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Deputies Shoot Armed Suspect, Rescue Hostages

Carlos Rodriguez

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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.

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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World War II Era Plane Crashes Near Stockton

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SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY – Authorities are investigating a plane crash that occurred Saturday evening in a rural area not far from the Weston Ranch community.

At 7:39pm the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office reported a military plane had crashed in the area of South Roberts and Muller Roads.

Early reports indicate the craft had three persons aboard. Two were transported to a hospital and the third was able to walk away from the crash. The craft appeared to have significant damage.

The aircraft appeared to be a Mitchell B-25J called “Old Glory.” The plane is listed as owned by David Prescott of the Prescott Foundation.

Most recently in early September, the craft flew to Hawaii to commemorate the end of World War II, as well as delivered 30 pallets of toys to the islands for Toys for Tots.

Authorities say the airplane struck an irrigation ditch as it came down, and the injuries sustained were not life threatening.

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Major Crash Investigated in Tracy

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TRACY – Authorities investigated a major vehicle collision with several fatalities, early reports indicate.

The collision happened on the Tracy Boulevard onramp to Westbound Interstate 205 Friday evening. At the scene, a gray sedan appeared to have collided against a pair of palm trees. Early indications suggest the vehicle was fleeing from authorities during a pursuit.

The onramp was closed down to traffic while officers with the California Highway Patrol investigated. Two ambulances were at the scene, but cleared the area at about 8:45pm.

A crowd gathered at a nearby gas station shortly after the crash, presumably relatives of the occupants of the vehicle which had caught fire.

By 9:00pm the onramp remained closed for investigation.

Radio traffic audio of the incident from the California Highway Patrol can be found below.

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Newman Police, Stanislaus Sheriff Officials Investigate Shooting Death

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NEWMAN – Authorities investigated the shooting death of a man as a homicide Thursday morning.

Officers with the Newman Police Department responded to the area of T-Street and Inyo Avenue at about 6:00am for a report of a gunfire. The male victim was found deceased from the gunshot wound.

Authorities taped off T Street between Inyo Avenue and Patchett Drive. An evidence marker was placed on the ground in front of a Newman Police vehicle in the driveway of a home, while investigators took measurements with tools and examined the area.

The Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office responded to assist in the investigation. No further details were released by authorities.

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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