Category Archives: Good Intent

Two overdose victims saved ten minutes apart Wednesday night

On Wednesday, May 25th, 2022, at 10:29 pm, the Turlock Police Department, Turlock Fire Department, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a medical aid at Swanson-Centennial Park, 2101 Pinto Way, Turlock, for a subject overdosing on fentanyl at the picnic tables of the park.

Police were the first to arrive and they found the patient unconscious. They administered three doses of Narcan, which eventually made the patient come to prior to firefighters’ and paramedics’ arrival.

Just nine minutes later, at 10:38 pm, the Turlock Police Department was dispatched to a security check in front of La Mo Cafe, 310 E Main St, for a subject passed out on a bench with another subject giving him sternum rubs trying to wake him up.

Officers arrived on scene and found the patient unconscious and exhibiting symptoms of an overdose, so they asked for the Turlock Fire Department and American Medical Response to respond, while they tried to revive him. Officers administered two doses of Narcan and the patient eventually came to just as firefighters arrived on scene.

The patients from both calls were ground transported by American Medical Response to local hospitals. They are expected to make full recoveries.

Opioid overdoses have increased over the past couple years and typically there’s at least one that occurs in Turlock every day.

Police officers are dispatched to all overdoses as they are already out in the field and typically arrive much quicker than fire and medical personnel, especially at night when firefighters are asleep at their station. All Turlock Police patrol vehicles are required to have a minimum of two Narcan doses before being put into service at the beginning of each shift. If at any point during the shift there’s less than two remaining in the patrol vehicle, officers are required to stop by the station and stock up as soon as practical.

Narcan, which contains Naloxone, is an extremely effective and fast opioid reversing agent that can make an opioid overdose victim come to within minutes. Those who are given Narcan should still be taken to the hospital to be treated immediately, as Narcan only stays in the system for a limited amount of time, much less than the actual opioids. If not treated at a hospital by the time the Narcan runs out, the patient could go back into an overdose and can die.

Fentanyl is the most common opioid which causes these overdose. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid typically used to treat patients with chronic severe pain or severe pain after a surgery. It acts similar to morphine, however, is about one hundred times more potent. It’s so potent that one kilogram of it has the ability to kill 500,000 people and one backpack full of it has the ability to kill everyone in the State of California plus more.

Illicit fentanyl is typically manufactured in foreign countries and is smuggled into the United States through Mexico to be sold on the illegal drug market.

Sometimes, fentanyl in mixed in with other drugs on the illegal drug market to increase their potency. People aren’t told this and sometimes overdose on it without even knowing that they’re specifically taking it.

If you know or suspect that someone is selling fentanyl, please call the Turlock Police Department’s Special Investigations Unit at 209-668-5550 extension 6780. You could save lives.

Smoke from heating appliance fills gas station Friday night

On Friday, March 18th, 2022, at 10:43 pm, the Turlock Fire Department was dispatched to a reported potential structure fire at Arco AMPM, 2301 Fulkerth Rd, after an employee had called to report that smoke had filled the inside of the gas station.

When firefighters arrived on scene, there was a light haze inside the business. They began investigating and determined the source of the smoke to be a heating appliance.

Firefighters removed the appliance from the building and worked on smoke removal for a few minutes. There was no actual fire.

Drunk man falls into and shatters furniture gallery window early Sunday morning

On Sunday, March 6th, 2022, at 2:04 am, the Turlock Police Department, Turlock Fire Department, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported sick person at Minerva’s Furniture Gallery, 250 Market St, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they found a heavily intoxicated male heavily bleeding from his right arm because he had fallen into a window and shattered it, causing several cuts.

The subject was ground transported by American Medical Response to a local hospital with minor injuries.

Employees from the business immediately responded to the scene and arranged for repairs to be made within a few hours.

Man found shot in his vehicle Tuesday afternoon

On Tuesday, December 28th, 2021, at 4:26 pm, the Turlock Police Department, Stanislaus State Police Department, Turlock Fire Department, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported sick person at Mister Car Wash, 980 W Monte Vista Ave, Turlock, after a single shot was heard in the area and a subject was found in his vehicle at a vacuum bleeding out.

When crews arrived on scene, they found a male subject with a gunshot wound unresponsive and bleeding out in the driver seat of his vehicle. A Glock 9 millimeter handgun was also found with the subject.

The subject was ground transported by American Medical Response to a local hospital with major life threatening injuries.

The subject’s vehicle was authority towed away from the scene to be processed for evidence.

At this point, this is believed to be a suicide attempt or accidental self-inflicted injury, however, the investigation is still in its early stages and that subject to change at any time.

It is currently unknown if the subject is still alive or if he has succumbed to his injuries.

The investigation remains on-going.

Infamous Kando back to causing problems Thursday evening, just a week after release from jail

On Thursday, October 14th, 2021, at 7:50 pm, the Turlock Police Department was dispatched to a reported suspicious person in the parking lot of Walmart Neighborhood Market, 2480 Geer Rd, Turlock.

Officers arrived in the area and noticed a subject matching the description of the suspicious person, later identified as Donald Kando, 42, of Turlock, in the parking lot of 7 Eleven, 2500 Geer Rd. Officers got out with Kando and conducted a records check on him which revealed that he had previously been trespass admonished from Walmart Neighborhood Market, was on probation, and was a sex offender out of compliance with his registration terms.

Kando was detained and searched as allowed by the terms of his probation.

Because officers did not actually see Kando in the Walmart Neighborhood Market parking lot, they were unable to arrest him for trespassing and no one who saw him wanted to make a citizen’s arrest.

Kando had been in jail all year after being arrested on January 1st for not being in compliance with his registration terms, and since he was just released a little over a week ago and did not have enough time to get in compliance, he was lectured and released.

It is currently unknown what exactly made someone call in to report Kando.

Kando is well known within the Turlock community and has been panhandling for over 15 years. At times, he can be aggressive towards women, the elderly, and children. Kando also used methamphetamines prior to his January 1st arrest, however, he has not yet been seen using them since his release.

Turlock Police officer comforts distraught woman after colliding with pedestrian Thursday afternoon

On Thursday, September 16th, 2021, at 1:20 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 N Thor St and E Main St, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they found a single vehicle involved, which was a black Lincoln SUV.

The driver and passenger of the vehicle were both uninjured. The vehicle had collided with a pedestrian, who suffered minor injuries and was ground transported by American Medical Response to a local hospital.

The vehicle sustained no damage and was able to be driven away from the scene.

It is currently unknown how the collision occurred.

The driver of the vehicle, an elderly Assyrian woman, did not know much about the legal system and thought that she was going to go to jail for striking the pedestrian. Because of this, she was very distraught and couldn’t stop crying. Officer Paul Heppner, an 18-year veteran of the Turlock Police Department, who has received many awards and recognitions throughout his career, assured her that that wouldn’t happen and comforted her by hugging her for over a minute and speaking to her.

A photo of Heppner hugging the woman was shared in the Turlock Police Scanner Facebook group, which gained almost a thousand reactions and 159 comments in just under a day. One of the commenters, a former officer with the Turlock Police Department stated, “Heppner is one of a kind. We need more Heppner in this world.” Another commenter stated, “He is truly an amazing person. I still remember he comforted my son when he started crying because his stuff got stolen after a break in at our home. It’s been over 10 years since then. Glad to see he hasn’t changed.”

Turlock Police hold DUI and driver’s license checkpoint Saturday night

On Saturday, September 4th, 2021, at 10:00 pm, the Turlock Police Department held a DUI and driver’s license checkpoint at the intersection of Geer Rd and Fullerton Rd, Turlock.

The checkpoint location was chosen based on a history of DUI collisions and arrests. The primary purpose of checkpoints is not to make arrests, but to promote public safety by deterring drivers from driving impaired.

During the checkpoint, officers looked for signs that drivers are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

“The safety of our community is and always will be our mission,” said Sergeant David Hall. “We are looking for impaired drivers because driving under the influence is dangerous and puts others on the road at risk.”

The Turlock Police Department reminds the public that impaired driving is not just from alcohol. Some prescription and over-the-counter drugs may also interfere with driving. Always follow directions for use and read warning labels about driving or “operating heavy machinery”, which includes driving a vehicle. While medicinal and recreational marijuana are legal, driving under the influence of them is not.

If you plan on drinking or taking medications that may impact your ability to drive safely, plan on staying at home.

Drivers charged with a first-time DUI face an average of $13,500 in fines and penalties, as well as a suspended license.

Funding for the checkpoint was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The checkpoint lasted about three hours, and three arrests were made.

A 17-year old male juvenile was arrested and released on a citation on charges of driving without a license.

Shante Angus, 25, of Turlock, was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of driving with a suspended license, as well as several warrants, one of which was for a felony.

Rosa Rodriguez, 52, of Turlock, was arrested and released on a citation on charges of driving without a license.

All three people who were arrested were given the opportunity to call someone to take their vehicle, which they did.

Osborn Elementary School placed on lockdown Monday afternoon

On Monday, August 16th, 2021, at 2:57 pm, the Turlock Police Department was dispatched to a reported man with a gun at Osborn Elementary School, 201 N Soderquist Rd, Turlock.

When officers arrived, they did not locate anyone in the area matching. Officers made contact with school officials who stated that an unknown parent of a student ran into the office, advised staff of the man with a gun, and then ran back out.

Staff reacted by placing the school on lockdown, however, the lockdown was quickly lifted after officers ensured that the school was clear. Students were released to go home as soon as the lockdown was lifted as the bell had already rung.

Animal Services rescues nearly 50 dogs from home Tuesday

On Tuesday, May 11th, 2021, Turlock Police Animal Services officers were made aware of a residence in Turlock that was over the legal limit of three dogs per household. Animal Services officers made contact with the resident, who said the animals were believed to be strays found around Turlock and agreed to surrender the animals.

On Wednesday, May 12th, 2021, Animal Services removed 49 dogs from the property. It is believed that the dogs increased in population from breeding. All the dogs have been examined, are currently being treated, and none will be euthanized. The dogs have all been scanned for microchips, however, none had any.

Animal Services is currently holding all the dogs until Tuesday, May 18th, 2021 to give anyone who lost their pet time to reclaim them if they are among this group. After Tuesday, a list of up to 50 people will be created of anyone interested in adopting a dog. On the following Tuesday, May 25th, 2021, a drawing of names will take place; first drawn gets first pick.

The drawing will be featured live on the Turlock Police Animal Services Facebook page, which you can access by clicking here. Any dogs not adopted will be released to animal rescues.

Beginning Tuesday, May 18th, 2021, to place your name on the list for the animal drawing, please contact Animal Services at 209-656-3140 Monday through Saturday, between the hours of 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.

As a reminder, please spay or neuter your pets to help control the pet population. Low cost spay and neuter program information can be found at the Animal Services website, which you can access by clicking here. In addition, please microchip your pets just in case they get lost or run away, so that they can be safely returned home. Animal Services will microchip your pet by appointment. Please call 209-656-3140 Monday through Saturday, between the hours of 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.

Firefighters rescue ducklings from storm drain Sunday afternoon

On Sunday, May 2nd, 2021, at approximately 3:30 pm, the Turlock Fire Department received a call of an animal rescue at Niagra St and W Monte Vista Ave. Engine 33 was dispatched.

Engine 33 arrived on scene a few minutes later and found a mother duck standing next to a storm drain that a majority of her ducklings had fallen into. Fire Captain Shaun Walker and Firefighter Lance Bickle immediately hopped into action and rescued the ducklings from the nasty smelling drain, reuniting them with their mother.

Friday afternoon dog walk results in injuries

On Friday, March 5th, 2021, at approximately 4:15 pm, the Turlock Police Department received a call of a stabbing that had just occurred in the 500 block of Angelus St. Officers responded and arrived on scene within minutes.

Upon their arrival, they located two victims, a man with a dog bite and another with a minor stab wound. The one with the stab wound was transported to a local area hospital.

Officers began investigating and learned that a dog owner had taken his three year old pit bull out for a walk when its leash broke and it got loose. The dog ran to a nearby individual and bit his leg when a third individual picked up a garden hand tool to stop the dog. However, in the ruckus, the dog’s owner was stabbed with tool.

Animal Services placed the dog on a 10 day quarantine at home to make sure the bite didn’t transmit rabies.

Malfunctioning HVAC system causes structure fire response

On Tuesday, September 1st, 2020, shortly after 8:30 pm, the Turlock Fire Department received a call of a working structure fire in the 1100 block of Wickel St. The Turlock Fire Department responded with Battalion 4, Engine 31, Squad 32, and Engine 34. Additionally, as part of a resource sharing agreement, the Ceres Fire Department responded with Battalion 3 and Engine 15. Turlock Irrigation District, Pacific Gas and Electric, and American Medical Response were also dispatched. Engine 34 arrived on scene about 5 minutes later. Upon their arrival, Captain 34 reported nothing visible on the outside and the occupants of the residence evacuating. Captain 34 assumed Wickel command and put Engine 34 in the investigation mode.

Battalion 4 and Engine 33 arrived on scene shortly after. When Battalion 4 arrived on scene, he assumed command from Captain 34 and setup a command post on the front left side of the residence. Due to nothing showing, Engine 31 and Squad 32 were told to level one stage off of Oxford Ave until it was decided whether they were needed or not. After a short investigation, it was determined that the culprit was a malfunctioning HVAC system.

When this was determined, all staged and incoming resources (utilities and ambulance) were cancelled. The remaining units on scene assisted the residents with smoke removal from their residence. Command was terminated around 9:20 pm, and all fire units went clear and available.

Overheated HVAC system causes panic

On Saturday, July 11th, 2020, at approximately 7:10 pm, the Turlock Fire Department received a call of smoke coming from inside an apartment at Brentwood Apartments, located at 1301 N Denair Ave. Engine 31 was dispatched to investigate. Upon their arrival, they located significant smoke coming from inside an apartment. At this time, the incident was upgraded to a potential structure fire, which added Battalion 4, Engine 33, and Engine 34 to the call. All residents in that building were also evacuated.

Battalion 4 arrived on scene to assume command. Crews then began investigating to locate the source of the smoke. During the investigation process, crews located an overheated HVAC system on the roof of the apartment complex which was causing the smoke. Crews worked to turn the electricity and gas to that system off and air out the apartments with the smoke. Once this was done, command was terminated, and all fire units went clear and available.