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POSTED September 11, 2012 8:52 p.m.

WIDOW FILES CLAIM IN MODESTO EVICTION SHOOTING: MODESTO  (AP) — The widow of a locksmith who was killed along with a Stanislaus County Sheriff's deputy while serving an eviction notice says authorities should have done more to protect her husband.

Irina Engert, the widow of 35-year-old Glendon Engert, filed a wrongful death claim against the county in August. County officials made it public on Monday.

Engert and Deputy Bob Paris were fatally shot on April 12 when they went to the Modesto home of James Ferrario to evict him.

Police say Ferrario eventually set the building on fire and shot himself.

According to the claim, authorities knew the homeowner was armed. Sheriff's officials have said they had no idea the men could be in danger.

Sheriff Adam Christianson said on Monday it was not appropriate to discuss the case.

 POLICE: THIEF STEALS STOVE, CAUSES HOUSE EXPLOSION: CERES  (AP) — Authorities say an appliance-stealing burglar caused an explosion that destroyed a vacant home and damaged nearly two dozen other houses in Stanislaus County.

Police say the house exploded at 5:40 a.m. Saturday and broke windows on 21 neighboring homes in Ceres, just south of Modesto. No one was injured.

Officials say on Friday night neighbors saw a man removing appliances from the home and later noticed a bad smell.

Police say after firefighters extinguished the blaze, they discovered the stove was missing and a gas line had been left open. It's unclear if the line was left open accidentally or intentionally.

Police recently investigated the same house for marijuana cultivation. On Aug. 30 police searched the home and arrested a 20-year-old man on marijuana charges.

 

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