DRIVE-BY SHOOTING: A 20-year-old Modesto man was shot in the arm Thursday night in a drive-by shooting in west Modesto, the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department reported Friday. The victim fled and later was treated for a nonlife- threatening injury to his left forearm at Kaiser Hospital in Manteca. After a few hours of persuasion, the victim admitted that he had been shot while in west Modesto on Thursday night. Sheriff's officials did not release the man's name. The shooting might be gang-related, because the victim was wearing a red shirt and a red belt, which relate to gang colors, sheriff's officials said. About 9 p.m., sheriff's deputies responded to a report of shooting and found bullet holes in a vehicle and blood in the road in the 1400 block Ritsch Lane, just north of Paradise Road. A few minutes later, residents reported a second shooting, in the 1400 block of Normandy Drive, two blocks west of the Ritsch Lane shooting, said deputy Royjindar Singh, a sheriff's spokesman. Deputies found four bullet holes in a home, but no victims. Investigators suspect the two shootings might be related. The Sheriff's Department asks anyone with information on this crime to call CrimeStoppers at 521-4636. Callers to CrimeStoppers can leave an anonymous tip and be eligible for a cash reward.
CHASE ENDS IN ARREST: Stanislaus County sheriff's deputies arrested a Riverbank man driving a Lexus and confiscated a handgun early Friday after he reportedly led authorities on a short, high-speed chase through Riverbank and then crashed. Adolio Garcia, 28, was arrested on suspicion of felony evading police, possession of stolen property, being a felon in possession of a firearm and committing a felony with a concealed weapon, said deputy Royjindar Singh. Garcia was being held Friday night at the Stanislaus County Jail in lieu of $100,500 bail. About 1 a.m., a deputy spotted the Lexus at Third and Sierra streets and tried to pull it over. As soon as the deputy turned on his emergency lights, Singh said, the Lexus sped off east on Sierra. The Lexus' lights were off, and the driver ran several stop signs before crashing into the orchard at Sierra and Claus Road. Deputies found a passenger in the car and a .45-caliber ammunition magazine. Deputies detained and later released the passenger, Singh said. The deputies created a perimeter and found the driver a short time later in the orchard carrying a Colt .45-caliber handgun, sheriff's officials said. Singh said Garcia was taken into custody without further incident.
PRISONER LET OUT FOR DAY, DOESN'T COME BACK: A man on Merced County's "Most Wanted" list for two years is on the lam once again. Jack Daniels, 21, from La Crosse, Kan., shares the same name as the famous whiskey maker, but members of law enforcement say his escape from justice is no laughing matter. Daniels was arrested Monday in the 7000 block of G Street in Merced on warrants for auto theft, narcotics and probation violation. But he was able to slip from the grip of law enforcement after Court Commissioner Harry Jacobs granted Daniels' request to attend the funeral of a family friend, sheriff's Sgt. Tim Moore said. Daniels was allowed to be out of custody from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday. He didn't come back. Investigators believe Daniels is on his way back to Kansas. Daniels is accused of stealing a Merced County district attorney investigator's county vehicle two years ago. He also is wanted for allegedly fleeing from police officers in a vehicle and driving without a license. Police said Daniels was working in Kansas oil fields and had been visiting Merced for several days at the time of his arrest.