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3 men, 1 woman found dead in Turlock home


Three men and one woman were found dead Thursday night inside a Turlock home by officers conducting a welfare check.

Officers were dispatched to the home in the 3000 block of Red Oak Court around 10 p.m. after family members told police they had not seen or heard from their relatives, according to Turlock police officer Mayra Lewis.

Police entered the home and found the people dead inside. The causes of death were not confirmed, nor were the identities of the individuals, but Lewis said they appear to match the description of the residents of the home.

An ensuing investigation revealed all four people died as a result of a murder-suicide, Lewis said.

It was unclear at this point in the investigation who killed who, according to Lewis.

Anyone with information on the ongoing investigation was asked to contact Detective Brandon Bertram at 668-5550 ext. 6623.

Modesto fatal canal crash investigated


Passersby tried to rescue the driver of a car that overturned into a Modesto canal Friday morning.

Modesto Regional Fire Authority Battalion Chief Cecil Ridge said it was unclear why the driver of the car lost control as he was traveling westbound on Briggsmore Avenue, just west of College Avenue, about 6:30 a.m. The car left the roadway and overturned, coming to a stop half-submerged in the water.

The Good Samaritans had been able to pull the driver out of the car as fire crews and EMTs arrived, Ridge said. The driver was transported to Doctors Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Ridge wanted to thank those who tried to save the victim.


Woman arrested in connection with slaying of Sonora police volunteer


SACRAMENTO – An arrest was made Wednesday in the fatal shooting of Sonora police volunteer and security guard Ricky Roberts.

A news release from the Sonora Police Department stated Cheryl Lucero, 45, of Twain Harte, was arrested for her alleged role in the murder.

Lucero admitted her involvement in the homicide during an interview with police, according to the release.

A search warrant was served at Lucero's home Thursday where evidence was recovered, police said.

Lucero was arrested and booked into Tuolumne County Jail for homicide. Her bail was set at $1 million.

Roberts was found dead inside his shop by police officers responding to a call of a man down inside the store on Feb. 16.

Modesto collision leaves 2 dead, 3 injured


Two people who died following a collision between a pickup truck and a minivan in Modesto have been identified.

The Stanislaus County coroner identified the victims as 12-year-old Ashleigh Wright of San Jose and 48-year-old Curtis Lanch of Santa Clara.

Heather Graves, spokesperson for the Modesto Police Department, said a 2003 Dodge Ram pickup traveling southbound on Dale Road a little after 7 Monday night hit a 2000 Honda Odyssey minivan headed east on Kaiser Drive.

Five people were in the minivan. Ashleigh and Lanch in the Honda were killed. A 14-year-old boy suffered critical injuries and was hospitalized. The 36-year-old woman behind the wheel and a 43-year-old man suffered minor injuries.

The driver of the Dodge was not hurt.

Graves said it did not appear that alcohol or drugs were factors in the collision.


Kaepernick tournament raises funds for kids


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STOCKTON - San Francisco 49er quarterback Colin Kaepernick returned to Del Rio Country Club in Modesto Monday to host a golf tournament that raises money for kids with heart disease.

"I want to make this as big as we can and help as many kids and families as we can. Any way we can do that ,we want to," Kaepernick said about the fundraiser that assists Camp Taylor. That camp, with locations in California and Hawaii, entertains children with various heart conditions.

Woman ejected, killed in Ceres rollover crash


A woman was killed in a solo-vehicle crash in Ceres overnight.

The rollover crash was on the 2900 block of Roading Road shortly after midnight, according to the Ceres Police Department. Officers reported finding a vehicle in a dirt field south of Roading Road and west of Mitchell Road. The female driver was ejected and suffered major trauma, officers said.

Police and paramedics tried to save the woman but she died at the scene.

A man at the scene was detained, questioned and released without being taken into custody. His connection to the crash, if any, was unclear, according to police.

It appeared the vehicle had been traveling westbound on Roading. Roading and a stretch of Mitchell were closed until 6 a.m. for the crash investigation and cleanup.

Ceres police said the driver's name would be released after her relatives were notified.


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.