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Man arrested in 2-week-old Turlock murder

TURLOCK, CA - A man was arrested Wednesday in connection to a murder that happened two weeks ago.

Francisco Hernandez Gonzales, is accused of killing Trinidad Cordero on Jan. 12, Modesto police spokesperson Ivan Valencia said.

Police got a tip that Gonzales was staying at a shelter in Turlock. When officers responded to the 200 block of South Broadway, they found Gonzales and took him into custody, Valencia said.

Detectives talked to Gonzales and then later booked into Stanislaus County Jail.

Police: Oakdale man allegedly gave booze to minors, raped with sleeping teen

Police: Oakdale man allegedly gave booze to minors, raped with sleeping teen

OAKDALE, CA - What started as a house party for teenage girls ended in rape.

Investigators said a father was hosting a party for his teenage daughter's friends and served them alcohol, then raped a 16-year-old girl while she slept.

Police arrested Timothy Lyman, 44, on Monday and booked him into Stanislaus County Jail, where he remained early Tuesday evening.

"He seemed like a good person; you would not expect something like that from someone like him," Neighbor Paula Castro said.

Castro, who lives next door to Lyman, couldn't believe it when they heard police arrested Lyman for raping his daughter's friend.

"It blows me away someone would do something like that, I mean, you take advantage of a little girl like that," said Brian James, who has relatives in the neighborhood where the attack allegedly took place.

Police said the victim's mother contacted them a few days after the Dec. 27 attack.

Family needs public's help solving Modesto woman's homicide

ESCALON, CA - A murder mystery on New Year's Day has the victim's family asking for the public's help in solving the case.

As homicide detectives continue to search for clues to what led to Lynette Garza's death, the young woman's father is struggling to cope with this tragic loss.

"It's just the most painful pain you can go through in your life," Donato Garza said remembering his daughter.

Garza hopes someone out there will come forward with information about his daughter's death that could help investigators. It hasn't been easy for the family these last few days, especially with so many lingering questions.

Early Tuesday morning, California Highway Patrol officers found an abandoned vehicle on the 25000 block of River Road in Escalon. A search of the area found Lynette Garza's body down a nearby embankment.

Body found in Escalon is identified

ESCALON, CA - A homicide investigation is underway after a woman was found dead near an Escalon road early morning on New Year's Day.

Thursday, the San Joaquin County coroner released the name of the victim. She was 23-year-old Lynette Lena Garza, a resident of Modesto.

The California Highway Patrol responded to the 25800 block of River Road around 3:40 a.m. on Tuesday to a possible vehicle crash, San Joaquin County sheriff's Deputy Les Garcia said.

When officers arrived, they found an abandoned vehicle on the road and Garza's body 60 feet from the vehicle, down an embankment.

Garcia said the body had obvious signs of severe trauma, but the official cause of death was pending an autopsy.

The investigation into Garza's death is ongoing.


Sheriff: Son sought in father's murder

MERCED COUNTY, CA - Homicide investigators think a suspect in the murder of a Delhi man found on New Year's Day could be in San Joaquin or Sacramento counties.

Merced County sheriff's detectives are looking for 35-year-old Jason Curtis Reed, the son of a 67-year-old man who was discovered dead under suspicious circumstances on the 9000 block of Sycamore Avenue in Delhi, said Deputy Tom MacKenzie. Delhi is about 20 miles southeast of Modesto.

MacKenzie said Reed lived with the victim but has disappeared. A arrest warrant for murder has been issued for Reed and he is considered armed and dangerous, MacKenzie said.

Anyone with information on Reed's whereabouts was urged to call the Merced County Sheriff's Office at (209) 385-7445.

Man steals golf cart, plans to drive it 109 miles

COPPEROPOLIS, CA - His plan was to drive a golf cart he stole 109 miles, from a home in Angels Camp to Citrus Heights; however, his plan was thwarted by a wrong turn.

John Scott Vishion, 46, was arrested by California Highway Patrol early morning Tuesday near Copperopolis on State Route 4 for a DUI, driving a "Club Car" golf car, Angels Camp police Chief Todd Fordahl said.

Residents at a home on Smith Flat Road in the Greenhorn Creek subdivision in Angels Camp awoke on New Year's Day to find someone had stolen their golf cart, golf clubs and five bottles of champagne sometime after 11:40 p.m. on New Year's Eve.

Vishion, who was staying at the Trendwest Wyndham Resort in Angels Camo, left the resort after an argument and began walking. When he saw the golf cart in the garage, Vishion unplugged it, loaded it with several bottles of champagne and began driving, Fordahl said.

Police: Arrest made in Saturday shooting death

TURLOCK - The man believed to be the shooter in the killing of a man on Saturday night was arrested by police one day later.

At about 9:15 p.m. on Saturday the Turlock Police Department received a call of shots fired in the 800 block of South Ave. When officers arrived they found a man with multiple gunshot wounds. 

The victim, who has been identified as 35-year-old David Hernandez, was transported to a local hospital but later died.

The suspect had already fled the area by the time officers arrived on scene.

On Sunday, officers made a traffic stop in the 1200 block of N. Olive Ave. and the driver was identified as the suspect in the Saturday night South Ave. shooting.

The driver, 20 year old Ernesto Negrete, was taken into police custody at the scene for murder as well as possession of methamphetamine.