TEEN CRITICALLY HURT IN CRASH: A recent Modesto High School graduate was listed in critical condition Monday after a car crash last week near Redding. Kassandra Cummings, 18, is enrolled at Simpson College in Redding. She was critically injured Thursday night in a collision with a pickup truck, family friends said. The friends report that doctors at Mercy Medical Center Redding put Cummings in an induced coma and performed emergency surgery Sunday to relieve pressure on her brain. Police said Cummings' car collided with an pickup driven by 55-year-old William Barrett of Redding. Barrett suffered minor injuries in the crash, but was not taken to a hospital. A passenger in Cummings' car, Scarlette Cortez, 17, a Simpson student from San Jose, suffered minor injuries. Police Sgt. Jay Guterding said one of the vehicles ran a red light at the intersection, but police didn't identify which vehicle did so. Police said alcohol was not a factor in the crash.
FIRE DAMAGES APARTMENT: A two-alarm fire burned one of four units in a Modesto apartment complex Sunday night. Modesto fire officials reported dispatching 10 engines and 26 firefighters to 2700 MacDougal St. at 11:06 p.m. The fire began in a car and quickly spread to a carport and one apartment, officials said. Four minutes after firefighters arrived, the apartment was consumed by a flash fire. Seven people were evacuated and electricity and gas were turned off to the complex. Officials estimated structural damage at $104,000 with $31,000 in contents destroyed. The fire was under control by 11:35 p.m.
PLAQUE MISSING FROM SALIDA SCHOOL: A 70-pound brass plaque that adorned the front of Salida Middle school was stolen over the weekend, officials said Monday. "My gosh, there's a hole in the wall," thought Principal Shannon Kettering, when she noticed the missing plaque Monday morning. The 30-by-24-inch plaque was last seen Friday about 5 p.m., said Stanislaus County sheriff's deputy Royjindar Singh. The plaque could bring about $100 at a recycling plant, Singh said; deputies have told recycling centers to call authorities and seize the item if it turns up. The Sheriff's Department asks anyone with information to call CrimeStoppers at 521-4636. Callers can leave an anonymous tip and be eligible for a cash reward.
TWO ARRESTS IN MOTEL SHOOTING: A Keyes man is recovering from two gunshot wounds after a dispute at Motel 6 in Turlock. Police found the 32-year-old man in Room 239 with two shots in his back, said Sgt. Steve Williams. The wounds are not life-threatening, he said. Witnesses saw the suspects flee in a gray 1988 Mitsubishi pickup, Williams said. Police found the truck in the McDonald's parking lot on West Main Street; the suspects were gone. Responding to tips, Turlock and Modesto police found and arrested Gracia Zuniga, 31, and Robert Tyler, 22, both of Modesto, hours later. They were charged with attempted murder. Police are looking for Jose Camacho, 23, of Modesto for questioning. Investigators ask anyone with information on the case to call Detective Douglas Ravagioli at 668-5550, ext 6624.
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SHOTS FIRED INTO HOUSE: A Saturday night drive-by shooting left 10 rounds from at least two guns in a Turlock home. Friends were in the garage of the home on the 1900 block of Amberwood Lane when a late model white Cadillac drove up and someone inside opened fire, said Sgt. Steve Williams. "Ten shots in total hit the house and the vehicle fled in an unknown direction," he said. Bullets from two different-caliber weapons were found on the scene, he said. No one was injured.
SONORA POLICE PLAN FAIR FOR KIDS: The Sonora Police Department celebrates its first Cops & Kids Fair on Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. at Sonora Elementary School's soccer field. The event is free. Children who have participated in the Police Department's trading card program will be eligible for raffle prizes, such as video games, skateboards and gift certificates. For more information, call Lt. Mark Stinson at 532-8141.
POLICE TEMPORARILY CLOSE WINDOW: The Turlock Police Department is closing its Starr Avenue front window Thursday and Friday while the records division is reorganized. Police ask that "nonessential requests" be postponed until Monday, said Sgt. Steve Williams. Police will have limited access to computers and files Thursday and Friday.