Deke Farrow, The Modesto Bee

Deke Farrow

The Modesto Bee

Modesto, CA, United States

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Past articles by Deke:

Pigs freed in burglary at Johansen FFA farm hurt one another. Feed, maybe rabbits taken

Despite what FFA students at Johansen High in Modesto believe may be mean-spirited pranks, injured livestock should be fine come Stanislaus County Fair judging, their teacher said. But some animals are gone. → Read More

Stanislaus deputies interrupt break-in at Crossroads Elementary in Riverbank, arrest 2

Responding to multiple alarms, Stanislaus County sheriff’s deputies interrupted a burglary at Crossroads Elementary School in Riverbank, California on Monday. Two 18-year-old men were arrested. → Read More

Stanislaus coroner IDs Woodward Reservoir drowning victim

The 52-year-old man who drowned when he went for a nighttime swim early Saturday at Woodward Reservoir has been identified by the Stanislaus County Coroner’s Office. → Read More

As U.S. beats Netherlands in World Cup, Modesto fans loud enough to be heard in Lyon

P. Wexford’s Pub in Modesto was packed with soccer fans who were up and out early Sunday to watch the U.S. women’s national soccer team take on, and ultimately defeat, the Netherlands in the World Cup final. → Read More

Cop is just one job at Modesto Police Department. So many others, it should be a crime

Being a cop isn’t for everyone. But there are lots of other jobs at the Modesto Police Department. Among them are crime analyst, clerk, police assistant, evidence technician and community service officer. → Read More

Modesto dentist dies while celebrating silver wedding anniversary in Hawaii

A Modesto, California dentist, Kevin Isenhower, died Thursday, June 27, while vacationing in Hawaii with his wife, Kim, to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary. News reports say he died along a trail in Maui. → Read More

Modesto gas prices fall ahead of the Fourth. It’s not clear why, but it’s time to buy

Independence Day — and the travel it brings — is just around the corner, yet gasoline prices at stations in greater Modesto, California continued to fall Monday. Drivers can expect prices to go up soon. → Read More

Driver who crashed into downtown Modesto building faces DUI charges

The driver who crashed into the Mocse Credit Union building on J Street in downtown Modesto, California on Sunday morning faces charges of DUI, according to police. → Read More

Cousin: One of two girls injured in watercraft collision at Modesto Reservoir has died

One of the two teen girls injured when their jet ski collided with a boat at Modesto Reservoir on June 22 has died, her cousin told The Bee. → Read More

Stanislaus coroner seeks relatives of Modesto woman

The Stanislaus County Coroner’s Office is trying to locate family members of Tiffany Martin, a Modesto resident who died June 1. → Read More

Modesto drive-by shooting becomes homicide when victim later dies. Police seek suspects

A drive-by shooting in south Modesto that wounded two men two weeks ago has become a homicide case, police report on Facebook. Police also think the fatal June 12 incident may be connected to June 16 shooting. → Read More

Two men killed when SUV goes off I-5, down 90-foot embankment south of Patterson

Two residents of the Merced County community of Santa Nella were killed Wednesday when the driver lost control and their Lincoln Navigator SUV went down a 90-foot embankment off Interstate 5 south of Patterson. → Read More

Cal Fire counting on winds staying mild as mop-up continues on Rock Fire near Patterson

The Rock Fire burning west of Patterson now is 75 percent contained and has been held to 2,422 acres, the California Department of Forestry & Fire Protection reported Thursday morning. → Read More

Crews making good progress on 2,200-acre Rock Fire west of Patterson, Cal Fire reports

The Rock Fire that broke out Tuesday night west of Patterson in Stanislaus County had burned about 2,200 acres as of 1 p.m. Wednesday and was 50 percent contained, according to the Santa Clara Unit of Cal Fire. → Read More

Watch FBI serve warrants in Modesto, Salida

The FBI served search warrants at the Hells Angels clubhouse in downtown Modesto and at homes in west Modesto and Salida on Tuesday, June 25, 2019. They were assisted in the operation by federal bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents and local la → Read More

Federal agents, local police conducting searches in Stanislaus County

Local and federal authorities are serving search warrants at several locations in Stanislaus County this morning. → Read More

‘I feel the bullet go through my neck.’ Victim shares horror of road-rage incident

A woman shot in a Father’s Day road-rage incident in downtown Modesto shares her cautionary tale in a social-media post. The pregnant victim’s boyfriend also was shot. Her 4-year-old daughter was unhurt. → Read More

Quick action by witnesses helps save girl after she slips, falls into Stanislaus River

A San Jose, California teen’s story has a happier ending than many after she fell into the Stanislaus River on Sunday afternoon while camping with family in the Tuolumne County community of Dardanelle. → Read More

Motorcyclist suffers major injuries in nighttime collision with Sonora police unit

A 26-year-old Merced, California man suffered major injuries and was flown to Doctors Medical Center in Modesto after a collision with a Sonora police officer’s vehicle early Saturday in Tuolumne County. → Read More

‘Alien vs. Predator’ vs. Graffiti-Con. Kid’s costume is an out-of-this-world hit.

An 11-year-old Lathrop CA boy became a highlight of Graffiti-Con in Modesto when he rolled out in his ‘Alien vs. Predator’ wheelchair spaceship costume created by a team from the nonprofit Magic Wheelchair. → Read More