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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.

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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.

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.