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Monday, 18 September 2017 17:16

Police Investigate Sunday Night Homicide

STOCKTON - Police investigated a homicide after a man was found shot Sunday night.

Shortly after 8:00pm, officers were called to the 1000 block of North Madison Street for a report of a person who was shot. When they arrived, they found a man who was suffering from at least one gunshot wound.

The man died at the scene, and detectives responded to take over the investigation. Police have no motive or suspect information.

Anyone who may have witnessed anything or who may have 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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MODESTO - Sergeant Michael Pershall was honored in a memorial service by friends, family and peers Wednesday morning.

Pershall was described as someone who touched all of Modesto, but touched the Modesto Police Department family even deeper.

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The recently promoted sergeant was killed when he was struck by an impaired driver on Merle Avenue on Tuesday August 22nd. Pershall was riding his bicycle training for an event for peace officers when the crash occurred. He was thrown off his bicycle and killed instantly.

Prior to joining the Modesto Police Department, Pershall was a deputy with the Tuolumne County Sheriff's Office. For the memorial service, the neighboring agency showed strong support, sending multiple deputies to attend.

"Mike was a victim of a drunk driver," Police Chief Galen Carroll said Wednesday. "There's no excuse for driving drunk." 

Matthew Gibbs, 32, was arrested and charged with the murder of Sergeant Pershall. He pleaded not guilty in court Tuesday afternoon.

"Mike was the kind of man who made everyone feel like his best friend," Chief Carroll said.

He was 38 years old.

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MODESTO - Authorities have identified the member of the Modesto Police family who was killed in an off-duty collision.

Sergeant Michael Pershall, who was recently promoted on August 8th, was riding his bicycle on Merle Avenue when he was struck from behind by a suspected drunk driver shortly after 6:00pm Tuesday. Officers with the California Highway Patrol responded to investigate the crash and arrested 32 year old Matthew Gibbs.

Pershall joined the Modesto Police Department in 2012. Prior to that, he was a deputy with the Tuolumne County Sheriff's Office for four years. 

He served as a canine handler, field training officer, police explorer advisor and was also a negotiator for the critical incident team. Sergeant Pershall was described as a positive role model for new and young members of the department who led by example. He was also involved in several community outreach programs such as giving canine presentations during "National Night Out."

"Mike's loss creates a tremendous void within our organization and within the hearts of those he touched," Modesto Police Chief Galen Carroll said in a press release. "We are forever grateful for the moments we shared with him."

The suspected impaired driver is being charged with homicide and several DUI related charges.

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MODESTO - Police Chief Galen Carrol reported the loss of an officer in a traffic collision Tuesday evening.

The crash happened near Savage Middle School on Merle Avenue shortly after 6:00pm.

Authorities rushed an American Flag to the scene to cover the officer. The officer's identity was not released at time of publication.

No further details were released, only that the investigation was turned over to the California Highway Patrol.

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Wednesday, 16 August 2017 14:36

Police Seek Fraud, Auto Theft Suspect

CERES - Police are seeking the public's help in identifying a woman who they say attempted to cash a fraudulent check and stole a vehicle.

Authorities say the woman entered the Bank of America on Mitchell Road in Ceres on July 25th and attempted to cash a fraudulent check. The suspect attempted to use someone else's identification to cash the check but was unsuccessful.

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While she attempted to cash the check, she managed to steal another customer's keys from the counter and stole their vehicle. It was later found abandoned and recovered in Turlock.

A credit card that was in the stolen vehicle was later used at the Turlock Target store and a gas station in Manteca, authorities say.

Police are asking anyone with information regarding the suspect's identity to contact Detective Trinidad Viramontes at (209) 538-5730, or Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636 where callers can remain anonymous.

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Tuesday, 15 August 2017 16:01

Man Arrested After Waving BB Gun at Store

MODESTO - Police say a man who refused to come out of a convenience store after waving a pistol was armed with a bb gun.

The incident began at about 3:30pm Monday afternoon at the A&M Gas Mini Mart near Maze Boulevard and North Martin Luther King Drive. Police responded to a report of a man sitting outside a nearby market waving a gun. Officers responded and made contact with the man, who was uncooperative.

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Officers used a taser, but it was not effective. The suspect ran into the business which was still occupied by customers. The store was evacuated as police surrounded the building and called in their negotiators and SWAT teams.

Area roadways were closed off to traffic as crowds of spectators gathered nearby. Police entered the building at about 5:30pm. The suspect surrendered moments later.

Authorities identified the suspect as 35 year old Shawn Mercer, who had prior warrants for his arrest. He also faces additional charges, including resisting arrest, possession fo ammunition and possession of methamphetamine.

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CERES - The 4th annual Bands, Brews and BBQ Throwdown is under way Saturday August 12th.

The event lasts until 5:30pm and features live music, craft brews and lots a barbecue action. The free event is a state qualifier for the Kansas City BBQ Society.

Among the numerous vendor booths you can find PrimeLending and RJ Tapia, a Realtor® with Alison James Estates and Homes. They will be on hand to answer questions about homeownership and loans.

For more information on the barbecue event, you can find the Facebook page by CLICKING HERE.

You can contact RJ Tapia for more information on homeownership at the following:

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KNIGHT'S FERRY - Authorities investigated a deputy involved shooting that took place late Sunday night.

Shortly before 11:30pm, a Stanislaus County Sheriff Deputy contacted two men in a vehicle on Sonora Road. The 35 year old driver was detained and placed in the back of the patrol car. As the deputy engaged the passenger in a brief conversation, the man ran off north and struggled with the deputy after being caught.

During the struggle, the deputy fired his gun, striking the passenger. He was transported to the emergency room. The deputy was treated and released from the hospital.

Authorities are conducting an investigation of the shooting. The passenger's condition was not available at time of publication.

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LOS BANOS - Two officers and a suspect were injured in a shooting early Monday morning at an apartment complex.

The incident happened at about 6:30am at the apartments at the end of Gilbert Gonzalez Jr Drive. 

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One building in the complex was taped off as investigators worked the area. Los Banos Police and Merced County Sheriff officials were both at the complex during the investigation.

Early reports indicate the suspect and officers were involved in a struggle with each other and was able to get a hold of one of an officer's gun. The suspect was also shot.

Their conditions at time of publication were not available.

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Authorities with the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Office have identified a man found dead near southeast Turlock early Tuesday morning as 36 year old Norberto Martinez. His body was found near the 1500 block of Golf Road at about 1:45am Tuesday. Martinez was found on the side of the road with a gunshot wound.

Later in the day a fire destroyed a vacant home on the property, it's unclear wether there is a connection between both incidents.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact detective Cory Brown at 209-567 4485.

So far no arrests have been made in the case.


The 18 year old accused of crashing and killing her 14 year old sister while under the influence and live streaming video of the incident pleaded not guilty in court Wednesday.

18 year old Obdulia Sanchez faces charges of gross vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence as well as others. If convicted she could face more than 13 years in state prison.

The crash happened Friday near Los Banos. 14 year old Jacqueline Sanchez and another 14 year old passenger were both asleep in the back of the vehicle when the crash occurred. Neither were wearing a seatbelt and were ejected.

Jacqueline was killed and the video has gone viral, the other teen suffered significant leg injuries.


Ceres Police are searching for a man who stabbed a woman after an argument on a bus Tuesday afternoon.

The incident happened near the intersection of Hatch Road and Richland Avenue shortly after 1:30pm. Authorities with the Ceres Police Department say the man and woman were involved in an argument on the bus.

As the woman was exiting, the man approached her and stabbed her in the back. He is described as being a caucasian man between 50 and 60 years old. He is about five feet ten inches tall and weighs about 180 pounds.

The suspect was seen wearing a gray mechanic style uniform and carried what looked like a small black tool box. He's known to ride the bus regularly but authorities don't know his identity.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Detective Bryan Ferreira at (209) 538-5616


Today's weather forecast indicates it will be sunny and hot with a High near 100. Tonight will be clear with a low around 71.

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