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Detectives investigating dead body inside Modesto garage


A person helped lead Modesto police to a dead body that had been stored inside a northeast Modesto triplex on Tuesday.

The dead body, later identified as 53-year-old Kenneth Sedra Jr, of Modesto, was found in the 3100 block of Coffee Road according to Modesto police.

Evidence at the scene indicated that the homicide happened inside the garage, but the cause of death is unknown pending the Stanislaus County Coroner's report, Modesto police said.

If anyone has information regarding this homicide, call Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.


Western United Dairymen hires new CEO

Western United Dairymen hires new CEO

MODESTO — Western United Dairymen has hired Anja Raudabaugh as the organization’s new CEO, it announced Thursday.

Raudabaugh has been executive director of the Madera County Farm Bureau since 2011. Before that, she was a project manager for a Fortune 500 company, and as the senior legislative assistant for Rep. Doug Ose, when he represented California’s 3rd District in Washington, D.C... Read More

Facebook video shows huge water waste...or does it?


CERES - Video posted on Facebook showing what appears to be an enormous waste of water on an athletic field doesn't tell the whole story, according to the irrigation district that provided the water.

"From a public relations perspective it's horrible," Turlock Irrigation District spokesperson Calvin Curtin said. "But, it's actually a beneficial use."

Ceres resident Sierra House shot the 40-second video Sunday when she saw water gushing out of a pipe and flooding the soccer field at the Central Valley Christian Academy.

Police letter accuses Modesto PD senior volunteer of growing pot


MODESTO - He's known for being "Grandpa Wayne" to all the kids in his neighborhood. But a letter Wayne Seawright received Memorial Day weekend accused him of something shady -- threatening him and telling him to lawyer up.

Seawright, 80, and his wife Tommy have lived in their Modesto home for more than 50 years. Their backyard is part sculpture garden park, part rock garden and part vegetable garden.

Imagine his surprise when he received this letter in the mail from Stanislaus Drug Enforcement Agency and Modesto Police Department.

"It says, 'office has received info that the above referenced property is being used to cultivate an distribute marijuana,'" Seawright read from the letter.

The letter stated that violation can result in imprisonment and told violators to get a lawyer.

Police: Suspects stab Modesto Home Depot employee


Modesto police are looking for two men accused of stabbing a store clerk Wednesday afternoon.

Police spokesperson Heather Graves said the men, who are in their 40s, picked up power tool combo tool kits valued at $150 at the Home Depot on N. Carpenter Road and then started to leave the store. Before they walked out the door, an employee asked to see their receipt.

Graves said one of the men took out a sharp object and stabbed the employee in the shoulder. The suspects then drove away from the scene.

The employee was driven to the hospital by a co-worker to get treatment for a non-life threatening injury.

Surveillance video – posted on YouTube by Modesto police -- recorded the suspects walking through the store and running out of the doors.

Modesto firefighters rescue woman from canal


Modesto firefighters rescued a woman from a canal paralleling Briggsmore Avenue, east of Lakewood Avenue, early Saturday morning.

Witnesses reportedly saw the female, who has not been identified, fall into the canal after losing control of her bike. Witnesses told firefighters and police the cyclist was under water and she could be seen from the surface.

The rescue response brought 1 fire engine, 1 fire truck, and 1 battalion chief for a total of 8 personnel, according to the fire department.

One firefighter entered the water wearing a life jacket and helmet, while two other firefighters assisted from shore. They located her under about 3 feet of water and pulled her to the surface, the firefighter kept her head above water as he swam to the canal bank and the other firefighters helped lift her from the canal.

Modesto police community meeting entirely in Spanish


In an effort to strengthen its relationship with the Latino community, the Modesto Police Department held a town hall meeting Wednesday night, entirely in Spanish.

The language barrier was nonexistent inside the Hanshaw Middle School in south Modesto. More than 50 Spanish-speaking residents turned out to hear –- in their native language -- what officers are doing to keep them safe.

A main concern is the gang violence plaguing many communities.

"I came out to see what changes are in store for my neighborhood," resident Camilo Moreno said.

At a time of tense community police relations across the country, the Modesto Police Department is working to bridge the divide with the Hispanic community.