DOG MAULING CAUSES SERIOUS INJURIES
A homeless man suffered life- threatening injuries to his head and neck when five or six stray dogs mauled him over 80 percent of his body about noon Monday, the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department reported. The man arrived in Modesto on Sunday night and was planning to find work in the area Monday, said deputy Royjindar Singh. He slept in a peach orchard on Ustick Road near West Don Pedro Road. When he got up in the morning to call a friend to help him find work, he saw a large black and white dog that began to growl at him, Singh said. He was trying to leave the orchard when that dog and others attacked. Several passers-by saw the attack and called for help. The victim was taken to a Modesto hospital then airlifted to a Bay Area hospital for emergency surgery to try to save his arm. Deputies found several of the dogs and turned them over to animal control officers.
CHASE ENDS IN ARREST
A 34-year-old Twain Harte man led Tuolumne County sheriff's deputies on a chase, narrowly missing a head-on collision with a sport utility vehicle, before he was arrested, the Sheriff's Department reported. Joseph E. Johnson was driving east on Twain Harte Drive about 1:30 a.m. Sunday when Cpl. Phil Halencak saw Johnson's maroon Chevy pickup. Johnson was driving erratically, according to sheriff's spokesman Lt. Dan Bressler. Halencak tried to stop Johnson at Twain Harte and Highway 108, but Johnson accelerated and spun out, continuing into the oncoming traffic lanes of the highway, Bressler said. Johnson then turned in to the Sugar Pine RV Park and stopped, Bressler said. He was taken into custody and was quite intoxicated, according to the Sheriff's Department. Johnson was booked into Tuolumne County Jail on suspicion of evading police, driving under the influence and driving on a suspended license. His truck was impounded for 30 days because of the suspended license.
MAN SHOT IN ROBBERY
Two or three men entered a Riverbank man's home Sunday morning, tied him up and demanded money before shooting him, the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department reported. About 6:20 a.m., the men went into the home, on the 6000 block of Eleanor Avenue, and started ransacking it when the man said he had no money, deputy Royjindar Singh said. The men then went into a trailer on the property, where the victim's son lived, tied up the son and searched the trailer for valuables. The men returned to the house and shot the father before leaving with the man's property. The shooting victim was treated at a Modesto hospital. Singh did not know his condition Monday night but said the injuries were not life-threatening. The Sheriff's Department asks anyone with information about this incident to call CrimeStoppers at 521-4636. Callers to CrimeStoppers can leave an anonymous tip and may be eligible for a reward.
MODESTO MAN ARRESTED
Tuolumne County deputies arrested a Modesto felon whom they found early Saturday with a rifle, ammunition and drug paraphernalia, the Sheriff's Department reported. Nicholas P. Kremer, 22, was in a white Ford Taurus in the parking lot of Chip's Chevron, at 18581 Highway 108 in Jamestown about 2:15 a.m., when the store clerk called in a report of a suspicious car, said sheriff's spokesman Lt. Dan Bressler. When a deputy arrived, the car left, then returned abruptly. Two people got out and ran into the store; Kremer was one of them, Bressler said. There were two rifles in the Taurus. Deputies took about 100 rounds of ammunition from the car, in addition to a used hypodermic needle and syringe. Three other Modestans, also in the car, were released. Kremer was booked at Tuolumne County Jail on $20,000 bail.
BURGLARY SUSPECT WANTED
The Sonora Police Department is trying to find Cristopher Wayne Brewer in connection with a felony charge of burglary. Brewer is 19 with blond hair and green eyes. He is 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs 140 pounds. The Sonora Police Department asks anyone with information about Brewer to call 532-8141. Callers can remain anonymous.