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POSTED December 2, 2012 6:00 p.m.

SELF DEFENSE IN SPOUSE SHOOTING? MODESTO: Modesto Police detectives continue to investigate Friday’s evenings shooting, which left a husband dead and a wife being questioned by police. Police now are determining if “self-defense” may have been the cause for the shooting.

 On Friday, Nov. 30, at about 6 p.m. Modesto Police officers were called to a residence in the 400 block of Boone Way, in West Modesto, for a report of a shooting. A female adult called 911reporting she had shot her husband during a confrontation inside the home. When officers arrived they located a 64-year-old male inside the home suffering from a life-threatening gunshot wound. The male was transported to a local hospital, where he later succumbed to his injury.

 The female told police officers she had shot her husband, after he had assaulted her. Five young children were also in the home during the altercation. Their ages range from 4-years-old to 11-years-old. Detectives have processed the crime scene and will be reviewing evidence and witness statements, in order to learn of the events which led to the shooting and to determine if the shooting was, in fact, in self-defense.

 This remains an active and open investigation and no arrests have been made. The identity of the shooting victim will not be released until the Stanislaus County Coroner’s office has completed an autopsy and confirmed the victim’s identity, which is a standard procedure. The autopsy is scheduled for today.

 If you have any information regarding this incident please call Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward. Tipsters can also text information to Crime Stoppers by sending a text message to 274637. Just type “TIP704” along with your message.

SJ COUNTY SPELLING BEE: STOCKTON - The final round of the San Joaquin County Spelling Bee for grades 4-6 and 7-9 takes place Wednesday, Dec. 5, at 3 p.m., at the San Joaquin County Office of Education, Wentworth Education Center, 2707 Transworld Drive.

Eight-seven student spellers from San Joaquin County schools, public and private are taking part in an elimination round today to determine who advances to the final round.

The top two winners in each division earn a plaque, receive a Barnes & Noble gift card, and have the right to compete in the State Competition. All participants are awarded medals and certification.

HOW WEATHER FORECASTS ARE MADE” PRESENTATION AT MJC: MODESTO - The Modesto Area Partners in Science (MAPS) will offer a presentation by Noah Hughes, speaking on “The Crystal Ball: How Weather Forecasts are Made” on Friday, Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m. in Forum 110 at Modesto Junior College, 435 College Ave. in Modesto. Hughes, MJC meteorology professor, will explain what it takes to produce a weather forecast and how seasonal weather outlooks are developed.

Farmers, ranchers, electrical utilities, ski resorts, whitewater rafting companies, transportation companies, commodities trading, the construction industry, wineries. What do all of these California industries have in common? The answer is that they all have a vested interest in understanding and predicting the weather. Are you interested in weather too? In this presentation, Hughes will explain what it takes to produce a weather forecast and how seasonal weather outlooks are developed. He may even go way out on a limb and make bold predictions about what kind of a winter we can expect in Northern California. Will El Niño return to California? What about floods? Drought? Record snowfall? Join us and find out!

This free MAPS presentation is intended for people ten years of age and over. Parking is open so feel free to park in any staff or student space on campus. For more information about the MAPS program, contact MJC’s Science, Mathematics and Engineering Division office at 575-6173

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