The Police Department is moving 10 officers from specialty units – including those who work at Modesto’s high schools – and putting them into patrol to meet a staffing shortage. Police Chief Galen Carroll said he is doing this because the department is losing officers to retirement and better-paying Bay Area agencies faster than it can replace them.
Enrique Garcia Jr. was followed from Vintage Faire Mall to a west Modesto neighborhood, where a gunman walked up to his car and shot him, according to a detective’s testimony in a preliminary hearing for Angel Del Villar, who is accused of murder in the shooting of Garcia.
A judge on Thursday fined a defense attorney $500 for failing to appear in court for trial testimony. The attorney explained that he had to attend his uncle’s funeral in Sacramento, so he couldn’t show up for a day of the Tylor Crippen murder trial.
A Riverbank man pleaded not guilty Tuesday to assaulting a man with a debilitating disease who died the day after the attack. Michael Lozano was severely disabled from a 10-year battle with multiple sclerosis when he died Saturday.
The Modesto Police Department DUI Enforcement Team will deploy saturation patrols Friday and Saturday to stop and arrest alcohol- and drug-impaired drivers. Patrol hours both nights will be from 10 p.m. to 3:30 a.m., in areas with high frequencies of DUI collisions and/or arrests.
The Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department will pay a steep price for a surveillance camera to take video of suspected drug dealers in action. The Wescam MX-10 long-distance surveillance camera, which will be mounted on the department’s Cessna 206 airplane, will cost an eye-popping $414,060 for the equipment – and installation is not included.
The Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department has revoked a defense attorney’s access to inmates at its jail facilities after a deputy caught the attorney engaged in a sexual act with a client inside a jail meeting room, officials said.