HUGHES DUI CASE RESCHEDULED: A misdemeanor drunken driving case involving Marvalene Hughes, the former president of California State University, Stanislaus, is scheduled to be heard by a judge Tuesday, Assistant District Attorney Carol Shipley said. Hughes, 70, was cited shortly after 8 p.m. April 5 near Needham Street and McHenry Avenue in Modesto, according to court records. Her blood alcohol level, measured through a breath test, was 0.09 percent. The legal limit is 0.08 percent. Police 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 to become president of Dillard University in Louisiana. She still has a home in Modesto. She has signed a waiver so her attorney can resolve the case without her presence.
AUTO THEFT ARRESTS BRING HONORS: Thirty local law enforcement officers will be recognized for their efforts in auto theft prevention today at 11 a.m. at the Modesto California Highway Patrol office, 4030 Kiernan Ave. Officers from the Modesto CHP, the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department and police departments in Modesto, Oakdale and Ceres will be honored. The presentations are co-sponsored by the CHP and the California State Automobile Association. The award is presented to officers who have recovered at least nine abandoned and three occupied stolen vehicles within a 12-month period. Officers recognized will be presented awards ranging from their first award to their 20th award.