HILMAR MAN KILLED IN NEVADA: A Hilmar man was among three people killed when their minivan slammed into a load of hay after a truck overturned near Wellington, Nev., the Nevada Highway Patrol reported. The driver of the minivan was Dewayne Sloan, 49, of Hilmar. His passengers were Dolores Straw Rogers, 78, and her 81-year-old husband, Harold Clay Rogers, both of Yerington, Nev. Troopers said truck driver Jason Fuller of Yerington lost control of his rig and the van was crushed after it struck the hay and the truck.
SKITTISH ROBBER BALKS: Modesto police detectives were looking for a man who tried to rob an east Modesto bank Thursday afternoon, but got "spooked" and ran out empty-handed. The robber did not brandish a weapon and no injuries were reported. Police described the robber as an Asian man in his 20s who fled in a champagne-colored small sport utility vehicle with two people inside. The robbery occurred shortly after 4 p.m. at the Bank of the West at 1401 Oakdale Road at East Orangeburg Avenue. The robber walked into the bank and demanded cash from a teller who hesitated and stepped back from the counter, said Sgt. Ed Steele, a Modesto police spokesman. The robber got scared, ran out of the bank and got into the SUV, Steele said. Police ask anyone with information to call CrimeStoppers at 521-4636. Callers can leave anonymous tips and be eligible for a cash reward.
DUI CHECKPOINT TONIGHT: The California Highway Patrol will be looking for drunken drivers at a sobriety checkpoint starting today at 9 p.m. and ending at 3 a.m. Saturday at an undisclosed location in the north Modesto area. Drivers will see signs alerting them the checkpoint is ahead and be diverted into a lane for a few moments while an officer explains the purpose of the checkpoint. A grant from the state Office of Traffic Safety funded this enforcement effort.