Marijuana seized from building co-owned by ex-congressman
TURLOCK, Calif. (AP) — Police in California's Central Valley have seized nearly 4,000 illegal marijuana plants inside a building co-owned by a former congressman.
Modesto city council approves law banning weapons at rallies
MODESTO, Calif. (AP) — The central California city of Modesto has banned firearms, glass bottles, baseball bats and other items that can be used as weapons at rallies and protests.
Modesto considers law banning weapons at rallies, protests
MODESTO, Calif. (AP) — The central California city of Modesto will consider banning firearms, glass bottles, baseball bats and other items that can be used as weapons at rallies and...
California city denies permit for Straight Pride rally
MODESTO, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California city has denied a request to hold a so-called Straight Pride rally at a park.
Modesto city officials on Friday denied an application by the...
HUGHSON, Calif. (AP) — A priest at a Sikh temple in Northern California says he was assaulted by a masked person who told him to go back to his country, the Modesto Bee reports .
TURLOCK, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say four Northern California deputies were injured, a horse was punched and five people were arrested in a brawl at the Stanislaus County Fair.
MODESTO, Calif. (AP) — One person has been arrested after a drug lab exploded, damaging a Modesto home.
Authorities say a butane hash oil lab exploded Thursday in the backyard shed of the...
Central Valley deputies fatally shoot kidnap suspect
MODESTO, Calif. (AP) — Central Valley authorities say a kidnap suspect was fatally shot by a sheriff's deputy and the victim was rescued unharmed.
MODESTO, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a man has died after a struggle with sheriff's deputies in central California.
The Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department says deputies responded...
Wildfire survivor drowns in Central Valley reservoir
MODESTO, Calif. (AP) — Relatives of a woman who survived a deadly Northern California wildfire say she drowned while swimming in a reservoir.
India tariffs threaten California almond industry
MODESTO, Calif. (AP) — Along large swaths of California's lush central valley, almonds in the fuzzy hulls of tree leaves blow in the wind on thousands of acres of orchards. Thousands of miles away...
4 Modesto Hells Angels face drug trafficking charges
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say the president of the Modesto Hells Angel Motorcycle Club, his wife and two others have been charged for allegedly being part of a drug trafficking...
MODESTO, Calif. (AP) — Authorities in central California say a 10-year-old girl who lost her mother and two younger sisters when an alleged drunk driver crashed into their home has...
MODESTO, Calif. (AP) — Two men have been arrested on suspicion of homicide after they allegedly led Modesto police on a stolen car chase amid gunfire that ended when they crashed into a taco...
CERES, Calif. (AP) — A man suspected of being intoxicated crashed his SUV into a home in central California, killing a woman and her two of her daughters, ages 5 and 3, authorities said.
Gunman killed during Modesto hostage rescue
MODESTO, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a gunman has been killed after holding a youngster hostage for hours in Modesto.
The Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department says the child didn't...
MODESTO, Calif. (AP) — Police in central California say an anonymous tip has led them to identify and arrest a man wanted on suspicion of killing a homeless woman.
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2 critically injured in shooting at packed Modesto bar
MODESTO, Calif. (AP) — Police say a man and a woman were critically injured during a shooting over the weekend at a packed Modesto bar.
The Modesto Bee reports a 25-year-old woman and a...
Man badly burned while trying to melt plastic jug of gas
MODESTO, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a man has suffered third-degree burns over half of his body while trying to melt a plastic jug full of gasoline in a Northern California parking...
MODESTO, Calif. (AP) — A man suspected of being in the country illegally has pleaded not guilty to killing a Northern California police officer during a traffic stop in a case that has rekindled a...
MODESTO, Calif. (AP) — Searchers have found the body of a 5-year-old California girl who fell into a rain-swollen river in the Sierra Nevada foothills over the weekend.
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Teen arrested in rape, killing of Modesto care home resident
MODESTO, Calif. (AP) — Police in central California have arrested teenager in the 2017 murder and rape of a woman who lived at a mental health facility and was attacked while taking a walk.
The Modesto Bee reports detectives Thursday arrested 18-year-old Seth Becknel in the killing of 41-year-old Jenny Wu.
Man exonerated after video shows kidnapping didn’t happen
CERES, Calif. (AP) — A judge has dismissed the case against a man accused by a 14-year-old California girl of trying to kidnap her after his defense attorney found surveillance video contradicting the teen's statement to police.
The Latest: Attorney wants evaluation sealed in cop killing
MODESTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the trial against a man charged with killing a California police officer (all times local):
The attorney for a man in the U.S. illegally charged in the killing of a California police officer has asked a judge to seal a mental health evaluation report on his client because he says it could be incriminating.
Gustavo Perez Arriaga's defense attorney, Stephen Foley, last month questioned his client's mental fitness and asked for an evaluation.
Man charged with killing California officer returns to court
MODESTO, Calif. (AP) — A Mexican man in the U.S. illegally charged in the killing of a California police officer will return to court for the judge to hear the results of a mental health evaluation.
Stanislaus County District Attorney's Office spokesman John Goold says Gustavo Perez Arriaga will return to court in Modesto Thursday.
Perez Arriaga was charged in the Dec. 26 shooting death of Cpl. Ronil Singh of the tiny Newman Police Department during a traffic stop.
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4 injured as car drives through Modesto park
MODESTO, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say four people have been injured by a driver who intentionally tried to hit people at a Modesto park.
Police were called Tuesday night to Beard Brook Park, where a city-sanctioned campground for the homeless has some 250 residents.
Police spokeswoman Sharon Bear tells the Modesto Bee that witnesses reported a four-door Saturn appeared to be intentionally striking people.
Slain police officer called ‘American hero’ at his funeral
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A California police officer who was killed in the line of duty was hailed Saturday as a "Fiji-born American hero" who made the ultimate sacrifice for his adopted country.
At a funeral held for Cpl. Ronil (row-neel) Singh, mourners remembered the 33-year-old as a hard-working immigrant who worked his way up to become an officer in the small town of Newman.
The Latest: Funeral held in California for slain officer
MODESTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the funeral for slain California police officer (all times local):
A moment of silence, followed by Scottish bagpipes playing "Amazing Grace," marked the beginning of funeral services Saturday for a slain police officer in central California.
Mexican man charged with killing cop gets mental health exam
MODESTO, Calif. (AP) — A Mexican national accused of living in the U.S. illegally was charged with murder Wednesday in the shooting death of a California police officer who pulled him over to check if he was driving drunk.
Gustavo Perez Arriaga made his first court appearance in the central California city of Modesto but did not enter a plea in last week's killing of Cpl. Ronil Singh of the tiny Newman Police Department.
The Latest: Man in California officer killing in court
MODESTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a Mexican national suspected of killing California police officer (all times local):
A man charged with the killing of police officer in Northern California made his first court appearance but did not enter a plea.
The Modesto Bee reports Gustavo Perez Arriaga told the judge Wednesday his true name is Paulo Virgen Mendoza.
The Latest: Police: Resident told cop about drunken driver
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on the shooting death of a California officer (all times local):
Authorities say a resident who suspected a man was drunk and got behind the wheel flagged down an officer, who was later shot and killed during the traffic stop.
2 arrested after man’s remains found in Modesto backyard
MODESTO, Calif. (AP) — Two people have been arrested in connection with the death of a man whose remains were found in the backyard of a Modesto home.
Robert Wisswell and Rebecca Garcia were taken into custody at a homeless encampment Friday for investigation of murder and conspiracy to commit murder.
Body buried in backyard identified as missing Modesto man
MODESTO, Calif. (AP) — Authorities in central California have identified a body found buried in a backyard as that of a Modesto man reported missing in February and that they are investigating his death as a homicide.
The Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department says its coroner's office used dental x-rays to confirm 26-yar-old Jacob Sutton-Bubeck's identity.
California sheriff’s deputy dies while responding to call
MODESTO, Calif. (AP) — A California sheriff's deputy is dead after crashing into a power pole while responding to a call for assistance.
The Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department County said Deputy Antonio "Tony" Hinostroza died on the scene Sunday night.
The 45-year-old Hinostroza was a 19-year veteran of the department in central California.
Man burying pet in backyard finds human remains
MODESTO, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a man who was burying a pet in the backyard of the home he rents in Modesto discovered human remains.
Stanislaus County Sheriff Department says the man found the remains Sunday and called authorities.
Department spokesman Sgt. Tom Letras tells the Modesto Bee deputies worked throughout the evening to exhume the decomposing body.
House Democrats look for win in California farm belt
MODESTO, Calif. (AP) — In California's Central Valley, the nation's great fruit-and-nut basket, voters like Lou Waller could help determine which party controls the U.S. House.
The 76-year-old retiree is an independent, the fastest-growing political affiliation in California. They make up nearly a quarter of voters in the 10th Congressional District, which has been flooded with campaign cash as Republican Rep. Jeff Denham tries to stop Democrat Josh Harder from taking his job.
2 men found fatally shot in car near California highway
TURLOCK, Calif. (AP) — Two men were found fatally shot inside a car with its windows shot out near a central California highway.
The Modesto Bee reports drivers were calling 911 to report a vehicle with shot out windows around 2 a.m. on Thursday as they exited Highway 99 in Turlock. The car was found on a road right off the highway.
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Boy abducted by father from mother’s Modesto home found safe
MODESTO, Calif. (AP) — A 6-year-old boy abducted from his central California home by his father was found safe in the San Francisco Bay Area Tuesday, authorities said.
The boy, Jayce Cosso, was found safe at a motel in Dublin with his father and 17-year-old stepbrother, the Modesto Police Department said.
John Cosso, 41, and his teenage son were arrested by deputies with the Alameda County Sheriff's Department, and detectives are trying to identify additional suspects, police said.
Modesto police searching for man suspected in son abduction
MODESTO, Calif. (AP) — Investigators in central California are searching for a 6-year-old boy they say was abducted from his Modesto home by his father.
The Modesto Police Department on Monday night issued an Amber Alert for Jayce Cosso who was taken by his father, 41-year-old John Cosso, from his mother's home.
The boy's mother, Kimberly Velente, tells reporters John Cosso showed up with a group of people who pepper sprayed their way into the house.
Woman in box killed as crew clears California homeless camp
MODESTO, Calif. (AP) — A homeless woman sleeping in a cardboard box was struck and killed by heavy machinery operated by a road crew clearing a homeless camp, police said Wednesday.
Shannon Marie Bigley, 33, was killed Aug. 1 in a grassy field alongside a highway where a homeless camp was built, the Modesto Bee reported .
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California man who told undercover agents that he wanted to carry out a Christmas Day bombing at San Francisco's popular Pier 39 was sentenced to 15 years in prison. Everitt Aaron Jameson of Modesto, California
U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. O'Neill issued the sentence Monday, which came after Everitt Aaron Jameson of Modesto, California, admitted under a plea deal in June that he tried to aid a terrorist organization.
Police probe Sikh beating, neo-Nazi symbol as hate crime
MODESTO, Calif. (AP) — Police said Monday that they are looking for two men who beat a Sikh man and spray-painted a neo-Nazi symbol on his truck in what they're calling a hate crime.
Surjit Malhi told KOVR-TV that he was putting up campaign signs for local Republicans at night when two men ambushed him, throwing sand in his eyes before beating him in the head, shoulders and neck on July 31 in Keyes, California, about 90 miles (145 kilometers) east of San Francisco.
MARIPOSA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on California wildfires (all times local):
A funeral is underway for a California firefighter killed while battling a forest fire near Yosemite National Park.
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection personnel gathered Monday in Modesto to remember 36-year-old Braden Varney, who died July 14 while operating a bulldozer on the lines of the Ferguson Fire in the Sierra National Forest.
MODESTO, Calif. (AP) — Prosecutors in central California have charged a deputy with voluntary manslaughter in the 2017 fatal shooting of a Modesto woman.
The Modesto Bee reports the San Joaquin County District Attorney's Office filed charges Monday against Stanislaus County Sheriff deputy Justin Wall.
MODESTO, Calif. (AP) — Police in central California say a man was arrested after hitting his ex-girlfriend's new boyfriend in the head with a small hatchet.
The Modesto Bee reports that police arrested 34-year-old Shane Harden last weekend at his Modesto home on allegations of attempted murder, stalking, violating a restraining order and violating his probation.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A man who told undercover agents that he wanted to carry out a Christmas Day bombing and shooting attack at a popular San Francisco tourist attraction will receive a 15-year sentence after pleading guilty Monday in a federal case.
Everitt Aaron Jameson, 26, admitted under a plea deal that he attempted to aid a terrorist organization after he planned the attack during talks with undercover FBI agents, including one he thought was with the Islamic State group.