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Fatal crash closes Modesto roadway


SACRAMENTO – A deadly crash between a car and a bus led to the complete closure of N. 9th Street in Modesto Friday morning.

Modesto Police Department spokesperson Heather Graham said the crash occurred around 8:26 a.m.

One person was transported from the scene to an area hospital where they later died of their injuries, Graham said.

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No information was provided on any other injuries or the cause of the crash.

All lanes of N. 9th St. were closed between Tully and Coldwell during investigation and cleanup efforts.

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.


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.

2 arrested in Modesto commercial burglaries


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.


Valley fog disappearing


One of the hallmarks of Central Valley climate is fog. Thick, dense early morning fog that can linger, contribute to accidents and create a world all So-called tule fog is a daily fact of life for valley residents in the California winter and often in the spring and fall.

But the occurrence of fog is decreasing and anecdotal stories from farmers claiming the fog is not as common as it used to be has some hard science and research behind it.

Driver dies in Modesto collision


A woman lost her life in a two-car collision in Modesto a little before 1 Thursday morning.

Modesto Police Department spokesperson Heather Graves said the 53-year-old woman was driving on southbound McHenry Avenue and ran a red light at the intersection with Sylvan Avenue. Her car hit another vehicle going westbound on Sylvan.

The woman's car continued on, hitting several light poles before coming to a stop, Graves said. Paramedics pronounced her dead at the scene.

The driver's name has not been released.

Two men in the struck vehicle suffered minor injuries, Graves said.


Make-A-Wish® and the National Parks Service grants child's wish to become a Yosemite park ranger.


The Make-A-Wish Foundation and the National Parks Service granted an 8-year-old's wish to become a Yosemite park ranger on Tuesday.

Gabriel Lawan-Ying received the title of Honorary Park Ranger after a full day of work in Yosemite National Park. Lawan-Ying, from Gainesville, Florida, helped crews put out a wild fire, perform a rescue operation involving an injured hiker and assisted the Yosemite medical team in transporting the patient to a helicopter.

Lawan-Ying was honored at a ceremony at the end of the day. He received his Honorary Park Ranger badge, a wooden park ranger plaque, and a flag that was flown over Yosemite Valley the previous day.

Lawan-Ying has Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and was granted his wish through the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions in the United States.