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• MURPHYS MAN KILLS SONS, THEN HIMSELF: MURPHYS  (AP) — Authorities say a man in the tiny Sierra Nevada community of Murphys has shot and killed his two teenage sons, then killed himself.

A spokesman for the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Department says when friends of the two teens went to the family home Saturday and looked through the windows, they could see 54-year-old Phillip Marshall lying on the floor in a pool of blood.

Sheriff’s Sgt. Chris Hewitt says when deputies arrived around 3 p.m. Saturday they went inside the home and found Marshall’s sons — 17-year-old Alex and 14-year-old Macaila — dead of apparent gunshot wounds.

A preliminary examination showed that all three were shot once in the head with a handgun. Hewitt says the mother of the teens and estranged wife of Phillip Marshall, was out of the country at the time.

Murphys is about 80 miles southeast of Sacramento, just outside the Stanislaus National Forest.

• STOCKTON’S FIRST MURDER VICTIM OF 2013: STOCKTON — A man was shot and killed Sunday at 2:25 a.m., becoming Stockton’s first homicide victim of the year.

Stockton police found the 34-year-old male victim after responded to a report of the shooting near Martin Luther King Boulevard and Lincoln Street .

The victim was rushed to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead.

: MODESTO — Police are looking into what lead up to a shooting that killed a man in a Modesto intersection Saturday night.

The shooting was at 8:10 p.m. between two vehicles within the intersection of Dallas Ave and Hatch Road in the south part of the city.

Police say that it is possible this was a road rage related incident but they continue to interview witnesses in the area in hopes of gathering more information.

No arrests have been made at this time.

• CERES MAN FACES CHILD PORN CHARGES: CERES — A Ceres man was arrested Friday on suspicion of having more than 100,000 images of child pornography in his possession.

The FBI and detectives with the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department took 52-year-old George Pires into custody following an investigation that began with a 911 call from his East Service Road home last October, said sheriff’s Sgt. Anthony Bejaran.

Sheriff’s investigators obtained a search warrant and recovered several computers and photographs from the residence. Bejaran said analysis of content on the computers revealed more 100,000 pictures of child pornography. Detectives informed the FBI.

Pires is accused of possession and manufacture of child pornography, which are federal charges.

Sheriff detectives are also looking into possible victims of child molestation related to this case. Anyone with information about potential victims or the Pires’ investigation was asked to contact Det. Megan Brazil at (209) 525-7082.

: MODESTO — The Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department released a critical incident review of the deadly April 2012 shooting of a Sheriff’s deputy and a locksmith, and the ensuing standoff.

The 122-page report goes into great detail about the days leading up to the shooting and standoff, the incident itself and the days after, as well as the psyche of gunman James Ferrario.

Investigators say Ferrario shot and killed Deputy Robert Paris and locksmith Glendon Engert. The shooting spawned a standoff with law enforcement that lasted late into the evening, ending with Ferrario’s Chrysler Drive apartment burning down and Ferrario dying inside.

According to the report, Paris was warned that Ferrario was likely very dangerous.

“Be very cautious,” a Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department Court and Civil Services Legal Clerk reportedly warned Paris, the day before the shooting. According to the report, Paris replied, “Whatever.”

The report also says Paris and Engert hadn’t noticed surveillance cameras that were installed at Ferrario’s home. Paris was carrying paperwork full of warnings about Ferrario, the report says.

The clerk reportedly had written several warnings like “Be very cautious”, “very weirdo”, “ex-military/militia”, “multiple guns M-16 type” and “violent”.

Neighbors believed Ferrario had military police training, and described him as a paranoid recluse.

Ferrario had lived in the apartment with his father until 2008, when his father died. Ferrario’s father allegedly taught him to go on armed patrols. His father’s death “contributed to his anger and paranoia,” according to the report.

The report says his father’s death also further alienated Ferrario from the rest of his family as financial problems began to mount.

Ferrario had illegally rigged electricity in his home because he was unable to pay for it.

Paris and Engert were shot with 7.62-caliber rounds as they were drilling the locks to Ferrario’s apartment. Paris was struck in the head and torso, and Engert was hit as he was running away from the door.

Ferrario was prepared for the ensuing standoff. According to the report, he had 30 rifles, handguns, shotguns, as well as a gas mask, body armor and chemical weapons.

Ferrario called 911 that evening, at about 7:35 p.m., according to the report. He identified himself as “Jim” and claimed he thought Paris and Engert were burglars.

“I apologize, I didn’t know it was the police until after I started shooting because I thought it was a burglar, I do apologize,” Ferrario said.

A fire started at the building less than two hours after the 911 call from Ferrario. The fire was later determined to be caused by Ferrario.

Investigators say Ferrario took his own life by shooting himself in the abdomen and head. No drugs or alcohol were found in his system.

: MODESTO — Stanislaus County health officials say a man was killed by influenza Thursday.

The man was 28 years old and had pre-existing, chronic medical issues.

“The seasonal flu vaccine is important and is a safe way to protect yourself and your loved ones against the seasonal flu,” Dr. John Walker wrote in a news release.

Walker is a Stanislaus County public health officer. He stressed in his statement that it is not too late to be vaccinated.

“It is highly likely that our flu season will last into April,” Walker said.

Public health officers also offered tips to avoid getting sick:

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose of mouth.

• Cover coughs and sneezes with a sleeve or tissue.

• Wash your hands often and use hand sanitizer is you’re unable to wash your hands.

• Most importantly, stay home if you are sick to prevent the spread of the virus to others.

: STOCKTON — A pizza delivery man was robbed at gunpoint Friday night.

The 23-year-old was delivering pizzas to an apartment building on the 700 block of North Lincoln Street around 9 p.m. when he was approached by the suspect, Stockton police said.

The armed robber ordered the man to hand over the pizzas and wallet, and then ran from the scene.

Police said the robber got away with two pizzas and cash.

The suspect is described as a black man in his 20s, 6 feet tall, weighing about 200 pounds; he was last seen wearing a black shirt and blue jeans.