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Search for Victims: 5 agencies want Shermantine

MANTECA, CA - A secret law enforcement operation moved convicted serial killer Wesley Shermantine off death row temporarily on Sunday and brought him to the rural town of Linden.

There, Shermantine allegedly pointed to the hidden burial sites of more than 72 murder victims. At least five more law enforcement agencies want to bring Shermantine to their towns in the hopes of finding even more victims of the "Speed Freak Killers."

"I know that the Reno, Nevada police have requested a transport of Wes Shermantine for their own investigation and I'm very frustrated to hear that their first request was ignored and their second request, they were told to use Google Earth Maps," said Assem. Cathleen Galgiani, who wrote the bill to get Shermantine physically out helping investigators.

Credit Card Fraud Ring Located Through Motel Interdiction Efforts

Credit Card Fraud Ring Located Through Motel Interdiction Efforts

Ripon, CA  -   On 08-24-12, at approximately 3 pm, Ripon Police Department detectives conducted a probation search at the Ripon Motel (359 Parallel Ave).  RPD Detective Gordon West located what appeared to be an active credit card fraud ring.  Inside the small motel room, investigators located a fax machine, multiple printers, a computer, lists of credit card numbers and other indicia.  Counterfeit credit cards were located in the room.  Some of the counterfeit cards had the suspect’s names depicted on them.

Methamphetamine and marijuana paraphernalia were located in the room.  A two year old child was located in the room, amid the counterfeit credit cards, and processing equipment.  Child Protective Services was contacted due to the methamphetamine and marijuana paraphernalia being located in the vicinity of the child; and due to the fact that the child was present while crimes were being committed.

2 arrested after 3-city police pursuit

MANTECA, CA - A police pursuit that went through several valley towns began with shots being fired at a Lathrop house Friday morning, authorities say.

Deputy Les Garcia with the San Joaquin Sheriff's Department said deputies located a red pick-up in Lathrop that matched a description of the vehicle from which gunshots were fired at a home on the 1300 block of W. Yosemite. Deputies tried to pull the pick-up over at Interstate 205 and MacArthur, Garcia said, but the driver and his passenger sped off.The pursuit reached speeds of 100 mph per hour before deputies backed off for safety concerns, Garcia.

The California Highway Patrol located the pick-up not long after and commenced a pursuit. The chase went through parts of Stockton, Lathrop and Manteca until the pick-up crashed. Officers took the driver into custody and captured the passenger on the roof of a nearby apartment building, Garcia said.

No one was hurt in the incident.

Tracy man indicted for phony debt collection scam

Tracy man indicted for phony debt collection scam

Kirit Patel, 68, of Tracy, was charged by a federal grand jury with 21 counts of wire fraud and mail fraud for a fraudulent debt collection scheme, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.

The indictment alleges that Patel participated in a scheme that involved coercing and harassing victims into paying online payday loans that did not exist. According to the indictment, members of the scheme, operating from call centers in India, would impersonate law enforcement officers and falsely claim that arrest warrants had been issued for the victims or that agencies of the United States government were pursuing the victims for nonpayment of debts. As part of the scheme, Patel established a front company named “Broadway Global Master” that was used to process the payments after victims relented and provided credit card numbers to avoid arrest over the nonexistent debts.

Police make prostitution arrests at Ripon truck stop

RIPON, CA - Ripon police took two people into custody and cited a teenager on suspicion of prostitution at a local truck stop early Tuesday morning.

The arrests were at the Flying J Truck Plaza at 1501 N. Jackstone Road.

Arrested on booking charges of prostitution, conspiracy and contributing to the delinquency of a minor was Damaris Quezada, 22, of Ceres. She admitted to officers she had placed an ad on the Internet to be contacted for a "good time" and had engaged in a sex act with a truck driver at the lot, said 1st Sgt. Steve Merchant.

Quezada was accompanied by Andres Felipe Izquierdo, 28, of Turlock and a 17-year-old boy from Ripon. Merchant said the two admitted to driving Quezada to the rendezvous with the trucker. In their Nissan Sentra officers reported recovering a printer and copies of $20 bills

Deputies investigate Patterson shooting, carjacking

PATTERSON, CA - A man was shot and wounded in a carjacking just outside of Patterson Monday afternoon.

The victim's condition wasn't known. Stanislaus County sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Anthony Bejaran said he was flown by medical ambulance to a hospital.

The carjacking was on the 2600 block of Orange Avenue, Bejaran said. Deputies were dispatched at 1:05 p.m. When they arrived, they found the victim next to a cornfield.

Bejaran said the carjackers took the victim's green SUV, a 2007 Toyota, California license plate number 6AND659.

Investigators didn't have a description of the carjackers.

Bejaran said investigators don't know why the victim was targeted.

Anyone who sees the Toyota SUV was urged to call 911 and not approach the occupants. Authorites consider them armed and dangerous.

Lathrop man suspected of killing wife

LATHROP, CA - A man is accused of killing his wife in their Lathrop home early Sunday morning.

San Joaquin County sheriff's deputies responded to the home on the 14600 block of Avon Street around 12:07 a.m. after getting a 911 call, Deputy Dave Konecny said.

Charlie Dumlao, 38, was found by deputies kneeling next to his wife while armed with a large screwdriver. He was arrested and booked into San Joaquin County Jail.

Konecny said Dumlao's two children were home during the attack; both were injured and taken to the hospital for treatment. They were later released into Child Protective Services' custody.

Dumlao is charged with murder, willful cruelty toward children, attempted willful murder and assault.

The woman's identity was not released pending the coroner's notification.