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Drone business picking speed with a startup in Modesto


The commercial drone industry is taking off, and Drone for Hire founder Thomas Davis wants to use the technology to help business owners, like farmers, work more efficiently.

"It allows farmers to survey large area of land in a very small amount of time," Davis said.

Walking the field to examine the soil could take several days. Davis can capture the images he needs within hours.

"So, it gives them a first good visual of what they're working with, if there are operational issue such as irrigation," Davis said. "Perhaps there's a disease in the crop."

Davis said drones can also help the real estate and recreational industries. For example, golf courses can use an aerial video tour for advertising. Plus, the video can let owners know whether their sprinkler system is working properly.

One person killed, multiple injured in Turlock crash


A deadly crash involving a SUV and a van left one dead and multiple people injured on State Route 99 (Golden State Highway) south of Fulkerth Road near Turlock.

California Highway Patrol said the accident happened at 1:05 a.m. Sunday. Elisa Gonzalez was driving a 2000 Cadillac Escalade with three people in it. Gonzalez was heading south on State Route 99 when the right rear tire blew out.

Gonzalez lost control of the Escalade and it stopped between the far left lane and the middle lane facing in an easterly direction according to CHP.

A person who was in the front passenger seat of the Escalade got out of the SUV and was standing near the right front door.

As that was happening, Refugio Rios Jr was driving a 1998 Dodge Ram van, with a passenger inside, and was heading south in the middle lane while approaching the Escalade.

Prominent Modesto attorney, CHP officers arrested for murder conspiracy


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A prominent Modesto attorney and former candidate for Stanislaus County district attorney has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

Modesto police investigate fatal hit and run that killed one man


Two vehicles were involved in a crash Sunday morning that killed one man, according to Lt. Kelly Scott with the Modesto Police Department.

Kelly said officers were called in to the scene at 2 a.m. When officers arrived they found two vehicles. One vehicle was occupied by a man who was pronounced dead at the scene. The other driver had fled the scene, but he was found a few minutes later and taken into custody.

Officers believed that alcohol was a factor in the crash.


One person shot in drive-by shooting in Modesto


One person was shot in Modesto Tuesday afternoon in a drive-by shooting, The Stanislaus Sheriff's Office said.

The sheriff's office said deputies received a call at 1:36 p.m. about the shooting on 9th Street near Wisenor Avenue.

When deputies arrived they found a victim who was shot. The victim was transported to a nearby hospital in an unknown condition.


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