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Modesto police raid 2 'Internet cafes'

MODESTO, CA - Two storefronts on McHenry Avenue in Modesto were raided and cleaned out by police Thursday for allegedly being gambling operations.

One of the businesses had the name Business Resource Center, and a poster in the window said Internet and fax services were offered.

But police spokesman Lt. Rick Applegate said about 30 computers were seized from each location because illegal computer gambling was taking place, attracting large and unseemly clients.

"[There was] drug use in the parking lot, sex acts in the parking lot, prostitution," said Applegate. 

A man who worked very briefly as a security guard saw similar behavior.

"The first night I was there, a guy was behind the dumpster doing crack. They were sharing needles in plain view," said Danny Fessenden.

Man wounded in west Modesto shooting

MODESTO, CA - A man was shot while in his car in a west Modesto neighborhood Tuesday afternoon.

Officers responded to the 200 block of Oak Street around 1:48 p.m. after getting calls of gunshots being heard in the area, Modesto police Sgt. Ivan Valencia said. Witnessed said they saw a black SUV drive away from the area shortly after shots were fired.

About 20 minutes later, police got a call from a hospital to report a gunshot victim.

Valencia said the man drove himself to the hospital in his black SUV after being shot on the 200 block of Maple Street, a block away from where officers originally responded. His wound appeared to be non-life threatening.

When officers examined the victim's SUV, they found several bullet holes.

A subject was detained and questioned by police to determine his involvement in the shooting, Valencia said.

Wanted felon captured following 2-hour Modesto foot pursuit

MODESTO, Calif. - A man wanted for several felony warrants on weapons and drug-related violations was finally captured after a lengthy foot pursuit and search in West Modesto Tuesday morning.

Sergeant Brian Findlen said Modesto police officers began the search for Kinsino Salva, 29, at 1:14 a.m. on the 1200 block of Pine Tree Ln.

They attempted to make contact at 2:15 a.m., but Salva fled, going from roof to roof through the neighborhood, Findlen said.

At 3:02 a.m., officers, with the help of a K9 unit, caught Salva hiding under a spa at a home several lots down from the one in which he resides, said Findlen.

He was arrested and booked for his warrants, as well as new charges of resisting and delaying a police officer, and possession of a controlled substance.

4 injured in Modesto drive-by shooting

MODESTO, CA - Four people were injured in a drive-by shooting Thursday night in a south Modesto neighborhood.

A car drove up to the four victims on the 1400 block of Western Avenue around 8 p.m., fired multiple shots and then drove away, Modesto police Lt. Craig Gundlach said.

Three of the victims suffer from non-life threatening injuries; the fourth victim's injuries were more serious. All four victims were taken to nearby hospitals for treatment.

Gundlach said the suspect vehicle is a dark or a white small car.

'Horrid & unsafe' how officer described Modesto house

MODESTO, CA - It was a scene not so different from ones shown on the "Hoarders" TV program.

Modesto police entered an abandoned house on the east side of town Thursday to find conditions described by one officer as "horrid and unsafe" with human feces and garbage littering the place. There was a 3-year-old child living inside along with John Oliver, 39, and his girlfriend, Angelica Madrigal, 40. The relationship between the adults and child wasn't made clear.

The child was put into the care of Child Protective Services.

Madrigal and Oliver were arrested for endangerment and illegal lodging, said Sgt. Rick Applegate. Officers investigating neighbor complaints about the house believe the pair moved into the abandoned residence on the 700 block of West Union Avenue after the owner died. There was no water, electricity, garbage or sewer service in the home.

Applegate said officers also found uncapped needles strewn about the place.

Fatal Modesto house fire deemed arson

MODESTO, CA - A man pulled from a house fire in Modesto Friday morning has died, according to the Modesto Fire Department.

Firefighters were sent to a report of smoke from a home on the 1700 block of Judy Court at 10:41 a.m., Battalion Chief Hugo Patino said. He said crews found the flames contained to one bedroom and heavy smoke in the rest of the house.

Firefighters and paramedics performed life-saving measures on the victim who was transported to Doctors Medical Center. However, the man did not survive.

When crews investigated the scene, they found evidence of a burglary and arson, Modesto police Sgt. Rick Applegate said.

Patino pegged the cost of the damage to the house and its contents at $75,000.

The homeowner, Mike, talked about the damage to the home. Inside, the walls were covered with, what Mike identified as, flammable liquid.

Man killed in south Modesto shooting

MODESTO, CA - A man died after being shot in a south Modesto neighborhood early Wednesday morning.

Eddie Hernandez, 20, was dropped off at the Doctor's Medical Center Hospital shortly after midnight for treatment of a gunshot wound, the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department said. Unfortunately, Hernandez was later pronounced dead.

An investigation uncovered that the shooting happened on the 1700 block of Denver Street. Detectives conducted interviews and processed the scene of the shooting.

The sheriff's department said the person who brought Hernandez to the hospital is a documented gang member and did not cooperate with investigators. Detectives believe the shooting is gang-related.