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Suspect in Modesto bar shooting arrested. Here’s where he was found

The suspect in a fatal shooting at a bar over the weekend was arrested early Friday morning after being found hiding in a garage in southeast Modesto. Pete Warda, 41, was arrested on suspicion of murder in the Sunday night shooting of 22-year-old Thomas Hinchman in the parking lot of the CR2 Bar and


Governor Orders More DNA Testing in 1983 California Killings

California Gov. Gavin Newsom has ordered DNA testing on evidence that a death-row inmate says would prove his innocence in a 35-year-old murder case that has drawn national attention.


Residents Left Unsettled by Dead Coyotes Found Hanging on Stanislaus County Fence

STANISLAUS COUNTY -- A shocking sight along a rural Stanislaus County road had drivers stopping to take notice. Seven dead coyotes were strung up and hanging from a fence along 26 Mile Road in Farmington, according to the Department of Fish and Wildlife.


California judge rules twin son of gay couple is American citizen

LOS ANGELES – A federal judge in California ruled Thursday that a twin son of a gay married couple has been an American citizen since birth, handing a defeat to the U.S. government, which had only granted the status to his brother.


Motorist dies in north Modesto after swerving to avoid cat

A motorist who swerved to avoid hitting a cat on Standiford Avenue on Friday morning died after crashing into a tree and wall at a strip mall. At about 7 a.m. the man was driving east in an older model compact car when he swerved right to avoid the cat just west of McHenry, said Modesto Police Depar


H-B Toasting 80 Years Of Service To Community

There’s a novel waiting to be written and the subject of its contents sits just east of the main intersection at 401 E. F St., Oakdale. The old brick building which occupies one city block has been home to the H-B Saloon since 1952. On Friday, Feb. 22 the Bacigalupi family will celebrate 80 years of


He fired a shotgun at Modesto police officers. He was found suitable for parole.

A man who fired a sawed-off shotgun at Modesto police officers while trying escape a foiled robbery nearly 23 years ago has been found suitable for parole. A Stanislaus County jury in November 1997 found Phillip Wade Knight guilty of attempted murder, conspiracy to commit a robbery, assault with a g


Second Annual Boots And Bows A Smashing Success

Friday, Feb. 8 was a magical night for over 300 Oakdale residents who attended the Second Annual Boots and Bows Father Daughter Ball, hosted by the Oakdale Sunrise Rotary Club. The event was held at the Gene Bianchi Community Center.


Man who shot at California cop previously deported, arrested but cops wouldn't honor ICE detainer, feds say

The illegal immigrant killed Sunday in a shootout with a California cop had been deported three times and arrested and released over ICE's objection on several occasions -- including cases involving the very department whose officer took him down in a dramatic exchange caught on her body cam.


Young Woman Hit in the Face, Robbed While Walking to Her Car in Modesto

MODESTO -- A woman in her early 20s was assaulted and robbed Saturday in downtown Modesto. Police say it happened just after midnight as the woman unlocked her car near 10th and L streets. She was hit in the face before her backpack was pulled off her.


Sinkholes are popping up all over California, thanks to the rain. Here’s what to know

Sinkholes are rare in California, but the heavy rains this winter produced several dangerous ones around the state. A sinkhole is an area of ground that has no natural external surface drainage – when it rains, all the water stays inside the sinkhole and typically drains into the subsurface. There a


Hundreds of Stanislaus County’s Homeless to Move Into Tents Under Modesto Bridge

MODESTO -- Some of Stanislaus County's 1,600 homeless will transition into new tents in Modesto Wednesday morning. Eventually, 300 tents will fill up space under the 9th Street bridge. One hundred and twenty of them were already in place Tuesday.


Oakdale Officer, Wayward Pet Duck Become Fast Friends

OAKDALE -- Oakdale Police Officer Chelsie Stillwell has dealt with the worst of the worst, but she says nothing could have prepared her for an encounter she had last Thursday. "He wanted to come with me and in fact, he did. He went on two calls for service with me," Stillwell said.


The Latest: California parents of 13 plead guilty to torture

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – The Latest on the case of a couple charged with the torture and abuse of most of their 13 children (all times local):. A California couple who shackled some of their 13 children to beds and starved them have pleaded guilty to torture and other abuse.


Southern California doctors arrested in opioid prescription crackdown

A yearlong investigation by federal drug agents has resulted in criminal charges against several physicians and other healthcare providers accused of writing bogus prescriptions or selling painkillers and other drugs on the black market.


A record number of babies have been surrendered in California. Some say that’s ‘hopeful’

In a photograph that Dawn Robinson holds up in her living room, two of her three children smile in an almond orchard outside Bakersfield in 2014. Kern County is where Tyler, 10, and Willow, 8, took their first breaths. It’s also where their birth mothers gave them up at the hospital as part of a sta


Modesto schools on lockdown as police serve search warrant

Several schools in north Modesto are on lockdown this morning as Modesto police serve a search warrant. Freedom and Savage schools are on lockdown, police said. According to Sylvan Unified School District, Somerset Middle School also is on lockdown.


Police release sketches of suspects in downtown Modesto assault and theft

The Modesto Police Department released sketches Thursday of two suspects in a weekend assault and theft against a woman near 10th and L streets. A department Facebook post said the victim, in her early 20s, was unlocking her vehicle just after midnight Sunday when one of the men attacked her from be


Modesto puts homeless back to work cleaning up the city

MODESTO, Calif. — As city leaders in Modesto continue to meet daily to discuss ways to improve the homeless crisis, the city launched their new "Downtown Streets Team" to get homeless people back to work and make a visible difference in the city at the same time.


In a rarity, snow falls on Southern California, and not just in the mountains

How often do Rancho Cucamonga, Riverside, Pasadena or North Hollywood get a dusting? How about Zuma Beach and Malibu?. Not often. Which is why the weather was the buzz Thursday among flatlanders and hill dwellers.