Erin Tracy, Santa Cruz Sentinel

Erin Tracy

Santa Cruz Sentinel

Modesto, CA, United States

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Past articles by Erin:

Scott Peterson’s murder convictions stand. Judge rejects juror misconduct claim

Scott Peterson’s murder convictions will stand after a judge rejected his claim that a juror on his original 2004 trial was biased against him. → Read More

Man says a paintball hit him. What he did to get deputies’ attention got him arrested

A man who claims he was the victim of a paintball gun attack in Waterford allegedly chose to get the attention of authorities by lighting a dumpster on fire. Jeremy Cooney was arrested on suspicion of arson. → Read More

Mother carrying baby struck by vehicle in north Modesto

A mother in a crosswalk carrying her 12-month-old son across Tully Road was struck by a vehicle Tuesday afternoon. Both were conscious and alert when first responders arrived. → Read More

Motorcyclist killed in crash on Oakdale-Waterford Highway was local EMT

The motorcyclist who died in a crash on Oakdale-Waterford Highway last week was a local Emergency Medical Technician. He worked at Riggs Ambulance Service in Merced and had recently finished paramedic school. → Read More

Suspect in boating crash charged with murder after allegedly failing to help victims

A Salida man charged in connection with a fatal boating accident at Modesto reservoir last month made no attempt to render aid to two teenager girls following the collision between his boat and their jet ski. → Read More

Deputies searching for suspect after car involved in homicide crashes near Hughson

Authorities are searching for a suspect after a car believed to be connected to a homicide in San Joaquin County hit a pole near Hughson and the driver ran away. → Read More

Residents evacuated after fire at Modesto senior living complex; one taken to hospital

A portion of a Modesto senior living complex had to be evacuated early Thursday afternoon as fire crews responded to a two-alarm fire in one of the first floor apartments at Parkview Christian Estates. → Read More

Couple created a ‘ghost town’ in Patterson for family and friends. It went up in flames

A replica “ghost town” on a property in Patterson, California that the owners spent decades creating burned to the ground in an arson fire early Tuesday morning. The owners’ son has been arrested on suspicion of arson. → Read More

Naked stranger breaks into Modesto woman’s home and assaults, tries to rape her

A naked man was arrested Friday on suspicion of breaking into a woman’s central Modesto home, assaulting her and attempting to rape her. She was able to escape to a neighbor’s home and call police. → Read More

Mastiff/pit bull mix fatally attacked Newman boy, 2, authorities say

The Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department released a few more details Friday about the Newman toddler who was fatally bitten multiple times by the family dog in Newman. The dog was taken by animal control. → Read More

Boy, 8, fatally struck by vehicle while riding scooter in Turlock

An 8-year-old boy died Wednesday evening when he was struck by a vehicle near Turlock Junior High School. → Read More

Woman raped, held against her will for more than a day in Turlock apartment

A woman who’d been sexually assaulted, abused and held against her will for several hours at a Turlock, California apartment managed to escape and call police Wednesday afternoon. The suspect was arrested. → Read More

Unlicensed, wanted teen involved in rollover crash in front of Modesto High

An unlicensed, wanted teen and his passenger were injured after rolling a vehicle in front of Modesto High School Thursday afternoon. Marcos Urbina, 19, had a no bail warrant out of Stockton. → Read More

Wire taps, surveillance, traffic stops make up drug ring case against Hells Angels

The president of the Modesto Hells Angels Motorcycle Club, his wife and another defendant charged with selling drugs made their first court appearance in federal court on Wednesday. → 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

Not just surveillance: Riverbank’s new cameras can recognize when you’re up to no good

Riverbank, California is becoming the latest city to benefit from video surveillance technology developed by a Ceres-based company that can be programed to recognize human behavior, read license plates. → Read More

Modesto woman charged in collision that killed Oakdale woman near Don Pedro

A Modesto woman has been charged in connection with a January collision that killed an Oakdale woman near Don Pedro Reservoir. Cinthia Beglinger was charged with vehicular manslaughter and child endangerment. → Read More

Body of missing Sacramento-area automotive journalist found in Mokelumne River

The Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office has located the body of a man believed to be missing automotive journalist David Johnson. Rangers found the body Thursday afternoon in the Mokelumne River. → Read More

Turlock group home counselor arrested for allegedly having sex with minor in her care

Turlock police on Thursday arrested a 30-year-old group home counselor suspected of having sex with one of the minors previously in her care. → Read More

Deputies rescue woman, arrest man suspected of starting fire in Modesto

Within minutes of arriving at the scene of a house fire in Modesto, California’s airport neighborhood, Stanislaus County Sheriff’s deputies rescued a woman trapped by the fire and arrested the man suspected of starting it. → Read More