Author Archives: Patrick Shansoff

Back and roof of home go up in flames early Sunday morning

On Sunday, December 4th, 2022, at 12:07 am, the Turlock Fire Department, Modesto Fire Department, Stanislaus Regional Fire Investigations Unit, Turlock Police Department, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported residential working structure fire at a residence in the 100 block of N Berkeley Ave, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they found a single-story single-family dwelling with heavy fire from the back and roof of the structure.

Firefighters were told that three people were possibly trapped inside, so they made entry into the home in an attempt to search for and rescue them, despite the dangers posed by the heavy fire conditions. Luckily, no one was located during the search.

Firefighters began fire attack and after a bit of work, were able to knock down and extinguish the fire.

Firefighters remained on scene for an extended period of time after the fire was out conducting overhaul, investigation, and other post-fire activities.

The Turlock Irrigation District and Pacific Gas and Electric Company responded to the scene to secure utilities, while the Modesto Fire Department and Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District provided city coverage for the duration of the incident.

One firefighter sustained minor injuries as a result of the fire.

The cause and origin of the fire remain unknown.

The investigation remains on-going. Anyone with information that could assist in the investigation is encouraged to call the Stanislaus Regional Fire Investigations Unit at 209-525-5537.

Teenager shot near Downtown Christmas Parade Friday night

On Friday, December 2nd, 2022, at 8:00 pm, the Turlock Police Department, Turlock Fire Department, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported aggravated assault that had just occurred at the intersection of N Golden State Blvd and E Olive Ave, Turlock, where a teenager had just been shot.

When crews arrived on scene, they found a victim, which we believe to be a 17-year-old boy, suffering from at least one gunshot wound to his abdomen, and possibly a second to his groin area. He was ground transported by American Medical Response to a local hospital, his current condition is unknown.

Preliminary information indicates that it was several other teenagers that were responsible for the assault and that they fled on foot northbound afterward, however, that has yet to be confirmed.

The assault happened near the end of the 43rd Annual Turlock Downtown Christmas Parade, just a block away from it. It’s not been confirmed yet if the victim or any of the suspects were in attendance of it or not, and the motive remains unknown.

The investigation remains on-going. Anyone with information that could assist in the investigation is encouraged to call Officer Henry Hernandez at 209-668-6534.

Drunk driver with two misdemeanor warrants arrested during traffic stop Thursday night

On Thursday, December 1st, 2022, at 9:55 pm, a Stanislaus State Police officer near the intersection of W Monte Vista Ave and Crowell Rd, Turlock, observed a vehicle violate the California Vehicle Code, so he made a traffic stop on it.

The officer made contact with and identified the vehicle’s driver, whose identity we currently don’t know.

The driver returned with two $6,000 misdemeanor bench warrants out of San Benito County. The first one was for possession of drug paraphernalia and the second one was for possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of methamphetamines.

Officers noticed that the driver was exhibiting objective symptoms of being under the influence, so they began asking him DUI interview questions. He admitted to drinking alcohol.

Officers then asked the driver if he would be willing to participate in standardized field sobriety tests. He agreed and completed the tests.

Based on the totality of the circumstances, officers determined that the driver was under the influence of alcohol.

The driver was arrested and released on a citation on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and driving with a blood alcohol content of .08 or greater, as well as his warrants. He was also issued an administrative driver’s license suspension order by the California Department of Motor Vehicles.

Man with misdemeanor warrants for theft and burglary arrested during traffic stop Thursday night

On Thursday, December 1st, 2022, at 9:26 pm, a Turlock Police officer near the intersection of Fulkerth Rd and N Tully Rd, Turlock, observed a vehicle violate the California Vehicle Code, so he made a traffic stop on it.

The officer made contact with and identified the vehicle’s driver as Eric Shepherd, 36, of Turlock.

When the officer had his dispatcher run Shepherd, he returned with two misdemeanor bench warrants. The first one was a $7,000 one out of Stanislaus State for driving with a suspended driver’s license, theft, and possession of methamphetamines, while the second one was a $7,555 local one for trespassing and burglary.

Shepherd was arrested and released on a citation on his warrants.

Man wanted in robbery arrested during traffic stop Tuesday night

On Tuesday, November 29th, 2022, at 9:37 pm, a Turlock Police officer near El Charro Bar & Grill, 942 N Golden State Blvd, Turlock, observed a vehicle violate the California Vehicle Code, so he made a traffic stop on it.

The officer made contact with the vehicle’s driver and identified him as Luis Garcia, 49, of Turlock.

When the officer had his dispatcher run Garcia, he returned to be wanted in a robbery that had occurred on Sunday, November 13th in the 400 block of Julien St, where he had beaten a man and taken his property.

Garcia was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of robbery and assault with a deadly weapon other than a firearm.

Man with felony warrant arrested on narcotics sales and weapon charges during traffic stop Monday afternoon

On Monday, November 28th, 2022, at 3:46 pm, Turlock Police investigators near the 1400 block of E Linwood Ave, Turlock, observed a vehicle being driven by a man who they knew had a warrant, so they made a traffic stop on it.

Investigators made contact with Shaun Barlow, 53, of Hughson, and had their dispatcher run him to confirm his warrant. He returned with a $65,000 felony bench warrant for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon or person addicted to a narcotic and driving with a suspended driver’s license.

Barlow was arrested and a search of his vehicle incident to arrest led to the discovery of narcotics, a baton, and a can of pepper spray.

Barlow was booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of possession of a tear gas weapon by a convicted felon or person convicted of an assault crime, transporting or selling methamphetamines, bringing or sending a controlled substance into a jail or prison, possession of methamphetamines for sale, and possession of a leaded cane or other similar weapon, as well as his warrant.

Man arrested after stealing wheelchair and cash Monday afternoon

On Monday, November 28th, 2022, at 2:34 pm, the Turlock Police Department was dispatched to a reported larceny that had just occurred at Jack in the Box, 100 N Golden State Blvd, Turlock, where a man had stolen a wheelchair, some cash, and other personal belongings.

Officers took a report and cleared the call after being unable to locate the suspect in the area, however, were called back out shortly later after a witness spotted him near Mister Car Wash, 487 N Golden State Blvd.

Officers arrived in the area and made contact with a man who identified himself as Johnathan Chiname, 22, of Merced. A majority of the stolen property was located in Chiname’s possession and recovered.

Chiname was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of grand theft.

Man with felony warrant arrested after being discharged from hospital early Tuesday morning

On Tuesday, November 29th, 2022, at 1:37 am, the Turlock Police Department, Turlock Fire Department, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported sick person at Venice Motel, 1114 N Golden State Blvd, Turlock, where a man was overdosing.

Officers arrived on scene first and found a man later identified as Jose Santana, 29, of Turlock, with a pulse but unconscious. Officers quickly administered Narcan, an opioid-reversing agent, which woke Santana up in less than two minutes.

Officers had their dispatcher run Santana and he returned with a no bail local felony bench warrant for burglary, theft, and obtaining and using personal identifying information of another person for an unlawful purpose.

Santana was ground transported by American Medical Response to a local hospital and he was discharged in less than an hour. Officers were staking out the hospital waiting for Santana to exit, and when he did, they arrested him.

Santana was booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on his warrant.

Woman with felony theft warrant arrested during suspicious incident call Monday afternoon

On Monday, November 28th, 2022, at 2:00 pm, the Turlock Police Department was dispatched to a reported suspicious incident near a residence in the 1000 block of Geer Rd, Turlock, where people had been seen reportedly using narcotics.

Officers arrived on scene and contacted a man and a woman. They were both identified, including Sonya Muzquiz, 31, of Turlock.

When officers had their dispatcher run the two, the man returned to be on parole, while Muzquiz returned with a no bail local felony bench warrant for grand theft.

Officers searched the man and nothing of interest was found.

Muzquiz was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on her warrant.

Two men wanted after failed armed robbery attempt Monday night

On Monday, November 28th, 2022, at 9:00 pm, the Turlock Police Department was dispatched to a reported armed robbery in progress at Pizza Hut, 920 Lander Ave, Turlock.

Officers arrived on scene and contacted the victim who told them that two men had entered the business, one of them with a handgun that he was holding in his hand. The man with the gun told the victim to open the register, however, the victim told him that he was not able to. A few seconds later, both men fled the area empty-handed.

Officers checked the area for the men, however, were unable to locate them.

Both were described to be Hispanic and in their 20s. The one who was armed with the gun was wearing a white sweatshirt with the hood up, while the other one was wearing a blue and red sweatshirt with the hood up and dark-colored jeans.

The investigation remains on-going. Anyone with information that could assist in the investigation is encouraged to call Officer Tyler Gursky at 209-668-6552.

Man arrested after burglarizing two electrical businesses early Sunday morning

On Sunday, November 27th, 2022, at 5:49 am, the Turlock Police Department was dispatched to a commercial alarm at Platt Electric, 551 N Tully Rd, Turlock.

When officers arrived on scene, they located a cut lock on the north side of the business and a hole cut into the side of the building.

Eventually, a man later identified as John Boston, 50, of Ceres, emerged from the building through a door and began running southbound through a fenced area of the business. A foot pursuit ensued as Boston jumped over a fence and continued fleeing. A short time later, Boston was eventually caught.

Boston was arrested but then released to be transported to a local hospital due to a facial injury he had suffered during the incident. Body-worn camera video was later reviewed and it was confirmed that the injury was not caused by officers, but rather by Boston striking an unknown object during the foot pursuit.

A few hours later, officers took another burglary at Edges Electrical Group, 1200 W Glenwood Ave, which was discovered late. Boston was identified as a suspect in that one as well and it was determined to have happened about an hour prior to the one he was caught during.

Boston is currently wanted on charges of burglary, obstructing or resisting a peace officer or other public officer, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of a controlled substance. He will be sought after he is released from the hospital.

Man arrested for armed robbery after being recognized by officers Saturday afternoon

On Saturday, November 26th, 2022, at 3:18 pm, the Turlock Police Department was dispatched to a reported armed robbery in progress at Smoke 4 Less, 2928 Geer Rd, Turlock.

Officers arrived and contacted the victim who told them that a man had entered his business and attempted to take two display cases full of merchandise. When the victim tried to stop the man, he threw both cases onto the ground and caused them to shatter. The man then grabbed two pocket knives from the broken display cases and threatened the owner, before fleeing the area on his bicycle with the pocket knives and other merchandise.

The victim showed officers surveillance camera video of the man and they immediately recognized him as Michael Tates, 44, of Turlock, a man who they have had plenty of encounters with.

Tates was located at a nearby park shortly later and the victim was brought to him. The victim was able to positively identify Tates as the suspect.

Tates was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of robbery and vandalism.

Man arrested after taking cash from locally owned cafe’s office Saturday morning

On Saturday, November 26th, 2022, at 9:56 am, the Turlock Police Department was dispatched to a reported commercial burglary at La Mo Cafe, 310 E Main St, Turlock.

Officers arrived on scene and made contact with the victim, who informed them that a man had been seen in the upstairs office of the business at about 7:00 am. Employees were able to scare the man off and he fled the area on foot. When the victim checked the office, she noticed cash missing. The victim showed officers surveillance camera video of the incident.

A few hours later, employees saw the man a few blocks down the street and called police.

Officers arrived and contacted Lionel Villanueva, 49, of Turlock, who was wearing the same clothes depicted in the surveillance camera video. Villanueva was determined to be on searchable probation so he was searched. The search led to the discovery of the cash and other items that had been taken from the business, as well as some methamphetamines.

Villanueva was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of burglary and possession of methamphetamines.

Gas station robbed at gunpoint Wednesday night

On Wednesday, November 23rd, 2022, at 11:49 pm, the Turlock Police Department was dispatched to a reported armed robbery at Chevron ExtraMile, 100 E Glenwood Ave, Turlock.

Officers arrived on scene and contacted the victim who reported to them that a man had entered the business at about 11:03 pm and pulled a handgun from his waistband. The man then threatened the clerk with the gun. The clerk, in fear of being hurt or shot, provided money to the man before he fled to the carwash next door where a green or blue GMC Jimmy had been seen parked earlier.

The man was described to be Hispanic and in his early 20s with black hair in a ponytail and a short mustache.

The investigation remains on-going. Anyone with information that could assist in the investigation is encouraged to call Officer Martin Marquez at 209-668-1200.

Man arrested after breaking into home to attack dog and running from officers Wednesday afternoon

On Wednesday, November 23rd, 2022, at 12:47 pm, the Turlock Police Department was dispatched to a reported residential burglary in progress at a residence in the 400 block of Monroe Ave, Turlock.

When officers arrived on scene, they found the suspect, David Fannon, 27, of Turlock, standing in the driveway of the residence next to his vehicle. Fannon was contacted and denied breaking into the home.

Other officers made contact with the victim and he told them that Fannon and his son had previously visited him at his home. During the visit, Fannon’s son had a dog jump on him, causing an injury. Fannon then reportedly told the victim that he was going to kill the dog for causing the injury to his son. The victim then told officers that today, while he was at his home, Fannon broke in using a crowbar and attempted to attack the dog that had injured his son.

A crowbar was found in Fannon’s vehicle.

When officers attempted to put Fannon in handcuffs, he pulled away from them and threatened to fight them. Fannon then began running and a foot pursuit ensued. Fannon ran for a few minutes and jumped several random backyard fences, however, was eventually caught in the 300 block of E Olive Ave.

Fannon was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of burglary, obstructing or resisting a peace officer or other public officer, obstructing or resisting an executive officer by means of threats or violence, and violation of post release community supervision.

Wrong man contacted on suspicious person call arrested on three felony warrants early Monday morning

On Monday, November 28th, 2022, at 1:57 am, the Turlock Police Department was dispatched to a reported suspicious person near the intersection of E Tuolumne Rd and Bucknell St, Turlock, who was lighting random things on fire.

Officers arrived in the area and contacted a man later identified as Alfredo Espinoza, 31, of Orland.

Espinoza was determined to not be the man officers were looking for, however, when they had their dispatcher run him, he returned with three local felony bench warrants. The first one was a $100,500 one for attempted burglary, the second one was a $50,500 one for possession of a weapon in a prison or jail and possession of ammunition by a prohibited person, and the third one was a $100,500 one for possession of ammunition by a prohibited person.

Espinoza was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on his warrants.

The man who officers had originally been looking for was never located.

Extremely drunk driver spits on officer and vomits on himself after being arrested Sunday night

On Sunday, November 27th, 2022, at 11:33 pm, the Turlock Police Department was dispatched to a reported vehicle collision at McDonald’s, 2400 Geer Rd, Turlock.

When officers arrived on scene, they found a single vehicle involved, a gray Honda sedan that had struck a bollard in the business’s drive-through.

The vehicle had a single occupant, its driver, who at this point we only know as William. William did not suffer any injuries.

The vehicle had sustained very minor superficial damage and was able to be driven by an officer to a parking space in the parking lot.

While officers were speaking with William, they noticed that he was exhibiting objective symptoms of being under the influence, so they began asking him DUI interview questions. During the interview, William stated that he had been at “24 Central Turlock” drinking “Turlock Soda”. 

During the interview, William was also asked if he was diabetic and he stated that he was. American Medical Response responded to check William out and they determined that he was not suffering any type of diabetic emergency.

Officers then asked William if he would be willing to participate in standardized field sobriety tests. William agreed and began the first test, however, was unable to complete it due to his level of intoxication.

Based on the totality of the circumstances, officers determined that William was under the influence of alcohol.

William was arrested and refused to provide an evidentiary breath or blood sample as required by California’s implied consent law. He then spat on an officer and was transported to the Turlock Police Department. During the transport and upon arrival, William vomited several times on himself and the back seat of the police vehicle. He was eventually released to be transported to a local hospital by American Medical Response.

It’s currently unknown how exactly the collision occurred.

Woman arrested for narcotics possession during traffic stop Sunday night

On Sunday, November 27th, 2022, at 10:18 pm, a Turlock Police officer near Auto Zone, 1272 Geer Rd, Turlock, observed a vehicle violate the California Vehicle Code, so he made a traffic stop on it.

The officer made contact with and identified the vehicle’s driver as Ashlee Deminsky, 25, of Denair.

When the officer had his dispatcher run Deminsky, she returned to be on searchable probation for forgery.

A subsequent search of Deminsky’s vehicle led to the discovery of narcotics.

Deminsky was arrested and released on a citation on charges of possession of a controlled substance.

Fire breaks out in processing room of large industrial facility Sunday evening

On Sunday, November 27th, 2022, at 6:15 pm, the Turlock Fire Department was dispatched to a commercial fire alarm at Sensient Natural Ingredients, 151 S Walnut Rd, Turlock.

When firefighters arrived on scene, they found light smoke emitting from the large industrial facility, so they upgraded the incident to a commercial working structure fire which brought in additional resources from the Turlock Fire Department, Modesto Fire Department, Stanislaus Regional Fire Investigations Unit, and American Medical Response.

Firefighters began investigating and located a fire inside one of the processing rooms that was being contained by the facility’s sprinkler system. Firefighters immediately began fire attack and were able to quickly put the fire out.

Firefighters remained on scene for an extended period of time after the fire was out conducting overhaul, investigation, and other post-fire activities.

The Turlock Irrigation District and Pacific Gas and Electric Company responded to the scene to secure utilities, while the Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District and Turlock Rural Fire Protection District provided city coverage for the duration of the incident.

No injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire remains unknown, however, its origin was a piece of machinery.

The investigation remains on-going. Anyone with information that could assist in the investigation is encouraged to call the Stanislaus Regional Fire Investigations Unit at 209-525-5537.

Man arrested after entering elderly woman’s house through window early Saturday morning

On Saturday, November 26th, 2022, at 1:36 am, the Turlock Police Department was dispatched to a reported residential burglary in progress at a residence in the 700 block of Pedras Rd, Turlock, after an alarm company had received a medical alarm activation from an elderly subscriber and after they called her she told them that there was someone who had entered her house through a window.

As officers were responding, the victim herself called police and told them that the intruder had left. She provided a description of him, a younger white man wearing a hat, black jacket, white shirt, and white pants.

Simultaneously, police received a call from a woman at a residence in the 1000 block of Jacquelinelee Dr reporting that her son, Logan Kunze, 19, of Turlock, who police have a lot of recent history with, was banging on their front door and hallucinating.

Officers responded to Kunze’s residence and found that his description matched that of the burglary suspect. The victim was brought to Kunze and she was able to positively identify him as who had entered her house.

Kunze was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of burglary.

Convicted felon with pepper spray and drug paraphernalia arrested after lying to officers about her name Friday night

On Friday, November 25th, 2022, at 10:01 pm, the Turlock Police Department was dispatched to a reported suspicious vehicle parked across the street from a residence in the 300 block of Fransil Ln, Turlock.

When officers arrived on scene, they found the vehicle occupied by a woman who originally gave them a fake name, however, she eventually admitted that she was really Angelina Dehaven Jimenez, 24, of Turlock.

When officers had their dispatcher run Jimenez, she returned with a $25,000 local misdemeanor bench warrant for domestic battery and was also on probation for assault by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury and auto theft.

Jimenez was arrested and a subsequent search of her vehicle led to the discovery of pepper spray, which she is prohibited from possessing because she’s a convicted felon, and drug paraphernalia. Officers also found power tools that they suspected were stolen, however, they were never able to confirm that.

Jimenez was booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of possession of a tear gas weapon by a convicted felon or person convicted of an assault crime, falsely identifying to a peace officer, and possession of drug paraphernalia, as well as her warrant.

Baby airlifted after being involved in rural rollover crash Monday evening

On Monday, November 21st, 2022, at 6:08 pm, the California Highway Patrol, Denair Fire Protection District, Turlock Rural Fire Protection District, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with injuries at the intersection of Santa Fe Ave and E Keyes Rd, Denair.

When crews arrived on scene, they found at least one vehicle involved, a Toyota sedan, that had overturned several times. Information indicates that a second vehicle was possibly also involved, however, that has not yet been able to be confirmed.

The Toyota sedan had a total of two occupants, an adult driver and a baby passenger. The adult suffered major injuries and was ground transported by American Medical Response to a local hospital after having to be extricated by firefighters, while the baby suffered unknown injuries and was air transported by PHI Air Medical Services to a regional children’s hospital.

The Toyota sedan sustained major damage and was deemed inoperable as a result of the collision, requiring it to be towed away.

It’s currently unknown how the collision occurred.

Parolee arrested on narcotics charge during bicycle stop Monday night

On Monday, November 21st, 2022, at 9:53 pm, a Turlock Police sergeant near the intersection of E Canal Dr and N Denair Ave, Turlock, observed a bicycle violate the California Vehicle Code, so he made a traffic stop on it.

The sergeant made contact with and identified the bicyclist as Steven Black, 44, of Turlock.

When the sergeant had his dispatcher run Black, he returned to be on parole for making criminal threats.

A subsequent parole search of Black’s person led to the discovery of narcotics.

Black was arrested and released on a citation on charges of possession of a controlled substance.

Man arrested after cutting city water quality control facility fence Monday afternoon

On Monday, November 21st, 2022, at 4:14 pm, the Turlock Police Department was dispatched to a reported vandalism that had just occurred at the City of Turlock Regional Water Quality Control Facility, 901 S Walnut Rd, Turlock.

When officers arrived on scene, they found and made contact with a man later identified as Troy Long, 23, of Turlock.

Officers began investigating and were told by Long that he had unspooled the wiring on a fence leading into the facility to retrieve one of his tools that had been thrown over it. Officers then spoke to a witness who showed them a video of Long actually cutting it.

The damage was estimated to be about $500, a felony amount.

Long was arrested and a search incident to arrest led to the discovery of narcotics.

Long was booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of vandalism and possession of a controlled substance.

Man wanted from two shoplifting incidents over the past month arrested after being recognized by officer Sunday night

On Sunday, November 20th, 2022, at 11:49 pm, the Turlock Police Department was dispatched to a reported suspicious incident at Vilas Parkside, 381 W Hawkeye Ave, Turlock, after several men had been seen running through the apartment complex while a car alarm was going off.


When officers arrived on scene and began checking the area, one of them noticed and recognized a man later identified as Gavino Gusimat, 48, of Oakland, whose photos he had just seen on the be on the lookout log a few hours prior.

Gusimat was wanted in connection to two shoplifting incidents that occurred at Old Navy, 2831 Countryside Drive, on Thursday, October 27th, and Friday, November 11th.

The officer made contact with Gusimat and identified him.

When the officer had his dispatcher run Gusimat, he returned with a $10,000 local misdemeanor bench warrant for possession of methamphetamines.

Gusimat was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of grand theft and organized retail theft, as well as his warrant.

Trespassing call results in misdemeanor theft warrant arrest Sunday afternoon

On Sunday, November 20th, 2022, at 4:29 pm, the Turlock Police Department was dispatched to a reported trespass in progress at the FedEx Office, 1451 Geer Rd, Turlock.

When officers arrived on scene, they found and made contact with a man who identified himself as Jesse Vidaurri, 30, of Modesto.

When officers had their dispatcher run Vidaurri, he returned with a $55,555 local misdemeanor bench warrant for theft.

Vidaurri was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on his warrant.

Two suffer major injuries after vehicle strikes tree and overturns Saturday night

On Saturday, November 19th, 2022, at 9:06 pm, the California Highway Patrol, Denair Fire Protection District, Turlock Rural Fire Protection District, Keyes Fire Protection District, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with injuries on N Gratton Rd just south of Underhill Rd, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they found a single vehicle involved, a Chevrolet pickup truck, which had overturned and was on its roof.

The vehicle had two occupants, driver Damon Feery, 24, of Turlock, and passenger Katelynn Delao, 25, of Turlock. Both suffered major injuries and were ground transported by American Medical Response to local hospitals after having to be extricated from the vehicle by firefighters.

The vehicle sustained major damage and was deemed inoperable as a result of the collision, requiring it to be towed away.

Officers began investigating and determined that the vehicle was heading southbound on N Gratton Rd from Underhill Rd, when for an unknown reason, Feery turned it to the left and caused it to leave the roadway from the east edge. The front of the vehicle struck a tree stump and it continued in a southerly direction before striking a tree, overturning, and coming to final rest facing a northwesterly direction.

Neither alcohol nor drugs were a factor in the collision. Both of the vehicle’s occupants stated that they were wearing their seatbelts and Feery stated that he was not on his phone when the collision occurred.

Bullet falls through home’s carport roof after unknown person fires into sky Saturday evening

On Saturday, November 19th, 2022, at 6:45 pm, the Turlock Police Department was dispatched to a reported weapon offense that had just occurred at a residence in the 1100 block of English Ave, Turlock, after a man had heard what he believed was a gunshot and then a vehicle speeding off.

Officers arrived on scene and began investigating, finding a bullet in the driveway of the residence that had fallen from the sky and through the roof of a carport in the driveway. Officers determined that there was no drive-by shooting and that it was a negligent discharge into the sky by an unknown person.

No injuries were reported.

The investigation remains on-going. Anyone with information that could assist in the investigation is encouraged to call Officer Andy Khounlivong at 209-668-1200.

Man in roadway dies after being struck by driver who flees scene Monday night

On Monday, November 21st, 2022, at 11:44 pm, the Turlock Police Department, Turlock Fire Department, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with injuries in front of a residence in the 1200 block of Geer Rd, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they found a man later identified as William Hanson, 36, of Turlock, down in the roadway with a weak pulse and the vehicle that had struck him gone.

Officers immediately began chest compressions and were relieved by firefighters minutes later. Unfortunately, despite everyone’s best efforts, Hanson had suffered major injuries which he succumbed to at the scene around 12:05 am.

The Turlock Police Department’s Major Accident Investigation Team responded to the scene to process it, which required both southbound lanes between Twentieth Century Blvd and Wayside Dr to be closed until just before 4:00 am.

Originally, the involved vehicle was believed to be a silver SUV, however, that information has since been updated to a white 2000s Chevrolet Tahoe or GMC Yukon. It’s unknown which direction the vehicle went after the collision, however, it was headed southbound prior to it.

It’s currently unknown how the collision occurred, besides the fact that Hanson was in the roadway outside of a crosswalk in the southbound lanes.

The investigation remains on-going. Anyone with information that could assist in the investigation is encouraged to call Officer Richard Fortado at 209-664-7399.

Man suspected of breaking several windows over two days arrested early Sunday morning

On Sunday, November 20th, 2022, at 3:24 am, the Turlock Police Department was dispatched to a reported vandalism that had just occurred at 112 W Main St, Turlock, after a man had been seen breaking two windows with a rock and running off.

Officers arrived in the area within minutes and began searching, finding a man later identified as Devin Cole, 31, of Modesto, hiding near the back entrance of Cuts Steakhouse, 142 W Main St. He was detained for further investigation.

Officers reviewed surveillance camera video and spoke with witnesses, which ultimately led to the confirmation that Cole was indeed the man who had broken the windows.

Officers began investigating a little further as several windows to homes and businesses had been broken over the course of the previous two days throughout town and discovered that one of the homes that had a window broken the previous morning was listed as one of Cole’s previous addresses on his driver’s license record. The incidents all occurred in a very similar fashion, with an unknown man on foot throwing rocks through windows and running away on foot prior to officers arriving. Two of the incidents had been mistaken for drive-by shootings, which resulted in all available officers responding and wasting resources that the city is already running thin on.

Cole was determined to be on parole for driving under the influence of alcohol causing injury, so his parole agent was contacted. The parole agent found that there was probable cause a violation of parole had occurred, so he authorized that Cole be placed on a hold while awaiting a parole revocation hearing.

Cole was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of vandalism and violation of parole.

Man arrested on felony warrant after screaming on CSUS campus Saturday afternoon

On Saturday, November 19th, 2022, at 4:33 pm, the Stanislaus State Police Department and Turlock Police Department were dispatched to a security check near the Theatre Building, 1 University Cir, Turlock, after a man had been seen hallucinating and screaming, possibly under the influence of drugs.

When officers arrived on scene, they found and made contact with a man who identified himself as Raymond Cornejo, 50, of Turlock.

When officers had their dispatcher run Cornejo, he returned with two bench warrants out of Turlock. The first one was a $100,500 felony one for unlawfully causing a fire, while the second one was a $25,000 misdemeanor one for obstructing or resisting a peace officer or other public officer.

Cornejo was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of public intoxication, as well as his warrants.

Man arrested on weapon charges while drinking with others at memorial park Saturday morning

On Saturday, November 19th, 2022, at 10:13 am, the Turlock Police Department was dispatched to a reported weapon offense in progress at Turlock Memorial Park, 575 N Soderquist Rd, Turlock, after a security guard had seen three men on the property drinking alcohol with one of them possibly having a handgun in their waistband.

Officers arrived on scene and the security guard pointed out the men to officers, including the one who he believed had the handgun.

The officers made contact with and identified the three, including Alejandro Garcia, 25, of Atwater, and Jesse Medina, 27, of Turlock.

A subsequent search of Garcia’s vehicle led to the discovery of the handgun the security guard had thought he had seen.

When the officer had his dispatcher run the three, Medina returned with two $2,000 misdemeanor bench warrants out of Modesto for theft.

Both Garcia and Medina were arrested, Garcia was booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of carrying a concealed firearm and failure by a defendant to timely file a prohibited persons relinquishment form, while Medina was released on a citation.

Suspicious incident call leads to arrest for four warrants early Saturday morning

On Saturday, November 19th, 2022, at 12:17 am, the Turlock Police Department was dispatched to a reported suspicious incident in progress at Villas Parkside, 381 W Hawkeye Ave, Turlock, after two men had been seen prowling around vehicles in the parking lot with flashlights and then making access into one.

When officers arrived on scene, they found only one man in the parking lot, later identified as Augustine Gallardo, 30, of Turlock.

Gallardo claimed that he had permission to access the vehicle that he had accessed and that was later determined to be true.

When officers had their dispatcher run Gallardo, he returned with four local warrants. The first one was a $100,550 felony bench warrant for organized retail theft and possession of burglary tools, the second one was a $25,500 misdemeanor bench warrant for domestic battery, the third one was a $25,500 misdemeanor bench warrant for contempt of court, and the fourth one was a $2,000 misdemeanor warrant of arrest for theft and driving without a valid driver’s license.

Gallardo was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on his warrants.

Man suffers major injuries after t-bone collision Friday night

On Friday, November 18th, 2022, at 9:53 pm, the Turlock Police Department, Stanislaus State Police Department, Turlock Fire Department, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with injuries at the intersection of E Tuolumne Rd and N Olive Ave, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they found two vehicles involved. The first one was a white Toyota sedan and the second one was a silver Nissan sedan. The silver Nissan sedan had also struck a tree.

Both vehicles only had single occupants, their drivers. The driver of the white Toyota sedan did not suffer any injuries, while the driver of the silver Nissan sedan suffered moderate injuries. He was ground transported by American Medical Response to a local hospital.

Both vehicles sustained major damage as a result of the collision, requiring them to be towed away.

Officers began investigating and determined that the white Toyota sedan had been traveling eastbound on E Tuolumne Rd from Meadowlark Dr approaching the intersection, while the silver Nissan sedan had been traveling northbound on N Olive Ave from Delbon Aveapproaching the intersection. The two vehicles arrived at the intersection at the same time and entered it, which resulted in the front of the white Toyota sedan colliding with the left side of the silver Nissan sedan. The white Toyota sedan came to final rest in the roadway, while the silver Nissan sedan went up onto the sidewalk and came to final rest after colliding with a tree. Fault has yet to be determined.

Elderly woman injured after causing vehicle to overturn in neighborhood Friday night

On Friday, November 18th, 2022, at 8:54 pm, the Turlock Police Department, Stanislaus State Police Department, Turlock Fire Department, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported vehicle collision in the 2000 block of Georgia Way, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they found two vehicles involved. The first one was a gray Subaru SUV, which had overturned and was on its roof, and the second one was a white Chevrolet SUV.

The gray Subaru SUV had a single occupant, its driver, an elderly woman, who suffered minor injuries and refused to be transported to the hospital. The white Chevrolet SUV was parked on the side of the road and unoccupied when the collision occurred.

The gray Subaru SUV sustained moderate damage and was deemed inoperable as a result of the collision, requiring it to be towed away. The white Chevrolet SUV sustained minor damage and was left parked where it was.

It’s currently unknown how the collision occurred.

Teen arrested after fleeing collision scene and leading officers on high speed pursuit Thursday night

On Thursday, November 17th, 2022, at 9:12 pm, Turlock Police officers near the intersection of Countryside Dr and Retreat Dr, Turlock, observed a gray Chrysler sedan rear-end a blue Nissan SUV and begin to flee the scene at a high rate of speed southbound on Countryside Dr.

The officers got behind the vehicle and attempted to stop it, however, it took off on them and a pursuit ensued.

The pursuit went eastbound on W Tuolumne Rd and then southbound on N Golden State Blvd. Officers lost sight of the vehicle near Dels Ln, however, another officer reacquired it as it continued southbound past Geer Rd. That officer also lost it after it blew a red light at E Olive Ave and continued southbound. The pursuit was terminated at that point.

A few seconds later, the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s airship spotted a very hot vehicle go over the S Golden State Blvd overpass and then turn southbound onto Golf Rd. The airship then observed the vehicle pull into an orchard in the 11300 block of Golf Link Rd, just south of E Clausen Rd, and its driver exit it and begin crouching underneath a tree.

Officers quickly arrived in the area, set up a perimeter, and had the sheriff’s airship give orders to the suspect, later identified as Jaime Nuno, 18, of Ceres, to surrender over their public address system. He eventually went out to officers and surrendered after seeing a police canine ready to bite him.

The original pursuit’s duration was only about two minutes and speeds reached an excessive of 80 miles per hour. During the pursuit, Nuno cut several vehicles off, changed lanes without signaling, and ran several red lights. The time between the start of the pursuit and Nuno’s capture was about 13 minutes.

Nuno was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of flight from a peace officer with disregard to public safety, hit and run causing property damage only, and driving without a valid driver’s license.

No one was injured in the original collision and the damage caused was very minor.

Man arrested after breaking out liquor store window early Thursday morning

On Thursday, November 17th, 2022, at 2:11 am, the Turlock Police Department was dispatched to a reported commercial burglary that had just occurred at Liquor Locker, 1590 Lander Ave, Turlock.

When officers arrived on scene, they found a window that had been broken, however, no burglary had actually occurred since entry had not been made. Officers took a report.

That night, at 10:03 pm, officers went back to the business to conduct follow-up investigation and were informed by the business owner that the man who had broken their window had just walked by the business. Officers were given a description of the man and began checking the area for him.

Officers eventually made contact with a man near Save Mart, 1631 Lander Ave, who matched the description of the suspect. He was identified as Hector Vasquez, 30, of Turlock.

When officers had their dispatcher run Vasquez, he returned with a $1,000 misdemeanor bench warrant for trespassing.

Vasquez was arrested and a search of his person and property incident to arrest led to the discovery of drug paraphernalia.

Vasquez was transported back to Liquor Locker where he was positively identified by the business owner as the man who had broken their window.

Vasquez was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of vandalism and possession of drug paraphernalia, as well as his warrant.

Man arrested on three misdemeanor theft warrants during traffic stop early Friday morning

On Friday, November 18th, 2022, at 1:46 am, a Stanislaus State Police officer near the intersection of Danny Ave and Julie Ave, Turlock, observed a vehicle violate the California Vehicle Code, so he made a traffic stop on it.

The officer made contact with and identified the vehicle’s driver as Devin Tillery, 29, of Turlock.

When the officer had his dispatcher run Tillery, he returned with three misdemeanor bench warrants out of Turlock for theft.

Tillery was arrested and released on a citation on his warrants.

Man arrested on felony warrant while riding motorcycle with six-year-old daughter Thursday night

On Thursday, November 17th, 2022, at 8:34 pm, a Turlock Police officer near the intersection of W Linwood Ave and S Kilroy Rd, Turlock, observed a motorcycle violate the California Vehicle Code, so he made a traffic stop on it.

The officer made contact with the motorcyclist and identified him as Brian Weisser, 37, of Turlock. Weisser also had his 6-year-old daughter on the motorcycle with him.

When the officer had his dispatcher run Weisser, he returned with three bench warrants. The first one was a $35,500 felony one out of Modesto for auto theft and possession of a stolen vehicle, the second one was a $5,500 misdemeanor one out of Modesto for driving without a valid driver’s license, driving or leaving standing an unregistered vehicle, and altering or forging a vehicle registration document or item with the intent to defraud, and the third one was a $5,500 misdemeanor one out of Stanislaus County for reporting to a peace officer or prosecutor that a crime has been committed, knowing the report to be false.

Weisser was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on his warrants.

Weisser’s daughter was transported by officers to her mother who was staying at a nearby motel.

Teen injured in rollover collision Wednesday morning

On Wednesday, November 16th, 2022, at 8:11 am, the Turlock Police Department, Turlock Fire Department, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with injuries at the intersection of Atherstone Rd and N Golden State Blvd, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they found two vehicles involved. The first one was a Jeep SUV that had overturned and was on its roof, while the second one was an Acura sedan.

At least one person, the 17-year-old boy driving the Jeep SUV suffered minor injuries, however, it’s unknown if he was transported to the hospital or if there were any other patients.

It’s currently unknown how the collision occurred.

Two arrested after shoplifting incident results in recovery of stolen property and narcotics Friday morning

On Friday, November 11th, 2022, at 11:45 am, the Turlock Police Department was dispatched to a reported larceny that had just occurred at Big Lots, 1840 Countryside Dr, Turlock, after a man had just left the business with unpaid merchandise concealed in his pants.

Officers arrived on scene and located the suspect, Randall McCartney, 35, of Turlock, sitting in a vehicle in the parking lot along with two other adults and a child. One of the two other adults was identified as Robert Torres, 33, of Hilmar.

A subsequent search of the vehicle led to the discovery of the stolen merchandise along with narcotics.

McCartney and Torres were both arrested and released on citations, McCartney on charges of theft, and Torres on charges of possession of a controlled substance.

Man arrested on two misdemeanor warrants during traffic stop Tuesday night

On Tuesday, November 15th, 2022, at 10:41 pm, a Turlock Police officer near the intersection of N Golden State Blvd and Pedras Rd, Turlock, observed a vehicle violate the California Vehicle Code, so he made a traffic stop on it.

The officer made contact with and identified the vehicle’s driver as Ricky Agundez, 41, of Turlock.

When the officer had his dispatcher run Agundez, he returned with two misdemeanor bench warrants out of Newark. The first one was for possession of burglary tools, while the second one was for theft and possession of stolen property.

Agundez was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on his warrants.

Man on PRCS arrested after prowling around vehicles with vehicle theft tools Tuesday evening

On Tuesday, November 15th, 2022, at 7:12 pm, the Turlock Police Department was dispatched to a reported suspicious person in front of In-Shape Health Clubs, 2821 Countryside Dr, Turlock, after a man had been seen prowling around the parking lot looking into vehicles.

When officers arrived on scene, they found and made contact with a man later identified as Rothona Reach, 37, of Modesto.

Reach was determined to be on post release community supervision for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon or person addicted to a narcotic, so PRCS searches of his person and nearby parked vehicle were conducted. The searches led to the discovery of shaved keys and other devices used to gain access to vehicles.

Officers called probation and notified them of their findings, which resulted in Reach being found to have violated PRCS.

Reach was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of possession of burglary tools and violation of post release community supervision.

Woman arrested after burglarizing occupied home’s garage early Sunday morning

On Sunday, November 13th, 2022, at 4:45 am, the Turlock Police Department was dispatched to a reported residential burglary in progress at a residence in the 1700 block of Fulkerth Rd, Turlock.

When officers arrived on scene, they located the suspect, later identified as Eboni Wilson, 42, of Turlock, walking away from the residence while the victims were following her. Wilson was detained for further investigation.

Officers began speaking with the two victims, a boyfriend and a girlfriend, and the girlfriend stated that she had received a text message from her neighbor telling her that someone was inside her garage. The boyfriend exited the residence and saw Wilson simultaneously leaving their garage, carrying a variety of their belongings. The boyfriend told Wilson to stop but she refused, so the couple began following her. That’s when officers arrived and located Wilson.

Wilson was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of burglary.

Dangerous driver call leads to arrest of felon with assault rifle Friday night

On Friday, November 11th, 2022, at 8:26 pm, the Turlock Police Department was dispatched to a reported dangerous driver at the intersection of N Palm St and E Olive Ave, Turlock.

Officers arrived in the area and began checking, however, were unable to locate the vehicle.

A few minutes later, a Turlock Fire Battalion Chief who was monitoring police radio traffic as well spotted the same vehicle still driving in a dangerous manner near the intersection of N Olive Ave and Wayside Dr. The battalion chief began following the vehicle and providing location updates to his dispatcher which was relayed to responding officers.

Eventually, the vehicle stopped near the intersection of Primrose Ln and Oleander Ln and officers arrived shortly after.

Officers made contact with the vehicle’s driver, later identified as Enrique Jimenez, 34, of Stevinson, and noticed that he was exhibiting signs of being under the influence.

Ultimately, based on the totality of the circumstances, officers determined that Jimenez was under the influence of alcohol.

Jimenez was arrested and a search of his vehicle was conducted incident to arrest. The search led to the discovery of an AR-15 rifle. Jimenez is a convicted felon and is thus prohibited from possessing any firearms, let alone an assault rifle.

Jimenez was transported to a local hospital and provided an evidentiary blood sample as required by California’s implied consent law.

Afterwards, Jimenez was booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon or person addicted to a narcotic, carrying a loaded firearm, possession of an assault weapon, driving under the influence of alcohol, and driving with a blood alcohol content of .08 or greater. He was also issued an administrative driver’s license suspension order by the California Department of Motor Vehicles and his vehicle was impounded.

Boy robs man of headphones after being told to put dog on leash Friday afternoon

On Friday, November 11th, 2022, at 3:14 pm, the Turlock Police Department was dispatched to a reported robbery that had just occurred in the 2400 block of Alta Vista St, Turlock.

Officers arrived on scene and met with the victim, who told them that there was a group of juveniles walking a dog without a leash, so he told them to put a leash on. The group confronted the victim and one of them took his headphones, before fleeing the scene.

Officers were able to make contact with a group of juveniles in the area, however, the one responsible for the robbery was not among them.

The same group had been causing issues earlier in the day in the Monte Vista Crossings area, however, no crimes had been committed at that point.

The investigation remains on-going.

Drunk driver arrested after crashing into fire hydrant and fleeing Sunday night

On Sunday, November 13th, 2022, at 10:08 pm, the Turlock Police Department was dispatched to a reported hit and run that had just occurred at Tesoro Fine Mexican Restaurant, 1687 Lander Ave, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they found a knocked-down fire hydrant that had been struck by a vehicle that was no longer there.

Officers were able to locate the involved vehicle, a black Jeep pickup truck, unoccupied and parked behind Arco AMPM, 1801 Lander Ave.

Officers were also able to locate the driver of the vehicle, later identified as Balraj Singh, 25, of Turlock, in front of Khadim Jewelers, 1647 Lander Ave. Singh did not suffer any injuries.

While speaking with Singh, officers noticed that he was exhibiting symptoms of being under the influence.

Based on the totality of the circumstances, officers determined that Singh was under the influence of alcohol.

It’s currently unknown how the collision occurred.

Singh was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and hit and run causing property damage. He was also issued an administrative driver’s license suspension order by the California Department of Motor Vehicles and his vehicle was impounded.

Man arrested on felony weapon charge warrant while violating city ordinance Sunday night

On Sunday, November 13th, 2022, at 9:07 pm, the Turlock Police Department was dispatched to a reported city ordinance violation in the 100 block of S Broadway, Turlock.

When officers arrived on scene, they found and made contact with Sammie Lawrence, 51, of Elk Grove.

When officers identified Lawrence and had their dispatcher run him, he returned with a $555,555 felony bench warrant for drawing or exhibiting a deadly weapon other than a firearm in a rude or threatening manner.

Lawrence was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on his warrant.

Man arrested on PRCS violation warrant and narcotics charge during security check Saturday morning

On Saturday, November 12th, 2022, at 7:51 am, the Turlock Police Department was dispatched to a security check at Turlock Inn, 701 Twentieth Century Blvd, Turlock, where a man was walking around in the area bleeding and holding a blood-soaked towel.

Officers arrived on scene and made contact with several people, including Matthew Souza, 39, of Hilmar.

When officers identified Souza and had their dispatcher run him, he returned with a no bail felony bench warrant out of Merced County for violation of post release community supervision.

A subsequent search of Souza’s person led to the discovery of methamphetamines.

Souza was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of possession of methamphetamines and his warrant.

Man with felony warrant arrested after leading officers on high speed pursuit on motorcycle and dumping gun Friday evening

On Friday, November 11th, 2022, at 5:42 pm, a Turlock Police officer near the intersection of W Linwood Ave and S Walnut Rd, Turlock, observed a motorcycle violate the California Vehicle Code, so he attempted to make a traffic stop on it, however, it failed to yield and a pursuit ensued.

The motorcycle continued westbound on W Linwood Ave before turning northbound onto S Tegner Rd. As the motorcycle passed Humphrey Ct, the officer noticed its rider, later identified as Andrew Hoffman, 34, of Turlock, take something out of his waistband and throw it onto the ground. Other officers later checked the area and located a loaded handgun.

The motorcycle eventually turned eastbound on W Main St and got onto northbound State Route 99. Officers eventually lost visual of the motorcycle as it weaved in and out of heavy traffic at high speeds, however, the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s airship was able to regain visual and began following it from overheard.

Hoffman, likely thinking that he had gotten away, took the S Ninth St exit in Modesto and pulled into Budget Inn, 581 S Ninth St. He got off of his motorcycle, changed his clothes, and began walking away from the motel northbound on S Nine St.

Turlock officers, who were still on the freeway in the Ceres area, arrived within minutes and located Hoffman. He was arrested at gunpoint.

The pursuit’s duration was about nine minutes and speeds reached as high as about 110 miles per hour.

When Hoffman was identified and ran, he returned with a no bail felony bench warrant out of Modesto for possession of a controlled substance while armed with a loaded and operable firearm and violation of post release community supervision.

Hoffman was booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of flight from a peace officer with disregard to public safety, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon or person addicted to a narcotic, carrying a loaded firearm, possession of ammunition by a prohibited person, and destroying or concealing evidence to be used in a trial or investigation, as well as his warrant.

Man arrested after stealing three tents from sporting goods store Thursday afternoon

On Thursday, November 10th, 2022, at 1:53 pm, the Turlock Police Department was dispatched to a reported larceny that had just occurred at Big 5 Sporting Goods, 599 N Golden State Blvd, Turlock, after a man had walked out of the business with three unpaid tents.

Officers arrived in the area a short time later and located a man with a tent on E Olive Ave near N First St. They made contact with him and determined that the tent he was in possession of was indeed one of the three that were stolen from the business, however, he was not the man who had actually stolen it. They recovered the tent and he was released.

Other officers located and made contact with another man who had two tents near Cost Less Food Company, 255 W Main St. He was identified as Michael Tates, 44, of Turlock, and through investigation, was determined to indeed be the man who had stolen all three tents.

Tates was arrested and released on a citation on charges of petty theft.

Man causing disturbance at homeless shelter arrested on felony warrant Thursday morning

On Thursday, November 10th, 2022, at 10:45 am, the Turlock Police Department was dispatched to a reported disturbance in progress at We Care Program, 219 S Broadway, Turlock.

When officers arrived on scene, they made contact with and identified James Richey, 58, of Arkansas.

When officers had their dispatcher run Richey, he returned with a $155,555 local felony bench warrant for carrying a concealed dirk or dagger.

Richey was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on his warrant.

Illegal dumping call results in arrest for two felony warrants Sunday night

On Sunday, November 13th, 2022, at 9:16 pm, the Turlock Police Department was dispatched to a reported illegal dumping in the 2900 block of Niagra St, Turlock.

When officers arrived on scene, they made contact with a man and a woman, later identified as Colton Babb, 35, of Denair, and April Solmes, 42, of Nevada.

Babb originally lied to officers about his name, however, his actual name was eventually discovered.

When officers had their dispatcher run the two, Babb returned with two felony bench warrants, while Solmes returned with two misdemeanor bench warrants and one infraction bench warrant. Babb’s first warrant was a $75,500 local one for possession of methamphetamines for sale, while his second one was a no bail one out of Stanislaus County for flight from a peace officer with disregard to public safety and violation of post release community supervision. Solmes’ first warrant was for drug-related charges, and it’s currently unknown what the other two were for.

Both Babb and Solmes were arrested. Babb was booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of falsely identifying to a peace officer as well as his warrants, while Solmes was released on a citation on her warrants.

Fast food employee airlifted after suffering burns from boiling water Sunday night

On Sunday, November 13th, 2022, at 9:12 pm, the Turlock Police Department, Turlock Fire Department, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported industrial accident at KFC, 2705 W Monte Vista Ave, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they found an 18-year-old employee suffering from first and second-degree burns to his upper torso caused by contact with boiling hot water that was at least 200 degrees. He was airlifted by CALSTAR Air Medical Services to a regional burn center.

It’s currently unknown how exactly the incident occurred.

Man arrested on two 17-year-old warrants Sunday afternoon

On Sunday, November 13th, 2022, at 4:13 pm, a Turlock Police officer near the intersection of W F St and B St, Turlock, observed a vehicle violate the California Vehicle Code, so he made a traffic stop on it.

The officer made contact with and identified the vehicle’s driver as Pablo Flores, 46, of Turlock.

When the officer had his dispatcher run Flores, he returned with two local misdemeanor bench warrants. The first one was a $2,500 one for driving under the influence of alcohol and driving with a blood alcohol content of .08 or greater, while the second one was a $3,550 for driving under the influence of alcohol, driving with a blood alcohol content of .08 or greater, and driving without a valid driver’s license.

No big deal, right? Wrong. Both warrants were issued way back in 2005, 17 years ago! The strange thing is that according to court records, Flores was arrested at least three times after both warrants were issued, once in 2014 and twice this year. One of the arrests was for a different bench warrant that was issued this year. He was also issued a traffic citation in 2020. It remains a mystery how these two warrants were not discovered during several previous contacts with police.

Flores was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on his warrants.

Man arrested on narcotics sales warrant during traffic stop Saturday night

On Saturday, November 12th, 2022, at 11:29 pm, a Turlock Police officer near the intersection of Farr St and Columbia St, Turlock, observed a vehicle violate the California Vehicle Code, so he made a traffic stop on it.

The officer made contact with and identified the vehicle’s driver as Eric Dial, 40, of Waterford.

When the officer had his dispatcher run Dial, he returned with a $100,000 felony bench warrant out of Modesto for possession of a controlled substance with the intent to sell, transporting or selling a controlled substance, driving with a suspended driver’s license, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Dial was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on his warrant.

Man with two misdemeanor warrants arrested Saturday evening

On Saturday, November 12th, 2022, at 5:19 pm, a Stanislaus State Police officer near the intersection of N Golden State Blvd and Dels Ln, Turlock, observed and made contact with a suspicious person.

The officer identified the man as Adam Martinez, 49, of Turlock, and had his dispatcher run him.

Martinez returned with two misdemeanor bench warrants, the first one was a $100,500 one out of Stanislaus County for vandalism, while the second one was a $25,500 one out of Modesto for violation of a domestic violence protective order.

Martinez was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on his warrants.

Three injured after driver allegedly attempts to beat traffic light Saturday afternoon

On Saturday, November 12th, 2022, at 1:59 pm, the Turlock Police Department, Turlock Fire Department, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with injuries at the intersection of Countryside Dr and W Monte Vista Ave, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they found two vehicles involved. The first one was a Ford SUV and the second one was a Toyota sedan.

There were a total of five people involved, of which one suffered moderate injuries, two suffered minor injuries, and two didn’t suffer any injuries. At least two people were ground transported by American Medical Response to a local hospital.

At least one of the vehicles was deemed inoperable as a result of the collision, requiring it to be towed away.

It’s currently unknown how exactly the collision occurred, however, one of the original callers told dispatchers that one of the involved vehicles had attempted to beat the traffic light. If that’s actually what occurred, it remains unclear which vehicle it was.

Man suffers possible broken foot after fight outside downtown bar early Saturday morning

On Saturday, November 12th, 2022, at 1:17 am, the Turlock Police Department was dispatched to a reported assault and battery in progress at The Grand Cru, 130 W Main St, Turlock.

By the time officers arrived on scene, the fight had already broken up.

One of the men involved in the fight claimed that his foot had been broken, so the Turlock Fire Department and American Medical Response responded. He was ground transported by American Medical Response to a local hospital.

No arrests have been made yet.

The investigation remains on-going. Anyone with information that could assist in the investigation is encouraged to call the Turlock Police Department at 209-668-1200.

Arsonist sets two dumpster fires minutes apart from each other early Saturday morning

On Saturday, November 12th, 2022, at 12:00 am, the Turlock Fire Department was dispatched to a reported dumpster fire at Round Table Pizza, 2650 Geer Rd, Turlock.

When firefighters arrived on scene, they found a quarter-full dumpster with its contents fully involved, not threatening anything.

Firefighters immediately began fire attack and were able to put the fire out within about five minutes.

Just a few minutes later, at 12:10 am, the Turlock Fire Department was dispatched to another reported dumpster fire, this one at Ross Dress For Less, 2405 Geer Rd.

Firefighters arrived on scene to find a half-full dumpster with its contents fully involved threatening a tree above it.

Firefighters immediately began fire attack and were able to put this fire out within about 15 minutes.

No injuries were reported as a result of either of the two fires.

Both fires are believed to be intentionally set by the same person. For over two years now, there have been random fires set within close proximity and time to each other once or twice a month, however, no one has been arrested as a result of them to date.

The Turlock Police Department responded and investigated the fires.

The investigation remains on-going. Anyone with information that could assist in the investigation is encouraged to call Officer Marco Diaz at 209-668-1200.

Man with PRCS violation warrant arrested after looking underneath vehicles early Wednesday morning

On Wednesday, November 9th, 2022, at 3:42 am, the Turlock Police Department was dispatched to a reported suspicious person at Denny’s, 1991 Lander Ave, Turlock, after a man had been seen looking underneath vehicles in the parking lot.

Officers arrived on scene, made contact with, and identified Sean McMillan, 31, of Turlock.

When officers had their dispatcher run McMillan, he returned with a no bail felony bench warrant out of Merced for violation of post release community supervision.

McMillan was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on his warrant.

Man arrested after drilling into apartment complex laundromat coin machine and stealing coins Tuesday evening

On Tuesday, November 8th, 2022, at 6:26 pm, the Turlock Police Department was dispatched to a reported larceny in progress at Patel Palms Apartments, 1545 N Palm St, Turlock, after a man had been seen drilling into a coin machine in the laundromat and stealing coins.

As officers were responding, the man, later identified as William Hanson, 36, of Turlock, got into a vehicle and began driving off.

One of the responding officers located a matching vehicle near Walgreens, 1591 Geer Rd, and stopped it.

Hanson was driving the vehicle, matched the description of the man responsible for the incident, and officers located the stolen coins within his vehicle. Hanson later admitted that he was responsible for the incident.

Hanson was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of burglary.

Woman suspected of using narcotics in vehicle arrested on shoplifting warrant Tuesday evening

On Tuesday, November 8th, 2022, at 6:13 pm, the Turlock Police Department was dispatched to a reported suspicious vehicle at Safeway, 3051 Countryside Dr, Turlock, after a man and a woman had been seen sitting inside of a vehicle using what the caller believed to be narcotics.

Officers arrived on scene a short time later and located the vehicle, however, it was unoccupied.

Officers waited for a few minutes and eventually, Elizabeth Robinson, 30, of Riverbank, came out of Safeway and claimed that the vehicle was hers.

When officers had their dispatcher run Robinson, she returned with a $2,000 misdemeanor warrant of arrest out of Ceres for shoplifting.

Robinson was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on her warrant.

Woman arrested after attempting to disguise stolen merchandise as baby in stroller Saturday morning

On Saturday, November 6th, 2022, at 10:54 am, the Turlock Police Department was dispatched to a reported larceny in progress at Kohl’s, 2751 Countryside Dr, Turlock.

Officers arrived on scene and were met by loss prevention out front who told them that there was a woman inside of the store, later identified as Monica Diaz Chavez, 33, of Turlock, who was concealing merchandise in a bag that she had brought into the store which was attached to a stroller.

Officers waited outside for Chavez and she eventually exited the store with the unpaid merchandise.

Officers confronted Chavez and asked if they could see the “baby” in her stroller, however, came across the unpaid merchandise underneath a blanket.

Chavez was arrested and released on a citation on charges of theft.

Armed man attempts to carjack woman sitting in her vehicle at gas station early Saturday morning

On Saturday, November 5th, 2022, at 1:57 am, the Turlock Police Department was dispatched to a reported attempted carjacking that had just occurred at Chevron Food Mart, 881 N Golden State Blvd, Turlock.

When officers arrived on scene, they made contact with the victim who told them that she had arrived at the gas station and begun pumping gas into her vehicle. While waiting for it to fill up, she decided to sit inside her vehicle and was approached by a Hispanic man wearing a black hooded sweatshirt. When the woman saw the man, she locked her doors. The man eventually pulled out a handgun and attempted to open the door, however, failed. He then tapped on the window, however, ran off when he noticed that the woman got on the phone.

Evidence at the scene showed that the man was associated with a white pickup truck that had been left behind.

The investigation remains on-going. Anyone with information that could assist in the investigation is encouraged to call Officer Nayeli De Leon at 209-668-1200.

Drunk man arrested after assaulting downtown bar security and refusing to stop for officers Friday night

On Friday, November 4th, 2022, at 10:58 pm, the Turlock Police Department was dispatched to a reported assault and battery that had just occurred at The Udder Place, 110 W Main St, Turlock, after a man had gotten into a fight with security guards and was walking away from the business westbound.

Officers arrived on scene and attempted to contact the man, later identified as Jason Hagar, 26, of Turlock, however, he refused to stop for them after repeated orders to do so.

Hagar was eventually arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of public intoxication and obstructing or resisting a peace officer or other public officer.

Felon and probationer with ammo arrested after being caught speeding Monday night

On Monday, November 7th, 2022, at 9:41 pm, a Turlock Police officer near the intersection of Fransil Ln and Fulkerth Rd, Turlock, observed a vehicle driving at a high rate of speed, so he made a traffic stop on it.

The officer made contact with and identified the vehicle’s driver as Jesus Arteaga, 41, of Turlock.

When the officer had his dispatcher run Arteaga, he returned to be on searchable probation and had a suspended driver’s license.

A subsequent probation search of Arteaga’s vehicle led to the discovery of live ammunition.

Arteaga was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of possession of ammunition by a prohibited person, driving with a suspended driver’s license, driving a vehicle at a speed greater than is reasonable or prudent for the conditions or that endangers the safety of persons or property, and driving or leaving standing an unregistered vehicle.

Woman with theft warrants arrested after shoplifting from hardware store Monday afternoon

On Monday, November 7th, 2022, at 12:08 pm, the Turlock Police Department was dispatched to a reported larceny in progress at The Home Depot, 2800 Countryside Dr, Turlock.

Officers arrived on scene and located the woman responsible for the larceny walking through the parking lot. She was contacted and identified as Tiffany Antunez, 32, of Hilmar.

Other officers spoke with loss prevention who reported that when Antunez was in the store, she selected high value items and placed them into a shopping cart. She then went to the returns desk and attempted to return the unpurchased merchandise. When that failed, she walked out of the doors with the merchandise, however, was stopped by loss prevention that recovered their merchandise.

When officers had their dispatcher run Antunez, she returned with two $2,000 misdemeanor bench warrants. The first one was a local one for theft, while the second one was out of Ceres for theft and trespassing.

Antunez was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of grand theft as well as her warrants.

Drive-by shooting occurs near Donnelley Park early Sunday morning

On Sunday, November 6th, 2022, at 1:09 am, the Turlock Police Department was dispatched to reported shots fired in the 400 block of Pedras Rd, Turlock.

When officers arrived in the area and began searching, they located an unknown number of shell casings in the 1800 block of Donnelley Park Dr near the east entrance of Donnelley Park.

Officers spoke to a witness in the area who saw a red SUV slowly drive by and heard shots coming from the area that was in. A previous drive-by shooting had occurred on Tuesday, May 17th, near the intersection of Yale Ave and Georgetown Ave which involved a red GMC SUV belonging to a known gang member. It’s unclear at this point whether the two shootings are related.

Homes and vehicles in the area were checked and there were no signs that any of the bullets had struck them.

No injuries were reported.

The investigation remains on-going. Anyone with information that could assist in the investigation is encouraged to call Officer Nayeli De Leon at 209-668-1200.

Man with felony assault warrant arrested after being recognized by officer Monday evening

On Monday, November 7th, 2022, at 5:50 pm, a Turlock Police officer near Kohl’s, 2751 Countryside Dr, Turlock, noticed a man which he recognized and believed to have a felony warrant, so he got out with him.

The officer had his dispatcher run the man, Jeremy Cobb, 32, of Turlock, and sure enough, he returned with a $100,500 local felony bench warrant for assault by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury.

Cobb was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on his warrant.

Man with felony warrant out of Alameda County arrested during traffic stop Saturday night

On Saturday, November 5th, 2022, at 8:54 pm, a Stanislaus State Police officer near the intersection of Crowell Rd and W Christoffersen Pkwy, Turlock, observed a vehicle violate the California Vehicle Code, so he made a traffic stop on it.

The officer made contact with and identified the vehicle’s driver as Jaime Valdez, 28, of Modesto.

When the officer had his dispatcher run Valdez, he returned with a no bail felony bench warrant out of Alameda County for flight from a peace officer with disregard to public safety and carrying a concealed dirk or dagger.

Valdez was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on his warrant.

Parolee at large arrested after being recognized by officer Saturday afternoon

On Saturday, November 5th, 2022, at 4:18 pm, a Turlock Police officer near Goodwill, 749 N Golden State Blvd, Turlock, spotted a known parolee and had his dispatcher run him for warrants.

Sure enough, the parolee, Karl Zamora, 36, of Turlock, returned with a no bail felony warrant for violation of parole.

By the time the warrant information had returned, the officer no longer had a visual on Zamora, so additional officers responded to the area to begin searching for him. He was eventually located.

Zamora was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on his warrant.

Woman in roadway dies after being struck by vehicle Saturday night

On Saturday, November 5th, 2022, at 10:14 pm, the Turlock Police Department, Turlock Fire Department, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with injuries in the 1600 block of W Main St, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they found a single vehicle involved, a silver Toyota sedan, which had struck a woman.

The vehicle had a single occupant who did not suffer any injuries. The woman that the vehicle had struck, later identified as Maria Castillo Rodriguez, 71, of Hayward, suffered major injuries and was ground transported by American Medical Response to a local hospital. She unfortunately succumbed to her injuries shortly after her arrival at the hospital.

The vehicle sustained minor damage and was able to be driven away from the scene.

Officers began investigating and determined that the vehicle was traveling westbound in the left lane of W Main St from N Tully Rd, while Rodriguez was crossing W Main St in a northerly direction while not in a crosswalk. Rodriguez successfully made it across the eastbound lanes and the turn lane, however, was struck by the vehicle when she arrived in the westbound left lane. The driver of the vehicle claimed that she did not see Rodriguez until she was right in front of her and was unable to stop in time.

Officers also determined that neither alcohol nor drugs were a factor in this collision.

The investigation remains on-going. Anyone with information that could assist in the investigation is encouraged to call Officer Mike Simbalenko at 209-668-6523.

Two arrested after giving officer fake names during traffic stop early Friday morning

On Friday, November 4th, 2022, at 2:25 am, a Turlock Police officer near the intersection of Lander Ave and W Main St, Turlock, observed a vehicle using a rope and chain to illegally tow another vehicle, so he made a double traffic stop on them.

The officer made contact with both the vehicle’s drivers, later identified as Ivan Ramirez, 24, of Turlock, and Juan Gomez, 37, of Delhi.

When the officer asked the two to identify themselves, they both gave several different names several different times. The officer had his dispatcher run all the different names they gave but none of them came back to an actual DMV record.

Both were arrested.

A subsequent search of Gomez’s person incident to arrest led to the discovery of an identification card with his real name on it.

Both were booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety, Ramirez on charges of driving without a valid driver’s license and Gomez on charges of driving without a valid driver’s license and falsely identifying to a peace officer.

After Ramirez’s fingerprints were taken, his true identity was discovered and it turned out that he had four misdemeanor bench warrants. The first one was a $10,000 one for obtaining and using personal identifying information of another person for an unlawful purpose and falsely identifying to a peace officer, the second one was a $25,000 for driving under the influence of alcohol, driving with a blood alcohol content of .08 or greater, and driving without a valid driver’s license, the third one was a $10,000 for driving under the influence of drugs, possession of methamphetamines, possession of drug paraphernalia, and driving without a valid driver’s license, and the fourth one was a no bail one for falsely identifying to a peace officer.

Turlock man arrested in drug trafficking investigation dubbed Operation Trifecta Friday morning

On Friday, October 28th, 2022, at 7:00 am, the Turlock Police Department served a warrant at a residence in the 800 block of High St, Turlock, as part of a drug trafficking investigation dubbed “Operation Trifecta.”

Back in July of this year, the Madera County Sheriff’s Office and several other federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies and task forces launched a joint investigation into the drug trafficking activities of Ernesto Beltran, 41, of Madera.

During the course of the investigation, detectives discovered that Beltran was part of a much larger scale operation out of Mexico responsible for the manufacturing, importing, and distributing of methamphetamines, heroin, and fentanyl throughout the State of California and other neighboring states. Detectives dug deeper into the operation and were able to identify a large group of people who were involved in it, including subdealer Asuncion Quintero, 38, of Turlock.

The investigation revealed that methamphetamines were imported into the United States through various points of entry, in both liquid and solid forms. Once here, the liquid methamphetamine was converted into crystal methamphetamine in what are known as “ice recovery labs.” Once converted, it was distributed throughout the State of California, including Madera and Stanislaus counties.

Beginning Wednesday, October 26th, several search warrants were served throughout the Central Valley, including the one originally mentioned that was served by the Turlock Police Department on Friday, October 28th.

Turlock Police investigators located and seized one pound of methamphetamines, four firearms, and approximately $6,000 in cash at Quintero’s home.

Quintero was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of manufacturing methamphetamines, possession of methamphetamines with the intent to sell, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon or person addicted to a narcotic.

A $5,000,000 warrant of arrest was also issued against Quintero out of Madera County for transporting methamphetamines from one county to another noncontiguous county. He will be extradited back to Madera County to face that case after he faces his local one.

“Drug deals do not recognize jurisdictional boundaries when they bring their poison into our communities and we’ve made a commitment to work closely with neighboring law enforcement agencies to dismantle these operations from the top down,” said Turlock Police Investigator Jake Young.

“The Turlock Police Department is proud to participate in the dismantling (of) drug operations with our allied agency partners,” said Turlock Police Chief Jason Hedden. “This type of collaboration demonstrates our commitment to making Turlock and neighboring communities safer through partnerships and networking. Taking these criminals off the street, coupled with the seizure of dangerous narcotics and firearms, is a win for everyone,” he continued.

As of the time of writing this, Operation Trifecta has yielded nearly 30 arrests, seven firearms, more than 1,300 pounds of methamphetamines, eight pounds of heroin, and four pounds of fentanyl. This equates to over 5,000,000 dosage units of methamphetamines, 10,000 dosage units of heroin, and 600,000 potentially fatal doses of fentanyl.

“This is a monumental day for public safety in Madera County,” said Madera County Sheriff Tyson Pogue. “The arrests made in this case, along with the closure of several processing labs and seizure of substantial amounts of drugs from their operation, will undoubtedly make a significant impact on the safety of the residents of Madera County and the State of California as a whole. We are thankful for the collaboration between our allied agencies to successfully navigate and conclude this investigation. This operation would not have yielded such positive results without the teamwork between (all the involved law enforcement agencies and task forces). This historical investigation should be a compelling indication to all of the relentless efforts we dedicate to taking a standard against drugs, and the criminal activity they provoke,” he continued.

Woman arrested after biting and attempting to pepper spray grocery store employee during shoplifting incident Thursday morning

On Thursday, November 3rd, 2022, at 11:56 am, the Turlock Police Department was dispatched to a reported attempted robbery that had just occurred at Grocery Outlet Bargain Market, 1330 W Main St, Turlock.

Officers arrived on scene and located their suspect, Kourtnee Allen, 21, of Turlock, still at the business. She was detained for further investigation.

Officers began investigating and determined that Allen had entered the business and begun concealing merchandise on her person in the presence of a child. An employee confronted Allen and asked her to return the items, when she refused and attempted to pepper spray him. A struggle then ensued which led to Allen biting the employee’s arm.

When officers had their dispatcher run Allen, she returned with two misdemeanor bench warrants. The first one was a $5,000 one for shoplifting and the second one was a $10,000 one for possession of methamphetamines.

Allen was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of attempted robbery and committing an act which causes, tends to cause, or encourages a juvenile to become a delinquent, as well as her two warrants.

Boy arrested on narcotics sales and weapon charges Tuesday afternoon

On Tuesday, November 1st, 2022, at 4:45 pm, Turlock Police investigators were conducting surveillance on a residence in the 1800 block of Amberwood Ln, Turlock, in an investigation involving a 15-year old boy and his on-going criminal activity, when they spotted the boy in close proximity to his residence.

Investigators made contact with and searched the boy pursuant to a search warrant that they had obtained and found that he was in possession of a concealed firearm that was loaded with an extended magazine.

Investigators then searched the boy’s residence, pursuant to that same search warrant, and found evidence of narcotics sales.

The boy was arrested and booked into Stanislaus County Juvenile Hall on charges of possession of a controlled substance with the intent to sell, carrying a loaded firearm, carrying a concealed firearm, possession of a large-capacity magazine, and possession of not more than 28.5 grams of cannabis or eight grams of concentrated cannabis.

Drunk driver arrested after crashing into two vehicles and fleeing scene Wednesday night

On Wednesday, November 2nd, 2022, at 11:12 pm, the Turlock Police Department was dispatched to a reported hit and run that had just occurred in front of a residence in the 500 block of N Palm St, Turlock.

As officers were responding, they received information that a witness to the collision had followed the suspect vehicle to Wayside Villa Apartments, 651 Wayside Dr.

Officers arrived at the apartment complex and located the suspect vehicle, a white Scion sedan.

The vehicle had a single occupant, its driver, Jason Dutra, 29, of Turlock. He did not suffer any injuries.

While officers were speaking with Dutra, they noticed that he was exhibiting objective symptoms of being under the influence, so they asked him if he would be willing to participate in standardized field sobriety tests. Dutra agreed and completed the tests.

Based on the totality of the circumstances, officers determined that Dutra was under the influence of alcohol.

Dutra was arrested and provided two evidentiary breath samples at the scene as required by California’s implied consent law. The breath samples revealed that Dutra had a blood alcohol content of .08 or greater.

Other officers responded to the collision scene and found two vehicles left there. One was a gray Chevrolet SUV and the other one was a black GMC SUV.

Both vehicles had been unoccupied and were legally parked on the side of the road when the collision occurred.

The white Scion sedan and the gray Chevrolet SUV both sustained moderate damage and were deemed inoperable as a result of the collision, requiring them to be towed away. The black GMC SUV sustained minor damage as a result of the collision and was left parked where it was.

Dutra was transported to a local hospital where he was medically cleared.

Afterwards, Dutra was booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and driving with a blood alcohol content of .08 or greater.

Man arrested after threatening and punching officer Tuesday evening

On Tuesday, November 1st, 2022, at 5:33 pm, the Turlock Police Department was dispatched to a reported trespass in progress at Brenda Athletic Clubs, 201 Tampa St, Turlock, where a man was yelling in the swimming pool and refusing to leave.

When an officer arrived on scene, he found a man later identified as Christian Garcia, 27, of Turlock, pacing back and forth in front of the business. The officer made contact with Garcia who appeared agitated and did not make much sense while talking.

Garcia eventually made threatening statements towards the officer and had to be held at “TASER point” until additional officers could arrive and assist.

When additional officers arrived on scene, Garcia got on the ground, however, began to fight officers and punched one of them when they attempted to detain him.

After a brief struggle, Garcia was arrested.

Garcia was transported to a local hospital where he was medically cleared.

Afterwards, Garcia was booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of obstructing or resisting an executive officer by means of threats or violence.

Trespasser with felony warrant tased and arrested after fighting deputies Monday morning

On Monday, October 31st, 2022, at 11:55 am, the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a reported trespass in progress at a residence in the 2100 block of S Golden State Blvd, Turlock.

When deputies arrived on scene, they found and made contact with a man on the property later identified as Francisco Cardenas, 38, of Delhi.

Cardenas told deputies that the property was his and that he owned many other properties. 

Cardenas then ordered that deputies leave the property, challenged them to a fight if they didn’t, and began walking towards the residence.

Cardenas eventually stopped, turned around, and began to fight deputies. Deputies had to use a TASER conducted energy weapon to subdue Cardenas and detain him.

When deputies identified Cardenas and had their dispatcher run him, he returned with a no bail felony bench warrant for carrying a concealed dirk or dagger and violation of post release community supervision.

During the fight, the Turlock Police Department was requested to respond and assist. A responding Turlock officer found and made contact with Melissa Brooks, 37, of Turlock, who was near the incident and appeared to be involved.

When the officer identified Brooks and had his dispatcher run her, she returned with two bench warrants. The first one was a local misdemeanor one for possession of methamphetamines and possession of drug paraphernalia, while the second one was a $50,000 felony one out of Tuolumne County for child abuse or endangerment under circumstances likely to produce great bodily harm or death and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Both were arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center, Cardenas on charges of obstructing or resisting an executive violence by means of threats or violence and trespassing, as well as his warrant, and Brooks on her warrants.

Man with ghost gun and narcotics arrested during traffic stop Monday night

On Monday, October 31st, 2022, at 7:41 pm, a Turlock Police officer near QuikStop, 1260 Geer Rd, Turlock, observed a vehicle violate the California Vehicle Code, so he made a traffic stop on it.

The officer made contact with and identified the vehicle’s driver as David Mendes, 34, of Turlock.

When the officer had his dispatcher run Mendes, he returned to have a suspended driver’s license.

An inventory search of Mendes’ vehicle prior to it being towed was conducted which led to the discovery of a loaded handgun and narcotics.

Further inspection of the handgun revealed that it was what is commonly referred to as a ghost gun, meaning that it was self assembled and does not have a serial number, which essentially makes it untraceable.

Mendes was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of possession of a controlled substance while armed with a loaded and operable firearm, owning a firearm or firearm precursor part that does not bear a valid serial number or mark of identification, carrying a concealed firearm, possession of a controlled substance, possession of methamphetamines, possession of drug paraphernalia, and driving with a suspended driver’s license.

Woman with two warrants arrested after stealing from department store, giving officers fake name Monday afternoon

On Monday, October 31st, 2022, at 4:44 pm, the Turlock Police Department was dispatched to a larceny in progress at Kohl’s, 2751 Countryside Dr, Turlock, after a known shoplifter had been seen loading up a large amount of clothes and jewelry in a shopping cart.

By the time officers arrived on scene, the woman, later identified as Monalisa Carranza, 45, of Livingston, had already left the business with the unpaid merchandise.

Officers located Carranza nearby and discovered that she was in possession of the unpaid merchandise.

Carranza originally provided officers with a fake name, however, later admitted to who she really was.

When officers had their dispatcher run Carranza, she returned with two $10,000 misdemeanor bench warrants for drug related charges, the first one out of Livingston and the second one out of Merced County.

Carranza was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of theft and falsely identifying to a peace officer, as well as her warrants.

Drunk man arrested after being involved in disturbance and attempting to walk away from officers early Sunday morning

On Sunday, October 30th, 2022, at 1:22 am, the Turlock Police Department was dispatched to a reported disturbance in progress at Memo’s Cocina & Tequila Bar, 139 W Main St, Turlock.

When officers arrived on scene, they attempted to make contact with the involved parties, however, one of them, later identified as Christopher Lockett, 33, of Modesto, began walking away.

Officers gave Lockett several lawful orders to stop, however, he refused to do so. He was eventually arrested without incident.

Lockett was booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of obstructing or resisting a peace officer or other public officer and public intoxication.

Drunk man arrested after being pepper sprayed by downtown bar security guard Friday night

On Friday, October 28th, 2022, at 11:50 pm, the Turlock Police Department was dispatched to a reported disturbance in progress at La Cantina, 142 S First St, Turlock.

Officers arrived on scene and found that Victor Sanchez, 35, of Turlock, was obviously intoxicated and had just been pepper sprayed by a security guard after he had attempted to force his way into the business.

The Turlock Fire Department and American Medical Response responded and treated Sanchez on scene, however, he refused to be transported to the hospital.

Sanchez was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of public intoxication.

Man with drug paraphernalia arrested after attempting to steal vehicle Sunday afternoon

On Sunday, October 30th, 2022, at 12:23 pm, the Turlock Police Department was dispatched to a reported auto theft in progress in the 400 block of Wayside Dr, Turlock, after a man had been seen getting into and attempting to start a vehicle that had been parked there for a couple of months.

Officers arrived on scene and found the man, later identified as Steven Reed, 38, of Oklahoma, still in the vehicle which had visible damage to its locking mechanism and steering column.

Officers contacted the owner of the vehicle who lived nearby and they stated that they did not know Reed.

A search of Reed led to the discovery of property belonging to the victim that was left in the vehicle as well as drug paraphernalia.

Reed was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of attempted auto theft, burglary, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Man arrested on drug sales warrant after causing disturbance at fast food restaurant early Monday morning

On Monday, October 31st, 2022, at 1:40 am, the Turlock Police Department was dispatched to a reported disturbance that had just occurred at McDonald’s, 2400 Geer Rd, Turlock, after a man who was fleeing the area on a bicycle had allegedly threatened to beat up employees after they get off work.

Officers arrived on scene and contacted employees who just wanted the man trespass admonished from the property.

Officers began searching the area for the man and located him across the street. They made contact with him and identified him as Brian Vastine, 37, of Turlock.

When officers had their dispatcher run Vastine, he returned with a local $50,555 misdemeanor warrant for possession of methamphetamines and selling of or possession of sedatives or benzodiazepines with the intent to sell.

Vastine was arrested and released on a citation on his warrant.

Newly purchased vehicle reportedly randomly catches fire Sunday night

On Sunday, October 30th, 2022, at 10:36 pm, the Turlock Fire Department was dispatched to a reported vehicle fire at 99 Cents Only Stores, 701 N Golden State Blvd, Turlock.

When firefighters arrived on scene, they found a gray Mercedes-Benz sedan fully involved.

Firefighters immediately began fire attack, however, took longer than usual to extinguish the fire due to the vehicle’s fuel tank rupturing and leaking.

The vehicle’s owner suffered minor burns while attempting to extinguish the fire prior to firefighters’ arrival, however, refused treatment or transport to the hospital.

The Stanislaus Regional Fire Investigations Unit and Turlock Police Department responded to the scene to investigate. The vehicle’s owner stated that he was on his way home from a car meet when he started to smell smoke. He immediately pulled into the parking lot of the business and the fire started shortly after. He stated that he had just purchased the vehicle about a week prior from a man near Las Vegas off of Facebook Marketplace and that this was just his second day driving it. He also stated that he did not have insurance yet.

The investigation remains on-going. Anyone with information that could assist in the investigation is encouraged to call the Stanislaus Regional Fire Investigations Unit at 209-525-5537.

Woman arrested on forgery warrant during traffic stop early Wednesday morning

On Wednesday, October 26th, 2022, at 3:54 am, a Turlock Police officer near the intersection of E Canal Dr and Geer Rd, Turlock, observed a vehicle violate the California Vehicle Code, so he made a traffic stop on it.

The officer made contact with the vehicle’s driver and identified her as Shanise Yarberry, 29, of San Leandro.

When the officer had his dispatcher run Yarberry, she returned with two misdemeanor bench warrants. The first one was out of Modesto for driving without a valid driver’s license and falsely identifying to a peace officer, while the second one was a $20,000 one out of Tuolumne County for forgery.

Yarberry was arrested and released on a citation on her warrants.

Drunk man arrested after slapping officer while resisting Saturday night

On Saturday, October 22th, 2022, at 10:00 pm, the Turlock Police Department was dispatched to a reported assault and battery in progress at Dust Bowl Brewing Company, 3000 Fulkerth Rd, Turlock.

An officer arrived on scene just as the fight had ended and a security guard pointed out a man later identified as Joshua Prasad, 22, of Modesto, who had been involved in the fight and was walking away.

As the officer attempted to make contact with Prasad, who was obviously intoxicated, he became verbally aggressive and refused to stop after being ordered to do so. The officer attempted to gain control of Prasad when he began physically resisting and slapped the officer’s hand.

Other officers arrived on scene shortly thereafter and assisted with arresting Prasad.

Prasad was booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of battery against a peace officer or other public officer in the performance of their duties, obstructing or resisting a peace officer or other public officer, and public intoxication.

Man in LoJack equipped stolen vehicle arrested early Wednesday morning

On Wednesday, October 26th, 2022, at 2:17 am, a Stanislaus State Police officer near the intersection of Geer Rd and Regis St, Turlock, received an alert on his patrol vehicle’s LoJack receiver that contact had been received with a nearby LoJack equipped stolen vehicle.

The officer provided his dispatcher the code that his receiver was displaying and it returned to a brown Toyota pickup truck that had been reported stolen out of Ceres a few days prior.

The officer’s receiver indicated that the vehicle was west of him, so he began heading in that direction. The officer lost the signal after a few minutes, however, received it again at the intersection of Dels Ln and Pedras Rd, indicating that the vehicle was now southeast of him, which meant that it was moving.

The officer continued checking the area and eventually drove by Villa Napoli, 1102 Geer Rd, where his signal spiked. The officer checked Villa Napoli’s parking lot and found the vehicle.

With the assistance of the Turlock Police Department, a high risk stop was conducted and the vehicle’s single occupant was removed and detained at gunpoint.

The vehicle’s occupant, later identified as Devin Mickens, 27, of El Cajon, admitted that he had just been driving the vehicle, stated that he had no knowledge of it being stolen, and that he had just purchased it, however, history with him indicated that he had just been arrested about a month prior for possession of a stolen vehicle.

Mickens was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of auto theft and possession of a stolen vehicle.

The vehicle was picked up by its rightful owner shortly later not wrecked, stripped, or burned.

Woman wanted after setting political sign afire Tuesday afternoon

On Tuesday, October 25th, 2022, at 12:06 pm, the Turlock Fire Department was dispatched to a reported fire at Sinclair Gas & Dino Mart, 1405 N Golden State Blvd, Turlock.

When firefighters arrived on scene, they found a political sign fire that they quickly put out.

Firefighters were told by a witness that a woman had set the fire and fled the area towards N Front St. She was described to be white and in her 30s with short blonde hair, wearing all black.

The Turlock Police Department responded and checked the area for the woman, however, were unable to locate her.

Another political sign had been set on fire a few days prior in the same area. It’s unclear at this point whether or not the two are related.

The investigation remains on-going. Anyone with information that could assist in the investigation is encouraged to call Officer Mark Alberti at 209-668-1200.

Drunk man arrested after breaking out windows at apartment complex Monday night

On Monday, October 24th, 2022, at 10:51 pm, the Turlock Fire Department and American Medical Response were dispatched to a medical aid at Avena Bella Apartments, 500 W Linwood Ave, Turlock, after a man believed to not be breathing had been found next to the swimming pool.

Crews arrived on scene, found that the patient was breathing, and began rendering aid to him. At that point, an altercation broke out and the Turlock Police Department was requested.

Officers arrived on scene and detained the patient, later identified as Nicholas Hernandez, 20, of Turlock, who was obviously intoxicated.

Officers began investigating and learned that earlier Hernandez had broken an apartment window, jumped on a vehicle, and broken its windows as well.

Hernandez was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of vandalism.

Residence and trailer struck in drive-by shooting Saturday night

On Saturday, October 22nd, 2022, at 8:26 pm, the Turlock Police Department was dispatched to a reported weapon offense that had just occurred at a residence in the 100 block of Almond Ave, Turlock.

Officers arrived on scene to find a residence and a trailer that had been struck by gunfire in a drive-by shooting. Officers collected evidence and processed the scene.

Initial reports indicated that at least six rounds were fired by an unknown shooter in a light colored medium sized sedan that fled the area eastbound after the shooting, however, that has yet to be confirmed.

No injuries were reported.

Surveillance camera footage is being reviewed in an attempt to identify and locate the shooter.

The investigation remains on-going. Anyone with information that could assist in the investigation is encouraged to call Officer Devin Rush at 209-668-1200.

Man arrested on theft warrant during traffic stop Tuesday night

On Tuesday, October 25th, 2022, at 11:43 pm, a Turlock Police officer near the intersection of W Main St and N Tully Rd, Turlock, observed a vehicle violate the California Vehicle Code, so he made a traffic stop on it.

The officer made contact with and identified the vehicle’s driver as Matthew Pichardo, 43, of San Jose.

When the officer had his dispatcher run Pichardo, he returned with a local $25,500 misdemeanor warrant for theft.

Pichardo was arrested and released on a citation on his warrant.

Officer involved in vehicle collision after driver makes unsafe turn in his path Tuesday night

On Tuesday, October 25th, 2022, at 10:43 pm, a Turlock Police officer traveling westbound in the 1600 block of W Main St, Turlock, was involved in a vehicle collision.

Other officers were only about a hundred feet away on an unrelated traffic stop when the collision occurred. They released the stopped driver and ran to the collision, finding two vehicles involved. The first one was a white Nissan sedan and the second one was a Turlock Police Department black and white Ford SUV.

The white Nissan sedan had a single occupant, its driver. He did not suffer any injuries. The police vehicle also had a single occupant, its driver, Officer Andy Khounlivong. He too did not suffer any injuries.

Both vehicles sustained moderate damage and were deemed inoperable as a result of the collision, requiring it to be towed away.

Officers began investigating and determined that the white Nissan sedan was traveling eastbound on W Main St from northbound State Route 99, while the police vehicle was traveling westbound on W Main St from N Tully Rd. As the two vehicles approached each other in the 1600 block of W Main St, the driver of the white Nissan sedan began making a left turn into a parking lot and failed to allow the police vehicle that had the right of way to pass. During the turn, the two vehicles collided head on. The driver who failed to yield the right of way to the officer had a corrective lenses restriction on his driver’s license, however, he was not wearing them at the time of the collision.

Coincidentally, this is Officer Khounlivong’s first year as a police officer and he was already involved in another on-duty collision back in June, when a drunk driver crashed into his open driver door while he was on a stop investigating a weapon offense.

Large poker room fight results in four arrests Sunday night

On Sunday, October 23rd, 2022, at 10:25 pm, the Turlock Police Department was dispatched to a reported assault and battery in progress at Turlock Poker Room, 2321 W Main St, Turlock.

When officers arrived on scene, they found a large group of people in the parking lot yelling and pulling each other away from one another.

A security guard approached an officer and pointed out four individuals who were responsible for the fight, walking away from the scene.

The officer went after the four and ordered them to stop, however, they failed to do so and continued walking away and across the street.

Additional officers arrived and all four were stopped and detained in handcuffs for further investigation. They were identified as Marvella Ceballos, 44, Susanna Madrigal, 41, Robert Perez, 38, and Adolfo Velasquez, 46, all of Turlock.

Officers began investigating and were told that Ceballos and Madrigal had kicked and punched a victim after being thrown to the ground, while Velasquez had attacked a security guard.

In the end, all four were arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center. Ceballos and Madrigal on charges of assault by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury and obstructing or resisting a peace officer or other public officer, Perez on charges of obstructing or resisting a peace officer or other public officer, and Velasquez on charges of battery and obstructing or resisting a peace officer or other public officer.

Woman arrested after stealing over $1,400 worth of merchandise from department store Sunday afternoon

On Sunday, October 23rd, 2022, at 12:29 pm, the Turlock Police Department was dispatched to a reported larceny that had just occurred at Kohl’s, 2751 Countryside Dr, Turlock, after a woman had walked out of the business with a cart full of unpaid merchandise.

While officers were responding, the caller, a loss prevention officer, told dispatch that the woman had gotten into a vehicle in the parking lot and provided a description of the vehicle.

Officers arrived and were able to locate the woman in the vehicle along with several other individuals. She was identified as Gloria Perez, 29, of Los Banos.

The loss prevention officer was able to positively identify Perez as the woman who had stolen their merchandise.

The total value of the merchandise was over $1,400.

Perez was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of grand theft.

Armed robbery results in four arrests Friday evening

On Friday, October 21st, 2022, at 7:30 pm, the Turlock Police Department was dispatched to a reported armed robbery that had just occurred at Days Inn, 185 N Tully Rd, Turlock.

Officers arrived on scene and met with the two victims who told them that four individuals had approached them and two of them had robbed them by holding them at gunpoint, punching them, and taking cash. All four then fled the area together in a white Ford van.

Officers checked the area for the van, however, were unable to locate it.

Later that night, at about 11:21 pm, the van returned to the location and was spotted by the victims who called police again.

Officers arrived in the area and located the van at a Circle K, 1600 W Main St. Officers conducted a high risk stop on the van where they removed its four occupants at gunpoint and detained them in handcuffs for further investigation.

Amongst the four detained were Lee Carpenter, 24, of Turlock, and Charles Corona, 42, of Louisiana. The two others that were detained were juveniles, however, officers did not figure that out until later because they gave fake names and said they were 19-year old twins.

When officers had their dispatcher run everyone, Corona returned with a $5,000 misdemeanor warrant for fishing by a person 16 years of age or older without a license for any purpose other than profit.

A search of the van was conducted which led to the discovery of two handguns and a fake, but realistic looking double-barreled shotgun.

The victim was brought to the stop and he identified the two juveniles as the robbers.

Further investigation into the van led to the discovery that it was an unreported stolen. The Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office assisted by taking an auto theft report.

In the end, all four were arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center. Charles on charges of carrying a concealed firearm, carrying a loaded firearm, and auto theft, Corona on charges of possession of a stolen vehicle, carrying a concealed firearm, and carrying a loaded firearm, as well as his warrant, and both juveniles on charges of robbery, carrying a loaded firearm, carrying a concealed firearm, and battery.

After the two juveniles were booked as adults is when officers learned of their true identities and that they were juvenile runaways from out of state.

Lint collection device fire extends into building Monday morning

On Monday, October 24th, 2022, at 10:02 am, the Turlock Fire Department, Modesto Fire Department, Stanislaus Regional Fire Investigations Unit, Turlock Police Department, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported commercial working structure fire at 2701 Lassiter Ln, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they found a lint collection device fire outside of the building that had extended into the building.

Firefighters began fire attack and were able to bring the fire under control within about 30 minutes, extinguishing it shortly thereafter.

Firefighters remained on scene for an extended period of time after the fire was out conducting overhaul, investigation, and other post fire activities.

The Turlock Irrigation District and Pacific Gas and Electric Company responded to the scene to secure utilities, while the Modesto Fire Department and Turlock Rural Fire Protection District provided city coverage for the duration of the incident.

No injuries were reported.

The cause and origin of the fire remain unknown.

The investigation remains on-going. Anyone with information that could assist in the investigation is encouraged to call the Stanislaus Regional Fire Investigations Unit at 209-525-5537.

Woman injured after striking power pole and causing vehicle to overturn Friday morning

On Friday, October 21st, 2022, at 9:18 am, the Turlock Police Department, Turlock Fire Department, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with injuries in the 2000 block of N Waring Rd, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they found a single vehicle involved, a Lexus sedan, which had overturned after striking a power pole.

The vehicle had a single occupant, its driver. She suffered moderate injuries and was ground transported by American Medical Response to a local hospital.

The vehicle sustained major damage and was deemed inoperable as a result of the collision, requiring it to be towed away.

It’s currently unknown how the collision occurred.

Police investigate alleged threat towards Turlock High Thursday morning

On Thursday, October 20th, 2022, at 8:37 am, the Turlock Police Department announced that they had been made aware of a potential threat to Turlock High School, 1600 E Canal Dr, Turlock.

The Turlock Unified School District later specified that the threat had originated during a conservation between two students the day prior, in which one student told the other to, “not come to school tomorrow.”

The Turlock Police Department stated that the school resource officer assigned to Turlock High, Officer Jessica Clark, was able to identify the two involved students and began working with them and school staff to investigate the threat.

It was later determined that there was no actual threat directed towards the school or students.

Prior to it being determined that there was no threat, the Turlock Police Department had assigned extra officers to patrol Turlock High as a precautionary measure.

Two arrested on warrants while camping at city park after hours early Thursday morning

On Thursday, October 20th, 2022, at 12:26 am, a Turlock Police officer near Broadway Park, 501 N Broadway, Turlock, observed two individuals at the park after hours in violation of the Turlock Municipal Code, so he made contact with them.

The officer identified the two as Steven Dunn, 44, of Turlock, and Heather Baltazar, 45, of Turlock.

When the officer had his dispatcher run the two, they both returned with misdemeanor bench warrants. Dunn’s was a local one for assault by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury, while Baltazar’s was out of Stanislaus County for trespassing.

Both were arrested on their warrants, Dunn was booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center, while Baltazar was released on a citation.

UPDATE: Man from August 10th DUI hit and run arrested after release from hospital Wednesday afternoon

On Wednesday, October 19th, 2022, at 12:38 pm, a Turlock Police officer near a residence in the 600 block of Rockwood Ave, Turlock, recognized the man who had been involved in the DUI hit and run leaving a child injured on Monday, October 10th, 2022, at the intersection of Lander Ave and E Linwood Ave, so he got out with him knowing that he was wanted on the case.

James Hilton, 26, of Turlock, had been arrested the night of the incident, however, was released to be admitted into a local hospital. Shortly after his admission, he was discharged from the hospital.

Hilton was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol causing injury, driving with a blood alcohol content of .08 or greater causing injury, hit and run causing injury, driving with a suspended driver’s license due to a DUI conviction, and failing to provide evidence of financial responsibility upon the demand of a peace officer while driving, as well as a warrant. The warrant was a $10,000 misdemeanor bench warrant out of Merced for driving under the influence of alcohol, driving with a blood alcohol content of .08 or greater, and driving with a suspended driver’s license due to a DUI conviction.

Man arrested on narcotics sales and weapon charges during traffic stop early Wednesday morning

On Wednesday, October 19th, 2022, at 2:51 am, a Turlock Police officer near the intersection of E Hawkeye Ave and Waring Rd, Turlock, observed a vehicle violate the California Vehicle Code, so he made a traffic stop on it.

The officer made contact with the vehicle’s two occupants, including driver Luis Yanez, 26, of Denair. Yanez originally lied about his name, however, his identity was discovered shortly thereafter.

When the officer had his dispatcher run Yanez, he returned with three bench warrants. The first one was a $100,500 felony one out of Stanislaus County for domestic violence inflicting corporal injury, the second one was a $50,000 felony one out of Modesto for possession of methamphetamines for sale, and the third one was a no bail local misdemeanor one for driving with a blood alcohol content of .08 or greater.

A subsequent search of Yanez’s vehicle led to the discovery of narcotics which appeared to be for sale as well as a handgun with an extended magazine.

Yanez was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of possession of a controlled substance while armed with a loaded and operable firearm, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon or person addicted to a narcotic, possession of ammunition by a prohibited person, possession of methamphetamines for sale, carrying a loaded firearm, and possession of a large-capacity magazine, as well as his warrants.

Three displaced after house fire early Wednesday morning

On Wednesday, October 19th, 2022, at 12:12 am, the Turlock Fire Department, Modesto Fire Department, Stanislaus Regional Fire Investigations Unit, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported residential working structure fire at a residence in the 4000 block of Donovan Way, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they found a two story single family dwelling with a fire on the second floor that had extended to the roof and attic.

Crews began fire attack in the offensive strategy and were able to bring the fire under control within about 30 minutes, extinguishing it shortly thereafter.

Firefighters remained on scene for an extended period of time after the fire was out conducting overhaul, investigation, and other post fire activities.

The Turlock Irrigation District and Pacific Gas and Electric Company responded to the scene to secure utilities, while the Modesto Fire Department and Turlock Rural Fire Protection District provided city coverage for the duration of the incident.

No injuries were reported, however, two adults and one child were displaced as a result of the fire. The American Red Cross responded to provide assistance to them.

The cause and origin of the fire remain unknown.

The investigation remains on-going. Anyone with information that could assist in the investigation is encouraged to call the Stanislaus Regional Fire Investigations Unit at 2099-525-5537.

Reported larceny from hardware store results in narcotics sales and felony warrant arrest Tuesday night

On Tuesday, October 18th, 2022, at 8:43 pm, the Turlock Police Department was dispatched to a reported larceny in progress at The Home Depot, 2800 Countryside Dr, Turlock.

When officers arrived on scene, they made contact with two men, including Matthew Marchino, 34, of Escalon.

A search of Marchino led to the discovery of narcotics which appeared to be for sale.

Marchino lied about his name, however, his true identity was discovered shortly thereafter. When the officer had his dispatcher run him, he returned with a $150,000 felony Ramey warrant out of Escalon for domestic violence inflicting corporal injury.

Marchino was arrested and when informed of that, claimed to be having a medical episode because he had taken narcotics.

Marchino was transported to a local hospital where he was medically cleared.

Afterwards, Marchino was booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of possession of a controlled substance for sale and false personation, as well as his warrant.

The other man was released.

Man with felony warrants arrested after two-hour standoff with deputies Tuesday afternoon

On Tuesday, October 18th, 2022, at 1:22 pm, the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a reported residential burglary in progress at a residence in the 100 block of G St, Turlock.

When deputies arrived on scene, they saw a man later identified as Ramon Flores, 28, of Turlock, running away from the residence and into a homeless encampment a few houses away.

Deputies immediately established a perimeter and requested the assistance of the Turlock Police Department.

Deputies began making announcements ordering that Flores surrender, and Flores ran out of the homeless encampment and into the backyard of another residence, still within the perimeter. Flores was located under a tree in the backyard but refused to surrender, holding a knife to his throat saying that deputies would have to kill him.

Deputies at the scene began negotiations until the sheriff’s Hostage Negotiation Team arrived and took over.

During the negotiations, Flores continued holding a knife to his neck and expressing that he no longer wanted to live because of multiple problems occurring in his life. Flores was also seen smoking an unknown substance.

After over two hours of negotiations, Flores finally surrendered, however, not before taking something out of his pocket and putting it in his mouth.

Flores was arrested and made mention of ingesting fentanyl, so he was transported to a local hospital where he was medically cleared.

Afterwards, Flores was booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of possession of methamphetamines and possession of drug paraphernalia, as well as two warrants. The first one was a $100,500 felony one for possession of ammunition by a prohibited person and the second one was a no bail felony one for violation of post release community supervision, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon or person addicted to a narcotic, and flight from a peace officer with disregard to public safety.

Traffic stop results in two warrant arrests, including felony assault one Tuesday afternoon

On Tuesday, October 18th, 2022, at 12:56 pm, Turlock Police investigators near the intersection of E Linwood Ave and Lander Ave, Turlock, observed a vehicle violate the California Vehicle Code, so they made a traffic stop on it.

The investigators made contact with and identified the vehicle’s two occupants, driver Oscar Cruz, 41, of Turlock, and passenger John Padilla, 56, of Modesto.

When the investigators had their dispatcher run the two, Oscar returned with three misdemeanor bench warrants for traffic related charges and Padilla returned with a $125,000 local felony warrant of arrest for assault with a deadly weapon other than a firearm.

Both Cruz and Padilla were arrested on their warrants, Cruz was released on a citation while Padilla was booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center.

UPDATE: Man with warrant for 14 felonies who lied about his name during traffic stop Sunday night arrested after relative reports him

On Tuesday, October 18th, 2022, at 8:20 am, the Turlock Police Department was dispatched to a warrant service at a residence in the 3800 block of Porto Fino St, Turlock, after a relative of the man with a warrant for 14 felonies who had lied about his name during a traffic stop two nights prior had called to report that he was at her residence.

Officers arrived on scene and contacted the man, Jason Larsen, 34, of Turlock.

Officers had their dispatcher run Larsen to confirm the warrant and he returned with a $250,500 felony bench warrant out of Modesto for kidnapping a person with the intent of holding them for ransom, carjacking, robbery, assault with a firearm, possession of a controlled substance while armed with a loaded and operable firearm, carrying a loaded firearm, and possession of methamphetamines.

Larsen was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on his warrant.

Although only seven charges are listed above with only six of them being felonies, some of them had several counts, bringing the total to 15 counts, 14 of which are felonies.

After Larsen had lied about his name during the traffic stop two nights prior, officers had begun extensively searching for him which included visits to the homes of relatives. Officers told his relatives to call if he showed up at their home, which is why this relative did.

Two parents arrested on child endangerment charges Monday morning

On Monday, October 17th, 2022, at 10:24 am, the Turlock Police Department was dispatched to a reported juvenile abuse that had just occurred in the parking lot of Walmart, 2111 Fulkerth Rd, Turlock, after a naked toddler playing around a vehicle had been seen getting pushed into the vehicle by an adult.

Officers arrived on scene and found that there were actually two children inside of the vehicle, later determined to be a three-year old and a five-year old. A woman later identified as Amy Soto, 34, of Oregon, and a man later identified as Jimmy Boyd, 34, of Susanville, were also in the vehicle. They were later determined to be the children’s parents.

Officers observed Soto preparing to light a pipe filled with narcotics as she sat inside the vehicle, so they began approaching. As officers approached, they noticed several dangerous and sharp objects in the back seat accessible to the children.

Everyone was removed from the vehicle and a more in-depth search was conducted which led to the discovery of additional narcotics.

Soto and Boyd were both arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of child abuse or endangerment under circumstances other than those likely to produce great bodily harm or death and possession of methamphetamines.

The Stanislaus County Community Services Agency’s Child & Family Services Division was contacted and they responded to take custody of the children.

Man arrested after robbing hardware store and striking loss prevention officer with vehicle Sunday afternoon

On Sunday, October 16th, 2022, at 12:30 pm, the Turlock Police Department was dispatched to a reported robbery that had just occurred at The Home Depot, 2800 Countryside Dr, Turlock.

As officers were responding, they were told that the suspect, later identified as Anthony Vasquez, 29, of Turlock, had fled the scene in a vehicle and were provided a description of it.

One of the responding officers spotted a vehicle matching the description pull into Venice Motel, 1114 N Golden State Blvd, and stopped it. The officer made contact with and detained Vasquez for further investigation.

Officers began investigating and learned that Vasquez had entered the business and a loss prevention officer had become suspicious of him, so he began following him. The loss prevention officer spotted Vasquez grab a paint sprayer and begin walking towards the exit, so he confronted him. Vasquez threw a plastic bottle of motor oil at him, striking his hand. Vasquez then swung the paint sprayer at the loss prevention officer. The loss prevention officer followed Vasquez to his vehicle and stood behind it so that he could take a picture of its license plate, when Vasquez reversed the vehicle, struck the loss prevention officer, and fled the area.

When officers had their dispatcher run Vasquez, he returned with a $25,500 misdemeanor bench warrant for theft, possession of methamphetamines, and possession of a controlled substance.

Vasquez was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of robbery and assault with a deadly weapon other than a firearm, as well as his warrants.

Drunk driver arrested after fleeing collision scene and reporting he was carjacked Friday morning

On Friday, October 14th, 2022, at 6:44 am, the Turlock Police Department was dispatched to a reported hit and run that had just occurred in front of a residence in the 1200 block of N Olive Ave, Turlock.

When officers arrived on scene, they found three vehicles involved, one of them being a gray Toyota sedan.

At the time of the collision, the gray Toyota sedan only had a single occupant, driver Jose Cardenas, 47, of Turlock. He had suffered minor injuries and fled the scene prior to officers’ arrival, however, was later located and refused to be transported to the hospital. The other two vehicles were parked and unoccupied.

About an hour and a half later, at 8:10 am, the Turlock Police Department was dispatched to a reported carjacking that had just occurred at Dutcher Middle School, 1441 Colorado Ave.

Officers arrived on scene and met with the “victim” of the carjacking, Cardenas, who was displaying objective symptoms of being under the influence of alcohol. Cardenas was bleeding and told officers that the people who had taken his car had beat him up, however, he had told another person in the area a different story about how he had just been involved in a collision. A witness to the collision was taken to Cardenas and they were able to positively identify Cardenas as the man who they had seen fleeing the scene on foot.

Cardenas was arrested and released on a citation on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and hit and run causing property damage. Additionally, he was issued an administrative driver’s license suspension order by the California Department of Motor Vehicles and his vehicle was impounded.

It’s currently unknown how the collision occurred.

Drunk and high driver arrested after being found passed out behind the wheel early Monday morning

On Monday, October 17th, 2022, at 1:43 am, the Turlock Police Department was dispatched to a security check at the intersection of N Golden State Blvd and W Canal Dr, Turlock, after a volunteer firefighter had come across a running vehicle in gear at a traffic light with its driver passed out behind the wheel.

Officers arrived on scene, blocked the vehicle using their own vehicles, and woke up the driver, later identified as Juan Rojas Sandoval, 35, of Turlock.

Officers began speaking with Sandoval and noticed that he was exhibiting objective symptoms of being under the influence, so they removed him from his vehicle and asked him if he would be willing to participate in standardized field sobriety tests. He agreed and completed the tests.

Based on the totality of the circumstances, officers determined that Sandoval was under the combined influence of alcohol and drugs.

Sandoval was arrested and a search of his person incident to arrest led to the discovery of cocaine. Sandoval was then transported to a local hospital and provided an evidentiary blood sample as required by California’s implied consent law.

Afterwards, Sandoval was booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of driving with a blood alcohol content of .08 or greater, driving under the combined influence of alcohol and drugs, and possession of a controlled substance.

Man with warrant for 14 felonies unknowingly released after tricking officer and giving relative’s name, two others with warrants arrested Sunday night

On Sunday, October 16th, 2022, at 11:14 pm, a Turlock Police officer near Ace Hardware, 3051 Geer Rd, Turlock, observed a vehicle violate the California Vehicle Code, so he made a traffic stop on it.

The officer made contact with the vehicle’s three occupants, driver Jason Larsen, 34, of Turlock, passenger Lance Mitchell, 38, of Turlock, and passenger Matthew Leighton, 38, of Turlock. The officer was able to identify Mitchell and Leighton, however, Larsen gave a relative’s name.

The officer had his dispatcher run all three and the name that Larsen gave returned clear, while Mitchell returned with a local $10,000 felony warrant of arrest for grand theft, and Leighton returned with five misdemeanor bench warrants. The first one was a local one for possession of methamphetamines, the second one was a local one for possession of a controlled substance, the third one was a local one for theft, the fourth one was a local one for driving with a suspended driver’s license, and the fifth one was out of Modesto for theft.

Larsen was released, while Mitchell and Leighton were arrested.

The officer began speaking with Mitchell and during that conversation discovered who Larsen really was. When he ran him, he returned with a $250,500 felony bench warrant out of Modesto for kidnapping a person with the intent of holding them for ransom, carjacking, robbery, assault with a firearm, possession of a controlled substance while armed with a loaded and operable firearm, carrying a loaded firearm, and possession of methamphetamines.

Several officers arrived in the area and began searching for Larsen, who had been last seen walking southbound after his release, however, were unable to locate him.

Mitchell was booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on his warrant, while Leighton was released on a citation on his warrants.

Drunk and high driver with concealed handgun arrested after crashing into parked vehicle early Sunday morning

On Sunday, October 16th, 2022, at 2:37 am, the Turlock Police Department was dispatched to a reported vehicle collision near the intersection of W Monte Vista Ave and Sunset Dr, Turlock.

When officers arrived on scene, they found two vehicles involved. The first one was a black BMW SUV and the second one was a white GMC pickup truck.

The black BMW SUV had a single occupant, driver Steve Herghelian, 45, of Turlock. He did not suffer any injuries. The white GMC pickup truck was parked and unoccupied.

While speaking with Herghelian, officers noticed that he was exhibiting objective symptoms of being under the influence, so they asked him if he would be willing to participate in standardized field sobriety tests. He agreed, however, prior to officers starting them, they conducted a pat down search of Herghelian for weapons. During the pat down, officers came across a handgun. When officers had originally made contact with Herghelian, they had asked him if he had any weapons and specifically asked if he had any firearms, which he replied no to. A more extensive search of Herghelian after the discovery of the handgun led to the discovery of narcotics.

Officers proceeded with the standardized field sobriety tests and Herghelian completed them.

Based on the totality of the circumstances, officers determined that Herghelian was under the combined influence of alcohol and drugs.

Herghelian was arrested and refused to provide an evidentiary blood sample as required by California’s implied consent law. Herghelian was then transported to a local hospital where a blood sample was forcefully taken after a judge issued a search warrant and he was medically cleared.

Afterwards, Herghelian was booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of possession of a controlled substance while armed with a loaded and operable firearm, carrying a loaded firearm, and driving under the combined influence of alcohol and drugs.

The black BMW SUV sustained major damage, while the white GMC pickup truck sustained moderate damage. The black GMC SUV was deemed inoperable as a result of the collision, requiring it to be towed away. The white GMC pickup truck was left parked where it was.

It’s currently unknown how the collision occurred.

Drunk driver with his infant and toddler arrested after crashing into parked vehicle early Sunday morning

On Sunday, October 16th, 2022, at 12:54 am, the Turlock Police Department was dispatched to a reported vehicle collision in front of a residence in the 400 block of West Ave S, Turlock.

When officers arrived on scene, they found two vehicles involved. The first one was a red Toyota sedan and the second one was a silver Infiniti coupe.

The red Toyota sedan had a total of three occupants, driver Brayan Inocente, 29, of Turlock, his infant daughter, and his toddler son. Their extent of injuries remain unknown. The silver Infiniti coupe was parked and unoccupied.

While speaking with Inocente, officers noticed that he was exhibiting objective symptoms of being under the influence, so they asked him if he would be willing to participate in standardized field sobriety tests. He agreed and completed the tests.

Based on the totality of the circumstances, officers determined that Inocente was under the influence of alcohol.

Inocente was arrested and provided an evidentiary breath sample at the scene as required by California’s implied consent law. The breath sample revealed that Inocente had a blood alcohol content of .08 or greater. Inocente was then transported to a local hospital where he was medically cleared.

Afterwards, Inocente booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol causing injury, driving with a blood alcohol content of .08 or greater causing injury, and child abuse or endangerment under circumstances likely to produce great bodily harm or death.

Both vehicles sustained moderate damage and were deemed inoperable as a result of the collision. The red Toyota sedan was towed away and the silver Infiniti coupe was left parked where it was.

It’s currently unknown how the collision occurred.

Bicyclist arrested on five misdemeanor warrants Friday night

On Friday, October 14th, 2022, at 10:46 pm, a Turlock Police officer near the intersection of Third St and A St, Turlock, observed a bicyclist violate the California Vehicle Code, so he made a traffic stop on him.

The officer made contact with and identified the bicyclist as Travis Mihalovic, 23, of Turlock.

When the officer had his dispatcher run Mihalovic, he returned with five $15,555 misdemeanor bench warrants. The first one was a local one for trespassing, public intoxication, and possession of methamphetamines, the second one was a local one for possession of a controlled substance, possession of methamphetamines, and possession of drug paraphernalia, the third one was a local one for failure to appear and possession of drug paraphernalia, the fourth one was a local one for hit and run causing property damage, and the fifth one was out of Stanislaus County for possession of methamphetamines.

Mihalovic was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on his warrants.

Man arrested after officer recognizes him as arson suspect from week prior early Friday morning

On Friday, October 14th, 2022, at 1:25 am, a Turlock Police officer near the intersection of N Thor St and E Main St, Turlock, noticed a suspicious person which he recognized as a man responsible for an arson that he had investigated a week prior, so he got out with him.

The officer identified the man as Travis Arnett, 44, of Turlock, and had his dispatcher run him.

Arnett returned with three local $1,000 misdemeanor bench warrants. The first one was for possession of methamphetamines and possession of drug paraphernalia, the second one was for possession of methamphetamines, and the third one was for possession of a stun gun by a convicted felon, person convicted of an assault crime, or person convicted of misuse of a stun gun.

Arnett was arrested and a search incident to arrest led to the discovery of additional methamphetamines.

The officer questioned Arnett about the arson and was able to get a confession out of him, however, Arnett claimed that it was an accident. Video, however, showed that it was not an accident and it was definitely intentional. It should be noted that Arnett was also wearing some of the same clothing as he was when he lit the fire.

Arnett was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of arson and possession of methamphetamines, as well as his warrants.

The fire that Arnett had set had occurred on Friday, October 7th, at LOZA Wine and Crepes, 601 E Main St. It was a small debris fire in the businesses’ outside dining area that had been lit at about 5:04 am. The Turlock Fire Department had responded and quickly extinguished the fire before it spread to anything.

Man in stolen vehicle arrested after temporary operating permit belonging to other vehicle discovered Thursday morning

On Thursday, October 13th, 2022, at 9:05 am, a Turlock Police sergeant near the intersection of E Hawkeye Ave and Geer Rd, Turlock, observed a vehicle violate the California Vehicle Code, so he made a traffic stop on it.

The vehicle had a temporary operating permit on it and at some point during the stop, the sergeant realized that it didn’t belong to that vehicle. The sergeant ran the vehicle’s identification number and it returned to be stolen out of Georgia.

The vehicle’s driver, Michael Garcia, 21, of Turlock, was arrested.

Garcia was booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of possession of a stolen vehicle.

Teenager arrested after being found with ghost gun loaded with extended magazine during traffic stop Wednesday afternoon

On Wednesday, October 12th, 2022, at 4:51 pm, a Turlock Police officer near the 1700 block of Greenhills Dr, Turlock, observed a vehicle violate the California Vehicle Code, so he made a traffic stop on it.

The officer made contact with and identified the vehicle’s five occupants, including two teenage passengers, a 15-year old and a 14-year old.

The officer had his dispatcher run all five of the vehicle’s occupants and the 15-year old returned to be on searchable juvenile probation.

The officer removed all of the vehicle’s occupants so that he could conduct a probation search of the 15-year old and while doing so, conducted a quick pat down search of everyone for weapons. During a pat down search of the 14-year old, the officer discovered a ghost gun loaded with an extended magazine.

A ghost gun is a firearm without a serial number that is typically self assembled at home, essentially making it untraceable.

The 14-year old teen was arrested and booked into Stanislaus County Juvenile Hall on charges of possession of live ammunition by a minor, possession of a handgun by a minor, carrying a loaded firearm, owning a firearm or firearm precursor part that does not bear a valid serial number or mark of identification, and possession of a large-capacity magazine.

Drunk driver arrested after injuring child and fleeing scene, striking second vehicle while doing so Monday evening

On Monday, October 10th, 2022, at 7:55 pm, the Turlock Police Department, Turlock Fire Department, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported hit and run with injuries at the intersection of Lander Ave and E Linwood Ave, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they found a single vehicle left at the scene, a white Chevrolet pickup truck. The other involved vehicle was a white Acura sedan that had been last seen heading eastbound on E Linwood Ave.

The white Chevrolet pickup truck had two occupants, an adult driver and a child passenger. The child passenger suffered minor injuries and was ground transported by American Medical Response to a local hospital.

The white Chevrolet pickup truck sustained moderate damage and was deemed inoperable as a result of the collision, requiring it to be towed away.

It’s currently unknown how the collision occurred.

While crews were still handling the first collision, at about 8:02 pm, the Turlock Police Department was dispatched to another reported vehicle collision, this one in front of a residence in the 1500 block of E Linwood Ave.

When officers arrived on scene, they found two vehicles involved. The first one was a white Acura sedan and the second one was a blue Chevrolet pickup truck. A mailbox, sign, and wheelbarrow were also involved. The white Acura sedan was determined to be the same one that had fled from the first collision.

The white Acura sedan had a single occupant, its driver, James Hilton, 26, of Turlock. He suffered moderate injuries and was ground transported by American Medical Response to a local hospital. The blue Chevrolet pickup truck was parked and unoccupied.

The white Acura sedan had sustained major damage, while the blue Chevrolet pickup truck had sustained moderate damage. Both vehicles were deemed inoperable as a result of the collision, requiring them to be towed away.

Prior to Hilton being transported to the hospital, while officers were speaking with him, they noticed that he was exhibiting objective symptoms of being under the influence. Officers did not ask him to participate in standardized field sobriety tests due to his injuries, however, they learned that he had a suspended driver’s license due to DUI and also had a warrant for DUI.

Based on the totality of the circumstances, officers determined that Hilton was under the influence of alcohol.

Hilton was arrested but then released to be transported to the hospital.

It’s currently also unknown how the second collision occurred.

Man arrested after leading officer on extremely short pursuit Sunday afternoon

On Sunday, October 9th, 2022, at 4:31 pm, a Turlock Police officer near the intersection of West Ave S and Jordan Ave, Turlock, observed a vehicle violate the California Vehicle Code, so he attempted to make a traffic stop on it, however, it failed to yield and a pursuit ensued.

The vehicle circled around the block and eventually stopped on Jordan Ave after a very short pursuit of less than a minute. A high risk stop was conducted and the vehicle’s three occupants, including driver Rodrigo Palafox, 20, of Modesto, were removed at gunpoint and detained.

Palafox was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of flight from a peace officer with disregard to public safety and driving with a suspended driver’s license.

Palafox’s two passengers were released.

Man with narcotics sales warrant arrested while transporting additional narcotics early Sunday morning

On Sunday, October 9th, 2022, at 12:46 am, a Turlock Police officer near the intersection of N Laurel St and W Olive Ave, Turlock, observed a vehicle violate the California Vehicle Code, so he made a traffic stop on it.

The officer made contact with and identified the vehicle’s driver as David Gallo, 20, of Turlock.

When the officer had his dispatcher run Gallo, he returned with a local $10,500 misdemeanor warrant for transporting or selling cannabis and driving without a valid driver’s license.

Gallo was arrested.

A subsequent search of Gallo’s vehicle incident to arrest was conducted which led to the discovery of narcotics in several baggies which appeared to be packaged for sale, paraphernalia commonly used to assist in the sale of narcotics, and large sums of money.

Gallo was booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on possession of a controlled substance for sale and transporting or selling cannabis, as well as his warrant.

Construction crew ruptures gas line and causes leak resulting in large shelter in place Wednesday morning

On Wednesday, October 12th, 2022, at 10:40 am, the Turlock Fire Department was dispatched to a reported natural gas leak in the 2000 block of N Quincy Rd, Turlock.

Firefighters arrived on scene and found that a construction crew had accidentally struck and ruptured a four inch natural gas line, causing a leak.

Those living within the boundaries of Castleview Dr, N Daubenberger Rd, Mira Flores Dr, and N Johnson Rd were all automatically ordered to shelter in place while the Pacific Gas and Electric Company responded to secure the leak.

It took about two hours for the leak to be secured and an additional four to six hours to conduct repairs.

Man arrested after attacking other man, attempting to resist officers, and giving officers fake name

On Tuesday, October 11th, 2022, at 5:46 pm, the Turlock Police Department was dispatched to a reported assault and battery in progress near the intersection of W Linwood Ave and Lander Ave, Turlock.

Officers arrived in the area and were told by the victim that another man had struck him and took off on foot.

The suspect, later identified as Sebastian Gonzalez, 29, of Stockton, was located down the road by officers. Officers attempted to make contact with Gonzalez and he attempted to flee from them on foot, however, he was quickly arrested without further incident.

Gonzalez originally lied about his name to officers, however, his true identity was eventually discovered.

Gonzalez was booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of battery, obstructing or resisting a peace officer or other public officer, and falsely identifying to a peace officer.

Known resister with resisting warrant arrested after resisting officer again Tuesday afternoon

On Tuesday, October 11th, 2022, at 12:48 pm, a Turlock Police officer near the intersection of N Tully Rd and Henry Way, Turlock, noticed a man which he recognized as Raymond Fajardo, 26, of Turlock, and believed he had a warrant, so he had his dispatcher run him.

Sure enough, Fajardo returned with a local no bail felony bench warrant for obstructing or resisting an executive officer by means of threats or violence.

When the officer attempted to make contact with Fajardo, he took off running and a foot pursuit ensued.

Fajardo was eventually caught and arrested without further incident.

Fajardo was booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of obstructing or resisting a peace officer or other public officer as well as his warrant.

UPDATE: Driver from Tuesday’s hit and run arrested, vehicle recovered, and victim identified Thursday morning

On Thursday, October 13th, 2022, at 5:00 pm, the Turlock Police Department came out with an update regarding the hit and run that had occurred on Tuesday, October 11th, 2022, in the 2100 block of Fulkerth Rd, Turlock, which left an 83-year old man dead.

The Turlock Police Department announced the arrest of the responsible driver, the recovery of the involved vehicle, and the identity of the deceased victim.

At about 10:30 am, Armando Michael Arreola, 25, of Turlock, went to the Turlock Police Department to turn himself in as the responsible driver.

Arreola was interviewed by the Major Accident Investigation Team and the interview led to the discovery of the whereabouts of the involved vehicle. At the request of the Turlock Police Department, the Modesto Police Department responded to the 600 block of E Coolidge Ave, Modesto, and recovered the vehicle. It was taken to the Turlock Police Department where it will eventually be processed for evidence associated with the hit and run.

At the conclusion of the interview, Arreola was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of hit and run causing injury or death and manslaughter.

The deceased victim was identified as Santiago Estrada-Gonzalez, 83, of Delhi.

“The investigation into this incident is not over with the arrest of Arreola and the recovery of the involved vehicle,” said Turlock Police Acting Captain Russell Holeman. “The Traffic Safety Unit will be serving additional search warrants and will continue their work to gather evidence to solidify this investigation. We offer our sincere condolences to Santiago’s family during their time of loss,” he continued.

The investigation remains on-going. Anyone with information that could assist in the investigation is encouraged to call Officer Richard Fortado at 209-664-7399.

Elderly man struck and killed by driver who flees scene Tuesday afternoon

On Tuesday, October 11th, 2022, at 3:31 pm, the Turlock Police Department, Turlock Fire Department, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported hit and run with injuries in the 2100 block of Fulkerth Rd, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they found a pedestrian down in the westbound lanes of Fulkerth Rd directly in front of the bus stop.

The pedestrian was later determined to be an 83-year old Hispanic man with a last known address in Modesto. He was suffering major injuries which he succumbed to at the scene. His identity is yet to be released, pending next of kin notification.

The Turlock Police Department’s Major Accident Investigation Team responded to the scene to investigate the collision. The roadway was closed for nearly four hours as they processed the scene and gathered evidence. It’s currently unknown how the collision occurred, however, officers were told by witnesses that the vehicle that had struck the pedestrian was a small white sedan which was last seen westbound on Fulkerth Rd. Through investigation, the vehicle was later determined to be a white 2004 Acura TL, bearing California license 8LMZ774. The vehicle has damage to its front windshield and front right side. If spotted, immediately call 9-1-1.

“This investigation is a top priority for the Traffic Safety Unit,” said Turlock Police Officer Richard Fortado. “I ask that anyone who may have information about the identity of the responsible suspect or who may have seen the damaged white Acura TL, to please contact me,” he continued.

The investigation remains on-going. Anyone with information that could assist in the investigation is encouraged to call Officer Richard Fortado at 209-664-7399.

Motorcyclist arrested after being found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia Monday night

On Monday, October 10th, 2022, at 11:56 pm, a Turlock Police officer near United Cerebral Palsy of Stanislaus County, 959 E Monte Vista Ave, Turlock, observed a motorcycle violate the California Vehicle Code, so he made a traffic stop on it.

The officer made contact with the motorcyclist and identified him as Matthew Germino, 27, of Los Banos.

When the officer had his dispatcher run Germino, he discovered that he did not have a class M1 driver’s license.

Germino was arrested and a subsequent search of his person incident to arrest led to the discovery of drug paraphernalia.

Germino was released on a citation on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia, driving without a valid driver’s license, and driving a vehicle with lighting equipment not maintained in good working order.

Financial services provider employee robbed at gunpoint after arriving for work Monday morning

On Monday, October 10th, 2022, at 8:39 am, the Turlock Police Department was dispatched to a reported armed robbery that had just occurred at ACE Cash Express, 1825 Countryside Dr, Turlock.

Officers arrived on scene and met with the victim, an employee of the business, who told them that the incident had actually occurred about twenty minutes earlier at about 8:18 am.

The victim reported that he had arrived at the business, unlocked its front door, and began entering when an unknown man rushed up behind him and stuck an object, believed to be a firearm, against his back. The two entered the business together and the suspect told the victim to open a safe, remove its contents, and put them in his backpack. The victim complied and the suspect told the victim to lay down as he ran out the back door.

The suspect escaped with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The victim waited for a while and then ran to a neighboring business where he called police.

The suspect was described as a Hispanic man in his 20s wearing a facemask, hooded sweatshirt, and bright colored construction type vest.

Officers are reviewing surveillance camera footage in an attempt to identify and apprehend the suspect.

The investigation remains on-going. Anyone with information that could assist in the investigation is encouraged to call Officer Mark Alberti at 209-668-1200.

Teenager arrested after leading officers on high speed pursuit into Merced County Sunday night

On Sunday, October 9th, 2022, at 9:54 pm, a Turlock Police officer near Regal Turlock, 2323 W Main St, Turlock, observed a vehicle doing a burnout and drifting in the parking lot of the business in front of several bystanders, so he attempted to make a traffic stop on it, however, it failed to yield and a pursuit ensued.

The vehicle drove around the outskirts of town and eventually left town southbound on Lander Ave, making its way to Hilmar.

In Hilmar, the vehicle reached speeds of 110 miles per hour. The pursuit was terminated at that point for safety reasons, however, the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s airship was able to get overhead just prior to that.

The sheriff’s airship followed the vehicle southbound on Lander Ave through Stevinson and eventually Los Banos.

The vehicle finally stopped for the California Highway Patrol at the intersection of Mercey Springs Rd and Cotton Gin Rd, Los Banos, and its driver, Pedro Peter Cordova, 19, of Turlock, was arrested. The Turlock Police Department responded to Los Banos and took custody of Cordova.

Cordova was booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of flight from a peace officer with disregard to public safety, reckless driving, and driving without a valid driver’s license. Additionally, his vehicle was impounded.

Three young men arrested on weapon charges after passing firearm to one another at party Saturday night

On Saturday, October 8th, 2022, at 11:01 pm, the Turlock Police Department was dispatched to a reported weapon offense that had just occurred at a residence in the 600 block of N First St, Turlock, after a group of three young men had been seen passing a firearm to one another after being told to leave a party that they were causing a disturbance at.

Officers had been provided a description of the three and while responding, spotted them at Broadway Park, 501 N Broadway. Officers made contact with them and they became passively resistive, however, eventually complied and were detained.

All three were identified, two were adults and the third was a 14-year old Hispanic male juvenile. The adults were identified as Iszach Gheith, 19, of Manteca, and Alejandro Perez Padilla, 24, of Turlock.

Officers began searching the area for the firearm and located it. It was determined to be what is commonly referred to as a ghost gun, meaning that it does not have a serial number which essentially makes it untraceable.

All three were arrested. Gheith was booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon or person addicted to a narcotic, carrying a loaded firearm, v