BABY ASPHYXIATED: The Stanislaus County coroner's office determined the death of 9-month-old Landon Chabino of Turlock to have most likely been caused when the position he was in made him unable to breathe. The baby's death certificate contained the explanation that he may have pulled a cabinet on top of himself, which could have caused asphyxiation. A contributing cause was listed as a possible closed head trauma, a coroner's official said Wednesday. The death occurred at a day care home in Keyes.
ELEVATOR FIRE: An electrical fire Wednesday night in a downtown Modesto building occupied by the district attorney's office forced evacuation of the structure and the closure of two lanes of H Street, officials said. The Modesto Fire Department got the call about 6:30 p.m., Battalion Chief Hugo P. Patino Jr. said. The fire went to two alarms when firefighters found a haze of smoke on the fourth floor of the building at 801 11th St., which once housed City Hall. They determined the smoke came from an elevator motor that burned out. Around 7:15 p.m., people were allowed back inside, although the elevators remained out of service until a representative from Otis Elevator Co. could inspect them. No one was inside the elevators during the fire.
SECOND DEATH AFTER ACCIDENT: A Ceres man who suffered major injuries Oct. 7 during a car accident in which his wife was killed died Sunday at Doctors Medical Center, Stanislaus County coroner's officials said Wednesday. Blunt injuries to the head, which he received in the collision, were listed as his cause of death. Deon Tackett was 74; his wife, Betty Tackett, was 73. About 8:20 p.m. on Oct. 7, the Tacketts were in a 2002 Ford sport utility vehicle going south about 55 mph on Central Avenue and approaching Taylor Road, the California Highway Patrol reported. Deon Tackett was driving, and his wife was in the front passenger seat. An unknown driver in a 1991 Ford pickup heading west on Taylor Road failed to yield the right of way to the Tacketts, the CHP said. The front of the SUV struck the truck's right side. Both vehicles left the road, hitting a utility pole and grapevines. The pickup's driver ran away, the CHP reported.
TURLOCK APARTMENT FIRE: A fire in Turlock displaced four people from their apartment on the 900 block of West Canal Drive, officials said. Firefighters responded to the call Tuesday around 6:50 p.m. Investigators are trying to determine how the fire started. It caused around $100,000 in damage, according to the Turlock Fire Department. There were 21 fire personnel on the scene. One firefighter likely strained his knee during the operation. All four residents of the apartment were able to rely on family for shelter.