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Police: DUI collision kills man; Modesto man arrested


One man is dead and another is accused of homicide and driving while intoxicated in a collision in Modesto Sunday afternoon.

According to Officer Billy Boyle with the Modesto Police Department, a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu hit a 2012 Audi sedan in the intersection of 8th and L streets at approximately 2:10 p.m.

The 38-year-old man behind the wheel of the Audi was transported to an area hospital where he died later due to his injuries, Boyle said.

The 32-year-old driver of the Malibu suffered moderate injuries in the crash and was also taken to a local hospital. Boyle said that driver, a Modesto resident, showed signs of alcohol impairment and was placed under arrest for felony driving under the influence, homicide and vehicular manslaughter.

No names were released.

Police: Domestic disturbance evolves into officer-involved shooting


A Modesto man was shot by a Modesto police officer answering a domestic disturbance call on the 500 block of Milo Road around midnight.

The 35-year-old man was in stable condition at a local hospital, Lt. Brian Findlen said. He will likely face various criminal charges pending the police investigation, according to Findlen.

The involved officer was not injured and has been placed on administration leave as is standard operating procedure.

Findlen said the incident began with a 911 call made at 11:48 p.m. Thursday by a frantic woman pleading for help. The call abruptly disconnected and police callbacks went unanswered.

Modesto man killed, mother critically injured by pack of dogs


A man died and his mother was critically injured after being mauled by four pit bulls Tuesday in Modesto.

Juan Fernandez, 54, of Modesto, was taken to the hospital after the attack; he died Wednesday, the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department said.

Fernandez's mother Maria Fernandez, 77, is in critical condition, the sheriff's department said.

Sheriff's deputies arrived at a home in the 800 block of Glenn Avenue at about 5:46 p.m. Tuesday to find Juan Fernandez being attacked by three of the dogs in his backyard. A fourth dog was circling him. The deputies shot at the dogs, killing two while the other two ran into the backyard next door.

Maria Fernandez was found inside of the home with "multiple traumatic bite wounds."

Valley travel agent accused of defrauding clients of $130,000


A soccer group that paid more than $30,000 for airline tickets to attend a tournament in Fiji was defrauded of the full amount by a Modesto travel agent, the Modesto Police Department alleges.

The soccer players from San Francisco were not the only victims of 39-year-old Sashi Pal with SP Travel Company, according to police spokesperson Heather Graham. She said more than 50 victims in California, most of them of Fijian descent, lost more than $130,000 in their airline travel transactions with Pal.

Pal is accused of providing clients with fraudulent or counterfeit itineraries with flights that were non-existent.

City of Modesto gets big economic push

City of Modesto gets big economic push

The Stanislaus Business Alliance and the City of Modesto will be announcing their successful partnering with a foreign company that will launch its first U.S. venture in Modesto, creating jobs in Stanislaus County.

Garrad Marsh, Mayor of Modesto, Jim DeMartini, Stanislaus County Supervisor, David White, Stanislaus Business Alliance, State of California Representative will make the announcement at a press conference Tuesday, October 14.

Source: Heidi Savage, Never Boring Design

Containment of Yosemite wildfire at 95 percent


YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Fire crews have significantly increased their containment of a fire at the edge of Yosemite National Park in which an air-tanker pilot died last week trying to fight.

The National Park Service said Sunday the fire had burned 311 acres and was now 95 percent contained.

They say State Highway 140, which leads visitors into the park's main valley, has reopened. The road was closed after an air tanker hit the canyon wall and disintegrated, with pieces landing on the highway.

The U.S. Forest says the fire was sparked by hot metal fragments from a vehicle.


Caltrans equips fleet with high-tech devices

Caltrans equips fleet with high-tech devices


SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's transportation agency is spending $2.5 million to update its fleet of vehicles with high-tech gear.

The Sacramento Bee reported Saturday that Caltrans is installing GPS tracking devices on its 7,500 sedans, snow plows, trucks and other vehicles. The devices will report where vehicles are traveling, how long they idle and their speed among other things.

The devices will also track which employee is driving.

In July, the California Highway Patrol found a stolen Caltrans vehicle and arrested a thief within an hour of it going missing because of a GPS tracking device.

The devices cost $2.5 million and Caltrans will spend another $1.5 million on a reporting system annually.