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Family Loses Home in Canyon Fire

Carlos Rodriguez

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DEL PUERTO CANYON – The SCU Lightning Complex Fire in Del Puerto Canyon has consumed several structures, including the home of a family of eight.

Dale and Angela Holbert, along with their six children, received the news that they had lost their home to the fire on August 18th. The family just recently welcomed a baby girl three months ago.

The family was away from home at the time, so thankfully no one was harmed. A GoFundMe campaign was set up for the family to help get them on their feet.

“I find it ironic that I am sitting here staring at the campfire trying to gather my thoughts about losing our house (we just put so much work in to finish the inside of before the baby came) to a fire just today,” Angela Holbert said in a Facebook post linked to the GoFundMe page. “We appreciate the prayers and encouragement and kind offers for help that have come to us”

As of Saturday morning, the SCU Lightning Complex in Del Puerto Canyon and neighboring regions burned nearly 292,000 acres. The fire affected at least five counties including Stanislaus, Alameda and Santa Clara among others and was only ten percent contained. Smoke from the fire drifted across the region, blanketing the skies with unhealthy particulate matter. The fire ranked the third largest in the history of the state.

While news of the loss was difficult for the Holbert family, they tried to remain positive and optimistic. “God is good all the time and this time is no different. We are safe and we have our hope in Christ who gives us strength. Material things can be replaced. Our salvation in Christ cannot be taken away We are together and our kids are safe. That is what is most important.”

If you would like to donate to the Holbert Family via GoFundMe, you can do so by CLICKING HERE.

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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Car Wash Fundraiser Planned for Shooting Victim

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MODESTO – A car wash fundraiser benefitting Evan Robinson, the teen who was shot and killed over the weekend near a taco truck in Keyes, was planned for Saturday.

The event is scheduled to begin at 10:00am at Stanislaus Towing at 1307 Angie Avenue.

Robinson, 16, was shot during a fight near Seventh Street and Martha Avenue in Keyes. Emergency personnel attempted to save his life, but he did not survive his injuries. Investigators believe he was an unintended victim.

No suspect information was released in the case. Authorities are asking for witnesses to come forward.

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

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Deputy, Hostage Wounded in Shooting With Suspect

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SAN ANDREAS – An elderly woman and a deputy were injured during a hostage situation that left the suspect dead Thursday night in Calaveras County.

At about 10:39pm dispatchers received a 911 call regarding an argument between a man and a woman at the Sierra Inn Motel. The caller reported the man had pointed a gun at the woman’s head. Deputies with the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office responded to investigate, but the suspect had left the area before they arrived.

Deputies began searching the area for the suspect, treating the case as a domestic violence incident. As a deputy interviewed the victim at an apartment complex, the suspect ambushed the deputy and victim opening fire and wounding the deputy. The deputy was able to get the victim to safety.

Additional deputies, CHP officers and Angels Camp Police responded to the scene and began searching the apartment complex. The suspect emerged from an apartment holding an elderly woman hostage with a gun. Authorities believe the hostage was unrelated to the initial incident.

Authorities tried to reason with the man and get him to release the hostage, but their efforts did not work. As the suspect posed a threat to the hostage, authorities opened fire. Both the suspect and hostage were wounded during the shooting. The suspect died at the scene, the hostage was transported by air ambulance to a regional trauma center for care.

The ambushed deputy was airlifted as well. Both he and the hostage were expected to survive.

The incident is under investigation by multiple agencies. No further details were released Friday afternoon.

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Shooting Kills Teen After Fight in Keyes

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KEYES – A shooting during a fight claimed the life of a teen Sunday night.

Shortly after 8:45pm Sunday, authorities responded to a report of a shooting near the intersection of Seventh Street and Martha Avenue. Deputies arrived and found an unresponsive teen who had been shot multiple times in the roadway. Life saving measures were performed, however the victim died at the scene.

Witnesses said a fight broke out while people were eating at a taco truck and shots were fired. Investigators believe that the victim may have been an unintended victim hit by gunfire. A silver car was seen leaving the area and believed to be involved in the homicide.

Detectives responded to investigate the case. Much of the intersection and surrounding streets were closed off as a crime scene for the investigation. Persons of interest were identified, but investigators need more witnesses to come forward to name a suspect.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Detective Hickman at (209) 525-7042, or Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636 where callers can remain anonymous.

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