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Kindergartners sodomized boy - and took naked pictures of him with school iPads, Michigan lawsuit says | The Modesto Bee

When parents of a Michigan kindergartner went to school officials to complain about alleged sexual abuse their son endured from other classmates, they didn't like the response. That's according to a lawsuit filed by those parents, who allege that four of their son's classmates touched and sodomized

MODESTO BEE - 2018-03-23 14:06:00

Man found his door broken in with a cinder block - and a burglar in his shower, Florida cops say | The Modesto Bee

A Florida man came home from work Thursday night to discover the back door of his home broken into, deputies said. A cinder block had been used to smash through the sliding door of his home in Crestview, Fla., northeast of Pensacola, according to the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office. Even more conc

MODESTO BEE - 2018-03-23 22:07:00

'We don't know what to do' with 199 roosters in jail after cockfighting bust, Arkansas cops say | Merced Sun-Star

It's not just the jail cells at the Sevier County Jail in southwest Arkansas that are over capacity following last week's massive cockfighting sting. The jail yard is full of roosters in cages, too. There are 199 of them, to be exact, and Sheriff Robert Gentry is looking for a place to put them. "W

MERCED SUN-STAR - 2018-03-23 16:12:00

10 arrested in sex-worker sting in Merced, police say

Ten area men who allegedly tried to buy sex in Merced were arrested this week, Merced police said on Friday. The Merced Police Department Disruptive Area Response Team and Gang Violence Suppression Unit conducted the undercover operations targeting johns on Thursday, police said in a news release.

MERCED SUN-STAR - 2018-03-24 00:14:00

Not an alien: Scientists explain what caused girl's 6-inch skeleton and cone head | The Modesto Bee

When she was first discovered, abandoned in a leather pouch behind a Chilean church, nobody quite knew what to make of little "Ata." The skeleton, a tiny thing only about 6 inches long, had 10 pairs of ribs (instead of the normal 12), a cone-shaped head - and appeared to have been around 8 years ol

MODESTO BEE - 2018-03-22 17:43:00

Merced pharmacy robbery suspects captured in Ripon after 50-mile chase, police say | The Modesto Bee

Two Sacramento men, suspected of robbing a Merced pharmacy Thursday evening, were captured after leading police on a 50-mile high-speed chase, the Police Department reported. Mills Frank Wesley III, 23, and 18-year-old Jakob Kenneth Johns, are suspected of entering the Rite Aid pharmacy at 1158 W. M

MODESTO BEE - 2018-03-23 04:30:00

Soledad woman suffers major injury in Merced County DUI crash, CHP says

A Soledad woman is suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs after a two-vehicle crash sent her to the hospital with major injuries, according to California Highway Patrol. Suzanna Townsend, a 30-year-old woman from Soledad, was driving a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica east on Highway 152

MERCED SUN-STAR - 2018-03-23 16:11:00

He gambles. He tips staff. He eats alone. All the while, he stocks his Vegas suite with guns. | The Modesto Bee

Sometimes we see him as other hotel guests would have seen him: as the tall gambler intent on the video poker machine across the casino floor, or as the customer standing in line in front of you at the gift shop, buying snacks, or as the guy you briefly glance at as he waits for you to get off the e

MODESTO BEE - 2018-03-22 18:19:00

Turlock woman injured in rollover crash in Merced County

A 56-year-old Turlock woman was injured Thursday when her SUV struck the Highway 99 center guardrail before overturning off of the right shoulder near Sultana Drive in Merced County, according to the California Highway Patrol. The woman, whose name was not available, was transported to a local hosp

MODESTO BEE - 2018-03-22 21:27:00

He didn't mean to pay his water bill with crystal meth - but it's what employees found, Ark. cops say | The Modesto Bee

He didn't mean to pay his water bill with crystal meth - but it's what employees found, Ark. cops say "Check your bills for contraband before you put them in the dropbox." That's what Greene County Sheriff David Carter said after an Arkansas man was arrested when employees at the county water utilit


'I was sent to end you,' he told man who taunted him. Then he swung his machete, Hawaii police say | The Modesto Bee

Witnesses said tensions were high between two Hawaii men on the bus ride to a Maui mall on Sunday. But they didn't know it would end in murder charges. Eduardo Alejandro Cerezo, 35, became agitated when he boarded the bus and noticed that another man - Kumulipo Sylva, 23 - was staring at him from th

MODESTO BEE - 2018-03-22 20:16:00

Stranger in Scrubs Walks Through Modesto Family's Front Door While They're Home

MODESTO -- A stranger wearing hospital scrubs is seen in surveillance footage cutting across a lawn, climbing over an entry gate and walking right inside a Modesto home. "I didn't really process the scrub thing until I opened the speakeasy and I was like, 'What are you doing in my house?'" said Apr


Homeless man who dug out an underground pad says prairie dogs are 'the best neighbors' | Merced Sun-Star

Sean Heron, 43, started digging in February 2017, with the purpose, he thought, of giving his gear some cover against the weather in Clovis, N.M. He had recently lost his job and his home, reported the Eastern New Mexico News, and he kept digging for a month and a half, when his hole in the ground b

MERCED SUN-STAR - 2018-03-22 19:55:00

75-year-old woman uses 'bear hug' to save man stuck in Fresno County culvert | The Modesto Bee

A 75-year-old woman helped save a man's life Thursday morning after hearing a cry for help as storms raged in Tollhouse. Following the sound, she found a middle-aged man partially lodged in a culvert. Rushing water was sucking him into a pipe diverting a swelling creek under a rural Fresno County ro

MODESTO BEE - 2018-03-23 02:56:00

She found a dead newborn on her deck. Neighbor had tossed the baby over a fence, Colorado cops say | The Modesto Bee

A Colorado woman was getting ready to use the hot tub on her deck in January when her dog smelled something unusual - leading to a horrifying discovery. There was a dead newborn on the back deck of the woman's Highlands Ranch, Colo., home on Jan. 2, KDVR reports. When the woman found the child, its


Man found dead in Ceres home, sheriff's officials call it a homicide

Stanislaus County sheriff's detectives are investigating the death of man found by medics Monday night at a Ceres home near Central Valley High School. Sheriff's officials on Tuesday morning had not released the name of the man found dead. Authorities were still in the process of notifying his famil


Turlock man pleads guilty to hitting helicopters with laser beam above Modesto | The Modesto Bee

A Turlock man pleaded guilty on Monday to two counts of hitting two helicopters with the beam of a laser pointer in October. Roger Shane John, 32, is scheduled for sentencing on June 11 in federal court in Fresno. John faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The laser


A Merced County man has been convicted of murder for shooting a couple on a walk | Merced Sun-Star

A Delhi man was recently found guilty of first-degree murder and attempted murder for the 2016 shooting of a couple, according to the Merced County District Attorney's Office. A Merced County jury found 27-year-old Juan Carlos Gonzalez guilty in the March 6, 2016, shooting death of Abram Sigula Her


An Atwater inmate found unresponsive has died, officials say

A prisoner at U.S. Penitentiary in Atwater was pronounced dead Tuesday, a day after being found unresponsive in his cell, according to prison officials. Thomas Douglas Smith was discovered in his cell at about 7 a.m. on Monday and staff began life-saving measures, officials said in a news release.


Teen with Down syndrome stripped of badges as he nears Eagle Scout rank, lawsuit says | The Modesto Bee

Chad Blythe recalled just how happy his son was after learning that his Eagle Scout project had been approved in November. "When we actually got the approval, he was so elated," Blythe told Fox13, "and the three people that approved it actually took pictures of it because he was so happy and overjo