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High Speed Chase Ends West of Modesto

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STANISLAUS COUNTY – A high speed chase ended after a pickup truck sped off from authorities Sunday night.

Shortly before 10:30pm officers with the California Highway Patrol attempted to stop a pickup truck which sped off on Paradise Road.

The vehicle at times reached speeds of 100 miles per hour as it traveled eastbound on Paradise Road. Eventually the truck came to a stop near Grimes Avenue where two occupants were taken into custody.

Authorities initially responded to the area of Highway 132 and Hart Road shortly before the pursuit for a report of a pedestrian that was struck by a vehicle. The collision may have happened while a group of vehicles had gathered for a sideshow.

A tow truck was later called for the pickup truck involved in the pursuit.

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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Illegal Marijuana Grow Eradicated

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STANISLAUS COUNTY – Authorities with the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office eradicated an illegal marijuana grow west of the city of Waterford Tuesday morning.

Deputies surrounded the location near the area of Yosemite Boulevard and McEwen Road Wednesday morning to serve a warrant on a fenced off property.

Authorities were notified due to a fence that was too high for property code. The Stanislaus County Sheriff Air Unit was able to fly over the property and see the grow operation. A judge signed the warrant to be executed Tuesday morning.

In total nearly 1,000 plants were found. The amount of plants and outdoor grow is not permitted in Stanislaus County.

Neighboring almond farmers applauded the efforts of the sheriff’s office, saying the grows bring an unwanted element to their community.

“I have four kids,” one farmer who wished to remain unidentified said. “We don’t need this around here.”

Four individuals were detained to be questioned on their involvement in the operation. Utility and animal services were also called out to assist at the location.

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Stockton Police Investigate Homicide

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STOCKTON – Authorities investigated an early morning shooting that claimed the life of a man Monday.

Police responded to the 400 block of Jill Circle for a report of a person shot. Arriving officers located a 37 year old man suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

Authorities say the victim was unresponsive and was rushed to the hospital where he died.

Homicide Detectives responded to examine the scene and gather evidence, however there was no suspect information or motive available.

Much of Jill Circle was taped off by police Monday morning. Several evidence markers covered the ground where investigators gathered items including pieces of clothing. Authorities also examined a car parked nearby, dusting for fingerprints.

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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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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