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Oakdale double murder suspect charged

MODESTO, CA - Ryan Mazzariello appeared before a judge in Modesto Wednesday on charges of killing two people last Sunday.

The 25-year-old Oakdale man is accused of shooting 15-year-old Ruben Mora and 20-year-old Abel Calderon.  Mora's uncle, who watched the arraignment, disputed the idea his nephew was in a gang.

"If you want to classify him, he was a skater, or always on a bike.  He was a fun loving 15-year-old boy," said Elias Arellano.

Tuesday, Mazzariello's mother said her son had been subject to a lot of threats when going to the Oakdale Market  where the shootings took place. A fellow National Guardsman of Mazzariello said the same thing Wednesday following court.

"He says he was being harassed by people from Oakdale.  It's a small town with two streets.  They ran into each other a lot," said the man who wouldn't give his name.

Boy, 15, among 2 killed in Oakdale shooting

OAKDALE, CA - A local man has been arrested in a shooting near the Oakdale Market Sunday night that killed a 15-year-old teen and a 20-year-old man.

According to an Oakdale Police Department press release, an officer was patrolling the area near 311 East I Street around 9:05 p.m. when gunfire was heard in the vicinity of the market. The officer drove to the area to investigate and saw multiple people in the parking lot of a business and two individuals on the ground.

Medical responders were called and declared Ruben Mora Jr., 15, of Oakdale, dead at the scene. Abel Calderon, 20, also of Oakdale, was transported to a nearby emergency room where he died of his injuries, said police.

Detectives, with the assistance of Stanislaus County sheriff's deputies, identified Ryan Neal Mazzariello, 25, of Oakdale, as a suspect in the shooting, said police.

Police: Ceres homeowner shoots man during robbery attempt

CERES, CA - A man who allegedly tried to rob a Ceres homeowner Monday afternoon was shot by the resident, police said.

According to Carissa Higginbotham, spokeswoman for the Ceres Police Department, the 69-year-old homeowner was working in his garage on the 2300 block of Millcreek Drive about 2:35 p.m. when he was approached by a knife-wielding man. The homeowner was able to grab his .38 calibre handgun and shoot the would-be robber. The two struggled for the gun, with two more shots being fired.

The shot man was found across the street with more than one gunshot wound, Higginbotham said. He was identified as 31-year-old David, aka Christopher, Lucas of Modesto.

Lucas was transported to a local hospital where he was in stable condition.

Stanislaus County stabbing death has little information

EMPIRE, CA - A man was found stabbed to death and the Sheriff's department is looking for clues of what may have led to his death.

On Sunday at about 5 p.m. Sheriff's deputies arrived to Abbie Street South in Empire after receiving a 911 call that a man had been stabbed.  When emergency personnel arrived on scene they attempted CPR on the victim but were unable to save him.

Investigators are talking to witnesses in order to find information that led to the stabbing.  Detectives believe that there are more witnesses that were in the area at the time that have information regarding the stabbing death.  The Sheriff's department asks that those people come forward to help with the investigation.

The name of the victim has not been released at this time.

Anyone with information about this investigation can call Detective Jon McQueary at 209-525-7099. You can also leave an anonymous tip by calling Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636.

Merced dentist accused of assaulting patient

MERCED, CA (AP) - Merced police have arrested a dentist on suspicion of sexually assaulting a patient who was under sedation.

The Merced Sun-Star reports that Sang Hyuk Park was arrested around 10 a.m. Tuesday after the patient told police about being assaulted while getting dental work under a local anesthetic.

Police have not released the alleged victim's gender or age.

Police searched Park's office in Merced after the arrest.

The dentist was booked into the Merced County Jail on suspicion of sexual assault before being released on bail.

Park's dental office did not immediately return a call seeking comment Wednesday.

Increase in Theft Reports

Increase in Theft Reports

The Turlock Police Department has noticed a significant increase in thefts of catalytic converters. The thefts are occurring during the night from vehicles parked on the street and driveways. The catalytic converters are being sold to junk yards or recycling centers.

We would like citizens of this community to be on guard. If possible park your vehicles in a garage. If a garage is not accessible park your vehicle in a well-lighted area.

If anyone sees a suspicious person in their neighborhood we are asking you to take the following steps to safeguard themselves and their property:

• Do not approach the subject(s).

• From a safe distance, pay close attention to what the subject(s) is doing/carrying.

• Get a good description of the subject(s) ie. race, gender and clothing description).

• Call our Dispatch center and report the suspicious activity @668-1200.

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.