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Help find the man who tried to abduct a 13-year-old in Modesto


The Stanislaus County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's help with finding a suspect in the attempted abduction of a 13-year-old girl.

The sheriff's office said Saturday that the girl was walking on South 7th Street in Modesto at about 4 p.m. Dec. 19 when a man tried to pull her into a truck. The girl escaped and hid until the man left.

Here is how the sheriff's office described the suspect and his vehicle in a press release:

The truck is described as a green mid-to-late 1990's Ford F150 with dents on the driver side door and rear bumper. The truck had a 49ers headrest and a red scent tree car freshner in the truck. The suspect is described as a White or Hispanic male in his 40's with dark curly hair and a goatee.

If you have any information please contact Detective Greg Buck at 209-525-7103.

Modesto police: 4 people dead in murder-suicide


A man, his wife and their two adult children died in what Modesto police say was a murder-suicide in a home in the 2000 block of Sharilyn Drive Thursday night.

Police spokesperson Heather Graves said investigators believe the father, 57-year-old Stephen Mingham, shot his 56-year-old wife Janet Mingham, 33-year-old son Chad Mingham and 34-year-old daughter, Nicole Mingham, before turning the gun on himself.

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Stephen Mingham called his brother Joe Mingham just before taking his own life.

New judges appointed to Stanislaus County Superior Court

New judges appointed to  Stanislaus County Superior Court

Alan K. Cassidy and Rubén A. Villalobos were appointed to judgeships in the Stanislaus County Superior Court by Governor Jerry Brown. The moves were announced Monday.

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Modesto house fire likely caused by fireworks


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STOCKTON - A late-night fire in Modesto that caused an estimated $250,000 in damage to a home was likely caused by illegal fireworks, surmised neighbors.

Neighbors in the Sand Stone Street area said between gunfire and fireworks, it sounded like a war zone as 2014 gave way to 2015.

"A war zone, yeah, it's a mess. They don't think, period, and that's the result of it," neighbor Ken Johnston said as he pointed to the home that had significant damage.

Stanislaus sheriff issues letter to community


Stanislaus County Sheriff-Coroner Adam Christianson posted the following letter on the sheriff's department's Facebook page to reassure the local community of the department's commitment to serve in light of many police agencies feeling beleaguered by protests against police tactics( i.e. Ferguson, New York City, Cleveland). The sheriff also thanked those served for their continued support.

Post by Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department.

2014 rankings: University of the Pacific is diverse, smart and cool

2014 rankings: University of the Pacific is diverse, smart and cool

University of the Pacific awards more doctoral degrees to Asian American students than any other college in the country. Pacific alumni have the sixth-highest salaries among recent graduates who earned diplomas at West Coast colleges. And the university counts among the 15 most popular, 50 most beautiful, 50 smartest and 100 “coolest” campuses in the nation.

Those are just some of the rankings Pacific chalked up this year in assessments from popular magazines and websites, including Diverse Issues in Higher Education, Payscale.com, PolicyMic.com, Lumosity, Sierra Magazine and more.

“It’s wonderful when these rankings emphasize what we already know about Pacific,” said Provost Maria Pallavicini. “Pacific is a special place that prepares students for success through rigorous academics and superior teaching. While no ranking should be taken too seriously, we appreciate being recognized in so many areas.”

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Tree falls, crushes cars, near Modesto apartment complex


A large tree fell early Monday morning, crushing cars and waking up residents at a Modesto apartment complex near Yosemite Boulevard and Lincoln Avenue.

The tree fell around 4 a.m. according to Jesse Valderas, who sent News10 photos of the damage. Authorities have been called but no one has responded according to Valderas.

We'll update this story with more information. Stay tuned!