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Tracy Homicide Suspects Charged With Hate Crime

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STOCKTON – Two suspects appearing in court Friday afternoon in relation to this week’s homicide in Tracy were also charged with the special circumstance of hate crime, officials said.

Co-defendants Christina Lyn Garner and Jeremy Wayne Jones were arraigned in San Joaquin Superior Court on murder charges with the special circumstance alleging the victim was intentionally killed because of his race, color, religion, nationality, or country of origin, according to a press release from the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office. A third defendant, 58 year old Christopher Dimenco, was arraigned on an accessory charge.

On Tuesday night police were called to the Chevron gas station on North Tracy Boulevard for a report of a person shot. Arriving officers found the victim, identified as 30 year old Justin Peoples of Stockton, suffering from a gunshot wound and multiple stab wounds. The investigation led Tracy Police Special Investigations and Special Enforcement teams to Garner and Jones who were taken into custody the following morning on De Ovan Avenue in Stockton.

“There is no room for hate in our community. No one should be victimized because of their race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or religion” said Tori Verber Salazar, San Joaquin County District Attorney.

“These types of crimes are reprehensible and my administration will prosecute to the fullest extent of the law to hold those who perpetuate hate accountable,” she said in a press release.

“There is no room for hate for Tracy or anywhere,” said Chief Sekou Millington of the Tracy Police Department.

“When community members are victims of crimes related to hate, we will use our resources to bring those responsible to justice.”

The defendants are expected to appear in court before Judge Ronald Northrup on April 4th for further arraignment.

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 Tracy

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Officers examine a corner of Mosswood Court Friday afternoon where an officer involved shooting took place.

TRACY – One person who was said to be armed with a knife was rushed to a hospital Friday afternoon after being shot by a police officer.

Shortly before 2:00pm officers were called to the area of Mosswood Court for a report of a person with a knife chasing another. During the encounter an arriving officer fired his gun at the person said to be armed with a knife.

Officials at the scene said the person shot was rushed to a hospital in unknown condition. They had identified that person but were holding that information for a proper time.

The neighborhood was closed off while investigators responded to determine what took place.

No other injuries were reported.

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Aircraft Emergency Investigation Closes Mitchell Bridge

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Emergency personnel examine a crashed airplane near the Mitchel Road Bridge Wednesday afternoon.

MODESTO – An investigation into an aircraft emergency closed the northbound lanes of the Mitchell Road Bridge Wednesday afternoon.

At about 1:00pm emergency crews were dispatched to the fields east of the Mitchell Road Bridge north of the Tuolumne River for a report of a plane crash.

Arriving rescuers found a plane crashed face down into the ground near a group of trees. One person was deceased in the aircraft according to an official at the scene.

One witness at the scene said he was driving down Hatch Road when he noticed the plane at an awkward angle, but thought nothing of it at first.

No cause of the crash or estimated time of opening for Mitchell Road was available at time of publication.

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Double Homicide Investigated in Merced County, Warrant Issued For Suspect

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HILMAR – Authorities with the Merced County Sheriff’s Office are searching for a 40 year old man in connection to a double homicide that happened Tuesday night.

Authorities responded to the 19000 block of American Avenue regarding a possible homicide Tuesday night. Arriving deputies located two adult victims deceased.

Wednesday authorities identified 40 year old Victor Bazan as a suspect and issued a warrant for his arrest. Officials believe he is related to one of the victims, and he is known to be transient to the Modesto, Ceres and Turlock areas.

Relatives of one of the victims reaching out said a white stolen vehicle Bazan may have been traveling in was found abandoned in Bakersfield.

Anyone with information regarding Bazan’s whereabouts is encouraged to contact law enforcement immediately. He should not be approached.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact (209) 651-2852 where callers can remain anonymous.

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