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8 Norteño gang members accused of drug trafficking

FRESNO, CA - A two-day operation with federal, state and local authorities led to the arrest of eight Nuestra Familia gang members on drug related charges.

"This Central Valley Gang Impact Task Force operation exemplifies how multi-jurisdictional, collaborative FBI Safe Streets Task Forces successfully investigate and disrupt violent criminal gang activity in our communities," Sacramento FBI Special Agent in Charge Herbert M. Brown said. "Takedowns such as the effort in Modesto and Turlock today demonstrate the commitment of the FBI and its task force partners to improving of the quality of life in our communities by removing individuals who traffic dangerous drugs and commit violent crimes from our streets."

The eight suspects were arrested after a federal grand jury charged them with intent to distribute meth and various drug trafficking charges on March 7:

7th man wanted in Modesto triple murder

MODESTO, CA - Modesto homicide detectives are seeking a seventh man in connection with the murders of three people  at an east Modesto home last year.

Sgt. Rick Applegate said the wanted suspect is 20-year-old Ricky Javier Madrigal. Earlier this week, detectives announced the arrests of six others in the fatal shootings of Edward Reing, 31; Alyxandria Tellez, 19; and David Siebels, 16 on N. McClure Road on March 3, 2012.

Investigators say the crimes were gang-related.

Madrigal is known to frequent Modesto, Applegate said, and may possibly be armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information on Madrigal's whereabouts was urged to call Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward. Tipsters can also text information to Crime Stoppers by sending a text message to 274637. Type "TIP704" along with the message.

Oakdale police arrest mom in connection to infant's death

OAKDALE, CA - A suspicious discovery during an autopsy into a baby's death lead to the arrest of her mother.

Oakdale police responded to a home on Obsidian Drive on Dec. 11 to reports of an unresponsive infant. When officers arrived at the scene, they found that the 44-day-old girl had died.

Initially, the infant's death appeared to be the result of SIDS, police said.

However, high levels of meth were found in the infant's system, according to the Stanislaus County Coroner's autopsy report that was released recently.

On Tuesday, police arrested Nicole L. Smith, 31, in connection to the baby girl's death. Investigators believe the infant ingested meth through the mother's breast milk.

Smith was booked into Stanislaus County Jail for child endangerment. Her bail was set at $1 million.

Turlock police officer wrecks during pursuit

TURLOCK, Calif. - A Turlock police officer wrecked while assisting Stanislaus County sheriff's deputies pursue a reportedly stolen vehicle Thursday morning.

Turlock Police Dept. officer Mayra Lewis said the crash occurred on the 1700 block of N. Tulley Rd. in Turlock around 7:24 a.m.

The officer was transported to a nearby hospital with non-life threatening injuries, said Lewis.

Lewis did not detail how the officer crashed, or whether anyone else was involved in the collision.

UPDATE: 2 ID'd in suspected Oakdale weapons theft

UPDATE: 2 ID'd in suspected Oakdale weapons theft

OAKDALE, Calif. - Two men were arrested in Oakdale Tuesday night after one of them fired shots at officers while attempting to evade arrest, according to the Oakdale Police Department.

Officers responded to the 400 block of Dodge Ave. around 4:57 p.m. in reponse to a report of two men hiding in an alleyway. Upon arrival, an officer found an unloaded 12-guage shotgun, but did not find the men, said police.

Shortly afterwards, a separate officer located two men, later identified as Eric Silva, 18, or Riverbank and James Fitzjarrell, 19, of Oakdale, carrying large bags while walking on the 400 block of Church Ave. Upon seeing the officer, the men dropped the bags, split up and fled, police said.

Additional Oakdale officers responded and located Silva and Fitzjarrell running near the railroad tracks south of the 300 block of W. J St. Police pursued and within seconds, an officer reported shots had been fired by one of the fleeing individuals, said police.

Suspects fire at police during attempted arrest

OAKDALE, CA- Two men were taken into custody on Tuesday evening after one of the suspects fired a shot at police during an attempt at escaping arrest.

According to The Oakdale Police Department, officers responded to report of two men breaking into homes and stealing guns at around 6 p.m. 

After catching up to the suspects one of the men fired at the officers.
Police eventually found and arrested one of the suspects after putting up a one and a half square mile perimeter, shortly after.

According to Oakdale Police they eventually found the second suspect at around 9 p.m.

Oakdale Police said they found a few of the weapons on the suspects that were stolen during the robberies.

Neither of the officers were hit.

3 cats shot with darts found in Newman neighborhood

NEWMAN, CA - Three cats that were shot with darts from a cross bow were found walking in a northeast Newman neighborhood Saturday.

Residents in the area of Sweetgum Lane, Amy Drive and Sumac Lane called Newman police around 9:30 a.m., noon and 4 p.m. to report seeing the abused cats, Cpl. Jason Gosselin said.

PHOTOS: 3 cats shot with darts (IMAGES MAY BE GRAPHIC)

Two cats were taken to West Side Vet Hospital and the other was taken to G Bar N Vet Hospital for treatment.

"If a person is going to do this to an animal, they will upgrade to a child," cat owner Mary Romo said.

Romo said her cat Bella was shot in the eye with a dart.