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Sunday, 16 April 2017 23:25

Big Rig Crash Blocks Highway 99

MODESTO - A big rig crash blocked at least two lanes of Highway 99 Sunday night.

The crash was reported to the California Highway Patrol at about 10:32pm on the northbound lanes of Highway 99 near the Tuolumne Boulevard offramp.

Early reports indicated a big rig and at least two other vehicles were involved in the crash. There were reports of debris across the number two and three lanes of the highway.

There were no reports of injuries in the collision. The truck was reportedly hauling 41,000 lbs of produce.

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SALIDA - Authorities responded to a traffic collision in Salida Thursday evening that involved a child.


Emergency crews responded to a report of a child struck by a vehicle at about 6:44pm. The collision happened on the 4800 block of Deveraux Way.


First responders arrived and found the child down in the middle of the road. Early indications suggest the child was struck by an SUV. It is unclear if the child was playing near the roadway or crossing the street during the time of the collision. 


Arriving personnel described the child’s condition as alert and conscious. Deputies closed off the road to traffic, and the child was taken to a nearby school to be flown by a Cal STAR air ambulance to a regional hospital.


The circumstances leading up to the crash are under investigation.


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Thursday, 13 April 2017 16:06

Felon Found With Gun Arrested

MERCED - Police arrested a felon during a traffic stop who was found to be in possession of a firearm.

Officers with the Merced Police Department conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle belonging to Ishmele Brewer on the 1600 block of West 16th Street Tuesday. Officers with the gang violence suppression unit had developed information that Brewer was in possession of a firearm.

Police say Brewer is a convicted felon on probation and is not allowed to be in possession of any firearms or ammunition. Officers conducted a probation search on his vehicle and found a 9mm handgun and ammunition.

Brewer was arrested and booked into the Merced County Jail on charges including being a felon in possession of a firearm, possession of ammunition, violation of probation and gang enhancements.

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Wednesday, 12 April 2017 18:25

Body Found, Sheriff's Office Investigates

STANISLAUS COUNTY - Authorities investigated the discovery of a body on the side of a road Wednesday afternoon.

At about 2:30pm authorities received a 911 phone call from a county works employee who was operating a tractor cutting grass on Wellsford Road. The 911 caller indicated that they had found a body on the side of Wellsford Road, just north of Parker Road.

Deputies arrived and closed off the 1700 block of Wellsford Road with crime scene tape. 

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"We did find what we believe to be an adult," said Sergeant Anthony Bejaran, a Sheriff's Office spokesman. The age and gender of the person could not be determined. Bejaran said a forensic pathologist would have to examine the body.

Authorities did not know how long the body had been on the side of the road. It was located between some grass and berry bushes.

"CHP is also here with us," Bejaran said. "There is the potential that this was possibly a traffic collision."

Bejaran explained that CHP officials would assist early on should the pathologist determine that the cause of death was due to a traffic collision.

The sheriff's office takes several missing persons reports during the week, but Bejaran was unsure if there were any for that area. An autopsy was scheduled for Thursday.

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TURLOCK - Authorities arrested a man on a charge of attempted murder following a stabbing that took place Tuesday afternoon.

Shortly before 2:00pm officers responded to the 100 block of Almond Avenue for a report of a person who had been stabbed in the neck. Police arrived and found a 30 year old man who had sustained a life-threatening injury.

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The victim was transported to a local hospital for care, and was listed in stable condition.

Police found a man who is suspected of the stabbing a short distance away. He was identified as 34 year old Travis Shepherd. Officers were also able to locate a knife they believe was used in the stabbing.

Shepherd was interviewed by detectives who responded to investigate and was later arrested for attempted homicide.

Police are asking anyone with information regarding this case to contact Detective Cliff Lewis at (209) 668-6556, or the Turlock Police Tip Line at (209) 668-5550 extension 6780, or the Crime Stoppers tip line at (209) 521-4636 where callers can remain anonymous.

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MODESTO - Police are investigating a homicide after a man was found deceased in his vehicle Sunday night.

At about 11:15pm a Modesto Police Sergeant patrolling near Tioga and Legion Park Drives located a suspicious vehicle parked in a field west of the intersection. The sergeant found a man inside who whe tried to make contact with, but found he was deceased.

Authorities have identified the victim as 55 year old Steve Monkhouse. Police say they believe the victim was inside of his vehicle when he was assaulted with a knife.

Detectives are working to determine what led up to his death. Police say a suspect has not been identified.

Authorities are asking for anyone who may have information regarding this case to contact Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636 where callers can remain anonymous.

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MODESTO - Two schools were placed on lockdown late Monday morning after a report came in of a distraught man firing a gun.

Police were dispatched at about 11:45am to the 400 block of Yosemite Avenue for a report of a 19 year old man firing a gun. Initially, the incident was reported as a self inflicted gun shot wound.

Additional arriving officers reported hearing more gunfire. The man was reportedly armed with a shotgun. Initial information indicates the man was upset over the recent death of a relative.

Modesto High School and James Marshall Elementary were placed on lock down during the investigation.

Further updates will be provided as they become available.

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MODESTO - Thousands of volunteers turned up for the Love Modesto event Saturday morning in an effort to improve quality of life around the city.

After a rally at 8:00am in downtown Modesto, several breakout groups ventured across the city with various volunteer projects. About 65 of those volunteers met in South Modesto to clean up debris and trash throughout the neighborhood.

The event was an opportunity to get to know neighbors and unify the community, but also to beautify the neighborhood according to Evelyn Mejia, who was part of the South Modesto cleanup efforts.

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"They're really bad," Mejia said of the cluttered alleyways. "People just come and dump stuff like trash."

The group started in an alleyway near Eureka Street and Amador Avenue picking up litter and moving south through the alleys. Some had discarded tires, clothing, trash and even abandoned cars that had been vandalized or stripped down. Volunteers brought pickup trucks to load all the trash and tires to be hauled away.

The effort gave the volunteers a sense of pride.

"Someone is gonna walk through here and ask what happened," one volunteer explained.

Since it's beginning, the event has brought an estimated 90,000 people donating about 315,000 volunteer hours.

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MODESTO - A fire in the cargo area of an Alaska Airlines flight prompted an emergency landing at the Modesto airport.

Multiple fire crews including Modesto, Ceres and Stanislaus Consolidated were dispatched to the Modesto Airport at about 6:38am for a report of an inbound flight with fire in the cargo area.

The Alaska Airlines flight had 62 passengers on board and was traveling from Sacramento to San Diego.

Five engines, two trucks and two airport crash rigs responded. The flight landed safely at 6:50am with no visible smoke or flames from the exterior. Firefighters used thermal imaging cameras to check the interior of the airplane and found positive heat signals.

Officials say the planes fire extinguishment system had activated. The cargo was checked on the runway and no visible fire was found.

The plane was then moved to the terminal where the passengers safely exited and remained until travel arrangements were made.

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Saturday, 08 April 2017 13:31

Police Identify Homicide Suspect

STOCKTON - Police have identified a suspect in a Friday night homicide case.

Authorities say Erek Williams, 18 years old, has been identified as a suspect in the shooting death of a 21 year old man on the 4400 block of Calandria Street. He is 6'3'', about 190lbs and is dependent on a wheelchair. Police say he has ties to Oakland and the Bay Area.

An arrest warrant for Williams has been issued, and police say he is considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information regarding Williams' whereabouts or this case is encouraged to contact the Stockton Police Department at (209) 937-8377 or Crime Stoppers at (209) 946-0600.

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