March 12, 2008

Law & Order

BULLET HITS WOMAN: A stray bullet in a drive-by shooting hit a woman sitting in her front yard Monday night in south Modesto, according to authorities. The 34-year-old woman, whose name was not released, was hit in the arm, according to the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department. She had dropped for cover, Sgt. Larry Seymour said, but the bullet hit her in the right bicep, then traveled into her chest, where a rib stopped it, protecting her lungs and heart. She was treated and released from Doctors Medical Center. According to the Sheriff's Department, the woman was talking on the phone about 8:40 p.m. when she heard two vehicles racing down her street and then saw shots exchanged between a white Ford truck and a dark-colored Honda. Further information about the shooters was not available. Officials ask those with information to call CrimeStoppers at 521-4636.

DRUGS MAY BE LINKED TO DEATH: Modesto police believe a slaying Sunday night was drug-related, officials reported. Police recovered a "significant quantity of drugs" in the victim's house but could not go into specifics because the investigation is ongoing, said police spokesman Sgt. Craig Gundlach. About 11:15 p.m. Sunday, someone shot Jose Ceja at his home in the 500 block of Navarre Place. The shooter then fled. Several other people inside were not injured, Gundlach said. The assailant has been described as a Latino male wearing a red hooded sweat shirt and dark clothing. Police believe several other people were with him during the attack. Police removed some firearms from the home for analysis as part of normal procedure after a shooting, Gundlach said, though the weapons did not appear to have been involved in Sunday's shooting. Officials ask those with information to call CrimeStoppers at 521-4636.

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