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Wednesday, 30 August 2017 17:29

Modesto Police Sergeant Honored in Memorial Service

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MODESTO - Sergeant Michael Pershall was honored in a memorial service by friends, family and peers Wednesday morning.

Pershall was described as someone who touched all of Modesto, but touched the Modesto Police Department family even deeper.

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The recently promoted sergeant was killed when he was struck by an impaired driver on Merle Avenue on Tuesday August 22nd. Pershall was riding his bicycle training for an event for peace officers when the crash occurred. He was thrown off his bicycle and killed instantly.

Prior to joining the Modesto Police Department, Pershall was a deputy with the Tuolumne County Sheriff's Office. For the memorial service, the neighboring agency showed strong support, sending multiple deputies to attend.

"Mike was a victim of a drunk driver," Police Chief Galen Carroll said Wednesday. "There's no excuse for driving drunk." 

Matthew Gibbs, 32, was arrested and charged with the murder of Sergeant Pershall. He pleaded not guilty in court Tuesday afternoon.

"Mike was the kind of man who made everyone feel like his best friend," Chief Carroll said.

He was 38 years old.

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MODESTO - Authorities have identified the member of the Modesto Police family who was killed in an off-duty collision.

Sergeant Michael Pershall, who was recently promoted on August 8th, was riding his bicycle on Merle Avenue when he was struck from behind by a suspected drunk driver shortly after 6:00pm Tuesday. Officers with the California Highway Patrol responded to investigate the crash and arrested 32 year old Matthew Gibbs.

Pershall joined the Modesto Police Department in 2012. Prior to that, he was a deputy with the Tuolumne County Sheriff's Office for four years. 

He served as a canine handler, field training officer, police explorer advisor and was also a negotiator for the critical incident team. Sergeant Pershall was described as a positive role model for new and young members of the department who led by example. He was also involved in several community outreach programs such as giving canine presentations during "National Night Out."

"Mike's loss creates a tremendous void within our organization and within the hearts of those he touched," Modesto Police Chief Galen Carroll said in a press release. "We are forever grateful for the moments we shared with him."

The suspected impaired driver is being charged with homicide and several DUI related charges.

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Tuesday, 22 August 2017 19:56

Modesto Police Chief Reports Loss of Officer

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MODESTO - Police Chief Galen Carrol reported the loss of an officer in a traffic collision Tuesday evening.

The crash happened near Savage Middle School on Merle Avenue shortly after 6:00pm.

Authorities rushed an American Flag to the scene to cover the officer. The officer's identity was not released at time of publication.

No further details were released, only that the investigation was turned over to the California Highway Patrol.

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KNIGHT'S FERRY - Authorities investigated a deputy involved shooting that took place late Sunday night.

Shortly before 11:30pm, a Stanislaus County Sheriff Deputy contacted two men in a vehicle on Sonora Road. The 35 year old driver was detained and placed in the back of the patrol car. As the deputy engaged the passenger in a brief conversation, the man ran off north and struggled with the deputy after being caught.

During the struggle, the deputy fired his gun, striking the passenger. He was transported to the emergency room. The deputy was treated and released from the hospital.

Authorities are conducting an investigation of the shooting. The passenger's condition was not available at time of publication.

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LOS BANOS - Two officers and a suspect were injured in a shooting early Monday morning at an apartment complex.

The incident happened at about 6:30am at the apartments at the end of Gilbert Gonzalez Jr Drive. 

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One building in the complex was taped off as investigators worked the area. Los Banos Police and Merced County Sheriff officials were both at the complex during the investigation.

Early reports indicate the suspect and officers were involved in a struggle with each other and was able to get a hold of one of an officer's gun. The suspect was also shot.

Their conditions at time of publication were not available.

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Authorities with the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Office have identified a man found dead near southeast Turlock early Tuesday morning as 36 year old Norberto Martinez. His body was found near the 1500 block of Golf Road at about 1:45am Tuesday. Martinez was found on the side of the road with a gunshot wound.

Later in the day a fire destroyed a vacant home on the property, it's unclear wether there is a connection between both incidents.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact detective Cory Brown at 209-567 4485.

So far no arrests have been made in the case.


The 18 year old accused of crashing and killing her 14 year old sister while under the influence and live streaming video of the incident pleaded not guilty in court Wednesday.

18 year old Obdulia Sanchez faces charges of gross vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence as well as others. If convicted she could face more than 13 years in state prison.

The crash happened Friday near Los Banos. 14 year old Jacqueline Sanchez and another 14 year old passenger were both asleep in the back of the vehicle when the crash occurred. Neither were wearing a seatbelt and were ejected.

Jacqueline was killed and the video has gone viral, the other teen suffered significant leg injuries.


Ceres Police are searching for a man who stabbed a woman after an argument on a bus Tuesday afternoon.

The incident happened near the intersection of Hatch Road and Richland Avenue shortly after 1:30pm. Authorities with the Ceres Police Department say the man and woman were involved in an argument on the bus.

As the woman was exiting, the man approached her and stabbed her in the back. He is described as being a caucasian man between 50 and 60 years old. He is about five feet ten inches tall and weighs about 180 pounds.

The suspect was seen wearing a gray mechanic style uniform and carried what looked like a small black tool box. He's known to ride the bus regularly but authorities don't know his identity.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Detective Bryan Ferreira at (209) 538-5616


Today's weather forecast indicates it will be sunny and hot with a High near 100. Tonight will be clear with a low around 71.

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MODESTO - A Stanislaus County Sheriff Deputy and a suspect were both taken to hospitals following an early morning traffic stop.

The incident occurred shortly before 1:30am near the intersection of Crows Landing Road and Rio Grande Avenue. Early indications suggest the officials conducting the traffic stop struggled with the occupant of the stopped vehicle who became combative. A weapon may have been located in the vehicle.

During the struggle, a deputy requested backup and two ambulances. Additional Stanislaus Deputies and Modesto PD officers responded to assist. There were also indications that a taser was deployed. The injuries sustained and circumstances are still unclear. Both were rushed to hospitals.

Further details will be posted as they become available.

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