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Teen Arrested in Ceres Shooting Homicide Case

Carlos Rodriguez

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CERES – Authorities arrested a 17 year old Thursday morning in connection to a January shooting.

On a sunny but cool Thursday morning a team of officers used an armored vehicle to approach a home on the 2200 block of Venus Drive. Ceres Police SWAT officers served a warrant at the home where they took their suspect into custody at about 8:00am.

Later in the afternoon, Ceres SWAT accompanied by the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team served a second warrant related to the case on the 400 block of Sundance Way in Modesto.

The teen was charged with murder in the shooting death of 26 year old Alexis Perez. Police said Perez was found suffering from gunshot wounds on the 2600 block of Magnolia Street on January 21st. Perez was found inside of a white Honda Accord after it had collided into a parked car.

Responding officers pulled Perez from the car and began life-saving efforts until an ambulance arrived. He was rushed to a hospital but later died.

No motive for the shooting or further details were provided Thursday. The teen was booked into Juvenile hall on charges including murder, assault with a deadly weapon, and possession of an assault weapon.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Detective Matthew Berlier at (209) 538-5616 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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Passengers Walk Away From Plane Crash in Lodi

Gaby Muro

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Photo: San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office

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.

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High School Teacher Arrested

Gaby Muro

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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 garzaj@modestopd.com or (209) 572-9564.

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Police Investigate Early Evening Shooting

Gaby Muro

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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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