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Victims of Hilmar double homicide identified. They were ages 74 and 69, coroner says

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The victims of a double homicide in Hilmar have been identified by the Merced County Sheriff Coroner’s Office as Lionel Alcantar Bazan, 74, and Juanita C. Lopez, 69, both of Hilmar, according to Deputy Alexandra Britton.

Deputies responded shortly before 9 p.m. on Jan. 10 to a home in the 19000 block of American Avenue in Hilmar for a possible homicide, according to authorities.

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Turlock man suspected of pimping and pandering 6 women. There could be more victims

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A Turlock man was arrested Thursday on suspicion of six counts of pimping and pandering, and the investigation into possible human trafficking is ongoing.

Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Erich Layton said detectives, during the course of a six-week investigation, identified six victims. He said detectives believe there are more victims who have not yet been identified.

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Sac County coroner to assist ID’ing CA boat fire victims

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The Sacramento County Coroner's Office is one of multiple agencies tapped to assist in rescue and recovery efforts of those affected by early Monday morning's deadly boat fire in Southern California.

Kimberly Gin, spokesperson for the coroner's office, said the agency was asked to help because of its expertise in rapid DNA identification.

"It’s the same machine that we used during the Butte fires. So we’ll be able to link victim DNA to family DNA," said Gin, referring to the November 2018 Camp Fire that claimed more than 80 lives.

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