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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.

Special needs man found dead in Modesto

A Modesto family is pleading for the public's help to solve a murder mystery.

Someone killed 24-year-old Salvador Rodriguez. He was mentally disabled and had the mental capacity of a 10-year-old.

Rodriguez's body was discovered in an open field near a Highway 99 off-ramp in Modesto on May 17, a week after he was last seen by his family members. A nearby resident called police after smelling a foul odor.

Sisters identified in double shooting in Merced County town

Authorities say two sisters who were allegedly killed by the estranged husband of one of them have been identified.

The victims were 47-year-old Rhonda Hiatt of Mariposa and her sister, 51-year-old Lisa Robbins of Hilmar, the Merced County Sheriff's Department said. The women were each shot multiple times and found in the backyard of Robbins' Hilmer home Friday night.

The suspect in the shootings, Rhonda Hiatt's husband, 49-year-old Bryan Scott Hiatt of Mariposa, was fatally shot by Merced County sheriff's deputies in a confrontation at a Motel 6 in Turlock early Saturday morning. Turlock police detectives are investigating the officer-involved shooting.

Body discovered in Modesto field identified

SACRAMENTO - A man whose body was found two weeks ago in a Modesto field has been identified.

According to the Modesto Police Department, Salvador Rodriguez, 24, was found in an open field on the 300 block of Tuolumne Boulevard on May 17 by a resident investigating a foul odor. The field is next to the resident's home and near the Tuolumne Boulevard off-ramp from southbound Highway 99.

Police Department spokesperson Heather Graves said Rodriguez's family said they last saw him on Thursday, May 1. He was wearing a gray t-shirt, black pants and black high top Circa-bran skater shoes at the time.

Graves did not expand on the cause of death.