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1 arrested in alleged rooster fighting ring

Hundreds of roosters, allegedly used for a rooster fighting operation, were found Sunday near a Modesto home. It's one of the largest cockfighting operations in Stanislaus County.

Initial calls to police reported possible dog fighting at a home along Grimes Avenue. Stanislaus County Sheriff's Deputies instead found about 300 roosters, and around 50 dead birds near the home.

Several men ran when deputies pulled up to the home, but 20 men were initially detained for questioning. The man who lives at the home, 37-year-old Efrain Marcucci, was arrested for animal cruelty.

Deputies found an enclosed pen where they allege rooster fights happened in the back yard. Deputies also found metal fighting spurs and bloodied birds.

Modesto Police locate missing 11-year-old boy

Modesto Police have located the Riverbank 11-year-old boy who went missing earlier Friday morning/

Christian Bazan, 11, had last been seen on Claribel Road wearing a blue Captain America t-shirt and a backpack, according to police.

Serial robbery suspect arrested in Modesto

Modesto Police Department officials are crediting the use of social media in the apprehension of a suspect involved in multiple robberies in and around the Modesto area.

On Tuesday, officers served a search warrant at the Shasta Avenue home of the suspect, Manuel Gonzalez, 35.

Inside the home, officers found a marijuana grow operation and cocaine, according to police. They also found Lorena Cruz, 33, who, according to police, they also arrested on charges of child endangerment, accessory, possession of a controlled substance, and cultivation of marijuana.

3-year-old ejected from car in Modesto crash

A 3-year-old child was ejected from a vehicle after the vehicle's 68-year-old driver lost control while driving in Modesto. 

The single crash happened at around 10 a.m. on Yosemite Boulevard and South Morton Boulevard, according to Modesto police spokesperson Heather Graves. The vehicle struck several objects before it ejected the child and came to a stop just off the roadway.

Graves said the woman, later identified as Elvira Yearwood, and the child, were both taken to a nearby hospital for their injuries and continue to receive treatment.


Women robbed at gunpoint leaving Modesto mall

Two women were robbed at gunpoint Sunday evening walking to their car in a Modesto mall parking lot.

The women had just left the JC Penney on the west end of the Vintage Faire Mall around 7:30 p.m. when they were approached by at least two men in a red pickup truck, said Heather Graves, a spokeswoman with the Modesto Police Department.

Graves said one of the men pointed a gun at the women and took a cell phone and a purse.

Major injury crash in Modesto partially closes Yosemite Blvd.

A major injury crash has shutdown traffic on eastbound Yosemite Boulevard in Modesto. 

Heather Graves with the Modesto Police Department  said the accident happened at around 10 a.m. on Yosemite Boulevard and South Morton Boulevard. 

According to Graves, a woman and her child were in the crash and were both taken to a nearby hospital for their injuries. The woman is in critical condition. Her child was airlifted to a hospital with major injuries. 

Graves estimated the road will be closed for a couple hour while investigators are on the scene. 

Bill Bradley to speak at CSU Stanislaus

Bill Bradley to speak at CSU Stanislaus

TURLOCK —  Former four-term U.S. senator and presidential candidate Bill Bradley will speak at CSU Stanislaus, Feb. 18 at Snider Recital Hall, as part of the University’s Executive Speaker Series. The event is free but seating is limited and reservations are required. Register by clicking here.

Bradley will bring a lifetime of unique experiences to the event, including staring as a college basketball All-American at Princeton, an Olympic gold medalist and two-time NBA champion with the New York Knicks.  He was also a Rhodes Scholar, U.S. senator and presidential candidate.

During his political career, he represented New Jersey form 1979-97. He then ran for the Democratic nomination for president in 2000, emphasizing tax reform, global trade, health care and water issues... Read More