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Pedestrian hit and killed by a car in Modesto

Modesto police are investigating a car vs. pedestrian accident that killed one person on Wednesday.

Police said 18-year-old Alfonso Contreras was driving north on Carpenter Road when he hit 57-year-old William French. The victim was taken to the hospital where he died from his injuries.

Contreras remained at the scene and fully cooperated with police. Drugs and alcohol do not appear to be a factor in the accident.

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Business symposium for women set for Modesto

Business symposium for women set for Modesto

MODESTO — Gallo Center CEO Lynn Dickerson and UC Merced Chancellor Dorothy Leland will headline the First Annual Business Women’s Symposium, Nov. 5. The business symposium is presented by the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and the Stanislaus Business Alliance.

The symposium will be held from 8 a.m. until 11:30 a.m., Thursday, Nov.5 at Greens on Tenth Street, at 953 10th St. in Modesto. Tickets are $20 and include a breakfast buffet, raffle entry and swag bag. There will be a panel that will take questions and networking opportunities for attendees.

Panelists for the symposium will include Julia Rhodes, Founder and President of KleenSlate Concepts LP; Christine Schweininger, CEO of Vision Magazine and Vice President of the Central Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Ann Endsley, Founder and Owner of Greens Table.

Reservations are highly recommended as seating is limited... Read More

Modesto police: Three teens threatened janitor with a gun

Two Modesto teens are under arrest for threatening an elementary school janitor with a gun on Tuesday after he refused to give them access into a school room earlier that day, according to the Modesto Police Department. 

Department spokesperson Heather Graves confirmed the incident happened at Fairview Elementary School and involved three juveniles, who walked on the campus in the evening hours and asked the janitor to let them into a room. It's not clear whether it was a classroom. 

The janitor denied the suspects access and they then brandished a gun, made threats of a shooting and yelled gang slurs, according to Graves. The boys also had their faces partially covered with clothing to mask their identities.

Graves said no shots were fired and the suspects fled to a nearby orchard or field. 

Surveillance video shows suspect before Modesto officer-involved shooting

Officers in Modesto have released video from inside a gas station convenience store, moments before a man is shot and killed by officers outside. 

Early Saturday morning, an officer was pumping gas at a station along Briggsmore Avenue when he witnessed an armed robbery taking place inside the station's store. The masked suspect, later identified as 22-year-old Gino Paredes, left the store and the officer identifies himself.

During the incident, the officer fired several rounds, hitting Paredes once and killing him.

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Suspect dead in officer involved shooting

Detectives are investigating an officer involved shooting in Modesto that left a suspect dead on Saturday morning.

At around 5:30 a.m. Modesto Police Officer Mike Callahan, who has worked for the department for 7 years, was in uniform getting gas for his police car when he saw a robbery at a store across from the gas station. The officer engaged with the armed suspect, 22-year-old Gino Paredes.

Police said Callahan shot several rounds, hitting Paredes once, killing him at the scene.

Police said the officer was uninjured during the incident and has been placed on administrative leave.

No other information has been released at this time.

Anyone with any information is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 209-521-4636. The Stanislaus County District Attorney's Office is launching an independent review of the incident. 



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California close to reaching solar energy goal

California close to reaching solar energy goal

MODESTO — California is close to meeting its goal of installing 1,750 megawatts of solar capacity by the end of 2015 and 1,940 megawatts by the end of 2016. The California Solar Initiative’s (CSI) most recent report, published in June, shows the state has reached 94 percent of its 1,750 goal and will attain it with 258 megawatts waiting in pending projects.

The Central Valley is doing its part in helping the state reach those goals. For example, South San Joaquin Irrigation District (SSJID) uses solar energy in its water treatment plant... Read More