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Police Make Arrest in Modesto Homicide

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MODESTO – Police on Friday announced the arrest of a man in connection to a homicide that took place on December 14th.

Darren Womack, 24, was arrested for the murder of 18 year old Lisandro Mendez. The incident took place shortly before 10:30pm on the 1600 block of Larkin Avenue. Womack is also facing burglary and gun enhancement charges.

Police responded to the home Monday night to find Mendez inside of a home who was shot at least once. Officers began providing aid until medics arrived to take over and transport the victim to a hospital. Mendez was later pronounced deceased.

Police searched the area after a possible involved vehicle was found crashed near Oregon Drive and Thrasher Avenue. Authorities found evidence of a possible connection to the shooting, and used a K-9 to conduct a search. The search led them to a residence on the 500 block of Kerr Avenue, however authorities are still unsure of the connection to the people who were contacted there.

About a half hour later, police received a report of a second shooting victim that arrived at a hospital with a gunshot wound. Police said that person appeared to be connected to the shooting, and were expected to survive their injuries.

No further details were released on Friday.

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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Man Airlifted After Waking With Burn Injuries

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MODESTO – A man was flown by helicopter for care after he woke with life-threatening burn injuries to the front of his body.

At about 9:30am Monday, deputies with the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 600 block of South Seventh Street for a report of a burn victim. A man was found suffering from life-threatening injuries and was prepped to be airlifted by helicopter.

Fire crews set up a landing zone at a nearby truck stop where an air ambulance was called to transport the victim to a hospital out of the county.

Detectives with the Crimes Against Persons Unit responded to take over the investigation. A crime scene was taped off along South Seventh Street just under the Highway 99 overpass.

Authorities believe the victim was asleep under the overpass when he was burned. He then walked to a relative’s home to call 911 for help. The circumstances surrounding the incident were being investigated.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is encouraged to contact Detective Veronica Esquivez at (209) 652-1792 or Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636 where callers can remain anonymous.

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Car Crash Causes Chain Reaction of Power Outages, Fires

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MODESTO – A vehicle that collided into a utility pole Thursday afternoon caused a chain reaction of power outages and fires in a West Modesto neighborhood.

The incident happened Thursday shortly before 12:30pm. A vehicle collision near Rouse and Roselawn Avenues involving a utility pole caused power lines to snap mid-block to the west. The energized lines collapsed and sparked a fire that quickly engulfed at least one outbuilding. The fire began to spread south consuming vegetation and jumping fences into neighboring properties.

Several fire crews responded from various agencies, including Turlock City and Manteca. Firefighters were able to control the forward spread of the fire mid-block on Colorado Avenue. Some neighbors used garden hoses to defend their properties as best as they could.

Emergency crews were on scene for several hours. Utility crews de-energized the damaged lines for repair. Several residents in the area were without power for some time while repairs were made.

The driver of the involved car that crashed into a utility pole was not located. Police officers responded to investigate. There was an apparent auto theft nearby roughly around the same time, but authorities weren’t sure if the incidents were connected.

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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Shooting Claims Man’s Life, Injures Another

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STOCKTON – Police investigated a shooting that fatally wounded a man and injured another Tuesday night.

Police officers responded to the 1800 block of South San Joaquin at about 9:42pm for a report of a shooting. Arriving officers found two men suffering from gunshot wounds.

One victim, a 33 year old man, died from his injuries at the scene. The second victim, a 41 year old man, was transported to a hospital for treatment and is expected to survive.

A witness in the area who wished to remain anonymous said they heard a disturbance down the street shortly before the gunfire. They described what appeared to be someone running away, but couldn’t make out a description.

The intersection of San Joaquin and Fourth Strets were closed off by police. The crime scene extended to South Sutter Street. Detectives responded to investigate the shooting, however no motive or suspect description was available for release Wednesday.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers at (209) 946-0600 where callers can remain anonymous.

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