MERCED COUNTY – Authorities rescued a woman and children who were being held hostage by a man armed with a knife early Sunday morning.
The incident happened at about 3:00am in the community of Dos Palos. Deputies were called to a home on the 1300 block of Ida Street for a report of a man threatening to stab a woman and her children in the neck.
Arriving deputies found the woman and children in a bedroom, and the suspect was pacing a hallway outside armed with two kitchen knives. The man made threats to attack the women and her children if deputies made entry.
Communication was made with the hostages and suspect through a locked window. Deputies urged the suspect to drop the knives and let the hostages go, but the armed man ignored them. After an hour of negotiating the suspect made entry into the bedroom where deputies fired on him through the window.
Authorities made entry into the home and rescued the woman and children, and began performing life saving efforts on the suspect. Medical personnel arrived and the he was pronounced deceased at the scene.
Authorities have not released the identity of the suspect pending positive identification and notification of next of kin.
Passengers Walk Away From Plane Crash in Lodi
LODI – Two passengers of an airplane that crashed during a training flight walked away without injuries Wednesday afternoon.
The San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office received calls to their dispatch center at about 12:30pm reporting the plane crash. The incident happened near the 16000 block of North Fox Road in Lodi.
Authorities said a Cessna 150 with two occupants took off from Lodi Wednesday morning and were headed to the Linden area for training. At about 3,000 feet the plane began experiencing mechanical issues, resulting in a hard landing.
Authorities say the investigation into the crash is ongoing.
High School Teacher Arrested
MODESTO – A high school teacher was arrested Monday after a police investigation revealed he had an inappropriate relationship with a student.
Patrick Mester was charged with annoying or molesting a child under the age of 18. He was arrested by Modesto Police Special Victims Unit Detectives.
Mester was employed with the Modesto City Schools District since the 2003-2004 school year. He taught music and band at Enochs High School since the 2007-2008 school year.
Mester’s ability to visit school grounds and have contact with students was revoked by the district, authorities said.
Police are asking anyone with information regarding this case to contact Detective Garza at firstname.lastname@example.org or (209) 572-9564.
Police Investigate Early Evening Shooting
STOCKTON – Two victims with gunshot wounds arrived at a local hospital early Monday evening prompting an investigation.
At about 7:30pm, authorities received a report of gunfire on the 300 block of East Oak Street, between North San Joaquin and North Sutter Streets. Early indications suggest the victims arrived by private vehicle at a hospital.
Shortly before 8:00pm, a report was made of another victim arriving at a hospital.
Police responded to the area to gather evidence and investigate. No further details were available at time of publication.
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