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Man killed during Modesto home invasion

Man killed during Modesto home invasion


A man was shot and killed inside a Modesto home Sunday night after two suspects entered the house armed with guns, Modesto police said.

Police said that a woman and two children were forced into her the home in the 800 block of Pine Tree Lane by the two suspects. Once inside, the suspects fired several shots, hitting a man who had been inside the house.

The woman and children were unharmed, and the suspects ran from the scene. It was unknown what was taken from the house. No other information about the victims was available.

Police don't suspect the robbery to be a random act of violence. The investigation is ongoing.

Both suspects were described to police as Hispanic men in their 20s. No other information about the suspects was available.

Police first reported the shooting around 11:40 p.m. Sunday.


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Fewer foreclosures help Stockton, Modesto hit “sweet spot”

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The Stockton and Modesto housing markets are now in that “sweet spot” where the market is not too hot and not too cold, according the latest analysis by Freddie Mac. The mortgage giant’s  Multi-Indicator Market Index (MIMI) rated Stockton at 80.2 and Modesto at 86 with both markets improving. The state, overall, got an 87 rating.

According to the index, anything below 80 is considered weak; anything above 120 is considered elevated.

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Martin Martinez court date moved to next week


MODESTO, CA -- The man suspected of killing five in a Modesto home earlier this month was in court today for a pretrial hearing for separate homicide charges related to the death of a toddler in the fall.

Martin Martinez is charged with the death of 2-year-old Christopher Ripley, who suffered serious head injuries last September and died two days later. The boy was the son of Dr. Amanda Crews -- who was in a relationship with Martinez at the time -- and her former husband. Crews left the boy in the care of Martinez. It took a forensic specialist a period of time to determine the boy was a victim of homicide, and not an accident.

Earlier in July, Martinez was taken into custody as a suspect in the deaths of his own mother, Crews, two of her children and another child.

At the time of his arrest, he pleaded not guilty to the charges he killed Christopher Ripley.

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The study, funded in part by a grant from the Almond Board of California, shows that re-using by-products from producing and harvesting almonds has had a key positive environmental impact and will help further reduce the industry’s carbon emissions.

“We have identified several key areas where changes in orchard management, technology and policy have helped the California almond industry reduce greenhouse gas emissions in recent years,” study co-author and doctoral candidate Elias Marvinney said in a release. “If these trends continue to be supported, there is very strong potential for almond production to become carbon neutral or even carbon negative.”... Read More

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Modesto home invasion robbery puts 94-year-old man in coma


A Modesto man was taken to the hospital and placed into a coma for treatment after he was brutally beat during a home invasion robbery, the Modesto Police Department said.

The department's spokesperson, Heather Graves, said that the robbery happened around 10:30 p.m. Friday near the 1400 block of Gary Lane.

After robbers invaded the house of a 94-year-old man and his 85-year-old wife, the victim's wife found her husband outside with injuries to his head and face, Graves said.

The victim was taken to the hospital and placed into a coma as part of treatment for the broken bones in his face. The only description of the suspects was that one of the robbers was a woman who wore a ski mask, Graves said.

The investigation is ongoing and Modesto police hope to have an update on the condition of the victim later Monday.


Blog – Modesto’s Panera opens and other sandwich news

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