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Pregnant woman beaten, police horse assaulted

OAKDALE, Calif. (AP) -- Investigators say a California motorist leaving a rodeo in heavy traffic beat his pregnant passenger with a belt and assaulted a police horse when a mounted officer tried to intervene.

Fans were leaving the Oakdale Rodeo in stop-and-go traffic when the driver began attacking the woman in his car.

Oakdale police say an officer on a horse moved in to block the man's car, which kept inching forward.

The man was arrested. The horse wasn't hurt.

The Modesto Bee says Julio Cesar Gutierrez, 34, has been booked for investigation of domestic violence, resisting arrest, drunken driving and assault on a police horse.

He's in custody at the Stanislaus County Jail with bail on an immigration hold.

There's no information about the pregnant woman.

Remains identfied as teens who disappeared in 1980s

FRENCH CAMP, CA - The nearly three week-long efforts of an forensic anthropologist and scientists with the Department of Justice have determined three people were killed and hidden for years inside an abandoned Linden well.

Forensic experts were able to identify two out of the three remains found inside the Flood Road well in February, which is believed to be a burial site for serial killers Wes Shermantine and Loren Herzog. Letters from Shermantine to investigators helped locate the victims' remains.

Bureau Chief for the Bureau of Forensic Services Jill Spriggs said the remains were very degraded, but they were still able to make DNA identifications for 19-year-old Kimberly Billy who disappeared from Stockton on Dec. 10, 1984, and for 16-year-old JoAnn Hobson, who also disappeared from Stockton on Aug. 29, 1985.

The third victim has yet to be identified.

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.