SONORA POLICE WANT THIS MAN
The Sonora Police Department is trying to find Anthony Bruce Ortega, 28, on felony charges of parole violation, possession of methamphetamine and transportation of methamphetamine for sale. Ortega is 6 feet 1 inch tall and weighs 170 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. He also is wanted on suspicion of obstructing a peace officer, being a convicted felon in possession of a tear gas weapon, failing to register as a drug offender and driving with a suspended license. They ask anyone with information to call 532-8141.
ARREST IN EUREKA HOMICIDE CASE
The California Highway patrol reported that a traffic arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence has led to the apprehension of a man wanted in a 1998 homicide in Eureka. Officer Tom Killian of the Modesto office said a man who identified himself as Mexican national, Alejandro Contreras, was taken into custody Oct. 28 and later released on bail. After his release, fingerprints identified him as Perez Lopez, a man wanted in connection with a slaying on Jan. 4, 1998. The CHP used the impounded vehicle from the traffic arrest to set a trap for Lopez. They took him into custody Saturday. Lopez also was wanted on a federal warrant on suspicion of fleeing to avoid prosecution.
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AUTO THEFT SUSPECT IN CUSTODY
The California Highway Patrol and the Stanislaus County Auto Theft Task Force on Friday arrested a parolee at-large who was wanted in connection with several auto thefts and an array of other violations, the CHP reported Monday. About 3:30 p.m. Friday, the CHP received a tip that Michael A. Saldivar, 31, was in an apartment on Anna Avenue east of Motsinger Road in Keyes. CHP, StanCATT and parole officers established a perimeter just before 5 p.m. and entered the apartment complex to arrest Saldivar. Officers caught him three minutes later after Saldivar jumped from a second- story window and hopped a fence into a field, said CHP spokesman officer Tom Killian. Saldivar also was wanted in connection with burglary, evading authorities and other violations; he was the suspect in a pursuit by Modesto CHP officers on Oct. 11. Officers also arrested Victor Guzman, 39, another parolee at-large, and Barbara G. Cortes, 26, on suspicion of drug possession violations.
DROPPED PHONE LEADS TO ARREST
Tuolumne County sheriff's deputies arrested a Columbia man Saturday on suspicion of burglary after they found his cell phone at a crime scene, officials reported. About 5 a.m., an owner of Columbia Nursery and Florist, at 22004 Parrotts Ferry Road, arrived at work and found a man in black clothing going through desk drawers. Cash registers had been pried open and a small amount of money had been taken from a desk, said Lt. Dan Bressler of the sheriff's office. The man climbed out a window and ran when confronted, dropping a cell phone. Deputies determined the phone belonged to Robert Paul Rice, 21. He was found nearby and arrested, Bressler said. He was booked into Tuolumne County Jail, where he remains on $10,000 bail on suspicion of vandalism, in connection with the broken registers, and burglary.