TURLOCK – A cleanup was planned for Thursday morning at a West Main Street property where a large homeless encampment established itself near several businesses.
City officials were at the camp Wednesday afternoon handing out notices to people staying there. The camp sits on property on the south side of West Main Street in between South Tully and South Soderquist Road. By Wednesday afternoon several of the campers were already packing up their belongings, and those with vehicles were working to get them roadworthy.
“None of us know where we are going to go,” said Dawn Ross, who temporarily found herself camping at the location for the last week after her vehicle broke down. Ross said she became homeless off and on after losing her job 11 years ago during the great recession.
“I tried to get the part for it, but we got the wrong one,” she said of her car. “Hopefully we can get the car fixed by tomorrow.”
Turlock Mayor Amy Bublak said in a video statement that the city is working toward a solution.
“No one should live like that, no one should have their businesses harmed or the residents harmed by all that’s going on,” the mayor said. “It’s a health and safety hazard for everyone involved.”
Back at the camp, Ross explained that in an ideal situation, no one wanted to be camped at the property. She feels that the cleanups are not a long term solution to the problem.
“I wish Turlock could do something like what Modesto did,” she said. Ross referred to the Modesto Outdoor Emergency Shelter that was implemented in 2019.
“Just designate a space for these people. Somewhere out of sight and out of mind.”
Ross acknowledged that some people experiencing homelessness traditionally have problems that require rehabilitation, but feels there is a lack of services provided in the Turlock area for them.
“This is going to push people into alleyways, into the doorsteps of businesses and parks,” Ross explained. “At least everyone was confined right here.”
Advocates visited the camp Wednesday to offer what little outreach they could to the population there. Some explained that people experiencing homelessness have a hard time transitioning to a shelter due to rules and curfews set at facilities.
“They’re not animals, they’re human beings,” Ross said. “People need to have compassion. We’re all just a few steps away from homelessness, it can happen to anybody.”
Police Investigate Reported Shooting
MODESTO – Police responded to a report of a person shot Thursday near a busy intersection.
Shortly before noon officers were called to a report of a shooting near the intersection of McHenry and Orangeburg Avenues.
Early reports indicate one person was found injured near a bus stop. Arriving first responders attempted life saving measures.
The parking lot of the Pep Boys/Advance Auto Parts was closed off as a crime scene along with Orangeburg Avenue east of McHenry Avenue. By 12:30, investigators were arriving on scene.
One person may have been detained, a second person may have ran to a hospital for care. Stay tuned for further details.
Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Modesto Police or Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636 where callers can remain anonymous.
Shooting Investigated in South Modesto
MODESTO – Emergency personnel responded to a report of a person shot Saturday night near Imperial Avenue.
Shortly before 10:00pm emergency personnel responded to the 100 block of Imperial Avenue for a report of a person shot. Arriving deputies located one person who was shot in a pathway between Imperial and Glenn. Fire and medical crews also responded to the scene.
There was no confirmed suspect information available at time of publication, but it was believed the person responsible fled the area on foot.
The area was taped off by deputies.
Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office or Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636 where callers can remain anonymous.
Shooting Investigated on Pacific Avenue
STOCKTON – Officers with the Stockton Police Department investigated a report of a person shot late Thursday morning near Sherwood Mall.
The shooting happened at about 10:45am in the mall’s parking lot. Early reports indicate at least one person was struck by gunfire. The area was taped off and surrounding roadways were closed to traffic.
An alert from San Joaquin Delta College read as follows:
“Mustang Alert!: Police Activity at Mall – Shooting across from Stockton campus at the mall. Suspects fled away from campus. Delta is safe. Avoid Pacific Avenue.”
Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact the Stockton Police Department at (209) 937-8377 or Crime Stoppers at (209) 946-0600 where callers can remain anonymous.
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