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Modesto police investigate bicyclist’s death


A bicyclist was hit by a car and died Wednesday evening in Modesto, police said.

The Modesto Police Department said the victim was a 47-year-old man. No other information about the man was released.

The crash happened around 5:30 p.m. at Carpenter Road and Kansas Avenue, the Modesto Police Department said. The car was going northbound on Carpenter Road when it crashed into the bicyclist, who was crossing the intersection eastbound. No other information about the driver was released.

Police are investigating the crash. 


Frank Carson murder case layered with many characters


 

It may be hard to follow each development in the Frank Carson murder case out of Stanislaus County, with so many people involved. So how did Carson, two of his family members, two Turlock liquor store owners and three California Highway Patrol officers get linked in the criminal complaint?

According to investigators from a Stanislaus County Sheriff's Task Force, it all began with Carson being so enraged by metal thefts from a Turlock property. He allegedly recruited brothers Baljit Athwal and Daljit Atwal (different spellings for their last names) to "make an example" of the thieves coming onto his property.

Bail denied for Modesto attorney accused of 2012 murder


Modesto defense attorney Frank Carson, who accused of being a part of a murder-for-hire conspiracy, along with two Turlock businessmen, a former California Highway Patrol officer and Carson’s wife were at their bail hearing Tuesday.

Carson and liquor store owners Baljit Atwal and Daljit Atwal were denied bail. Bail for Georgia Defilippo and Walter Wells was set at $10 million.

The five suspects were charged with the 2012 murder of metal thief Korey Kauffman, whose body was found in Mariposa County in 2013.

Neighbors still shaken by deadly Modesto warehouse shooting


MODESTO - Police continue to search for a gunman who killed one man and hurt seven others early Sunday morning. The shooting happened at a warehouse party on Kansas Avenue near Lone Palm Avenue.

Nearby residents woke up to the gunfire, saying it sounded like a war zone. Evidence from that deadly rampage can be seen all over the warehouse complex, from the bricks to the several garage doors.

"I heard the gunshots," ear witness Sal Martinez said. "It sounded like two different types of guns. Then yelling and screaming."

Martinez and his young family live less than 100 yards from the warehouse.

"There's always parties back there," he said.

One killed, seven injured in Modesto party shooting


Eight people were shot outside a warehouse party Sunday morning. One person died from his injuries, according to the Modesto Police Department.

Officers responded to a call of a shooting in the 110 block of Kansas Avenue. When they arrived they found 25-year-old Zachary McGee who was shot. He was transported to a local hospital where he later died, according to Heather Graves, the department's spokesperson.

Seven other victims who were shot were transported to a local hospital. A 23-year-old woman went into surgery and she was listed in critical, but stable, condition. A 25-year-old man was also in serious, but stable, condition, Graves said.

State bar wants to take over murder suspect, Modesto attorney's practice


The California State Bar filed an application to take over Modesto defense attorney and murder suspect Frank Carson’s practice Friday. Carson was charged with the murder of Korey Kauffman, whose remains were found in Mariposa County in 2013.

Carson, along with his wife, two Turlock store owners and a former California Highway Patrol officer were arraigned Tuesday for murder.

In the past, Carson has represented former Modesto Mayor Carmen Sabatino in a corruption case and also ran for office as a district attorney candidate.

94-year-old veteran dies nearly a month after invasion home attack


MODESTO – A 94-year-old World War II veteran died Monday after he was attacked in his home during a robbery last month. Modesto police said Richard Iverson's home was broken into around 10:30 p.m. on July 24.

"[Iverson] was just one of the most wonderful, sweet persons, hospitable, never would do anything mean," neighbor Lori Kline said. "He was a World War II veteran. He served his country in the Philippines, just everything. He had this little saying, we'd go over there to visit and he'd say, 'How do you do?'"

Kline said Iverson and his 85-year-old wife were like "adoptive grandparents" to her children.

"We went to the hospital to see him, and you know, he really rallied about week ago, it was sweet, he was talking about my kids," Kline said.