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Modesto fire rescues cat from 85 foot tree

A cat in Modesto got a little too curious Wednesday morning when it climbed to the top of a 85 foot cypress tree and couldn't get back down.

Fortunately for the cat, Modesto fire was able to rescue the animal and safely reunite it with its family.

Modesto fire said most cats can be lured out of trees with open cans of cat food or tuna fish.

Police: Student crashes into high school faculty member

A Downey High School faculty member was hit by a car driven by a student on Saturday in Modesto.

Police said the student was involved with prom preparations when the car he was driving overturned onto the high school's football field, hitting a bench the faculty member was sitting on.

The student was not injured in the accident and the victim was taken to a local hospital.

Police are investigating the accident and no charges have been filed at this time.

Suspect wanted in Modesto shooting death

Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department have identified a suspect they believe was involved in the Modesto shooting of a Merced man on May 1.

Christopher Jose Schopp is wanted for the murder of Vang Xiong, 24, and for criminal conspiracy. According to detectives, Schopp is a Hispanic male, 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighing around 154 pounds with a long brown pony tail and brown eyes.

Detectives believe Schopp lured Xiong and his brother to an orchard on West Whitmore Avenue at around 7 p.m. for a drug deal. According to detectives, two additional men were also present at the deal and were armed. Detectives believe it was one of those armed men who shot Xiong.

Deputies said they were dispatched to Kansas Avenue and North Franklin Street around 7:30 p.m. where they found Vang being treated by paramedics. He was transported to the hospital where he later died.

Man catches fire on a bench near Modesto

A 60-year-old man was found engulfed in flames on a bench on Patterson Road in Riverbank near Modesto on Wednesday.

The fire was extinguished when emergency responders arrived, said the Stanislaus Consolidated Fire. The fire agency gave the man emergency medical attention and set up a landing zone for an air ambulance at Rio Altura Elementary School, where the he was then taken to a hospital via an air ambulance.

The fire agency said the victim suffered second and third degree burns to his chest, head, face and airway.

It is unknown how the man caught fire at this time. Riverbank police are investigating the incident further.

Modesto police arrest suspect in machete death

MODESTO (AP) - Police in Central California have made an arrest in the death of a man who was attached with a machete at a park.

Modesto police announced Monday they have arrested 41-year-old Anthony Brewer in the April 17 killing of Robbie Hull Jr.

The Modesto Bee reports detectives had identified Brewer as a suspect in the death of the 55-year-old Hull and issued a warrant for his arrest. He was apprehended on Friday at a Redwood City motel.

Police say Hull was found injured after officers responded to a 911 call of a man having been stabbed in the park.

Modesto police have said Hull was found face down on the ground with multiple stab wounds in his chest. He died at a hospital from his injuries.

2 in custody in Modesto after shots fired, pursuit and barricade

Modesto police and SWAT have taken two individuals into custody from a home in the area of Scenic Drive and High Street where two possible gunmen were holed up Monday afternoon.

The incident began with a report of shots being fired from a car just after noon, according to police spokesperson Heather Graves. She said the car was described as a green Honda or similar vehicle.

There were no reports of injuries.

Officers responding to the shots-fired call began pursuing the vehicle in question through residential neighborhoods north and east of downtown Modesto.

At some point, two men jumped from the pursued car and fled.

One man was described as Hispanic, 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighing 150 pounds. He had a mustache and wore all-black clothing.

A second man was described as Hispanic, 6 feet tall and weighing approximately 300 pounds.

Armed suspects sought in Modesto

A school is locked down in Modesto Monday afternoon as officers look for two armed men. Around 1 p.m., Modesto Police say they were looking for the two men near High Street and Redwood Avenue.

John Muir School is in that area, and was locked down as a precaution during the search.

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