DEL PUERTO CANYON – Firefighters reported increased containment on a fire that has burned into several counties for over a week.
The SCU Lightning Complex Fire was reported to have increased in size to 365,772 acres with 20 percent containment Tuesday evening. The fire has affected several areas across several counties including Stanislaus, Merced, San Joaquin, Contra Costa, San Benito, Alameda and Santa Clara.
In total, CalFire reports 18 structures destroyed, 13 minor structures destroyed, and 6 additional structures damaged. Three first responders have been injured in the blaze, as well as two civilians.
Fire crews have made significant progress in the “Deer Zone” area of the fire, reporting 100 percent containment there. Officials say increased humidity in the western area of the fire has helped with fire intensity, noting that Tuesday was the coolest day since the fire began.
Domestic Abuse Investigation Leads to Discovery of Puppy Mill
MODESTO – Detectives with the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Special Investigations Unit served a warrant on a property in relation to a domestic abuse case, leading to the discovery of nearly 150 dogs inside a duplex Thursday afternoon.
The incident happened at a property near the intersection of Roselawn and South Avenues. Investigators were in the process of serving a warrant related to the investigation that began April 30th.
The victim in the case allegedly suffered burns from a butane torch, was beaten with an ash tray, and even had a shock collar placed on her. She was able to escape and call for help. According to a neighbor, several deputies in patrol cars arrived at the home and called for someone to come out of the home, but later left. The neighbor said he saw the resident exit the home at a later time. Authorities opted not to confront the suspect that time to reduce the chances of a violent outcome.
Detectives with the Special Investigations Unit picked up the case and arrested 38 year old Nicholas Dean Baugh at his mother’s house in Modesto.
The puppies were discovered as detectives served the warrant on the duplex. A fire briefly ignited at the home, but was quickly extinguished by deputies. Firefighters with Burbank-Paradise Fire Department responded to ensure the fire was completely out.
Nearly 150 dogs were found in the home. One of them died as a result of the fire, which was said to have started on the stove.
Baugh was booked into the Stanislaus County Jail on several charges including domestic violence, assault with a deadly weapon, torture, rooster fighting, and 146 counts of animal abuse. A hold was also placed on his bail, indicating if funds for bail come from suspected criminal activity, they would not be accepted.
Several Detained Near Homicide Scene
STOCKTON – Police have detained several persons of interest in connection to Sunday’s homicide.
Shortly before 5:00pm officers with the Stockton Police Department were involved in a vehicle pursuit in the area of West Lane and Knickerbocker Drive. The area is near where a 20 year old man was fatally shot Sunday afternoon.
Officials said they had detained several persons of interest in relation to the case.
The shopping center where Sunday’s homicide took place has been the location of previous shootings and at least one more homicide this year.
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.
First lunar eclipse of the year visible across the valley
RIPON – The lunar eclipse takes place only during a full moon when Earth is in between the sun and moon, casting a shadow on the surface of the moon. The bright colored moon which attracts spectators is only seen once every 1.5 years, estimated by NASA.
The lunar eclipse was estimated to begin its deep penumbral stage at 7:15pm on May 15, 2022. By 7:59pm it should have reached the 50% partial stage. Totality began at 8:29pm and the full color everyone was waiting to see occurred at around 9:11pm. That rare sight began to end by 9:54pm. It was 50% partial by 10:23pm and reached its deep penumbral stage by 11:10pm where it ended.
Weather for the total lunar eclipse in some areas caused some to miss out on the rare occurrence. In Ripon and Stockton light cloud coverage crossed the mid stages of the eclipse. Meanwhile in some Modesto areas it was visible. National Weather Service estimated the temperature to be in the mid 60s to upper 70s for the valley.
Although a total lunar eclipse occurs only around every 1.5 years, your next opportunity to see it again will be November 7th 2022 going on to the eighth.
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