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One suspect still at-large in shooting at Stanislaus County deputy

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STANISLAUS COUNTY, Calif. — Officers are still looking for one suspect involved in a shooting at a Stanislaus County deputy on Wednesday night, according to the sheriff’s office.

The Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office said a drive-by shooting had been reported at the Four Seasons Park in Turlock shortly before 10 p.m.

A deputy spotted a vehicle that matched the description of the vehicle involved, officials said.

Someone in the suspect vehicle then opened fire on the deputy’s vehicle, leading to a short chase.

The suspect vehicle stopped on Golden State Boulevard on Turlock and three suspects inside got out and ran away, officials said.

No one was hurt in the shooting, officials said.

The search and investigation lasted for six hours, and two of the three people involved were located, police said.

Authorities are still searching for 18-year-old Ernesto Covarrubias Jr. Police are asking anyone who spots Covarrubias to contact authorities.

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23 arrested after Patterson police operation in Stanislaus County combatting human trafficking

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PATTERSON, Calif. — After a multi-agency effort to combat human trafficking, police in Stanislaus County said 23 people have been arrested.

Patterson Police Service said the multi-agency bust happened on Nov. 6. They worked alongside Turlock Police Department, State Parole, the Stanislaus County Probation Office, Stanislaus County Adult Detention Division, the Stanislaus County Sheriffs Office, Waterford Police Services and Riverbank Police Services.  

"Human Trafficking is a serious issue and everyone should know that we are out actively fighting against it," police services said on their Facebook Sunday night.

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Sheriff: Deputies shoot, kill suspect armed with hatchet in Stanislaus County

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Two deputies were hurt and a suspect was shot and killed by deputies in Stanislaus County early Sunday morning, according to the sheriff’s office.

Deputies responded to the 800 block of Business Park Drive around 4:57 a.m. for reports of a silent burglary alarm, the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office said.

When they arrived, deputies contacted a man in his 40s who was armed with a hatchet outside of the business.

The shooting happened while deputies tried to take the man into custody. Two of the deputies were hurt and the man was shot in the struggle, officials said.

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Modesto PD investigate after possible stabbing leaves man with facial wounds

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Police are investigating after a man was found with possible stab wounds to the head and face in Modesto on Sunday.

The Modesto Police Department said a Stanislaus County Sheriff’s deputy found the man with facial wounds around 11:45 a.m. in the 100 block of Calaveras Avenue.

The man was taken to a nearby hospital and underwent surgery for fractures and possible stab wounds, police said.

Suspect information is unknown.

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Sheriff, Residents Respond To Stanislaus County’s Move To Charge Thieves With Looting Amid Coronavirus Crisis

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STANISLAUS COUNTY (CBS13) — The Stanislaus County District Attorney announced that anyone who commits burglary or theft in the county during the coronavirus state of emergency could also be charged with looting.

The announcement came Wednesday from Stanislaus County District Attorney Birgit Fladager. In a press release, Fladager said “anyone who commits a crime of burglary in the second degree, grand theft, or petty theft, in our county, during the state of emergency could be charged with looting in violation of Penal Code 463.”

As of Thursday, the DA’s office said they have filed 21 counts of looting during the state of emergency, 17 of which are felonies against 12 defendants. The remaining four are misdemeanor charges. The arrests came from Modesto, Turlock and Waterford.

“Criminals are criminals and obviously they don’t care about the law anyway,” Stanislaus County Sheriff Jeff Dirkse said.

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Stanislaus County May Charge Thieves With Looting During Coronavirus State Of Emergency

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STANISLAUS COUNTY (CBS13) — During the coronavirus state of emergency, the Stanislaus County District Attorney announced anyone who commits burglary or theft in the county could also be charged with looting.

The announcement came Wednesday from Stanislaus County DA Birgit Fladager. In a press release, DA Fladager said: “anyone who commits a crime of burglary in the second degree, grand theft, or petty theft, in our county, during the state of emergency could be charged with looting in violation of Penal Code 463.”

So far, the DA’s office said they have filed 15 counts of looting during the state of emergency, 12 of which are felonies against seven defendants in six different cases. The remaining three are misdemeanor charges. The arrests came from Modesto, Turlock and Waterford.

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As coronavirus pandemic roils Modesto region, nonprofits adapting

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Haven Women’s Center of Stanislaus has stopped offering nearly all of its face-to-face services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking because of the novel coronavirus. Staff members now provide case management, counseling and help filling out restraining orders over the phone.

Executive Director May Rico said her nonprofit has adapted to keep helping people, but she worries the very actions we are being told to do to be safe during the pandemic — stay home as much as possible and keep our distance from others when out — create the ideal circumstances for abusers who like to isolate their victims.

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Wanted Man Missed Court In Oregon Facing Child Sex Abuse Charges; Last Known Address In Turlock

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TURLOCK (CBS13) — A man whose last known address is in Turlock and is facing multiple counts of child sexual abuse in Crook County, Oregon, is wanted after failing to appear in court, the Crook County Sheriff’s Office said.

William Redhawk Espinoza, 35, is accused of failing to appear in court in Oregon while facing charges of unlawful penetration involving a child under 14 and three counts of sexual abuse in the first degree of a child under 14, the Crook County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.

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Police found more than 1,400 marijuana plants inside a building in Northern California

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(CNN)A man was arrested in West Point, California, after authorities discovered 440 pounds of illegal marijuana inside a building, the Calaveras County Sheriff's Office said.

More than 1,400 marijuana plants were seized Thursday when deputies served a search warrant and found that a large shop building adjacent to a home had been turned into a grow house, the sheriff's office said.
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Ashland sting nets 4 pounds of meth, 2 arrests

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Two California men face felony drug charges following a south Ashland sting operation Wednesday that allegedly netted four pounds of methamphetamine hidden inside a secret compartment.

Martin Cordova-Garcia, 26, of Turlock, California, and David Gomez-Aguilar, 23, of San Jose, were arrested in the 500 block of Clover Lane on meth possession and delivery charges accusing them of trafficking drugs to Southern Oregon at the request of an informant working with Oregon State Police, according to documents filed Thursday in Jackson County Circuit Court.

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