ARREST IN STABBING: Stanislaus County sheriff's deputies early Saturday arrested a Westley hotel security guard suspected of stabbing a transient man who reportedly trespassed and used racial slurs against the guard. The 43-year-old victim was taken by ambulance to a hospital, where he was listed in serious but stable condition Saturday night, said deputy Royjindar Singh, a sheriff's spokesman. Sheriff's officials did not release the victim's name or the hospital location to ensure his safety. Tusaun Daunte Williams, 28, of Patterson was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and violation of parole, Singh said. He was being held without bail Saturday night at Stanislaus County Jail. Williams is black, and it was unclear what racial slurs were used, Singh said. The stabbing occurred at the Holiday Inn at 4525 Howard Road near Interstate 5.
TRAFFIC SAFETY IN PATTERSON: Patterson Police Services will deploy a new Traffic Safety Program that includes a police motorcycle and related equipment and a full-time traffic safety officer. The two-year program will operate through September 2009 with funding provided by a $236,459 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Police Chief Tyrone Spencer said the objective of the program is to reduce accidents.