February 26, 2008

Law & Order

MAN CRITICAL AFTER SHOOTING: A Denair man who was shot Friday during an apparent robbery attempt and home invasion in Turlock remained in critical condition Monday, authorities said. Frederick Osborne, 35, was shot in the head when, according to police, he and James Watkins, 36, of Turlock kicked open the door of a home in the 300 block of South Broadway Avenue. Watkins, who was shot at least twice, died Saturday, said Sgt. Steven Williams, a Turlock police spokesman. Police recovered one gun at the home and will submit it for testing as the investigation continues, Williams said. Police said a 21-year-old man was home alone when Osborne and Watkins broke in; he has not been charged in connection with the shootings. Officers are trying to determine whether a fourth person was involved, Williams said.

DEPUTIES FIND EXPLOSIVE: A burned-out headlight led officers to stop a green Oldsmobile Cutlass. Inside, they found an explosive device, the Merced County Sheriff's Department reported Monday. Two deputies pulled over the car at El Capitan Way and Sixth Street in Delhi about 11:30 p.m. Saturday. While talking to the occupants, they smelled a strong odor of marijuana, said deputy Tom MacKenzie. He said deputies then found the device fashioned from a converted CO2 canister. A fuse had been inserted into the top and it had been filled with gunpowder to make a device powerful enough to blow off a person's hand, by the measure of the Merced Police Department's bomb squad, MacKenzie said. He said deputies also found a pair of brass knuckles, a loaded .22-caliber rifle, 15 grams of marijuana and pepper spray. The bomb squad detonated the device, he said. The two occupants, identified as Andrew Thomas Ramsey, 18, of Modesto and Angelou Xavier Garza, 19, of Modesto, were arrested and booked into Merced County Jail on suspicion of possessing an explosive device, carrying a loaded weapon, possession of marijuana and possession of brass knuckles.

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