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Explosives Found, Turlock Pursuit Suspect Arrested

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TURLOCK – A 23 year old man was arrested after leading authorities on two pursuits, and the discovery of explosive devices.

Police say they were called May 5th to a gas station on the 100 block of North Tully Road for a report of a man who was asleep behind the wheel of a vehicle in the parking lot. Arriving officers suspected the man to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Authorities said the vehicle’s windows were heavily tinted, but the man could be seen awake and moving inside.

Officers asked the man to open the door, but he refused. They opened his vehicle door and asked him to get out, but he still ignored their orders.

The driver, later identified as 23 year old Jonathan Alan Lewis, then drove the vehicle in reverse, striking an officer. That officer was able to move away and escape injury.

Lewis fled the parking lot and sped north on Highway 99, leading officers on a pursuit. The pursuit was terminated for safety concerns near the area of Fulkerth Road and Golden State Boulevard. Officers later found the vehicle in Keyes, at which time Lewis fled again, striking a parked police motorcycle and almost hitting another officer.

Authorities later located the vehicle abandoned in Ceres. The vehicle was seized as evidence and towed to the Turlock Public Safety Facility where it would be stored until a search warrant was issued.

Police were able to perform a search of the vehicle for evidence on May 11th after obtaining a search warrant. During a search, an improvised explosive device was found inside the car. The discovery of the explosive device led to an evacuation of the Public Safety Facility and a request for assistance from the Stanislaus County Sheriff Bomb Squad. The bomb squad was able to safely remove the device and analyze it, confirming it to be an explosive.

Lewis was arrested in Solano County after leading authorities there on another pursuit. Turlock Police Detectives and investigators, the Stanislaus Sheriff Bomb Squad, and ATF agents served a warrant at his apartment Friday night on the 900 block of Pedras Road. Additional evidence was collected and seized by police.

Lewis faces charges of aggravated assault, hit and run, evading an officer, resisting arrest, and possession of a destructive device. He also faces charges for crimes committed in Solano County.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Officer Richard Fortado at (209) 664-7399 or the Tip Line at (209) 668-5550 extension 6780.

Photo: Turlock Police Department Body-Worn Camera

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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Several Detained Near Homicide Scene

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STOCKTON – Police have detained several persons of interest in connection to Sunday’s homicide.

Shortly before 5:00pm officers with the Stockton Police Department were involved in a vehicle pursuit in the area of West Lane and Knickerbocker Drive. The area is near where a 20 year old man was fatally shot Sunday afternoon.

Officials said they had detained several persons of interest in relation to the case.

The shopping center where Sunday’s homicide took place has been the location of previous shootings and at least one more homicide this year.

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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First lunar eclipse of the year visible across the valley

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RIPON – The lunar eclipse takes place only during a full moon when Earth is in between the sun and moon, casting a shadow on the surface of the moon. The bright colored moon which attracts spectators is only seen once every 1.5 years, estimated by NASA.

The lunar eclipse was estimated to begin its deep penumbral stage at 7:15pm on May 15, 2022. By 7:59pm it should have reached the 50% partial stage. Totality began at 8:29pm and the full color everyone was waiting to see occurred at around 9:11pm. That rare sight began to end by 9:54pm. It was 50% partial by 10:23pm and reached its deep penumbral stage by 11:10pm where it ended.

Weather for the total lunar eclipse in some areas caused some to miss out on the rare occurrence. In Ripon and Stockton light cloud coverage crossed the mid stages of the eclipse. Meanwhile in some Modesto areas it was visible. National Weather Service estimated the temperature to be in the mid 60s to upper 70s for the valley.

Although a total lunar eclipse occurs only around every 1.5 years, your next opportunity to see it again will be November 7th 2022 going on to the eighth.

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Stockton Police Investigate Homicide

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Officers investigate a homicide Sunday afternoon near West Lane and Knickerbocker Drive.

STOCKTON – Police investigated the fatal shooting of a 20 year old man Sunday afternoon.

Shortly before 5:00pm, authorities responded to the area of West Lane and Knickerbocker drive for a report of a person shot. Arriving officers located a 20 year old man who had suffered at least one gunshot wound. He was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Detectives responded to the scene to investigate the shooting, however no suspect information or motive was available.

The area has been the scene of at least two other shootings this year, one of them fatal. At least one business in the shopping center appears to have since closed after the shootings.

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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