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Man suspected of robbing deployed naval officer arrested

DENAIR, CA - The man suspected of burglarizing a deployed Naval officer's Denair home Tuesday night was arrested on Wednesday.

Sgt. Anthony Bejaran of the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department said Petty Officer Tim Fanning who is currently away from his home in the 4600 block of Sioux Drive while serving in Afghanistan, called the Sheriff's Department Wednesday morning to ask for extra patrol on his residence following the robbery.

The Stanislaus Crime Reduction Team were called upon to investigate the burglary, speaking to several neighbors to attain clues as to the perpetrator's identity. During the investigation, Deputy Lloyd Mackinnon of the Crime Reduction Team remembered he had recently arrested Fanning's 24-year-old neighbor Douglas Yates, said Bejaran.

Deputies went to Yates' home and interviewed him about the burglary. During the interview, Yates admitted to breaking into Fanning's home, said Bejaran.

Man found dead in California Aqueduct; deputies investigate homicide

PATTERSON, CA - Stanislaus County sheriff's deputies investigate the homicide of a man found dead in the California Aqueduct Tuesday evening.

A fisherman saw the body of the man floating in the waterway around 5:30 p.m. a quarter-mile south of Needham Road and Stark Road, Sgt. Anthony Bejaran said.

Crews were able to recover the body around 7:30 p.m.
Bejaran said injuries on the body lead investigators to believe the man was murdered.

The man has not been identified and it is unclear what caused his death.

Cause of death for baby found in Waterford undetermined

STANISLAUS COUNTY, CA - Doctors were unable to determine the cause of death of a baby found in a trash can in December 2011.

The infant was found wrapped up in blankets in a garbage can outside a bait barn by a man looking for aluminum cans next to gas pumps, , Stanislaus County sheriff's Sgt. Anthony Bejaran said.

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The pathologist conducted an autopsy and ordered a toxicology report, but was unable to determine if the baby's death was natural or a homicide, Bejaran said.

The baby's death is still an open death investigation.

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House, vehicles shot up in Oakdale drive-by

OAKDALE, CA - Oakdale police are investigating a drive-by shooting that occurred on N. Oak Avenue around 8:40 p.m. Sunday night.

Sgt. Nixon of the Oakdale Police Dept. said officers responded to calls of shots fired in the area of Oak Avenue and West F Street. Upon arrival at the residence on N. Oak Ave., they found three individuals gathered outside the home. The three were questioned and it was determined they were the targets of an attempted drive-by shooting.

None of the individuals were reported as being injured in the incident, but the home was struck, as were two vehicles parked in the driveway, said Nixon.

No information was released on suspects or motives for the shooting.

Anyone with information regarding this case was asked to contact the Oakdale Police Dept.

Oakdale suspect sentenced for shooting at cars, cops

OAKDALE, CA - A 59-year-old Oakdale man who shot at passing cars, an inhabited home and local police officers will likely spend the rest of his life in prison.

Daniel Lloyd Rich was convicted of two counts of discharging a firearm and three counts of assault on a peace officer with a semi-automatic firearm plus a firearm discharge enhancement in Stanislaus County Court. He was sentenced to 46 years and four months in state prison.

According to court records, about 3:30 on the afternoon of March 5, 2009, in Oakdale, Rich began firing shots from his apartment balcony at the Golden Empire apartment complex on West F Street. One round lodged in in a passing truck; four rounds were found in a house next-door where a mother and her child were asleep.

Turlock man accused of trying to burn down his home

TURLOCK, CA - A man was arrested Sunday morning for attempting to burn down his home.

Richard Alpha Russell, Jr., 30, was arrested for arson around 6:02 a.m. after Turlock fire crews extinguished a fire at his home on the 1200 block of West Springer Drive, Turlock Fire Department Lt. Ron Reid said.

The home sustained moderate to major damage; fortunately, no one was injured, Reid said.

Russell was booked into Stanislaus County Jail.

Reid said detectives continue to investigate the fire.

Stanislaus County sees decrease in DUI arrests during holiday season

STANISLAUS COUNTY, CA - Stanislaus County law enforcement saw a 29 percent decrease in DUI arrests during the11/12 Winter Holiday Avoid 12 DUI Campaign.

From Dec. 12, 2011 to Jan. 1, 2012, law enforcement cracked down on drivers by Sobriety Checkpoints, Special Saturation Patrols and routine patrols, Turlock Police Lt. Nino Amirfar said.

During the campaign, law enforcement arrested 118 people for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Last year, law enforcement arrested 166 individuals.

Amirfar said funding for the campaign came from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.