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Modesto girl, 4, found alone in street at night; mom arrested


A Modesto mom was arrested on suspicion of child endangerment after her 4-year-old daughter was found alone in the street early Sunday morning.

Modesto police spokesperson Heather Graves said a couple driving on Brighton Avenue after midnight said a little girl in pajamas and bare feet ran in front of their car.

The couple stopped and asked the child where she lived. She guided them to her home but no one answered their door knocks, according to Graves.

The couple took the child to McDonald's because she said she was hungry. About the same time, the girl's mother, 24-year-old Tessa Johnson, called police to report her daughter was missing. Graves said Johnson told officers she had left home about half an hour earlier to meet a friend. She said she left her daughter home.

The couple returned the little girl to her home as officers were there talking to Johnson.

Two sentenced for fatal Stanislaus County attempted carjacking


MODESTO, Calif. (AP) - Two men have been sentenced in Stanislaus County Superior Court for first-degree murder and attempted carjacking in an encounter that took the life of a 21-year-old man nearly five years ago.

Superior Court Judge Scott Steffen on Monday sentenced 19-year-old Turlock Diaz to 52 years and six months to life in prison. Twenty-three-year-old Daniel Pantoja was sentenced 27 years and six months to life in prison.

Michelle Bettencourt, the mother of victim Chaz Bettencourt, tells the Modesto Bee she will attend every parole hearing for the two men convicted in her son's August 2010 shooting death outside a convenience store in Riverbank.

She says she told the defendants she will be "the nightmare to haunt your lives like you haunted mine."


Vigil held for woman found dead in orchard


HUGHSON – A vigil was held Friday night in the hometown of the woman found dead in an orchard near Ceres.

About 100 people gathered in a Hughson park to remember 25-year-old Lauren Grace London. They let balloons go into the sky to memorialize the young mother.

Once the sun went down, candles were lit along the sidewalk and memories were shared.

Man fatally stabbed in Modesto


A Modesto man died in the hospital after being stabbed Thursday, the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department said.

According to the sheriff's department, deputies responded to a 911 call of a person being stabbed in the 600 block of 7th Street in Modesto around 2:00 p.m. The department said emergency officials transported the 36-year-old man to the emergency room where he later died in the hospital.

No details were released and deputies did not name the victim pending notification to the family.

Investigators ask anyone with information about the fatal stabbing to call Detective Gregory Buck at (209) 525-7103.


Modesto firefighters pick up where victim left off


Modesto firefighters responding to an elderly man who suffered a heart attack while mowing his lawn Wednesday afternoon took an extra step to help the man's family.

Unfortunately, the 89-year-man did not survive. While Modesto police were helping the grieving family, three of the firefighters finished the victim's yardwork, police spokesperson Heather Graves said.

This was at Scenic and McGuire drives.

Modesto Fire Chief Sean Slamon offered this statement:

Police: Woman whose body was found burned was murdered


A 25-year-old woman whose body was found burned in an orchard Monday near Ceres was murdered, the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department said Wednesday.

The victim was identified as Lauren Grace London of Modesto. Sheriff's deputies responded to a 911 call Monday at around 2:30 p.m. by a witness who found the body in an orchard in the 4300 block of Blaker Road, just outside of Ceres. Information about the extent of the burns suffered by the victim was not released.

Anyone with any information surrounding London's death are asked to call Stanislaus County Sheriff Detective Frank Soria at 209-525-7080.


Detectives investigate body found in orchard as 'suspicious death'


Stanislaus County sheriff's investigators describe the death of a person found in the outskirts of Ceres Monday afternoon as suspicious.

The body was found in an orchard in the 4300 block of Blaker Road, the sheriff's department tweeted.

There was no immediate word about the gender, age or condition of the person.

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