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Man dressed as women robs Modesto bank

A man who was dressed as a women robbed a Modesto Westamerica Bank on Friday, police said.

The robbery happened around 4 p.m. when a black man, dressed as a woman, went into the bank and handed the teller a note, Modesto police said. The teller handed the suspect an undisclosed amount of money and the man left the bank.

Police are investigating whether the incident is similar to a bank robbery in Ceres where a black man dressed like a women also robbed a bank.

VIDEO: Modesto officer surprises boy who had birthday present stolen

A Modesto police officer had a very special surprise for a young robbery victim.

Alex had his bike, a recent birthday present, stolen Saturday. Someone took it while it was parked in his front yard as he ran inside his house.

Officer Hall took the incident report from Alex, but his help didn't stop there. He decided to contact Walmart to make sure Alex had a set of wheels.

The officer and Walmart employees surprised Alex with the new bike this week.

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Developer pledges $1 million for Merced police foundation

Developer pledges $1 million for Merced police foundation

MERCED — Merced rancher and developer Greg Hostetler pledged $1 million in March to start a foundation for the Merced Police Department.

“I’ve done well enough in business to help others,” Hostetler said. “And I hope others who feel the same way will participate in the foundation.”

He made his announcement at the March 2 City Council meeting, and everyone was stunned... Read More

Modesto police investigating shooting, searching for suspect

Modesto police are investigating a shooting involving a man who was shot on 5th and H Streets Wednesday morning.

According to police, officers were looking in the 1400 block of Ritsch Lane for a crime scene located to the shooting. Around 10:30 a.m., Modesto police tweeted that the shooting had occurred in a specific location of the county and the investigation needed to be turned over to Stanislaus Sheriff's Department.

Modesto man with BB gun shot by off-duty officer

An off-duty police officer was on standard paid administrative leave after fatally shooting a man armed with a BB gun in a Modesto park Sunday night.

Modesto police said Officer Thomas Miller with the Ceres Police Department was at Beyer Park around 10:30 at night with a woman. The park was closed at that hour. Investigators said 29-year-old Jason Moland confronted Miller with a BB gun and Miller responded with gunfire.

"We found an off-duty Ceres officer providing CPR to a man that had been shot on the ground," Heather Graves, spokesperson for the Modesto Police Department,said.

Moland was transported to a nearby hospital where he died.

"What is an off-duty officer walking around with his gun for?" Tyrone Johnson, Moland's cousin, wanted to know. "It just doesn't make no sense to me."

Off-duty Ceres police officer involved in fatal shooting

MODESTO - A man is dead after an altercation with an off-duty Ceres police officer.

The fatal shooting took place at Beyer Park in Modesto around 10:21 Sunday night. According to Modesto police spokesperson Heather Graves, the victim was identified as 29-year-old Jason Moland. The officer, who was placed on standard paid administrative leave, was identified as Thomas Miller.

The preliminary investigation showed Miller and a woman were at the park when they were approached by Moland, Graves said. There was a confrontation between the two men and Moland allegedly pointed a gun at Miller. Miller fired his gun, hitting Moland.

Officers responding to a 911 call of a shooting at the park arrived to find Miller performing CPR on Moland. Moland was transported to a local hospital where he died from his injuries, Graves said.

Large fire burned at Modesto recycling center

ID=70649258A large fire burned at a recycling center in south Modesto. Units from Stanislaus, Modesto and Ceres responded to battle the fire.

According to Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District battalion chief Rick Bussell, the fire blazed the outside of the recycling facility where there were high piles of recyclables like plastic and drip irrigation.

Currently there were eight engines, two ladder trucks and 40 firefighters fighting the fire. The fire was under control, according to Bussell.