POLICE TASE 84-YEAR-OLD: Modesto police used a Taser gun to subdue an 84-year-old woman wielding a large butcher knife near Freedom Elementary School in east Modesto on Monday and threatening to slice people's necks, officials said. The woman was wearing a pink bathrobe and trying to stab vehicle tires, Lt. Jolene Gonzales said. About 12:30 p.m., the woman was walking near the 2400 block of Leonatus Avenue, near Floyd and Fine avenues, screaming that there were rats in her house. The woman, whose name has been withheld, approached a school where children were playing outside, Gonzales said. Several residents tried to persuade the woman to drop the knife and police made several requests, but the woman refused. Police said they had to tase her to take her into custody. She remains at a hospital, where she was taken for a mental evaluation, Gonzales said.
OAKDALE STORE ROBBED: A man wearing a blue bandanna and pointing a large-caliber semi-automatic handgun robbed an Oakdale store clerk Sunday night, Oakdale police reported Monday. It was the first armed robbery in Oakdale in three to four months, said Police Chief Marty West. About 10:15 p.m., a 25- to 30-year-old man wearing a bandanna over his face and a white hooded sweat shirt walked into the Oakdale Market, at 311 E. I St., and demanded money. The man was described by police as Latino, about 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighing about 165 pounds. He took an unspecified amount of cash. He fled on foot before police arrived. Anyone with information about the robbery should call Detective Julio Rosa at 847-2231.
PLEA DEAL DELAYED IN HUGHES DUI CASE: A 12-hour class is holding up a plea deal in a misdemeanor drunken driving case involving Marvalene Hughes, the former president of California State University, Stanislaus. Defense attorney Jakrun Sodhi told a judge Monday that his client would like to resolve the matter, but first must line up the appropriate class in New Orleans, where Hughes is president of Dillard University. Stanislaus County Superior Court Judge Thomas Zeff asked the Probation Department to check if authorities in Louisiana offer a similar program. He said he will consider the case again Monday. Hughes, 70, was cited shortly after 8 p.m. April 5, near Needham Street and McHenry Avenue, according to court records. Her blood alcohol level, measured through a breath test, was 0.09 percent. The legal limit is 0.08 percent. Modesto police officers were called to the scene because Hughes sideswiped a car in another lane, causing a noninjury accident, officers said. Hughes left the area in 2005 after 11 years at Stanislaus State, but still has a home in Modesto. She has signed a waiver so her attorney can resolve the case without her presence.