PUMPKIN SELLER STRUCK BY CAR
A man selling pumpkins suffered serious injuries when he crossed the street about midnight Saturday and a driver hit him at 40 mph, the Modesto police reported. Their names were not available Sunday. The driver did not appear to have done anything wrong, police Lt. Jolene Gonzales said. She said the pumpkin seller's blood alcohol content was 0.25 percent and that he stepped from the curb into the street just before the car hit him. The man had been walking back and forth in the 500 block of North Carpenter Road, near Kansas Avenue, trying to sell pumpkins. He suffered fractures to both legs, a fractured skull and major head trauma, Gonzales said, but is expected to survive.
POLICE DOG CAPTURES SUSPECT
A Modesto police dog captured a man who escaped from Sheriff's Department custody while being treated for stab wounds at Doctors Medical Center on Saturday night, officials said. About 10:15 p.m., Stanislaus County deputies heard about a suspected gang fight at Sunrise Village, a mobile home park at 433 S. Seventh St., sheriff's spokesman deputy Royjindar Singh said. When they arrived, deputies found two stab victims, one of whom had been run over by his assailant, said Singh, who didn't know the condition of either victim. Deputies received a call from the hospital about an hour later reporting that a man with stab wounds to his hand had come in for treatment. Deputies went to the hospital and arrested 20-year-old Anthony Ramirez of Modesto. Ramirez was not handcuffed during his medical evaluation. In the exam room, after medical staff finished, he jumped off the exam table, pushed a deputy out of the way and ran, Singh said. Sheriff's deputies and Modesto police set up a perimeter around the hospital. Police officer Frank Ignacio's canine, Fritz, found Ramirez near Sherwood Avenue and Bermuda Way. Ramirez is being held at Stanislaus County Jail on $500,000 bail on suspicion of attempted murder with a gang enhancement, resisting arrest, attempting to escape and injuring a police officer's animal, Singh said.
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FATHER, SON STUMBLE UPON POT GARDEN
A father and son who were shot at during a hunting trip led Calaveras County sheriff's deputies to more than 3,000 marijuana plants and 10 pounds of processed marijuana, officials reported last week. The two were hunting Oct. 12 about 6:45 a.m. near Sheep Ranch Road, about 20 minutes north of Angels Camp, when they were fired upon, they told the Sheriff's Department. They left but described their location to deputies, who later hiked the area and found remnants of marijuana plants and signs that a weapon recently had been fired. The marijuana trail led to a large pot garden; after getting a search warrant, the Calaveras County Narcotics Enforcement Unit destroyed it. Anyone with information in this case is asked to call the Calaveras County sheriff's office at 754-6564.