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Community Rallies Around Lodi Grandfather, Officer Who Rescued Him.

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LODI – A video uploaded by the Lodi Police Department to YouTube showing the instant actions of an officer to save a wheelchair bound man from an oncoming freight train gained national attention.

In the video, Lodi Police Officer Erika Urrea is seen driving her patrol vehicle in the area of Lodi Avenue when she noticed a wheelchair bound man stuck on train tracks. 

In the video Officer Urrea asks the man if he can get out of his wheelchair. She then starts telling the man to get up as she notices a train quickly approaching. 

A few seconds later Officer Urrea pulls the man off his wheelchair as the train passes by. She then asks for an ambulance.

She and assisting Officer Delgado tended to the man while they waited for an ambulance to arrive. 

A GoFundMe account identified the man as Jonathan, a 66 year old grandfather. He sustained a serious leg injury during the rescue and was rushed to a hospital.

On the GoFundMe account created by one of Jonathan’s grand kids, Ruby Mata, states “We are so thankful for her courageous act of heroism and we know that God put Officer Urrea in the right place at the right time. Heroes truly do exist, and thanks to her, my grandpa is alive and breathing.”

The account also states one of Jonathan’s legs had to be amputated and the other was fractured. 

Money is being raised to help replace his wheelchair and cover medical expenses. If you would like to donate to the account, CLICK HERE.

Photo: GoFundMe

Gaby Muro is a journalist specializing in local issues and breaking news. She holds two degrees from San Joaquin Delta College. In 2018, she was considered one of the top 40 journalism students in the United States and received a scholarship to cover international conflict news near the Israeli-Syrian Border for 10 Days. Some of her work as a student has been submitted to the Student Emmy Awards. She was crowned the 2019 Miss Merced County title holder through the Miss America Organization and competed for the title of Miss California, advocating for epilepsy awareness. She has been featured on Investigation Discovery, profiling local homicide cases. Gaby is a native of Stockton, California.

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Investigators Seek Help in Homicide Case

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STOCKTON – Homicide detectives with the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office are looking for help in a homicide case that occurred near the 4100 block of East Fremont Street on October 17th, 2020.

Investigators say on October 17th, 25-year-old Alvaro Morales-Yac was shot and killed while inside his vehicle at a gas station.

Detectives say the male suspect appears to be heavyset, with a goatee and Hispanic. They believe the suspect is in his 30’s. The suspect was driving a light metallic sedan at the time of the homicide. Investigators believe the car is a 2017 or 2018 Hyundai Elantra.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Detective Wait at (209) 373-9057.

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Fatal Shooting Investigated on Bystrum Road

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MODESTO – Detectives investigated a shooting that claimed the life of one person Monday night.

The shooting happened shortly before 11:00pm on Bystrum Road near Lombardo Avenue. Deputies arrived to find a victim who was suffering from a gunshot wound. That victim was transported to a hospital for care but later died.

Authorities did not have any available suspect information and said no arrests had been made. Investigators were seeking the victim’s family Tuesday for notification.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636 where callers can remain anonymous.

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Update: Stockton Shooting Claims Teen’s Life

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STOCKTON – A 17 year old boy died from injuries sustained during a shooting Monday morning.

Shortly after 11:30am, officers with the Stockton Police Department responded to a report of gunfire near the 900 block of North Madison Street. While investigating, the victim arrived at an area hospital.

Several blocks in the neighborhood were taped off as a crime scene. Officers used a drone to document evidence, and a surveillance truck was parked in the neighborhood as well.

The teen later died from his injuries. No motive or suspect information was available Monday evening.

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

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