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Crews battle fire at Modesto power station


SACRAMENTO – An early morning fire at a Modesto power station was expected to keep firefighters busy through Thursday afternoon.

Modesto Regional Fire Battalion Chief Hugo Patino said an explosion in a cabinet at the MID Power Station on Parker Rd. sparked the fire around 5:19 a.m.

Patino said the cabinet contained capacitors, which are kept cool with mineral oil.

When firefighters arrived at the scene, they tried using dry chemicals to extinguish the flames but were unsuccessful. They eventually decided to let the fire burn itself out, Patino said.

Patino estimated the fire would continue burning into the afternoon.

The fire did not pose a threat to the surrounding area and the rest of the plant was able to stay energized.


2 suspects identified in Modesto home invasion robbery


There has been another home invasion robbery since Monday, this one in Modesto.

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One teen killed, another injured in Modesto auto vs. bicycle collision


Two teens on a bike were injured, one fatally when they were struck by a car while in a Modesto intersection Monday night.

The collision was at Sylvan Avenue at Keller Street at about 8:45 p.m.

Modesto police Officer Scott Nelson said a 2014 Volkswagen heading eastbound on Sylvan and the bicyclists collided.

Killed was 17-year-old Thomas Johnson of Modesto, according to the Stanislaus County coroner. The other 17 year old was transported to an area hospital with several injuries. Nelson said the boy's condition was upgraded from critical condition Tuesday and he was expected to survive.

The 23-year-old Modesto woman driving the Volkswagen was not hurt.

Nelson said there were no obvious indications of alcohol or drug use by the driver. He said there were signs of possible alcohol consumption by the boys. They were not wearing safety helmets.

State approves fines in Turlock robocall case


SACRAMENTO (AP) - Former Turlock City Councilman Kurt Vander Weide and his campaign consultant will be hit with $32,500 in fines for their roles in four robocalls placed during the 2008 campaign and other violations.

The Modesto Bee reports the Fair Political Practices Commission voted unanimously for the fines on Thursday.

Vander Weide and consultant Carl Fogliani were accused of failing to disclose the source of the automated calls, some of them targeting then-incumbent Mary Jackson.

The panel said the robocalls were designed to benefit Vander Weide and current Councilwoman Amy Bublak. Jackson and Bublak eventually won, and Vander Weide lost his seat by a narrow margin.

The call with the largest reach was from a woman who falsely claimed to be Jackson and urged voters to reject Proposition 8, a statewide measure against same-sex marriage on the same ballot.


Police release identities of 4 poeple found dead in Turlock home


The Turlock Police Department confirmed the names of one woman and two of three men found dead inside a home on Red Oak Lane on June 26. The fourth person has been tentatively identified.

The woman was Rozmary Babakhan, 70. Two of the men were identified as Robert Babakhan 42, and Rodney Bowman, 39. The third man was tentatively identified as Sarkis Babakhan, 70.

Police spokesperson Officer Mayra Lewis said the Stanislaus County coroner has determined the manner of death for two of the four people. That information was not yet being released.

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The investigation is continuing.

Modesto police investigate homicide


A man was found dead at a home of the 100 block of I Street in Modesto on Monday.

Modesto police detectives have determined the death of Robert Lee Ross Jr., 52, is a homicide. They are not releasing how he died.

Police spokesperson Heather Graves said investigators learned neighbors last saw Ross on Saturday. She wasn't sure if neighbors or relatives of the victim found him on Monday.


Missing Modesto man found safe


A man missing from Modesto since Monday afternoon was found safe Tuesday morning, according to Modesto police.

Walsh Conmy was reported missing around 1:30 Monday afternoon.

Modesto police tweeted Tuesday morning, "UPDATE: Mr. Conmy has been located. He is safe and will be returned home."

Commy was considered at-risk as he suffers from dementia.

Modesto police did not say where they found Conmy.