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Man in critical condition after Modesto hit-and-run


A man is in critical condition after a hit-and-run in Modesto on Tuesday.

Police said the accident happened around 3:30 a.m. near Paradise Road.

The suspects car is described as a white utility vehicle.

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Modesto police investigate fatal shooting that left one dead, one injured


Modesto police are investigating an early-morning shooting Sunday that left one man dead and another victim seriously injured.

Modesto police said that at 1:23 a.m. officers responded to a report of a shooting in the 2100 block of Sharon Way. When they arrived they found a man shot near the roadway; he was pronounced dead at the scene police said.

Another victim was found and rushed to a local hospital where he was listed in serious condition according to police.

Detectives are looking for an SUV that may have been involved in the shooting. If anyone has information, call Crime Stoppers at 209-521-4636


Pedestrian hit and killed by a car in Modesto


Modesto police are investigating a car vs. pedestrian accident that killed one person on Wednesday.

Police said 18-year-old Alfonso Contreras was driving north on Carpenter Road when he hit 57-year-old William French. The victim was taken to the hospital where he died from his injuries.

Contreras remained at the scene and fully cooperated with police. Drugs and alcohol do not appear to be a factor in the accident.


Modesto police: Three teens threatened janitor with a gun


Two Modesto teens are under arrest for threatening an elementary school janitor with a gun on Tuesday after he refused to give them access into a school room earlier that day, according to the Modesto Police Department. 

Department spokesperson Heather Graves confirmed the incident happened at Fairview Elementary School and involved three juveniles, who walked on the campus in the evening hours and asked the janitor to let them into a room. It's not clear whether it was a classroom. 

The janitor denied the suspects access and they then brandished a gun, made threats of a shooting and yelled gang slurs, according to Graves. The boys also had their faces partially covered with clothing to mask their identities.

Graves said no shots were fired and the suspects fled to a nearby orchard or field. 

Surveillance video shows suspect before Modesto officer-involved shooting


Officers in Modesto have released video from inside a gas station convenience store, moments before a man is shot and killed by officers outside. 

Early Saturday morning, an officer was pumping gas at a station along Briggsmore Avenue when he witnessed an armed robbery taking place inside the station's store. The masked suspect, later identified as 22-year-old Gino Paredes, left the store and the officer identifies himself.

During the incident, the officer fired several rounds, hitting Paredes once and killing him.

Suspect dead in officer involved shooting


Detectives are investigating an officer involved shooting in Modesto that left a suspect dead on Saturday morning.

At around 5:30 a.m. Modesto Police Officer Mike Callahan, who has worked for the department for 7 years, was in uniform getting gas for his police car when he saw a robbery at a store across from the gas station. The officer engaged with the armed suspect, 22-year-old Gino Paredes.

Police said Callahan shot several rounds, hitting Paredes once, killing him at the scene.

Police said the officer was uninjured during the incident and has been placed on administrative leave.

No other information has been released at this time.

Anyone with any information is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 209-521-4636. The Stanislaus County District Attorney's Office is launching an independent review of the incident. 


Two Modesto friends win largest scratcher ticket prize ever


Two friends were getting gas when they decided to split the cost of $30 California Lottery Scratcher ticket. Now they're $10 million richer. 

“I decided to scratch the ticket while I was waiting for my gas to fill up,” Gerald Lillard said. “When I saw the dollar amount I thought I was reading it wrong. I thought it said I had won $10,000, but it ended up being $10 million!”

The two purchased the California Lottery's 30th Anniversary Scratcher at a local STOP n’ SAVE Liquor and Groceries, located at 2549 Yosemite Boulevard in Modesto. 

“I was waiting for Gerald to fill up the gas, and then I saw his face got red," Ali Muthana said. "He told me he thinks we won $10 million. We verified the ticket inside the store and went straight home. I don’t even think we closed the gas cap on the truck."