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World War II Era Plane Crashes Near Stockton

Carlos Rodriguez

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SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY – Authorities are investigating a plane crash that occurred Saturday evening in a rural area not far from the Weston Ranch community.

At 7:39pm the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office reported a military plane had crashed in the area of South Roberts and Muller Roads.

Early reports indicate the craft had three persons aboard. Two were transported to a hospital and the third was able to walk away from the crash. The craft appeared to have significant damage.

The aircraft appeared to be a Mitchell B-25J called “Old Glory.” The plane is listed as owned by David Prescott of the Prescott Foundation.

Most recently in early September, the craft flew to Hawaii to commemorate the end of World War II, as well as delivered 30 pallets of toys to the islands for Toys for Tots.

Authorities say the airplane struck an irrigation ditch as it came down, and the injuries sustained were not life threatening.

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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Officer Involved Shooting Investigated in Modesto

Gaby Muro

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MODESTO – Authorities investigated a shooting involving at least one police officer Wednesday afternoon.

The incident happened near a parking lot near the intersection of McHenry and Roseburg Avenues shortly before 4:00pm according to police spokeswoman Sharon Bear.

The circumstances leading up to the shooting were under investigation. The area on McHenry Avenue between Roseburg and Mensinger Avenues was taped off with yellow and red crime scene tape.

The suspect suffered a non life threatening injury and was expected to survive.

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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Homicide Suspect Located, Officer Involved Shooting Reported

Gaby Muro

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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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