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Man suspected in Texas stabbing death arrested in Turlock

Man suspected in Texas stabbing death arrested in Turlock

TURLOCK, CA - A man suspected of stabbing a woman to death was arrested on Thursday morning. 

According to Turlock police spokesperson Mayra Lewis, suspect David Vega was wanted for a murder that occurred in Texas on Aug. 17. The victim was stabbed to death in her residence off the 2400 block of Haven Drive in Kileen, Texas.

On Thursday morning, a Turlock police officer happened to be doing a routine patrol when he spotted a Jeep with stolen plates near a motel. Lewis said the officer then ran the vehicle identification number, which was linked to Vega.

According to Lewis, the SWAT team was then called to serve the arrest warrant; however, Vega surrendered before the team entered his room.

Giant marijuana plants seized in Ceres

CERES, CA - Tired of the smell of pot and strange people going in and out of several homes on their street, some Ceres neighbors complained to police.

A preliminary investigation by police resulted in three search warrants and what officers found Thursday were 78 jumbo-sized marijuana plants growing well above the fence at one home on the 1600 block of Don Pedro Road, said Sgt. Jose Berber. He said the mature plants were about 12 feet tall.

Searches of two other properties on the same block yielded two more pot grows, officers reported. In all, 193 plants were seized, weighing about 2,930 pounds and worth an estimated  $8,790,000 on the street, Berber said.

No arrests were made. Investigators were working to identify the owners of the  properties and whether the grows were connected.

Man shot to death in Patterson

PATTERSON, CA - The Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department is investigating an early Monday morning homicide.

Officers were called to a home in the 1400 block of Shearwater Drive in Patterson about 1 Monday morning. They reported  finidng a man in front of a house, dead from a gunshot wound.

The victim has not been identified and no information on the shooter has been released.




































Off-duty Stockton officer arrested, released after car chase

FARMINGTON, CA - An off-duty Stockton police animal services officer was arrested after leading authorities on a car chase Friday night.

Steven Fortney's wife called the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office around 6:20 p.m. after he threatened to commit suicide, San Joaquin County sheriff's Lt. Philip George said.

Deputies and California Highway Patrol officers found Fortney on S. Waverly Road and Highway 4; a family friend was also at the scene attempting to talk to him.

George said Fortney got into his truck and fled the scene, going eastbound on Highway 4; deputies and officers chased after him.

Fortney drove about seven miles, at the speed limit, and pulled over just outside of the county line. When he got out of the car, Fortney continued to act erratically and refused to move away from his truck, George said.

2 arrested after explosive found in Denair home

DENAIR, CA - Two people were arrested after Stanislaus County sheriff's deputies found an explosive device at a burglary suspect's home during a search Wednesday morning.

Ryan Hayes, 23, and Krysta Jacobson, 24, were arrested at a home on the 4000 block of N. Gratton Road just after 11 a.m., Sgt. Anthony Bejaran said.

Hayes was a suspect in a Denair church burglary that happened two weeks ago. Detectives determined the home as the suspect's location and searched the property.

Bejaran said during the search, deputies found an explosive device. The bomb squad was called out to the scene; they determined that it was safe, but flammable.

Hayes was arrested for burglary, possession of an explosive device and conspiracy to commit a crime. Jacobson was arrested on a drug warrant. Bejaran said both were booked into the Stanislaus County Jail.

Modesto bank held up; robber escapes

MODESTO, CA - Modesto police think a man who robbed a bank Monday afternoon armed with a shotgun fled in a waiting vehicle.

Lt. Rick Armendariz said the heist was at Citibanks located at 1340 Oakdale Road. After demanding money from a teller, the armed robber fled the bank. He was last seen running across the bank parking lot in the southbound direction.

Police conducted an aerial and ground search. A police K9 tracked the suspected robber down an alley and a vacant house on the 1300 block of Sunland Way, Armendariz said. However, no one was in the house and the scent ended in front of the house.

Witnesses described the individual who robbed the bank as a white man, about 5 feet 8 inches tall, and weighing about 150 pounds. He wore a black shirt and blue jeans. A ski mask concealed his face.

U.S. Attorney: More indicted in Sutter Co. jobless benefits scheme

SUTTER COUNTY, CA - Federal authorities went after six more individuals Monday in an ongoing investigation into fraudulent unemployment and disability benefits.

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Indicted on mail fraud charges were Ryan Herbert Smith, 46, of Turlock; Chindo Gharu, 49, of Yuba City; Seema Rajput, 45, of Modesto; Rajinder Kaur Dhillon, 70, of Sacramento; Rajinder Kaur Dhillon 47, of Yuba City; and Balwinder Singh Khangura, 64, of Yuba City and Sacramento. U.S. Attorney's Office spokeswoman Lauren Horwood said Gharu, Rajinder Kaur Dhillon, and Khangura were arrested; the other two were expected to surrender.