Around a table in a conference room on the sixth floor of Tenth Street Place, federal and local officials gathered to talk about the epidemic of mail theft in the Valley and state, the challenges of apprehending and prosecuting those responsible and what steps are being taken to protect Postal Service customers.
Marcus Esparza was not a car thief, those who knew and loved the 17-year-old said at a vigil Wednesday evening at the spot he died. Early last Friday morning, the teen crashed on Prescott Road just south of Mount Vernon Drive after being shot. He was ejected from the stolen car during the crash and suffered major injuries.
Minutes after committing another robbery, a 27-year-old Modesto man was arrested Wednesday afternoon in a string of purse snatchings that began in June. In a few of the cases, the robber grabbed the purses while slowly driving past in his car.
A polygraph exam Robert Lee Woody took in April 2014 was the focus of testimony Monday in the Korey Kauffman murder case. The defense wants to know whether there was any withheld exculpatory information related to the lie detector test.
A student at Cardozo Middle School in Riverbank was approached by at least one person in a black four-door car Monday afternoon who rolled down a window a few inches and asked, “Do you want some candy?” Riverbank Police Services reported.
In years past, 10 fatalities in Stanislaus County related to driving under the influence was a high number in the California Highway Patrol’s jurisdiction. Goals made for state grants to combat drunk and drugged driving in 2016 aimed for fewer than that number, but just over halfway through the year, “we are on pace to exceed it,” said CHP Officer Eric Parsons.
A Modesto resident was arrested Thursday morning in the shooting death of another man the night before in the 1300 block of East Rumble Road. On Thursday afternoon, while serving search warrants in the area related to the homicide, a police detective witnessed a shooting that later in the day resulted in the arrest of a Stockton man.
A 34-year-old Turlock man on Friday was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for his role in a scheme that helped him and fellow state prison inmates receive nearly $220,000 in fraudulently obtained income tax refunds.