Our network


Body found in torched Modesto home scene of standoff

MODESTO, CA - The civilian fatally shot when Stanislaus County sheriff's deputies attempted to serve eviction papers at a Modesto four-plex Thursday has been identified by authorities as 35-year-old Glendon David Engert.

Engert's family confirmed he was an independent locksmith called to change the locks on the home.

Meantime, officers and fire investigators found a burned body Friday afternoon in the fire-gutted Chrysler Drive residence where it was believed the gunman responsible for gunning down Engert and a deputy was after a daylong standoff.

PREVIOUS STORY: Suspected shooter's apt. erupts in flames

Modesto Police Department Officer Chris Adams it could be weeks before they know the identity of the remains.

Warrant details claims against ex-Modesto teacher

MODESTO, CA (AP) - A woman who has accused a former Modesto high school teacher who began a high-profile romance with a student of doing the same with her nearly 14 years ago told investigators that the teacher wooed her for several months and performed oral sex on her when she was still a minor.

The Modesto Bee reports that details about the alleged relationship are contained in an arrest warrant authorities sought last week when they charged former Enochs High School teacher James Hooker with a sex crime from the 1998 encounter with the now-31-year-old woman.

The 41-year-old Hooker was arrested Friday at the apartment he then shared with 18-year-old Jordan Powers, an Enochs High student for whom he left his wife, three children and job.

Powers says she moved out and broke up with him after learning about the earlier alleged entanglement.

Former Modesto teacher ordered to give up passport

MODESTO, CA - The former Modesto teacher who created news by leaving his job and family to live with a former 18-year-old student, was ordered by a judge to hand over his passport because of a charge involving a 17 year old student.

James Hooker, 41, was in court early Tuesday on the charge of oral copulation of a minor. The alleged victim came forward after seeing Hooker in interviews flaunting his relationship with Jordan Powers.

RELATED STORY: Modesto teacher in court on sexual misconduct charges 

The victim told police she began relations with Hooker in 1998, when she was a student at Modesto's Beyer High School. Hooker was at David High at the time.

2 shot on Modesto street

MODESTO, CA - Two individuals were expected to survive after being shot on the 1300 block of Larkin Avenue at about 5 p.m. Friday afternoon, according to Modesto police.

The victims were a teen and a man walking on the street, said Det. Steven Stanfield. The teen was found in an alley on Larkin.

Witnesses reported the shots may have been fired by two males seen getting into a vehicle parked in front of 1305 Larkin and driving away.

Standfield said it wasn't yet known if there was a connection between the address and the shooters or why the shots were fired.

Teacher involved w/ ex-student charged in other student sex case

MODESTO, CA - A former Modesto high school teacher who already made headlines for leaving his family to live with a former student was arrested Friday in a separate case.

James Hooker was booked into Stanislaus County Jail on one count of oral sex with a minor, said Modesto police Lt. Rick Armendariz. The alleged crime took place in 1998 when Hooker taught at Davis High School and involved a 17-year-old student.

The alleged incident came to light, Armendariz said, in the course of the investigation into Hooker's relationship with former Enoch High School student Jamie Powers. The two maintain their relationship didn't become sexual until after Powers turned 18. Hooker taught Powers at Enoch High.

In court Friday, Hooker pleaded not guilty to the sex charge and requested a public defender. His next court hearing was set for April 10.

Modesto woman, 80, bound with duct tape and robbed

MODESTO, CA (AP) - Modesto police say an 80-year-old woman was bound with duct tape during a home-invasion robbery.

Lt. Rick Armendariz says two suspects broke into the victim's house around 10 a.m. Tuesday. They were inside for more than an hour while the woman's arms, legs and mouth were bound with duct tape.

Police say the victim freed herself after the suspects left and went to her next-door neighbor's house for help.

Armendariz says the woman was traumatized but did not suffer physical injuries. The male and female suspects took her purse and her car.

Armendariz says investigators are trying to determine whether the woman was targeted or if the crime was random. He says there has recently been a spike in residential burglaries in the surrounding area.

Ceres student with knife and dead cat arrested

CERES, CA - School authorities and Ceres police agree an Argus High School student had a knife and dead cat in his backpack on campus Friday but what exactly transpired at the school was not so clear.

Police said the 17 year old was armed with a knife and holding two female staff members hostage. The teen was arrested without incident and booked into custody on suspicion of felony false imprisonment, assault with a deadly weapon, making terrorist threats, burglary as well as animal cruelty.

No one was hurt.