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Off-duty Stockton officer arrested, released after car chase

FARMINGTON, CA - An off-duty Stockton police animal services officer was arrested after leading authorities on a car chase Friday night.

Steven Fortney's wife called the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office around 6:20 p.m. after he threatened to commit suicide, San Joaquin County sheriff's Lt. Philip George said.

Deputies and California Highway Patrol officers found Fortney on S. Waverly Road and Highway 4; a family friend was also at the scene attempting to talk to him.

George said Fortney got into his truck and fled the scene, going eastbound on Highway 4; deputies and officers chased after him.

Fortney drove about seven miles, at the speed limit, and pulled over just outside of the county line. When he got out of the car, Fortney continued to act erratically and refused to move away from his truck, George said.

2 arrested after explosive found in Denair home

DENAIR, CA - Two people were arrested after Stanislaus County sheriff's deputies found an explosive device at a burglary suspect's home during a search Wednesday morning.

Ryan Hayes, 23, and Krysta Jacobson, 24, were arrested at a home on the 4000 block of N. Gratton Road just after 11 a.m., Sgt. Anthony Bejaran said.

Hayes was a suspect in a Denair church burglary that happened two weeks ago. Detectives determined the home as the suspect's location and searched the property.

Bejaran said during the search, deputies found an explosive device. The bomb squad was called out to the scene; they determined that it was safe, but flammable.

Hayes was arrested for burglary, possession of an explosive device and conspiracy to commit a crime. Jacobson was arrested on a drug warrant. Bejaran said both were booked into the Stanislaus County Jail.

Modesto bank held up; robber escapes

MODESTO, CA - Modesto police think a man who robbed a bank Monday afternoon armed with a shotgun fled in a waiting vehicle.

Lt. Rick Armendariz said the heist was at Citibanks located at 1340 Oakdale Road. After demanding money from a teller, the armed robber fled the bank. He was last seen running across the bank parking lot in the southbound direction.

Police conducted an aerial and ground search. A police K9 tracked the suspected robber down an alley and a vacant house on the 1300 block of Sunland Way, Armendariz said. However, no one was in the house and the scent ended in front of the house.

Witnesses described the individual who robbed the bank as a white man, about 5 feet 8 inches tall, and weighing about 150 pounds. He wore a black shirt and blue jeans. A ski mask concealed his face.

U.S. Attorney: More indicted in Sutter Co. jobless benefits scheme

SUTTER COUNTY, CA - Federal authorities went after six more individuals Monday in an ongoing investigation into fraudulent unemployment and disability benefits.

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Indicted on mail fraud charges were Ryan Herbert Smith, 46, of Turlock; Chindo Gharu, 49, of Yuba City; Seema Rajput, 45, of Modesto; Rajinder Kaur Dhillon, 70, of Sacramento; Rajinder Kaur Dhillon 47, of Yuba City; and Balwinder Singh Khangura, 64, of Yuba City and Sacramento. U.S. Attorney's Office spokeswoman Lauren Horwood said Gharu, Rajinder Kaur Dhillon, and Khangura were arrested; the other two were expected to surrender.

Three arrested in sex offender compliance sweep

Three arrested in sex offender compliance sweep

The Turlock Police Department Investigations Unit conducted compliance checks of all 110 registered sex offenders within the City of Turlock starting on August 21st and concluding August 23rd. At the conclusion of the operation, we found twelve subjects who failed to meet the requirements of their registration pursuant to section 290 of the California Penal Code.

Of the twelve subjects out of compliance, three were arrested (52 year old Gabino Garcia, 81 year old Joseph Desalles and 40 year old Alberto Salazar). The remaining nine have moved from their recorded addresses without notifying law enforcement. Detectives are continuing to investigate their whereabouts in order to bring them into compliance.

Police: 2 arrested in Modesto 'dine and dash'

MODESTO, CA - This is a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time for a couple of suspects.

A man and a woman were dining at local restaurant Uno's Chicago Grill on Tuesday when they allegedly tried to leave without paying their bill by trying to use a credit card that didn't belong to them, said Modesto police Sgt. Steven Stanfield.

It so happened officers with the police department were also customers at the restaurant at the time.

The officers detained Shawn Sample, 41, of Escalon, and Kristie Sibley, 29, of Oakdale.

Stanfield said officers searched Sample's vehicle and recovered a stolen, loaded handgun; drug paraphernalia and items stolen from a local department store.

A background check of Sibley showed she was wanted by Oakdale police for burglary, possession of a controlled substance and theft, Stanfield said

Jewelry store robbed at gunpoint

Jewelry store robbed at gunpoint

On Thursday, August 9, 2012, at approximately 1848 hours, 9-1-1 calls were received reporting an armed robbery had just occurred at Universal Jewelers located in the 200 block of West Main Street. Three suspects dressed in dark clothing exited a silver Chevrolet Astro van and entered the business. The driver of the van remained in the vehicle. One of the suspects who entered the business was armed with a firearm. The suspects stole jewelry from the business. While inside the business, the suspect armed with the firearm shot the weapon toward an employee. The employee was not struck by the bullet. The suspects fled from the business, returning to the van. As the van was leaving, an employee of the business armed himself with a firearm and shot the firearm once. The van was found abandoned a few blocks from the business. The van was determined to have been reported stolen out of Oakland.