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Amber Alert Suspect, Children Located in Modesto

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MODESTO – Police located a man and two children who were the subject of an Amber Alert out of Riverside County Friday night.

Nicholas Zeko was taken into custody by Modesto Police Officers around midnight. Zeko and the two children were found at the Tiki Lodge on McHenry Avenue, along with the vehicle authorities were searching for. The gold trim of the vehicle appeared to have been spray-painted white, with some paint staining at least one of the tires. The license plate was also removed.

An ambulance was called for Zeko to have him medically cleared. The man and two children appeared to have been staying in an upstairs room at the motel. Police taped off a portion of the parking lot and vehicle with crime scene tape. The children appeared unharmed.

There was no sign of 32 year old Mariela Costello, who authorities in Riverside County said was a previously unreported missing person in the case. Her out of state relatives grew worried when they did not hear from her.

Zeko told her relatives via text message that he had dropped her off in the area of Sunnymead Ranch Parkway and Village Road in Moreno Valley. Zeko was said to have taken her wallet and cell phone. He later told authorities the same thing.

Riverside authorities said Costello and the children have a protective order against Zeko, and that he was also wanted on several felony and misdemeanor charges including terrorist threats, battery on a former spouse, and willful cruelty to a child.

Mariela Costello is five feet, five inches tall and weighs approximately 115 pounds. Her last known clothing is unknown. She has not been seen or heard from since September 16th.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Riverside County Sheriff’s Office at (951) 776-1099.

Carlos Rodriguez is an Emmy Award winning photojournalist specializing in public safety and natural disasters. His passion for local news stems from a deep commitment to his community, with a selfless mission to inform the citizens of the valley. As he worked on assignment for 19 days at the devastating Camp Fire in Paradise, California, he spent most of his time helping survivors contact their loved ones to let them know they were ok. Carlos is a veteran of Univision, FOX, and Telemundo TV stations and a native of Modesto, California.

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Unfounded Threat Locks Down School

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CERES – A precautionary lockdown at Central Valley High School was lifted Friday after a threat was determined to be unfounded.

At about 12:43pm, school resource officers with Ceres Police were notified of a person on the grounds of Central Valley High School. The school was placed on a precautionary lockdown. While officers were on scene, a 911 call was placed from someone claiming to be a student reporting an active shooter.

Deputies with the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office also responded, and the call was determined to be untrue.

“There is no need to pick up students from campus. All students are safe and have been returned back to class,” a notification to parents stated.

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Homicide Investigated, Woman Found Deceased In Vehicle

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STOCKTON – A call for a report of a stabbing in South Stockton lead to the discovery of a woman found deceased in a vehicle.

Police were called Thursday morning to the area of Sikh Temple and Fourth Streets around 7:00am where they made the discovery. The woman was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The area was closed off with crime scene tape as detectives responded to investigate the incident. No motive or suspect information was available at post time.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Stockton Police at (209) 937-8377 or Crime Stoppers at (209) 946-0600 where callers can remain anonymous.

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Two Injured in Stockton Shooting

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STOCKTON – Police responded to a report of a shooting that injured two people Wednesday night.

Shortly before 9:30pm officers responded to the 5500 block of Fox Sparrow Court for a report of a shooting. Two victims, a 25 year old man and 21 year old woman, were found with injuries and taken to a hospital by ambulance. Authorities say they were shot while sitting in a vehicle, and their injuries were considered non-life threatening.

Police officers canvassed the area for a crime scene. No suspect information or further details were available at time of publication.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact the Stockton Police Department at (209) 937-8377 or Crime Stoppers at (209) 946-0600 where callers can remain anonymous.

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