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Suspect crashes stolen pickup truck at Modesto intersection, injuring woman and 3-year-old

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MODESTO, Calif. (KTXL) — A suspect crashed a stolen pickup truck into a woman’s car Tuesday in Modesto, injuring her and the child who was with her.

Around 9:30 a.m., Stanislaus County sheriff’s deputies went to the area of South Carpenter Road and California Avenue to investigate reports of a Toyota Tacoma that had been stolen from a home, according to police.

The Modesto Police Department says deputies spotted the Tacoma but lost sight of it until Modesto officers saw it just before 10 a.m. A man behind the wheel was driving recklessly in the area of Paradise Road and Yosemite Avenue.

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Newman Remembers Ronil Singh

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“Hundreds Gather To Remember Cpl. Ronil Singh, One Year After He Was Killed In Line Of Duty.” As the CBS News story recalled, December 26 marked one year since Singh was gunned down by a man he pulled over on suspicion of drunken driving. A Mexican national calling himself Paulo Virgen Mendoza, illegally present in the United States, has been charged with the murder of Singh, popular with his peers in law enforcement.

As retired Turlock police officer Matt Speckman told Fox News, “I accepted his application at the counter and saw a real young, goal-oriented kid, I call him, who wanted to live out a couple dreams, get his citizenship and become a police officer.” According to Speckman, the legal immigrant worked hard to improve his English skills and become a K9 officer.

Stanislaus County deputy Nathan Crain told reporters “You don’t ever forget about it. You don’t ever lose sight of the sacrifice that they made.” According to longtime Newman resident Theresa Brown the city is still healing, and the Singh family still grieving.

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California Gave Billions in Taxpayer Dollars to Improve Jails. But That’s Not How These Sheriffs Are Spending It.

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Two summers ago, the board of supervisors in Contra Costa County, California, faced a packed meeting room. On the agenda was a proposal to divert $1.5 million in state taxpayer money intended to ease jail overcrowding to other priorities of the local sheriff’s office.

Without the funds, Assistant Sheriff Matthew Schuler said, street patrols across the county would be sacrificed. “That loss would be drastic,” he told the board.

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2 arrested in scheme to lure man onto boat, kill him and dump body overboard

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The FBI on Thursday arrested a man in Fountain Valley and a woman in San Juan Capistrano, saying the pair lured a man onto a boat with the promise of a fishing trip in order to kill him over a debt he owed.

Hoang Xuan Le, 38, of Fountain Valley, is charged with first-degree murder, and Sheila Marie Ritze, 40, of San Juan Capistrano, is charged with being an accessory after the fact, authorities said.

The victim was duped into coming aboard a boat, the Sea Konig, in the Dana Point Harbor on Oct. 14 under the guise of an overnight lobster fishing trip, according to federal criminal complaints filed late Wednesday and unsealed Thursday.

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Suspect went for a gun before Modesto officers shot him, body camera footage shows

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The Modesto man fatally shot by police officers at a Motel 6 on Friday night can be seen lifting a mattress and grabbing a gun in the moments just before he was shot, body camera footage shows.

Modesto police were at the motel at 1920 West Orangeburg Avenue to assist a bail bondsman with taking 54-year-old Raymond Lee into custody. Lee had outstanding felony warrants, according to a press release from the Modesto Police Department.

In the video released by police, officers can be seen and heard banging on the motel room door, announcing they are police, and ordering Lee to come out with his hands up.

They did this for about a minute before using a key card to open the door.

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4 arrested in connection to more than 100 car burglaries in Modesto, police say

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MODESTO, Calif. — Property crimes detectives in Modesto arrested four people believed to be connected to more than 100 vehicle burglaries over the last month.

This week, police arrested 36-year-old Carmen Johnson of Oakland, 27-year-old Kevin Blocker of Stockton, 28-year-old Shawntanique Blocker of Oakland and 27-year-old Latrell Moore of Stockton.

According to Modesto Police officials, the four had been stealing electronics and any other valuables left inside vehicles. All four suspects are facing charges of burglary, evading arrest and conspiracy.

Auto burglaries have been on the rise in Northern California. Last week, a Modesto woman shared home surveillance footage of a person burglarizing her vehicle as it was parked in her driveway. The suspect was gone in less than a minute. Modesto police did not say if this is one of the more than 100 alleged crimes to which the four had been connected.

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Modesto woman is expected to survive robbery shooting behind bar in downtown Turlock

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A Modesto woman is expected to survive a gunshot suffered when she was robbed early Sunday in the parking lot behind Staley’s Club on the 400 block of East Main Street, according to Turlock police.

Patterson resident Steven Sawyer has been arrested in the crime, and police are following leads on an additional possible suspect or suspects, the Police Department said in a news release Monday morning.

Multiple callers reported the crime about 1:50 a.m. Sunday. Officers arriving on scene stopped a vehicle they saw leaving the area and arrested 29-year-old Sawyer, who was driving.

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On emotional day, search continues for suspect in death of Newman corporal

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The manhunt continued late Thursday afternoon for the man suspected of gunning down a Newman Police Department corporal.

Stanislaus County detectives searched a farmhouse about 12 miles south of Merced on Thursday afternoon in connection with the of Cpl. Ronil Singh.

While no suspect was found on that property, Sgt. Tom Letras said it was one of several searches being conducted on a day filled with urgency, emotion and politics from afar.

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Surgeon flees on private jet after violent attempt to kidnap her son, CA police say

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A California surgeon is accused of a violent attack in a brazen attempt to kidnap her 12-year-old son before fleeing the state in a private jet, police say.

Police say Theresa Lynn Colosi, 55, chartered a private plane for herself, her 12-year-old son, and her dog before allegedly assaulting a woman whom a court appointed to supervise Colosi’s visits with her son, according to KRTV.

Colosi is an orthopedic surgeon from San Jose, California. Santa Barbara detectives say they “uncovered that she also withdrew $900,000 from her bank account and gave away her belongings,” according to KTLA. She’s also accused of booking a private jet to Glacier Jet Center at Glacier International Airport in Montana, according to a Whitefish Police Department press release.

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Turlock police explain mysterious door-to-door DNA kits

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Turlock police said a man who’d arose suspicions after approaching a few area homes with child DNA kits represents a legitimate business and committed no crimes.

Police sent out a warning Monday to parents to be on the lookout after the department received two reports of a man walking up to homes and asking parents to provide fingerprints, hair samples and/or DNA from their daughters.

The police department was able to speak to witnesses and the man himself. Police said he was passing out free child DNA kits, which would be held by the family in case of future investigations.

He was not trying to get children’s DNA as the police department originally said witnesses reported.

The man’s contacts stemmed from word-of-mouth referrals and online requests for free child DNA kits.

“As a result of this investigation, we were able to determine there were no crimes. Residents should continue to exercise caution when unknown individuals come their residence. Do not allow people you are unfamiliar with into your homes. Contact police immediately if you suspect any suspicious activity,” Turlock police said in a news release.

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