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Loved Ones Mourn Loss of Ceres Woman Killed in Shooting

Gaby Muro

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CERES – A woman shot and killed last week was identified on a GoFundMe page where her loved ones are seeking help with funeral costs.

Yessica Mendoza was 29 years old. She was shot Thursday night on the 3900 block of Suncrest Drive in Ceres. She was a young mother of three children.

At about 9:17pm Thursday, police received a call reporting a person shot. The caller reported her husband’s friend had just shot a woman. Authorities also received another phone call indicating the woman had shot herself.

Authorities at the scene said the suspect, identified as 29 year old Daniel Garcia, was staying at the residence where the shooting occurred. They believe Yessica came over to visit at some point in the day.

Arriving officers found the victim down in the grass bleeding from at least one gunshot wound. They began lifesaving measures on the woman and performed CPR until medics arrived. Police officers searched the home to make sure there were no suspects inside and no one else was injured, escorting the occupants out of the house.

Garcia was detained as a person of interest after declining to cooperate with authorities. A small caliber handgun was later located near the victim in the grass.

Garcia was taken to the Ceres Police Department to be interviewed by detectives, and was later booked into the Stanislaus County Safety Center for homicide. Authorities say he and the victim have children together.

The victim was rushed to a hospital by ambulance where she died from her injuries. A GoFundMe account was created to help with funeral costs.

“We weren’t prepared for such a tragedy. We need all the help we can get to give her a proper burial and lay her body to rest”

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

Gaby Muro is a journalist specializing in local issues and breaking news. She holds two degrees from San Joaquin Delta College. In 2018, she was considered one of the top 40 journalism students in the United States and received a scholarship to cover international conflict news near the Israeli-Syrian Border for 10 Days. Some of her work as a student has been submitted to the Student Emmy Awards. She was crowned the 2019 Miss Merced County title holder through the Miss America Organization and competed for the title of Miss California, advocating for epilepsy awareness. She has been featured on Investigation Discovery, profiling local homicide cases. Gaby is a native of Stockton, California.

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World War II Era Plane Crashes Near Stockton

Carlos Rodriguez

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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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Major Crash Investigated in Tracy

Carlos Rodriguez

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TRACY – Authorities investigated a major vehicle collision with several fatalities, early reports indicate.

The collision happened on the Tracy Boulevard onramp to Westbound Interstate 205 Friday evening. At the scene, a gray sedan appeared to have collided against a pair of palm trees. Early indications suggest the vehicle was fleeing from authorities during a pursuit.

The onramp was closed down to traffic while officers with the California Highway Patrol investigated. Two ambulances were at the scene, but cleared the area at about 8:45pm.

A crowd gathered at a nearby gas station shortly after the crash, presumably relatives of the occupants of the vehicle which had caught fire.

By 9:00pm the onramp remained closed for investigation.

Radio traffic audio of the incident from the California Highway Patrol can be found below.

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Newman Police, Stanislaus Sheriff Officials Investigate Shooting Death

Gaby Muro

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NEWMAN – Authorities investigated the shooting death of a man as a homicide Thursday morning.

Officers with the Newman Police Department responded to the area of T-Street and Inyo Avenue at about 6:00am for a report of a gunfire. The male victim was found deceased from the gunshot wound.

Authorities taped off T Street between Inyo Avenue and Patchett Drive. An evidence marker was placed on the ground in front of a Newman Police vehicle in the driveway of a home, while investigators took measurements with tools and examined the area.

The Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office responded to assist in the investigation. No further details were released by authorities.

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

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