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Up to 300 mailboxes affected in ongoing Modesto mailbox thefts


The Postal Inspection Service are investigating a massive amount of mailbox break-ins over the past couple of days, affecting up to 300 mailboxes, according postal inspector Jeff Fitch.

The Modesto Bee reported Wednesday that many of the residents affected lived in northeast Modesto, and the affected mailboxes were served by the Hudson Post Office at Oakdale Road and Sylvan Avenue.

Fitch told the Bee that 19 total mailbox clusters, all served by the station, were broken into within the past several days. Each cluster had 12 or 16 individual mailboxes though some had as few as nine.

In total, between 200 to 300 houses were affected by these thefts, according to Fitch.

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Central Valley housing hot despite slowing

Central Valley housing hot despite slowing

The Stockton/Lodi metro area is expected to be among the top 10 highest appreciating housing markets in 2016, according to Weiss Analytics. The company provides analysis of home price indexing, forecasting, and analytics in the US.

Weiss Analytics expects 89.1 percent of homes in the metro area to gain values by Oct. 2016. That is good enough for the fifth highest percentage in the country. It is down from the 91.7 percent of houses that gained value in 2014 which ranked Stockton/Lodi third for home appreciation in the country.

In Modesto, 81.3 percent of homes gained value, good enough for seventh in the nation. That was still down from a high of 98 percent of homes gaining value in 2014. Modesto isn’t expected to rank in the top 10 in 2016 according to Weiss Analytics’s forecast... Read More

More details emerge in Modesto shooting involving two officers and suspect

More details emerge in Modesto shooting involving two officers and suspect


Modesto police department released more details on a shooting that left one suspect dead on Thursday, Dec. 17.

Heather Graves, the department's spokesperson, said that at 2:10 p.m. two Modesto officers tried to stop a man on the bike, who fled from them into a parking garage off 10th Street.

When officers approached the suspect, he pulled out a loaded .44 caliber handgun from his waistband and failed to comply with the officers' orders to drop the gun.

Several shots were fired by by both officers, according to Graves. Medical crews performed CPR on the suspect while he was transported to a local hospital where he later died from his injuries.

The suspect was later identified as 24-year-old Christopher Fletcher, who required the highest level of supervision through the Stanislaus County Probation Department, Graves said.

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Two Modesto officers involved in shooting, suspect later dies


 

Modesto Police Department are investigating a shooting between two officers and a suspect who later died from his wounds Thursday afternoon.

According to the Modesto Police Department, around 2 p.m. officers tried to stop a man on a bike near the City Tower parking garage near 10th Street. When approached by officers, the suspect, who was armed with a gun, failed to comply with the officers' orders to drop his weapon.

Several shots were fired by both officers, Modesto police said. 

CPR was performed on the suspect until he was taken by an ambulance to a local hospital where he later died, the department said. 

The officers involved in the shooting were not injured and were placed on paid administrative leave.

Modesto police investigate fatal crash involving multiple vehicles


Modesto police are investigating a fatal traffic collision involving multiple vehicles that happened on Sisk Road Monday afternoon.

The Modesto police department posted two photos of the crash on their Facebook page, but no information was given on what caused the accident or how many vehicles were involved in the wreck.

This is a developing story, check back for more information.


Turlock wins Salvation Army’s Kettle Challenge

Turlock wins Salvation Army’s Kettle Challenge

TURLOCK — Turlock won the Salvation Army Mayor’s Kettle Challenge by raising a record $1,895 in eight hours to help fund the organization’s programs.

Turlock raised more than Ceres, Modesto, and Riverbank in the third annual challenge. Ceres ranked second with $1,120, Modesto raised $959 and Riverbank brought in $804.

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