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Oregon Homicide Suspects Captured in Stanislaus County

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NEWMAN – Two suspects wanted in connection to a homicide in Oregon were captured in Stanislaus County by authorities Wednesday.

Authorities with Grants Pass Department of Public Safety responded to a 911 call from the Red Lion Inn after an employee found a man on the floor of a room at the hotel.

Detectives responded and found 42 year old Ryan Antone Dutra deceased from a gunshot wound. Authorities said Dutra was a resident of California and was renting a room at the hotel. No one else was found in the room, and no one in the area had any knowledge of the incident.

Investigators were able to develop leads using surveillance video, cell phone and license plate technology. They identified the suspects as 41 year old Derek Ian Smith and his wife 34 year old Tera Lindsey Smith. Both were reported as residents of California. Detectives believe both suspects had already returned by the time they were identified.

Authorities in Grants Pass coordinated with authorities in California to locate both suspects. They were able to track them down to Stanislaus County, where their vehicle had broken down at a vista point along Interstate 5 in the Newman area.

Officers with the California Highway Patrol and Deputies with the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office responded to the rest area and spotted their SUV with an open hood. Early reports indicated they were attempting to jump start their vehicle. Both suspects were taken into custody at about 10:30am without incident.

Both suspects face charges including murder, robbery and unlawful use of a weapon. The Grants Pass Department of Public Safety acknowledged the swift work of investigators and local allied agencies to apprehend them both.

Photo: Grants Pass Department of Public Safety

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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Brush Fire Blows Smoke Into Valley

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MODESTO – Hazy smoke from a Livermore area fire blew into the valley Thursday afternoon.

The incident called the “Tesla Fire” was last reported to be about 250 acres with potential for growth by about 7:00pm.

The fire was spotted shortly before 6:00pm near Tesla Road, west of Carnegie State Vehicular Recreation Area. Aircraft assigned to the incident reported critical rate of spread reaching 100 acres in a short period of time, with potential to reach at least 500 acres.

Fire crews work to direct the blaze to a riverbed, requesting several tankers and helicopters to assist.

Winds were reported in the Modesto area at about 15mph. Those with sensitivity and health issues should remain indoors.

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Modesto Homicide Victim Identified

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MODESTO – Authorities identified the victim of Tuesday night’s fatal shooting on Ramsey Drive as 29 year old Michelle Rose Gonzales.

Shortly before 9:30pm officers with the Modesto Police Department responded to the 500 block of Ramsey Drive after receiving a call from a child saying their mother had been shot. Arriving officers located the victim in front of her home suffering from gunshot wounds. Life saving efforts were performed, but she died from her injuries.

Detectives responded to continue the investigation and quickly identified the suspect. Authorities discovered he was also a potential suspect in a homicide just a couple hours earlier in San Jose.

Meanwhile, officers with California Highway Patrol located the suspect traveling into the Bay Area and engaged in a pursuit. The pursuit traveled north along Highway 101 and into South San Jose, where the suspect fled on foot and barricaded himself in a shed behind a home near the 100 block of Bendorf Drive. An hours long standoff took place that ended in an officer involved shooting. The suspect was struck by gunfire and taken to a hospital where he was pronounced deceased. The suspect’s identity is yet to be released by officials.

In a GoFundMe account established for Michelle and her children, she was described as a mother of two and a young, beautiful soul who was the victim of a senseless act of domestic violence.

Anyone interested in donating to the fundraiser can do so by CLICKING HERE.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Detective Ra Pouv at (209) 572-9826, or Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636 where callers can remain anonymous.

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Modesto Homicide Suspect Involved in Another Killing, Officer Involved Shooting in San Jose

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SAN JOSE – The suspect involved in Tuesday night’s homicide on Ramsey Drive in Modesto was taken to a hospital following a pursuit and officer involved shooting Wednesday morning.

The Ramsey Drive homicide happened shortly before 9:30pm. Police responded to a report of a person shot and located a 29 year old woman who was injured in the shooting. Emergency personnel attempted life saving measures but the victim died from her injuries.

Later in the night, officers with California Highway Patrol engaged in a pursuit with the suspect near the Gilroy area. The pursuit continued north on Highway 101 until exiting onto surface streets in South San Jose. Police officers took over the pursuit until it ended near the 100 block of Bendorf Drive. Authorities said the suspect fired at officers during the pursuit.

Officials with the San Jose Police Department believed the suspect was also involved in a homicide in their jurisdiction. That incident happened shortly after 7:00pm near the 1400 block of Mount Shasta Drive. An adult male victim in that incident was rushed to a hospital with life-threatening injuries but later died. That was San Jose’s 17th homicide of the year.

On Bendorf Drive, the suspect barricaded himself in a property. Shortly before 8:00am he was involved in a shooting again with police after pointing a firearm at authorities and was taken to a hospital in critical condition.

Both incidents are still under investigation. Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact the Modesto Police Department or Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636 where callers can remain anonymous.

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