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Monday, 02 September 2019 16:06

33 Missing Off California Coast During Boat Fire

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SANTA BARBARA - A fire that caused a dive boat to sink overnight off the coast of California has left as many as 33 people missing, officials say.

Authorities say a distress call was received on an emergency channel at about 3:30am near Santa Cruz Island. The report indicated a 75-foot commercial diving boat was fully engulfed in fire.

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Crews with the US Coast Guard, Santa Barbara Fire Department responded.

Early reports indicate that five crew members were rescued by a pleasure boat in the area. Authorities searched the shoreline by boat and helicopter Monday morning for survivors. Reports indicated many passengers were trapped below deck of the vessel.

The boat, named Conception, sank about 20 yards from the island. A phone number for concerned family members was established Monday afternoon. Families can call the hotline at 833-688-5551.

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Thursday, 29 August 2019 15:30

Officials Warn of Aggressive Mosquito Species

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STOCKTON - Residents in the Brookside community of Stockton are being warned after the discovery of a very aggressive mosquito species.

The Invasive Aedes mosquito, also known as the Yellow Fever Mosquito, have been discovered in the area. These daytime biting insects are causing officials great concern and are asking residents in the area to take caution around their properties.

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Officials say the mosquitos are very aggressive, difficult to control and can potentially carry diseases like Zika and Dengue. San Joaquin Mosquito & Vector personnel are going door to door asking to inspect every yard to eliminate breeding sources.

District officials are also asking for homeowners to help them in allowing inspections to take place, adding that several generations of mosquitos can spawn from one female. The insect lays the eggs individually at various levels, so when water reaches each egg, they hatch.

These eggs are placed on items such as flowerpots, tires, saucers, yard drains and even bottle caps.

It is always a good idea to eliminate any sources of standing water, avoid being outdoors at dawn and sunset, and wear insect repellent containing deet.

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Tuesday, 27 August 2019 16:01

Missing Rafter Located by Air Support Unit

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ESCALON - Authorities are crediting team efforts and the Stanislaus Sheriff Air Unit in locating a missing rafter.

Officials say shortly after 3:00pm Monday they received a phone call of a rafter who had not returned from the McHenry Recreational Park near Escalon. The friend stated the rafter had been gone for about two hours.

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A search of the area began between Stanislaus and San Joaquin Counties for the missing rafter as friends and family began to arrive. They provided additional information about the young man.

The Stanislaus Sheriff Air Support Unit responded to assist, and were able to locate the missing rafter. He was flown back to the park to reunite with family and friends who were grateful to have him back.

Authorities encourage everyone to wear life jackets near the water and warn that rocks and debris can potentially puncture floating devices.

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Tuesday, 27 August 2019 11:17

Deputy Involved Shooting Investigated in Stockton

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STOCKTON - Authorities are investigating a shooting involving at least one deputy after they responded to a report of an armed man Tuesday morning.

Shortly after 7:00am, deputies were dispatched to a home on the 2600 block of Florida Avenue for a report of a man with a gun. Three deputies arrived and located the suspect in the yard of a home.

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The suspect turned and pointed the weapon at deputies, according to sheriff’s spokeswoman Andrea Lopez. At least one deputy opened fire striking the suspect. He was rushed to a hospital where he later died.

Lopez said the suspect was a man in his late 60’s, and was in violation of a restraining order at the time of the incident. She was not sure if the suspect lived at the residence or the connection he had to the location.

Officials initiated a protocol investigation, which is standard procedure for these incidents. No other injuries were reported.

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Monday, 26 August 2019 19:21

Sanitation Worker Killed in Riverbank

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RIVERBANK - A sanitation worker was killed by the arm of a garbage truck Monday afternoon.

Authorities say the worker was killed by the arm that grabs garbage cans near Homewood Way. No further details were available, OSHA was expected to have more information Tuesday.

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MODESTO - An event that has stirred up much controversy in the area after its announcement came and went on a sunny Saturday afternoon.

The National Straight Pride Coalition, which was unable to obtain a permit to hold their event at local venues, rallied in front of Planned Parenthood on McHenry Avenue at about 1:00pm. The organizers were denied permits to hold events at Graceada Park after failing to secure insurance. An alternative location of the Center Plaza was suggested, however that did not work out for the group either.

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The event drew much controversy in council chambers during recent meetings, with counter-protesters quickly organizing. Graceada Park, described by many attendees of council meetings as a jewel of the city, was mostly quiet Saturday morning. A birthday party was held, as well as another family gathering; a concern of which people opposed to the Straight Pride Event voiced, stating that the park was not a proper venue while family events took place. In the background, police officers on horseback stood watch over the park.

In nearby Enslen Park, counter-protesters gathered to celebrate diversity and acceptance. Those of the LGBTQ community and allies danced to music until receiving word that the Straight Pride event had moved to McHenry Avenue. They quickly organized and marched to the same location

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At the Planned Parenthood office, about 20 members of the Straight Pride Coalition rallied and held signs. Members of the group say they chose the location stating “Planned Parenthood is the biggest killer of African-American babies.”

Ryan Messano, a resident of Vallejo, chose to attend the event in support of the coalition’s efforts. He applauded the group’s mission, saying they were fighting the spread of disinformation and felt the opposition was in favor of normalizing homosexuality.

Messano noted that as counter-protesters arrived and began to chant, that the group was trying to “drown out intellectuals.”

When asked if there was a common ground to discuss differences with the opposition, Messano replied “I love truth more than I love humans. Hurt people are hurting people, I empathize, but I don’t sympathize.”

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Chris Holland, organizer of the counter protest, applauded community efforts to quickly prepare for the day’s events. 

“Things are astounding,” Holland said. “I’m very inspired by everyone here today.”

Holland said the group worked around the clock for a month, with their biggest concern being safety for both groups. 

“The true face of Modesto is love,” Holland said. “There is no common ground with intolerance. People are being fooled by the words straight pride, they are cloaking themselves in religion.”

The reference stems to some of the verbiage listed as core values of the National Straight Pride Coalition on their website. One of the many which drew criticism and label the group as racist was the “inherent superiority of whiteness.” The group later altered the text, deleting the statement.

 

Although the passion of both sides was displayed at times leading to heated discussion, police officials were pleased with the outcome. 

Sergeant Kalani Souza said a total of about 25 officers were present at the Planned Parenthood office, with additional personnel roving the area. The extra staffing was put in place to ensure the safety of both sides, he said. Deputies with the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office also assisted throughout the day’s event.

One lane of southbound McHenry Avenue was temporarily blocked to avoid any issues with attendees who quickly filled the sidewalks and parking lot.

Althoug there was a brief disturbance between a bicyclist and a demonstrator, Souza said there were no arrests and no injuries.

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Wednesday, 21 August 2019 04:07

Two Alarm Fire Injures Resident

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CERES - Emergency crews responded to a house fire early Wednesday morning that injured one resident.

The fire was dispatched shortly before 4:00am on the 1400 block of Strawberry Drive. Early reports indicate the occupants self-evacuated as they called 911.

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Officers with the Ceres Police Department arrived and reported heavy fire conditions from the house. Fire crews arrived and quickly requested a second alarm response as the fire threatened a neighboring home.

An ambulance responded to the scene to treat one person who suffered smoke inhalation injuries.

The fire quickly grew to the home, fully engulfing it on fire. A cause and origin was under investigation.

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