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Modesto Police Search For Missing Elderly Man

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MODESTO – The Modesto Police Department is searching for 86 year old Billie Whitaker who was reported missing Sunday night.

Whitaker was last seen at around 3:00 pm in the area of Desert Willow Lane and East Orangeburg Avenue.

Police say Whitaker was on his way to Walmart on Plaza Parkway and was driving his gray 2013 Toyota pickup with the California license plate number of 16787DV.

He was last seen wearing a dark colored Air Force hat with a blue and white button up shirt and jeans. Whitaker weighs 160 pounds and is 5’09” tall.

According to police he is dependent on insulin and may be disoriented or confused.

Anyone with information on Whitaker’s whereabouts is urged to contact the non emergency dispatch number at 209-552-2470.

Gaby Muro is a journalist specializing in local issues and breaking news. She holds two degrees from San Joaquin Delta College. In 2018, she was considered one of the top 40 journalism students in the United States and received a scholarship to cover international conflict news near the Israeli-Syrian Border for 10 Days. Some of her work as a student has been submitted to the Student Emmy Awards. She was crowned the 2019 Miss Merced County title holder through the Miss America Organization and competed for the title of Miss California, advocating for epilepsy awareness. She has been featured on Investigation Discovery, profiling local homicide cases. Gaby is a native of Stockton, California.

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Officer Involved Shooting Investigated in Modesto

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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

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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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