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Turlock woman sought in connection with stabbing

TURLOCK, CA - A Turlock woman is wanted as a possible suspect in the stabbing of a person on June 1, according to officer Nino Amirfar of the Turlock Police Department.

Officers were called to the 900 block of High St. around 8:15 p.m. on Friday, and upon arrival, found an individual suffering from life-threatening injuries. The person was taken to a nearby hospital where they were listed in stable condition on Monday.

An investigation of the event led police to identify Monique Garza, 31, of Turlock was the possible attacker in the incident, said Amirfar.

The stabbing victim's identity was not released.

Anyone with information regarding this incident or the whereabouts of Garza is encouraged to contact Detective Steve Rodrigues at 209-668-5550 extension 6626 or Turlock Police at 668-1200.

Turlock man arrested for possession of weapons

Turlock man arrested for possession of weapons

Turlock police discovered weapons and a homemade explosive device while responding to a family disturbance call on Sunday at the 2500 block of Annhurst Avenue.

Officials said they detained suspect Carlos Villegas for questioning when they found a homemade stabbing weapon concealed in his possession.  A loaded sawed-off shotgun and homemade explosive were also found on the property.

The Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office Bomb Disposal Unit  responded and determined that the device was harmless. Police said Villegas was arrested and booked for felony possession of a dirk/dagger, felony possession of a short-barreled shotgun and felony possession of a destructive device.

DUI Arrests Down & No DUI Fatalities

DUI Arrests Down & No DUI Fatalities

The Memorial Day Weekend DUI crackdown has resulted in a strong number of DUI arrests from local routine traffic enforcement and special Avoid the 12 DUI deployments through day three of the campaign in Stanislaus County.

From 12:01 AM Friday May 25, 2012 through Midnight Sunday, May 27, 2010 officers representing 12 county law enforcement agencies have arrested 25 individuals for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.  In 2011, 57 DUI arrests occurred during the same time period.

 These numbers are in comparison to last years’ totals during first 3 days for the 4 day enforcement period.  DUI arrest data collection will continue through midnight Monday, May 28, 2012.  Law enforcement officials are continuing DUI efforts throughout the county and region. Additionally, CHP Areas throughout the state have all available officers patrolling freeways and county roads throughout the weekend.

DMV sting targets unlicensed car dealers

SACRAMENTO - A crackdown on unlicensed car dealers leads to 139 arrests across the state on Saturday.

The daylong sting targeted unlicensed car dealers who prey on disadvantaged buyers by pretending to be a private seller.

Undercover officers issued 139 citations on Saturday.

Unlicensed car dealers, called "Curbstoners" are known to purchase low-end vehicles from private parties and salvage auction yards and usually do little, if any, mechanical or safety reconditioning.

Curbstoners can face several thousand dollars in fines and fees for each confiscated vehicle.

"The Department of Motor Vehicles has zero tolerance for these unscrupulous, illegal dealers and hopefully this statewide enforcement action sends a strong message to these individuals. By towing and issuing citations, we hope to prevent them from putting dangerous vehicles onto California roads," said DMV Director George Valverde.

Turlock police identify victim, suspect in drive-by shooting

TURLOCK, CA - Turlock police identified a man found shot to death inside a Turlock home last Wednesday night as 24-year-old Simon White.

Officer Mayra Lewis said officers were dispatched to a call of shots fired at a residence on the 100 block of Vermont Avenue at 10:46 p.m. There they found White with at least one gunshot wound. Others in the home at the time of shooting were not injured.

Lewis said investigators working the case believe White was the victim of a drive-by shooting and suspect Gabriel Miranda, 23, is the gunman.

Why White was shot is being investigated, Lewis said.

Lewis said Miranda is considered armed and dangerous and shouldn't be approached. Anyone with information about Miranda was urged to contact Det. Tim Redd at (209) 668-5550, ext. 6625 or Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636 and possibly be eligible for a cash reward. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous.

Turlock man shot to death inside home

TURLOCK, CA - A Turlock man was found shot to death inside his home around 10:46 p.m. on Wednesday.

Lt. Ron Reid of the Turlock Police Dept. said officers and medical personnel responded to the home on the 100 block of Vermont after receiving a call of shots fired. Upon arrival, crews found a man in his 20s deceased with at least one gunshot wound.

An initial investigation revealed the shooting appeared to have originated from the street in front of the home, said Reid.

Other individuals were inside the home at the time of the shooting, but none were hit by gunfire.

Reid did not provide any information on possible suspects or motives for the shooting.

Anyone with information regarding this incident was encouraged to contact Detective Tim Redd at (209) 668-5550 extension 6625.

Man convicted of strangling grandmother he buried in Riverbank

YERINGTON, Nev. (AP) -- A California man has been convicted of strangling his 73-year-old grandmother and stealing her car and credit cards before burying her body in a flower bed.

A Lyon County District Court jury in Yerington found James Masterson, 23, guilty of strangling Peggy Herlacher in July 2010 in her hometown of Silver Springs, about 50 miles east of Reno.

Carson City's Nevada Appeal reports he awaits sentencing June 25 after being convicted Wednesday of first-degree murder, grand larceny and fraudulent use of a credit card.

After killing his maternal grandmother, Masterson carried her body in the trunk of her car to his hometown of Riverbank, Calif., where he buried her in the backyard of his paternal grandfather.

He was arrested in Sacramento three days after the slaying.