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Turlock Homelessness Emergency, Cleanup Planned For Thursday

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TURLOCK – A cleanup was planned for Thursday morning at a West Main Street property where a large homeless encampment established itself near several businesses.

City officials were at the camp Wednesday afternoon handing out notices to people staying there. The camp sits on property on the south side of West Main Street in between South Tully and South Soderquist Road. By Wednesday afternoon several of the campers were already packing up their belongings, and those with vehicles were working to get them roadworthy.

“None of us know where we are going to go,” said Dawn Ross, who temporarily found herself camping at the location for the last week after her vehicle broke down. Ross said she became homeless off and on after losing her job 11 years ago during the great recession.

“I tried to get the part for it, but we got the wrong one,” she said of her car. “Hopefully we can get the car fixed by tomorrow.”

Turlock Mayor Amy Bublak said in a video statement that the city is working toward a solution.

“No one should live like that, no one should have their businesses harmed or the residents harmed by all that’s going on,” the mayor said. “It’s a health and safety hazard for everyone involved.”

Back at the camp, Ross explained that in an ideal situation, no one wanted to be camped at the property. She feels that the cleanups are not a long term solution to the problem.

“I wish Turlock could do something like what Modesto did,” she said. Ross referred to the Modesto Outdoor Emergency Shelter that was implemented in 2019.

“Just designate a space for these people. Somewhere out of sight and out of mind.”

Ross acknowledged that some people experiencing homelessness traditionally have problems that require rehabilitation, but feels there is a lack of services provided in the Turlock area for them.

“This is going to push people into alleyways, into the doorsteps of businesses and parks,” Ross explained. “At least everyone was confined right here.”

Advocates visited the camp Wednesday to offer what little outreach they could to the population there. Some explained that people experiencing homelessness have a hard time transitioning to a shelter due to rules and curfews set at facilities.

“They’re not animals, they’re human beings,” Ross said. “People need to have compassion. We’re all just a few steps away from homelessness, it can happen to anybody.”

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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Police Investigate Shooting

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STOCKTON – At least one person was wounded during a shooting Monday night.

The shooting happened shortly after 8:20pm. Police were dispatched to the 400 block of East Pine Street and found one person with a gunshot wound. Medical personnel were called to take the victim to a hospital. Their condition was unknown at time of publication.

A second person in the area of the shooting was also transported to a hospital with unknown injuries. Early reports indicate some type of laceration.

The suspect reportedly fled in a vehicle prior to police arriving.

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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Shooting Injures Two While Sitting in Car

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STOCKTON – Two people were shot as they sat in a vehicle Saturday night, sending both to a hospital.

The incident happened at about 8:00pm near the 8600 block of Lower Sacramento Road. The victims, identified as a 30 year old man and a 28 year old woman, were sitting in a car at a shopping center when two suspects approached on foot. One had a gun and opened fire several times. The suspects then both ran off.

The victims were found in the vehicle by police near the intersection of Lower Sacramento Road and Ponce De Leon Avenue. They were rushed to a hospital and were both listed as stable Sunday morning.

There was no suspect description other than male adults.

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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Early Morning Homicide Investigated

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STOCKTON – Authorities investigated an early morning shooting that claimed the life of a man Sunday.

Police officers were dispatched to the area of Funston Avenue and Bradford Street shortly before 5:30am Sunday for a report of a person who was shot. Arriving emergency personnel found a 42 year old man who was shot. Life saving measures were performed but the victim died at the scene.

The area was closed off with crime scene tape. Detectives responded to examine the area for evidence in the case. A vehicle with damaged windows was examined by authorities near where the victim was located.

There was no motive or suspect information available Sunday.

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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