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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.

Police: Man found in Tuolumne River was murdered

Police: Man found in Tuolumne River was murdered

MODESTO, CA - A Modesto man whose body was found in the Tuolumne River last week had been killed, according to the Modesto Police Department.

Daniel Joseph Montgomery Allen, 21, was reported missing by his family last December, said police Lt. Rick Applegate. A passerby spotted Allen's body in the river between the 7th Street Bridge and Highway 99 in Modesto on Feb. 28 and reported it to authorities.

Applegate did not say how Allen died. Detectives were investigating and encouraged anyone with information about Allen's murder to call Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636. Tipsters can also text information to Crime Stoppers by sending a text message to 274637. Type "TIP704" along with the message.

Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.

Man shot while driving in Modesto

MODESTO, Calif. - A 19-year-old man was shot while driving in Modesto Monday night.

Lieutenant Rick Armendariz of the Modesto Police Dept. said the man was driving on the 1300 block of Tuolumne Blvd. around 9:30 p.m. when his vehicle was struck by multiple bullets, one of which hit the driver.

Emergency responders arrived at the scene and transported the man to hospital with non-life threatening injuries, said Armendariz.

The only suspect description provided pertained to the suspected shooter's vehicle, which was described as a black Acura.

Anyone with information on the incident was encouraged to contact the Modesto Police Dept.

Farm Watch responds to rise in ag thefts and break-ins

Farm Watch responds to rise in ag thefts and break-ins

The big crowd at the Dan Ramos Community Center in Hilmar was all the proof anyone needed if they were wondering whether crime is a concern in rural areas. Close to 100 farmers were there on a Tuesday night in late February to meet with law enforcement to find out what police are doing about the increase in thefts and home invasions in Stanislaus and Merced counties and how they can help.

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Photo of truck of interest released in unsolved Modesto killing

MODESTO, CA - Homicide detectives hope an image of a pick-up truck captured on a business security camera will aid them in their effort to solve a Feb. 2 murder.

The victim, 54-year-old Atour Daoud, was found shot dead in his vehicle at the intersection of W. Hatch Road and Dallas Street in south Modesto about 8 p.m. that Saturday night, said police Sgt. Rick Applegate. Emergency medical personnel determined Daoud had been shot once.

Investigators would like to find the driver of a white Ford Ranger pickup, model year 2000,s that was seen in the area and may be able to provide information about the shooting. The time stamp on the photograph is 8:09 p.m.

Tipsters can call Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward. Tipsters can also text information to Crime Stoppers by sending a text message to 274637, typing "TIP704" along with the message.

Lockdown lifted at Modesto high school

MODESTO, Calif. - Enochs High School in Modesto was placed on lockdown for more than two hours Wednesday morning due to police activity near the school.

According to Modesto Police Department reports, Modesto officers and Stanislaus County sheriff's deputies were dispatched to the 4100 block of Roselle Avenue in response to a home invasion about 7: 20 a.m.

Enochs High was subsequently placed on lockdown, according to Becky Fortuna of the Modesto City School District.

According to Fortuna, students walking to school were escorted into a classroom under lockdown. 

A "reverse dialer" was also sent out, informing parents not to bring their children to school until the lockdown was officially lifted, said Fortuna.

Authorities were looking for one or two individuals in connection with the home invasion, said police.  

The lockdown was lifted around 9:45 a.m., according to police.