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.
Passengers Walk Away From Plane Crash in Lodi
LODI – Two passengers of an airplane that crashed during a training flight walked away without injuries Wednesday afternoon.
The San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office received calls to their dispatch center at about 12:30pm reporting the plane crash. The incident happened near the 16000 block of North Fox Road in Lodi.
Authorities said a Cessna 150 with two occupants took off from Lodi Wednesday morning and were headed to the Linden area for training. At about 3,000 feet the plane began experiencing mechanical issues, resulting in a hard landing.
Authorities say the investigation into the crash is ongoing.
High School Teacher Arrested
MODESTO – A high school teacher was arrested Monday after a police investigation revealed he had an inappropriate relationship with a student.
Patrick Mester was charged with annoying or molesting a child under the age of 18. He was arrested by Modesto Police Special Victims Unit Detectives.
Mester was employed with the Modesto City Schools District since the 2003-2004 school year. He taught music and band at Enochs High School since the 2007-2008 school year.
Mester’s ability to visit school grounds and have contact with students was revoked by the district, authorities said.
Police are asking anyone with information regarding this case to contact Detective Garza at email@example.com or (209) 572-9564.
Police Investigate Early Evening Shooting
STOCKTON – Two victims with gunshot wounds arrived at a local hospital early Monday evening prompting an investigation.
At about 7:30pm, authorities received a report of gunfire on the 300 block of East Oak Street, between North San Joaquin and North Sutter Streets. Early indications suggest the victims arrived by private vehicle at a hospital.
Shortly before 8:00pm, a report was made of another victim arriving at a hospital.
Police responded to the area to gather evidence and investigate. No further details were available at time of publication.
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