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Tuesday, 14 November 2017 10:15

Woman Crossing Street Killed by DUI Driver

STOCKTON - Police arrested a 29 year old man following a fatal DUI crash investigation Monday night.

The crash was reported at 9:28pm near the intersection of El Dorado and Martinique Court. Police say the driver failed to see the woman who was crossing the street and struck her with his vehicle. Medics responded and pronounced her deceased at the scene.

Traffic officers responded to investigate the collision.

Authorities say the driver, identified as 29 year old Kenneth Grubb was evaluated and found to be driving under the influence. He was booked into the San Joaquin County Jail on DUI charges and held on $110,000 bail.

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Sunday, 12 November 2017 08:47

Fatal Crash in Modesto

MODESTO - Police say a man in his 20’s died in an early morning crash Sunday.

The crash happened at about 7:00am on Standiford Avenue just east of Tully Road. Sergeant Kalani Souza with the Modesto Police Department said that a single vehicle was involved in the collision and appeared to cross from eastbound into westbound lanes before crashing into a pole.

Police arrived to find medical personnel providing aid to the driver. He was transported to a hospital where he died from his injuries. 

Standiford Avenue was closed while traffic officers investigated the crash. Sergeant Souza indicated speed was being considered as a factor in the crash, but it was too early to tell if drugs or alcohol played a role.

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Friday, 03 November 2017 10:27

Homicide Investigated in Ceres

CERES - Authorities with the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Office are investigated a homicide following the shooting death of a man early Friday morning.

Deputies responded to the 3400 block of McGee Road for a report of a person shot shortly before 3:00am. As first responders arrived, they found a Hispanic adult man suffering from a gunshot wound to the upper body. He was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Detectives were called out to examine the crime scene and interview witnesses. Police say the victim has not been identified yet and no suspect information is available.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Detective Fisher at (209) 525-7083, or Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636 where callers can remain anonymous.

Mark Nelson

MODESTO - An upcoming measure on the November 7th Ballot outlining a vote on taxing cannabis businesses is important for voters to understand, citizens say.

"November the 7th is going to be a historical day in the City of Modesto," said Mark Gray. "The city is giving us as patients an opportunity to vote on a tax that will build the general fund while not taxing the patients, or anyone involved in recreational cannabis purchases."

Measure T on the ballot outlines a plan to tax cannabis related businesses and states the following:

"Shall the City of Modesto outline an ordinance establishing a cannabis business tax on all cannabis businesses in the City, up to 10% of gross receipts of each business potentially generating approximately one million dollars or more in revenues annually for general City services, including neighborhood safety, maintaining parks and recreation, and job creation, with all revenues remaining local, and which continues until repealed by the City Council or the voters?"

The tax would not apply to those harvesting cannabis legally for personal use.

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An impartial analysis by City attorney Adam Lundrigan reads as follows on the ballot:

"The City Council of the City of Modesto placed Measure T on the ballot asking voters to consider a Cannabis (marijuana) Business Tax of up to ten percent (10%) on gross receipts of all cannabis businesses. The tax is a gross receipts tax only on cannabis businesses; it is not a sales tax imposed on individuals purchasing cannabis.

Currently, cannabis businesses are not permitted in the City of Modesto. The Cannabis Business Tax would not change this. However, cannabis businesses could be allowed in the City if the City Council approves changes to the City’s Municipal Code, if voters pass an initiative to allow cannabis businesses in the City, or if the state Legislature requires the City to permit cannabis businesses.

If cannabis businesses are permitted in the City, Measure T allows the City Council to set a maximum tax rate, by resolution, on all cannabis businesses of up to ten percent (10%) on gross receipts. For example, a cannabis business with gross receipts totaling $100,000 would pay up to $10,000 in taxes to the City.

The Cannabis Business Tax would apply to any business activity involving the distribution, delivery, dispensing, exchanging, bartering or sale of either medical or non-medical cannabis or cannabis products, including cultivation, planting, harvesting, transporting, manufacturing, compounding, converting, processing, preparing, labeling, storing, packaging, testing and/or retail sales of cannabis, cannabis products, and any ancillary products, whether or not done for profit. The tax would not apply to the legal cultivation of cannabis for personal use allowed under the City’s Municipal Code and state law.

Because Measure T does not limit the City’s use of Cannabis Business Tax revenues to specific purposes, it is a “general tax” rather than a “special tax.” Revenues from the tax would be placed in the City’s general fund. The City could use the tax revenues for any legitimate governmental purpose. All of the revenues from the Cannabis Business Tax would go to the City of Modesto; none would go to the state. The tax would continue until repealed by the voters or the City Council.

A “yes” vote on Measure T would approve the Cannabis Business Tax and authorize the City Council to establish a tax rate of up to ten percent (10%) on gross receipts on cannabis businesses if they are allowed to operate in the City in the future. A “no” vote would reject the Cannabis Business Tax. Measure T would be approved if it received a simple majority of “Yes” votes.

The entire text of Measure T will be printed in the Voter Information Guide for the November 7, 2017, election."

The full text can be found by clicking HERE.

Gray was previously the operator of the Prop 215 Information Center on J Street in Modesto as well as an oversight officer of a cannabis facility in Las Vegas, Nevada. He is also aware of the concern of voters regarding the potential misuse of funds.

"What happens to the general fund? There's no accountability," Gray said. "Well there's something called get involved with the city," he urged.

"It's the best thing you guys can do as patients," he continued. "It's the best thing for our city."

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Wednesday, 25 October 2017 11:17

Shooting Leads to Homicide Investigation

STOCKTON - Police are investigating a homicide after a man died from gunshot wounds late Tuesday afternoon.

The shooting happened at about 5:00pm near the area of Eighth and Ophir Streets. Police arrived to find a man in his 30's suffering from at least one gunshot wound. He was transported to an area hospital where he died from his wounds.

Homicide detectives responded to investigate, but say there are no suspects identified. Police also say there was no motive established

Police encourage anyone with information to contact investigators at (209) 937-8377 or Crime Stoppers at (209) 946-0600 where callers can remain anonymous.

Mark Nelson

Monday, 25 September 2017 16:07

Person of Interest Sought in Homicide

TUOLUMNE COUNTY - Authorities with the Tuolumne County Sheriff's Office are asking for the public's help in locating a person of interest regarding a suspected homicide.

Deputies responded to Black Road in the Big Oak Flat area early Monday where they located a deceased adult male. The area was taped off as a crime scene and investigators responded to process the area.

Officials believe Christopher Reed, who also goes by the name Elton, is a person of interest in this case. Anyone who knows his whereabouts is asked not to confront him but call the sheriff's office at (209) 533-5815

Mark Nelson


Saturday, 23 September 2017 20:16

Fatal Crash Reported in Modesto

MODESTO - Authorities report at least one person was killed in a collision involving two vehicles Saturday afternoon.

The crash was reported at about 6:08pm near the intersection of Kiernan Avenue and Pentecost Drive. According to the California Highway Patrol, the collision involved a motorcycle and an SUV.

By 7:44pm, the collision had been classified as fatal. Authorities say the motorcycle crashed head on into the SUV. There were no further details released at time of publication.

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Saturday, 23 September 2017 18:47

Saturday Morning Shooting Leads to Woman's Arrest

STOCKTON - Police arrested a 21 year old woman on attempted homicide charges after a shooting in an apartment Saturday morning.

At about 8:21am officers responded to a report of a person shot near the 300 block of Worth Street.

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Arriving officers did not locate the victim, who was reportedly transported by a relative to a hospital. That victim, identified only as an adult male, was listed in serious but condition.

Police were able to locate a shooting scene inside of an apartment. During the investigation, the victim identified 21 year old Beanney Baca as the shooter. She was arrested and booked into jail.

The adult male victim is expected to survive.

Mark Nelson

Monday, 18 September 2017 17:16

Police Investigate Sunday Night Homicide

STOCKTON - Police investigated a homicide after a man was found shot Sunday night.

Shortly after 8:00pm, officers were called to the 1000 block of North Madison Street for a report of a person who was shot. When they arrived, they found a man who was suffering from at least one gunshot wound.

The man died at the scene, and detectives responded to take over the investigation. Police have no motive or suspect information.

Anyone who may have witnessed anything or who may have information regarding this case is encouraged to contact the Stockton Police Department at (209) 937-8377 or Crime Stoppers at (209) 946-0600 where callers can remain anonymous.

Mark Nelson

MODESTO - Sergeant Michael Pershall was honored in a memorial service by friends, family and peers Wednesday morning.

Pershall was described as someone who touched all of Modesto, but touched the Modesto Police Department family even deeper.

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The recently promoted sergeant was killed when he was struck by an impaired driver on Merle Avenue on Tuesday August 22nd. Pershall was riding his bicycle training for an event for peace officers when the crash occurred. He was thrown off his bicycle and killed instantly.

Prior to joining the Modesto Police Department, Pershall was a deputy with the Tuolumne County Sheriff's Office. For the memorial service, the neighboring agency showed strong support, sending multiple deputies to attend.

"Mike was a victim of a drunk driver," Police Chief Galen Carroll said Wednesday. "There's no excuse for driving drunk." 

Matthew Gibbs, 32, was arrested and charged with the murder of Sergeant Pershall. He pleaded not guilty in court Tuesday afternoon.

"Mike was the kind of man who made everyone feel like his best friend," Chief Carroll said.

He was 38 years old.

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