January 1, 2013

Stabbings, shooting tarnish New Year’s

The new year got off to a violent start here, with three unsolved stabbings and a drive-by shooting that hurt no one but produced two arrests.

The new year got off to a violent start here, with three unsolved stabbings and a drive-by shooting that hurt no one but produced two arrests.

Police recovered a knife in the 1500 block of Bluethroat Drive but haven't determined why three men from the Turlock area were stabbed about 1 a.m. at a party attended by 30 to 40 people.

A 22-year-old man with life-threatening wounds was airlifted to a hospital, where he underwent emergency surgery. He remained in intensive care Tuesday evening, said Sgt. Russ Holeman.

A 19-year-old man and another of unknown age also were stabbed, and one was hospitalized. Police aren't sure if one or more people attacked the three and how many weapons were used, Holeman said.

At 10:20 a.m., a 22-year-old Turlock man reported he had been fired upon by a passing car while walking near Columbia and South Orange streets. Officers stopped a vehicle nearby and the victim identified the shooter, Holeman said.

Arrested on suspicion of attempted murder were Ricardo Ramos, 18, and Jonathan Lugo, 22, both of Turlock. Police recovered a .45-caliber semiautomatic handgun and other implicating evidence suggesting the discharge was gang-related, Holeman said.

Despite repeated warnings from law enforcement, several folks in Stanislaus County again rang in the new year by shooting off fireworks and guns, and drinking and driving.

Modesto police and the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department on Tuesday reported numerous reports of gunfire at around midnight.

Modesto Regional Fire Department staff responded to several medical calls and minor accidents, but no major fires or injury collisions, according to Battalion Chief Cecil Ridge.

Deputies made six arrests overnight, Stanislaus County sheriff's Sgt. Anthony Bejaran said. One was for domestic violence, one for driving under the influence and one for public intoxication. The remaining three were warrant arrests.

In Modesto, police Lt. Jeramy Young said officers responded to several disturbances, including one in downtown Modesto near a bar. Officers also arrested at least five people on charges of driving under the influence.

One of the incidents involved a crash, but nobody was injured, Young said. A car hit a pole and the driver was arrested for DUI.

"The main thing was just a lot of reports of shots fired," Young said.

Police responding to a call in south Modesto found a man shooting a gun to celebrate the new year. A lot. They arrested him in the the 1700 block of Estrellita Way off of Hatch Road.

"When officers arrived, they found over 100 spent casings," Young said. "He did a lot of shooting."

Anyone with information about the stabbings is asked to call Turlock Detective Tim Redd at (209) 668-5550, ext. 6625.

Bee staff writer Garth Stapley can be reached at or (209) 578-2390.

Breaking News Editor Patty Guerra can be reached at or (209) 578-2343. Follow her on Twitter, @pattyguerra.

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