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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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California police: Driver rammed into car, killing 3 teens

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A Southern California driver intentionally rammed a Toyota Prius with six teenage boys inside, killing three and injuring three others before fleeing, authorities said Monday.

The Prius went off the road and slammed into a tree at around 10:30 p.m. Sunday in Temescal Valley in Riverside County, southeast of Los Angeles.

Anurag Chandra, 42, of Corona was arrested a short time later in a neighborhood near the crash site, according to the California Highway Patrol.

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One of four defendants in Turlock’s Donnelly Park homicide pleads guilty

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One of four defendants charged with robbing and beating a man to death in Turlock’s Donnelly Park in 2017 has taken a plea deal with a six-year sentence.

Terry Van Meter of Manteca was 16 when he and three others were arrested in the murder of 21-year-old Cameron Tracy, who was beaten unconscious with a metal baseball bat on Dec. 4, 2017. Tracy died from his injuries on Dec. 13.

Van Meter, Shaun Santos, 24, and Lavinia Perez, 41, both of Modesto, were charged with murder and two counts of robbery for the attack on Tracy and his girlfriend, as well as with two other robberies at the park the week before.

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Teen killed in double shooting after vehicle opens fire on a Fresno County highway, CHP says.

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A teenager was killed in a double shooting that left a portion of Highway 145 in southern Fresno County closed Wednesday afternoon, according to the Fresno County Sheriff’s Department.

The 17-year-old was shot in his lower body and flown to a hospital in Hanford, where he died, said spokesperson Tony Botti. The second victim, an 18-year-old man, had a non-lethal gunshot wound to the arm.

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Turlock man suffers major injuries in hit-and-run crash near Delhi, CHP says

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A 22-year-old Turlock man suffered major injuries Monday near Delhi when he was struck by a vehicle in a felony hit-and-run collision, according to the California Highway Patrol.

According to Officer Eric Zuniga, the man said he was walking southbound on the west shoulder of Griffith Road when he was struck by a Ford truck of unknown color and make shortly before 7 a.m. Au

It’s unknown if the vehicle sustained damage in the collision. The victim said the truck was driving northbound on Griffith Road, north of West Bradbury Road, when it made a U-turn across both lanes and struck him.

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California and Nevada officers fatally shoot murder suspect

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California and Nevada law enforcement officers fatally shot a murder suspect during a “high-risk” traffic stop near the state line, authorities said Thursday.

The investigation closed northbound Interstate 15 on the California side for hours through Thursday morning, causing a 6-mile backup on the freeway. I-15 is the main route between Southern California and Las Vegas.

The man was shot and killed near the Mojave Desert community of Nipton, in San Bernardino County — about 200 miles east of Tehachapi in Kern County, where a 55-year-old woman was killed.

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Warrant Issued for Suspect in Shooting of Off-Duty California Deputy

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TURLOCK, California -- Turlock Police have identified the suspect who allegedly shot an off-duty Merced County Sheriff’s Deputy over the summer.

A warrant has been issued for 42-year-old Osbaldo Gaytan (aka Osbaldo Gaytan-Mota) for the attempted murder of the deputy on Aug. 18.

The deputy was shot outside a business in the 100 block of S. First Street around 2:30 a.m.

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California’s jails are in a deadly crisis. How can Gavin Newsom start fixing them?

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This article was produced in partnership with The Sacramento Bee, which is a member of the ProPublica Local Reporting Network.

This story is part of an ongoing investigation into the crisis in California’s jails. Sign up for the Overcorrection newsletter to receive updates in this series as soon as they publish.

Nearly a decade after California overhauled its prison and jail system, policymakers are considering reforms to the state’s landmark criminal justice transformation, calling for more oversight of county sheriffs and higher standards for inmate care.

Gov. Gavin Newsom has said he is crafting plans focused on local lockups, where homicides have surged, and exploring how to give the state more power to oversee the sheriffs who run them. More details are expected this week when the governor unveils his state budget proposal.

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