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Second Arrest Made in Turlock Homicide Case

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Juan Jose Cruz Jr, Miguel Saldate - Turlock Police Department.

TURLOCK – Authorities announced charges against a second suspect in a recent shooting death Thursday morning.

The investigation stemmed from the fatal shooting of 26 year old Mario Meza, a resident of Modesto. The homicide occurred on September 7th at about 4:15am near the 200 block of North Tully Road.

Police initially detained 20 year old Miguel Saldate, who was arrested and charged with several felony charges including homicide. Detectives investigating the case identified a second individual, 19 year old Juan Jose Cruz Junior as a suspect.

Authorities interviewed Cruz at the Turlock Police Department on Wednesday September 9th. He was arrested and also charged with homicide, attempted homicide, aggravated assault, and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Authorities booked him into the Stanislaus County Jail.

It is unclear if there were more parties involved in the incident, however investigators are working to identify all who were.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Detective Timothy Redd at (209) 664-7325, or Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636 where callers can remain anonymous.

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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Unfounded Threat Locks Down School

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CERES – A precautionary lockdown at Central Valley High School was lifted Friday after a threat was determined to be unfounded.

At about 12:43pm, school resource officers with Ceres Police were notified of a person on the grounds of Central Valley High School. The school was placed on a precautionary lockdown. While officers were on scene, a 911 call was placed from someone claiming to be a student reporting an active shooter.

Deputies with the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office also responded, and the call was determined to be untrue.

“There is no need to pick up students from campus. All students are safe and have been returned back to class,” a notification to parents stated.

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Homicide Investigated, Woman Found Deceased In Vehicle

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STOCKTON – A call for a report of a stabbing in South Stockton lead to the discovery of a woman found deceased in a vehicle.

Police were called Thursday morning to the area of Sikh Temple and Fourth Streets around 7:00am where they made the discovery. The woman was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The area was closed off with crime scene tape as detectives responded to investigate the incident. No motive or suspect information was available at post time.

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

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Two Injured in Stockton Shooting

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STOCKTON – Police responded to a report of a shooting that injured two people Wednesday night.

Shortly before 9:30pm officers responded to the 5500 block of Fox Sparrow Court for a report of a shooting. Two victims, a 25 year old man and 21 year old woman, were found with injuries and taken to a hospital by ambulance. Authorities say they were shot while sitting in a vehicle, and their injuries were considered non-life threatening.

Police officers canvassed the area for a crime scene. No suspect information or further details were available at time of publication.

Anyone with 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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