ROBBER HOLDS UP BANK: Police detectives Friday were looking for a man who robbed a north Modesto bank Thursday afternoon and got away with an undisclosed amount of cash. Police described the robber as a black man in his 20s with long black hair in braids. He was clean-shaven. The robber wore a black hat over a handkerchief covering his hair, a black puffy coat, blue denim pants, white shoes and a black shirt with unknown writing on the front, according to Modesto police. About 2 p.m., the robber walked into County Bank at 3508 McHenry Ave. and approached a teller, demanding money. After the teller gave him the cash, the robber fled on foot east on Sylvan Avenue toward the Bridgeford Apartments, witnesses told police. Modesto police ask anyone with information about these crimes to call CrimeStoppers at 521-4636. Callers can remain anonymous and are eligible for a cash reward.
NO ONE HURT IN FIRE: Modesto firefighters fought a garage fire late Thursday night in the 1600 block of Radcliffe Avenue. Battalion Chief Hugo Patino said all of the residents were out of the attached home by the time firefighters arrived. There was limited damage to the home's attic and the garage was burned. The 10:47 p.m. fire was put out within 15 minutes. Patino said there was no damage estimate and the cause of the blaze was under investigation.
CORONER SEEKS MAN'S KIN: Stanislaus County coroner's officials are trying to find the family of a Modesto man who died last week of natural causes at a hospital. Clyde Parish, 66, died about 6 a.m. Sept. 29 at Doctors Medical Center in Modesto. Deputy Coroner Misty Leach said Parish had respiratory trouble, which led to his death. Parish lived alone at 335 S. Santa Cruz Ave. in Modesto. Leach said they have not been able to find contact information for Parish's family. A friend told coroner's officials Parish has a cousin named Vincent Choate who lives in the Modesto area. The friend also told them Parish has a daughter who lives in west Stanislaus County, but Leach does not know her name. Coroner's officials asked Parish's family members to call Leach at 567-4500.
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