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Tuolumne deputies investigating suspicious death in Sonora

The Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a suspicious death at Elsey’s Pond off Sullivan Creek, near Mono Way, in Sonora. The man was identified Friday afternoon as a 36-year-old transient, Zachariah Hickie. His body was found near where a vegetation fire started early Friday.

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Modesto to pay $850,000 to settle police lawsuit

Modesto has agreed to pay $850,000 to settle a federal lawsuit filed against the city that claimed one of its officers used excessive force when he shot a distraught, suicidal man armed with a pocketknife in December 2010. The man’s attorneys say the shooting left him disabled and with cognitive deficits because of the lack of oxygen to his brain after being shot.

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Former SCAP director’s breach-of-contract lawsuit may proceed

A Stanislaus Superior Court judge said he would lift a stay on a 4-year-old civil case in which a former nonprofit housing executive seeks almost $500,000 in unpaid commissions from his former employer. William “Joe” Gibbs, the former development director for the Stanislaus Community Assistance Project in Modesto, has sought at least $477,000 in unpaid commissions in a March 2012 lawsuit filed three months after SCAP fired him.

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Man shot in neck in west Modesto

A man was shot in the neck while in his car in west Modesto. He drove to a liquor store on Paradise Road, where emergency medical personnel were called (Erin Tracy/etracy@modbee.com)

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Man shot in neck in west Modesto

A man was shot in the neck while in his car in west Modesto. He drove to a liquor store on Paradise Road, where emergency medical personnel were called (Erin Tracy/etracy@modbee.com)
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Man shot in neck in west Modesto 0:43

Man shot in neck in west Modesto

Video from shooting outside Modesto Costco 0:18

Video from shooting outside Modesto Costco

Raw video: Shooting at Modesto Costco 0:47

Raw video: Shooting at Modesto Costco

Modesto Girl Scout troop members talk about group's longevity 2:35

Modesto Girl Scout troop members talk about group's longevity