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Late Night Fires Keep First Responders Busy

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MODESTO – Several fires in a neighborhood near West Modesto kept first responders busy Tuesday night.

At about 10:30pm, firefighters were dispatched to a report of a fire at the rear of a home near Sierra and Sunset Streets. Arriving crews found fire at the rear of a home that had caused damage to utility lines.

Around the same time, firefighters were dispatched to a fence fire just down the street. Two blocks over, a pile of clothing that had been set on fire was found in the middle of the road. Another fire was dispatched to the area of Tuolumne Boulevard and Highway 99 around the same time.

All fires were controlled within an hour. An investigator was dispatched to the scene to determine the cause.

No damage estimate was available Tuesday night, and there were no reports of injuries.

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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Fire Damages Turlock Home

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TURLOCK – A home suffered significant damage Sunday night during a fire.

The fire was dispatched at about 11:45pm. Several fire crews responded to the fire at the home on the 1000 block of South Johnson Road. Firefighters reported a visible column of smoke as they responded to the scene.

Arriving firefighters reported heavy fire from the second floor of the home. Crews from Denair and Turlock Rural Fire Departments responded to the scene.

A second alarm was called shortly before midnight for additional resources.

At time of publication a cause and damage estimate was not available.

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Schools Locked Down for Suspect Search

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MODESTO – Two schools were placed on lockdown during a search for a suspect Friday afternoon.

The incident happened at about 1:00pm when a Stanislaus County Sheriff Deputy noticed a vehicle that had been reported stolen on Dallas Street near Glenn Avenue. The driver of the stolen vehicle appeared to be talking to someone in the area, according to officials at the scene.

The driver ran away on foot as deputies made their approach. The man jumped fences through a yard and fled into an alleyway. The Stanislaus Sheriff Air Unit spotted the man making his way into a yard on Las Vegas Street.

Bret Harte Elementary and Hanshaw Middle School were placed on lockdown as a search team was organized. Within a few minutes the man was located hiding under a vehicle and quickly detained without incident.

By 2:00pm the lockdowns were lifted. No injuries were reported.

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Stockton Police Investigate Fatal Shooting

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STOCKTON – Police investigated the fatal shooting of a man in broad daylight Tuesday afternoon.

At about 3:30pm Officers responded to the 900 block of Porter Avenue for a report of a shooting. A 29 year old man was found at the scene suffering from at least one gunshot wound. He was taken by ambulance to a hospital where he died from his injuries.

Residents in the area reported hearing a gunshot shortly before police arrived.

Porter Avenue was closed by authorities while detectives responded to investigate the case. No suspect information or motive was available Tuesday night.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact police at (209) 937-8377 or Crime Stoppers at (209) 946-0600 where callers can remain anonymous.

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