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Probation Search Yields Drugs, Arrests

Gaby Muro

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MODESTO – Acting on a complaint about suspected narcotics sales, authorities located drugs and lab supplies after conducting a search at two properties.

Deputies assigned to the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Community Resource Unit conducted a probation search at a residence on the 500 block of Bystrum Road Tuesday. Officials at the scene said they received complaints about the property reporting suspected controlled substance sales. The investigation resulted in Tuesday’s search of a home and adjacent property.

During the probation search, a total of 5 people were detained. Some had fled to the adjacent property into a marijuana grow surrounded by metal sheeting to shield the plants from public view. Several cars in and around the properties were searched as well in case people were hiding in them.

Authorities were able to convince those attempting to hide in the grow to surrender. The access to the grow from the residence in question gave authorities reason to believe both properties were affiliated. Although authorities were able to conduct an initial search based on the probation status of a resident, deputies obtained a search warrant for the properties. At least one person was on probation for narcotics and theft related charges, officials said.

During the investigation, one person walked up to authorities and claimed ownership of the grow. That person was also detained by authorities.

During the search of the properties, deputies located a safe containing cannabis product, an estimated half pound of crystal methamphetamine, cash and heroin. Assistance from the Ceres Fire Department was utilized to cut the safe open.

Deputies also located scales, several baggies, pipes, and items to produce a butane honey oil lab. Officials noted the lab was in its early stages, allowing it to be safely dismantled and removed. Butane labs are considered extremely dangerous and volatile, often exploding from small sparks or static electricity discharges.

Ammunition and about 100 mature marijuana plants were also found and confiscated by the Community Resource Unit. At least two of the people detained faced cultivation charges related to the case.

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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Homicide Suspect Located, Officer Involved Shooting Reported

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STOCKTON – Investigators with the Modesto Police Department located Friday’s homicide suspect and were involved in a shooting.

Shortly before noon, police located the suspect in Sherwood Park. Police spokeswoman Sharon Bear says during the confrontation officers shot the suspect. The suspect’s condition was unknown Tuesday afternoon.

Officers with the Stockton Police department closed the area around Sherwood Park while authorities conducted a protocol investigation. Bear said several investigations were anticipated in the incident.

Officer Joseph Silva with the Stockton Police Department said his agency took the lead on the critical incident investigation since it happened within the city limits.

The homicide in question happened Friday on the 200 block of Semple Street in Modesto shortly before 9:00pm. Three victims were injured, two died.

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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Fundraiser Established for Semple Street Shooting Victim

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MODESTO – Family of one of the victims of Friday’s shooting on Semple Street held a vigil over the weekend and established a fundraiser for the unexpected funeral costs.

Friends and relatives gathered in front of the home late Saturday afternoon with candles and flowers to honor the victims who were gunned down in front of a home Friday night. Brandon Wheeler was identified as one of the victims who lost his life.

“Brandon was a loved son, brother and dad,” the organizer of the fundraiser said. “He leaves behind his three kids and family and friends who all loved him dearly. He truly was an amazing man, he would give the shirt off of his back and the shoes off his feet. I could name several times he came home barefoot for this exact reason.”

The shooting happened on Semple Street just north of Jones Street Friday night shortly before 9:00pm. Three people were reported shot in front of the home. Police and medics arrived quickly to provide care for the injured. They were rushed to a hospital where Brandon and another victim passed away. The third victim is expected to survive.

Officials with the Modesto Police Department say detectives have been working hard on the case to find the individual or individuals responsible for the shooting. Authorities are encouraging anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636 where callers can remain anonymous.

Anyone interested in donating to Brandon Wheeler’s fundraiser can do so by clicking on the link here.

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San Joaquin County Homicide Victim Identified

Carlos Rodriguez

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SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY – Authorities investigating a shooting that claimed the life of a 25 year old man are asking for tips from the public.

Shortly after 9:00pm Saturday night, deputies with the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a shooting near the area of Fremont Street and Oro Avenue just outside the City of Stockton.

Deputies arrived to what officials described as a chaotic scene with one shooting victim. The victim, identified as Alvaro Morales-Yac, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Authorities believe the driver of a dark colored Chrysler 300 with two red stripes on the sides is responsible for the shooting. He was described as a Hispanic or light skinned African American man wearing dark clothing. The suspect was said to be armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to call (209) 468-4400.

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