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Two young boys help Ceres Police clean the streets

When these two young boys from Ceres spotted officers picking up litter in their neighborhood, they asked if they could lend a hand. 

The Neighborhood Enforcement Team said in a Facebook post that the two 8-year-olds, Nicholas and Jesus, were given a tour of the Ceres Police Department in return for their hard work. 

Man, dog shot in Modesto park

A man and his dog were shot while walking in a Modesto park Saturday night.

The 59-year-old man was treated for a gunshot wound to his lower leg and then released. The 7-year-old Pomeranian, CJ, underwent surgery and was released from the veterinarian by Monday morning.

"He's my best friend," the man said. "He's always been my best friend.

The man did not want to be identified for fear of retaliation. 

16-year-old girl arrested after school fight at Modesto high school

A 16-year-old girl was arrested Wednesday night after beating a girl at school earlier that morning.

The teen had assaulted a 17-year-old girl at James C. Enochs High School. The victim was being treated for a possible concussion at a local hospital when authorities were called, according to Modesto police department spokesperson Heather Graves.

The identity of the suspect and victim were not released

12-year-old boy cited for hate crime, battery in Modesto

MODESTO, Calif. (AP) - A 12-year-old boy in California has been cited for a hate crime and battery after allegedly attacking his classmate with sticks and using racial slurs while they waited for the school bus.

Eighth-grader NuPhaeya Hassen says the boy approached her Aug. 24, holding the sticks while saying he was a Ku Klux Klan member and raised as a "skinhead." He then hit her with the sticks.

NuPhaeya told The Modesto Bee she responded by slapping the boy, who then threw rocks at her. She says the boy's older sister also assaulted her after school.

A police spokeswoman says the sister will also be cited.

The local NAACP chapter is questioning the Modesto City Schools' handling of the matter. NuPhaeya's grandmother says the girl unfairly received a one-day suspension for defending herself.

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.