firefighters in wildland gear stay hydrated at the Modesto reservoir. Firefighters in wildland gear stay hydrated at the Modesto reservoir.

As temperatures rise, the heat danger for first responders increases exponentially as well. Heavy equipment, dark uniforms, active physical work all contribute to dehydration for public servants.

For law enforcement officers, the heat stress comes from long days in direct sunlight, chasing down criminals and working community events. Like everyone else exposed to heat, the weather can wreak havoc on even the healthiest of bodies.

Firefighters suffer the same amount and even more. Heavy protective gear and exposure to extreme heat can weaken a firefighter in a matter of moments.

"With all the gear and equipment, they forget to take care of themselves during the excitement of the call." said Royjindar Singh, Assistant Fire Cheif at Keyes Fire Department. "We can't help anyone if we go man down. That's the biggest thing we have to remind our guys of."

First responders heed danger signs just like everyone else. Staying hydrated throughout the day is a top priority. "We give everyone a reminder of the signs of heat cramps, heat exhaustion, etc." said Singh. "It helps them to know when they are getting too hot and need to take a break."

Saturday, 08 June 2013 04:56

Fatal accident; Alcohol Suspected


On Saturday morning at approximately 2:15 AM a 2007 Honda Accord was traveling Eastbound on Belharbour Drive east of Rosetti Court. The vehicle struck the north side curb, went off the roadway, and collided with a tree just north of the roadway. This section of Belharbour has several curves in the roadway in the area leading up to the location of the collision. Due to the impact with the tree, the vehicle sustained major damage and eventually caught fire after both occupants had already exited the vehicle.

The initial Modesto Police Officer who arrived on scene of the collision performed cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on the driver. Despite additional life saving measures provided by other first responders, the driver was pronounced deceased at the scene. The drivers name is being withheld pending notification of his family members. He was a 26 year old Modesto resident. The vehicle had one additional passenger who suffered a broken jaw. He is a 19 year old Modesto resident and is being treated at a local hospital.

As standard protocol in a fatal vehicle collision, the Modesto Police Department Traffic Unit has initiated a comprehensive collision investigation. The cause of this collision is still under investigation as traffic investigators are still locating potential witnesses and assessing evidence located at the scene of the collision. Initial information gathered at the scene indicates alcohol may have been a factor in the collision. At this time, it is unknown if the diver was wearing his seatbelt. The passenger appears to have been wearing his seatbelt at the time of the collision.

Anyone with information or witnesses to this collision is encouraged to contact Traffic Officer Nelson at 209-652-2160.

Saturday, 08 June 2013 03:10

George Lucas Cruises Modesto


George Lucas chats with us about growing up in Modesto, how he listened to music, and what he always thought about while in class at Thomas Downey High School from 1958-1962

Thursday, 06 June 2013 22:57

Hot Weather Starts Today


With temperatures expected to reach triple digit temperatures this weekend, here are some tips to help keep you from suffering from heat stroke.

Drink more fluids (nonalcoholic), regardless of your activity level. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink. Warning: If your doctor generally limits the amount of fluid you drink or has you on water pills, ask him how much you should drink while the weather is hot.

Don’t drink liquids that contain alcohol or large amounts of sugar–these actually cause you to lose more body fluid. Also, avoid very cold drinks, because they can cause stomach cramps.

Stay indoors and, if at all possible, stay in an air-conditioned place. If your home does not have air conditioning, go to the shopping mall or public library–even a few hours spent in air conditioning can help your body stay cooler when you go back into the heat. Call your local health department to see if there are any heat-relief shelters in your area.

Electric fans may provide comfort, but when the temperature is in the high 90s, fans will not prevent heat-related illness. Taking a cool shower or bath, or moving to an air-conditioned place is a much better way to cool off.

Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.

NEVER leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle.

Although any one at any time can suffer from heat-related illness, some people are at greater risk than others. Check regularly on: -Infants and young children -People aged 65 or older -People who have a mental illness -Those who are physically ill, especially with heart disease or high blood pressure

Visit adults at risk at least twice a day and closely watch them for signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Infants and young children, of course, need much more frequent watching.

If you must be out in the heat:

Limit your outdoor activity to morning and evening hours.

Cut down on exercise. If you must exercise, drink two to four glasses of cool, nonalcoholic fluids each hour. A sports beverage can replace the salt and minerals you lose in sweat. Warning: If you are on a low-salt diet, talk with your doctor before drinking a sports beverage. Remember the warning in the first “tip” (above), too.

Try to rest often in shady areas.

Protect yourself from the sun by wearing a wide-brimmed hat (also keeps you cooler) and sunglasses and by putting on sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher (the most effective products say “broad spectrum” or “UVA/UVB protection” on their labels).

Thursday, 06 June 2013 21:10

National Donut Day


Today is national donut day is today, celebrated on the first Friday of every year.

The event was created in 1938 by the Salvation Army to honor women who served and supported soldiers in France during World War I. They were known as "Doughnut Dollies" by servicemen.

Krispy Kreme and Dunkin' Donuts locations as well as some local donut shops have joined in the celebration to offer free donuts.

Wednesday, 05 June 2013 03:46

Farm Supply Thief Nabbed


Ripon CA: On 06-01-13, at approximately 1100 hours, Ripon Police Officers were dispatched to the Ripon Tractor Supply Company (856 N. Jack Tone Rd.) regarding a suspicious person who was reportedly involved in thefts of property from area Tractor Supply stores. Upon arrival, management pointed out a subject who had made purchases totaling almost $2000 at the Ripon location. The suspect was in the process of loading the property when officers arrived. RPD officers Mario Ysit and Ken Husman contacted the suspect and conducted an investigation. Officers located what appeared to be fraudulent credit cards in the suspect’s possession. Further investigation revealed the fact that the suspect had reportedly made fraudulent purchases totaling approximately $5000 at three Tractor Supply Company stores in Stanislaus and San Joaquin Counties. RPD officers recovered additional stolen property with a total value of over $5000.

Shawn Michael Tegen (53) of Railroad Flat Ca. was booked into the San Joaquin County Jail on multiple felony charges including burglary, theft utilizing a forged credit card, fraud, and possession of stolen property. This is an ongoing investigation. The Ripon Police Department will be continuing to work with allied agencies in Stanislaus and San Joaquin Counties in order to fully document these thefts, and to return recovered stolen property to the Tractor Supply Company.

On 06-05-13, Ripon investigators announced the total value of recovered property in this investigation has exceeded $25,000. Ripon police officers have recovered a stolen construction trailer, a stolen Kubota tractor, two riding lawn mowers, and multiple high-end sets of power tools. Ripon investigators are working with law enforcement agencies in both Stanislaus and San Joaquin County to identify victims and return property.

First Sergeant Steve Merchant said the quick call from alert employees at the Ripon Tractor Supply store, combined with the determination of the responding officers to stop the suspect from preying on local businesses were the keys to this investigation.

Sunday, 02 June 2013 22:08

High Fire Danger


The weekend saw significant fire activity this weekend through the area, prompting fire crews to scramble to various incidents in both Stanislaus and San Joaquin Counties.

Yesterday, a vegetation fire burned oleanders and jumped the freeway near Main Street in Ripon. Earlier this weekend, a fire in North Modesto destroyed several storage sheds and burned brush creating a column of smoke visible for miles.

On Saturday, Keyes Fire Department hosted a multi agency training session near Keyes Road and Highway 99. Crews from the area and beyond came together to practice fire fighting and safety techniques for the coming busy season.

"There is a high fire danger right now," said Royjindar Singh, Assistant Fire Chief at Keyes Fire Department. "Conditions are hot, dry and windy."

Fire crews urge those in an urban-wildland interface to keep a 100 foot clear space around their homes, the defensible space helps fire crews keep flames from reaching structures, potentially saving peoples' homes.

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