MAN KILLED IN ACCIDENT: A Modesto man died Friday morning after his big rig went off the road and overturned, crushing the top of the truck's cab and pinning the man inside. The accident happened just north of Highway 108 in Jamestown, according to the California Highway Patrol. The 33-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene. CHP officials did not release his name pending family notification. The accident, at Jamestown and Golf Links roads, was reported at 10:05 a.m. The CHP said the man was driving a 1999 Freightliner at an unsafe speed south on Jamestown Road, just north of Golf Links Road, as he entered a left curve. The big rig went off the west side of the road, overturned on the dirt shoulder and came to rest on its roof, the CHP reported. The driver was wearing his seat belt.
CROOKS POSING AS UTILITY WORKERS: Turlock police are reporting an increase in home and mailbox burglaries. Police ask residents to report suspicious activity as soon as possible by calling 668-1200 or 911. Some suspects represent themselves as gas, electric or other utility company employees and ask to enter homes or yards. "Members of the public should demand proper photo identification before allowing anyone representing a company into their residence or into their back yard," Sgt. Steve Williams said. Police recommend contacting the business that the person claims to represent before letting the person in.
OFFENDER INFORMATION: The Calaveras County Sheriff's Department has launched an automated service giving callers 24-hour access to information about offenders throughout California. The program, called Victim Information and Notification Everyday/Statewide Automated Victim Information and Notification, or VINE/SAVIN, allows people to get custody information by calling 877-411-5588 and providing an offender's name or booking number. The caller can sign up to be notified of the offender's release. Operators are available for questions, according to the Sheriff's Department. Similar information is available at www.vinelink.com. California has offered this service to 58 counties; it has been implemented in 17, according to Sgt. Dave Seawell, Calaveras County Sheriff's Department spokesman.