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Modesto Police seek suspect in hit-and-run with elderly pedestrian

Modesto Police detectives are looking for a hit-and-run suspect who sent a 75-year-old to the hospital with minor injuries.

The incident happened around 11:15 a.m. near I and 17th streets in downtown, police said.

The vehicle involved in the incident had also earlier been reported stolen, according to police.

Police report after striking the pedestrian, the vehicle, identified as a blue 4-door BMW, swerved into a traffic power box, disabling signals at the intersection.

The suspect then drove the vehicle away from the scene.

Police later found the stolen vehicle a few blocks away on Grant Street.

The car had been left unlocked, police said, with the keys inside just prior to the car theft.

Person arrested in connection to a suspicious death in Modesto


Police arrested a man Friday night in connection to the suspicious death of a 19-year-old Andrea Castro in Modesto.

23-year-old Jose Cuevas-Nery, who police said was Castro's boyfriend, was arrested in Bakersfield and transported back to Modesto. 

Castro was found inside of a home on Moselle Court unconscious. Efforts were taken by medical personnel to revive Castro, but they failed and she died at the scene.  


No other information has been released at this time. Refresh this story for more information as it comes in.

One dead in Modesto shooting


Modesto police are looking for two suspects in connection with a shooting that left one person dead on Tuesday night. 

The shooting happened in the 1500 block of F Street at around 6 p.m. According to the Modesto Bee, police said they found a man shot inside of a Toyota pickup. He was taken to the hospital where he later died. 

Police are interviewing witnesses for more information. 



One person missing after fatal house fire in Modesto

"Naturally, I feel responsible," Roberts said.
Firefighters say access to the home was blocked.
"There was a lot of property outside of the residence that made it difficult for firefighters to get into the residence," Alan Ernst with the fire department said. "Property, materials, that had been accumulated probably over years of living in the residence."
Karen Nunes, a neighbor, watched it all unfold from across the street..
"You feel devastation. Like you can't help them," she said.
She said the man who died may have saved others in the house.
"He warned him that there was a fire,” Nunes said. “The guy who came out said ‘I believe he saved my life cause I think he got trapped back there.’"


The department confirmed one person was killed in the fire and another person was not home at the time of the fire.

Sheriff dog stabbed while catching violent Modesto suspect

A sheriff canine was injured Friday morning after being stabbed during a fight with a violent suspect. Just before 4 a.m., deputies with the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department were sent to the Quick Stop on Paradise Road in Modesto to look into a suspicious person near the store.

The store clerk said he thought a man loitering out front was going to rob the store. After deputies talked to the man, identified as Wesley Brackney, refused to comply with orders. A deputy decided to deploy his canine partner Rocky to arrest Brackney.

As Rocky moved in, Brackney pulled out a knife and started to stab the dog. Deputies were able to take the knife away from Brackney and arrest him.

Modesto police officer assists in baby's delivery

A new mother and father are recovering in a Modesto hospital after receiving some special assistance from a Modesto Police Department officer.

Officer Brian Ferguson was on motorcycle patrol when he came across a car parked on East Morris Avenue. Sitting in the front seat was Gladis Gonzalez, next to her was Alfred Gonzalez.

Ferguson soon discovered Gladis was in labor.

Up to 300 mailboxes affected in ongoing Modesto mailbox thefts

The Postal Inspection Service are investigating a massive amount of mailbox break-ins over the past couple of days, affecting up to 300 mailboxes, according postal inspector Jeff Fitch.

The Modesto Bee reported Wednesday that many of the residents affected lived in northeast Modesto, and the affected mailboxes were served by the Hudson Post Office at Oakdale Road and Sylvan Avenue.

Fitch told the Bee that 19 total mailbox clusters, all served by the station, were broken into within the past several days. Each cluster had 12 or 16 individual mailboxes though some had as few as nine.

In total, between 200 to 300 houses were affected by these thefts, according to Fitch.