LODI SOLDIER KILLED BY GUNSHOT WOUND: FORT BRAGG, NC - A 21-year-old soldier from Lodi stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, died March 7, the U.S. Army confirmed.
Spc. Donovan Batterson was a paratrooper with the 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team.
The Fort Bragg Public Affairs Office says Batterson died after sustaining a gunshot wound. There is an investigation into Batterson's death but foul play was not suspected, according to base officials.
The base said Batterson joined the Army in 2010 and served a 7-month tour in Afghanistan in 2012. Among his military awards was a Purple Heart.
PEDESTRIAN KILLED BY CAR IN MODESTO: MODESTO - A pedestrian was struck and killed by a car in Modesto Thursday morning.
California Highway Patrol spokesman Rich Wetzel said the incident occurred on Dakota Ave. north of SR 132 just before 6:15 a.m.
Dakota Rd. was closed between Blue Gum and Woodland due to the ensuing investigation, but was reopened around 7:30 a.m.
HORRID CONDIITONS FOR MODESTO CHILD: MODESTO - It was a scene not so different from ones shown on the "Hoarders" TV program.
Modesto police entered an abandoned house on the east side of town Thursday to find conditions described by one officer as "horrid and unsafe" with human feces and garbage littering the place. There was a 3-year-old child living inside along with John Oliver, 39, and his girlfriend, Angelica Madrigal, 40. The relationship between the adults and child wasn't made clear.
The child was put into the care of Child Protective Services.
Madrigal and Oliver were arrested for endangerment and illegal lodging, said Sgt. Rick Applegate. Officers investigating neighbor complaints about the house believe the pair moved into the abandoned residence on the 700 block of West Union Avenue after the owner died. There was no water, electricity, garbage or sewer service in the home.
Applegate said officers also found uncapped needles strewn about the place.