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Woman hit by train in Modesto


SACRAMENTO – A train traveling from Chicago to Fresno struck a woman in Modesto Tuesday night.

Union Pacific spokesperson Mark Davis said the Union Pacific train hit the woman as she was walking on the tracks near Beckwith Rd. around 11 p.m.

The woman was transported from the scene with undisclosed injuries.

The train continued on to Fresno around 1 a.m.


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Police: Teen forced off Modesto street at gunpoint, sexually assaulted


Modesto police say a teenage girl was sexually assaulted at gunpoint Friday morning in northwest Modesto.

The girl was jogging north on West Morris Avenue just past McHenry Avenue at about 7:45 a.m. when a man with a handgun confronted her, police spokesperson Heather Graves said. Pointing the gun at her, he forced her into his car and drove to the front of a vacant house in a residential neighborhood.

It was there that he sexually assaulted her, Graves said. After, he drove to near Enslen Park where he dropped her off and drove away.

The victim was transported to an area hospital to be treated for injuries, Graves said.

The girl described the attacker as Hispanic, possibly in his 20s, and about 6 feet tall and weighing 140 pounds. He had hazel eyes and a 4-to-5-inch black tattoo on his upper left arm.

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Two men suspected of a series of burglaries in downtown Modesto have been arrested, police say.

Nicholas Mason, 24, and Terrell Jenkins, 34, both of Modesto, were caught running away from a business in the 600 block of 13th Street about 10:45 Tuesday night, according to Modesto Police Department spokesperson Heather Graves. Detectives were working a burglary operation in the downtown area when they heard breaking glass.

Graves said the detectives recovered stolen items from the business in the possession of the suspects.

The pair were booked into Stanislaus County Jail on suspicion of burglary, possession of stolen property, conspiracy and prior warrants.