TEEN HIT BY CAR: A teenager received major injuries when she was hit by a car in Oakdale just before noon Wednesday, authorities reported. Katherine Pier, 18, was crossing F Street at Gilbert Avenue when a woman in a sport utility vehicle hit her. The driver, Tamara Panter, 47, of Sonora told Oakdale police she didn't see Pier until she was in front of her. Police said Pier was in a crosswalk when she was hit. Pier was taken by ambulance to Oak Valley District Hospital and then was flown in an air ambulance to Doctors Medical Center. A trauma nurse told police that Pier might have broken both legs in addition to having several facial lacerations. The case is under investigation, police said, but speed has been ruled out. It "appears the driver just failed to yield ... to a pedestrian," according to a written statement from the Oakdale Police Department.
POLICE BAG BURGLARY SUSPECT: Modesto police caught a man they suspect of burglary Wednesday morning after they spotted him walking bloodied toward a park on East Morris Avenue, his pants stuffed with jewelry. A neighbor who heard banging in a nearby house had called police at 10:53 a.m., saying somebody had hopped a fence into a yard on Castle Street, Lt. Chris Fuzie said. Officers spotted a man they identified as Richard Bell, 37, of Modesto walking toward the park with the pockets of his cargo shorts bulging. Fuzie said police found a broken window at the home and believe Bell cut himself while breaking through a back door. The residents later identified watches, jewelry and other small valuables police pulled from Bell's pockets, Fuzie said. Police appear to have recovered everything missing from the home. Bell was arrested on suspicion of first-degree burglary.
WOMAN DISRUPTS SCHOOL: Hanshaw Middle School went into lockdown for about 10 minutes Wednesday afternoon when a 34-year-old Modesto woman suspected of having mental problems appeared to have hopped a fence to get onto campus and walked into an empty classroom, officials said. When confronted by police, she was sitting at a computer and was "very pleasant," said Modesto police Sgt. Kelly Scott. The woman is being held at the Public Safety Center on $20,000 bail on suspicion of trespassing and violating her probation. A campus supervisor spotted her shortly after 1 p.m. and called police. Modesto police and Stanislaus County sheriff's deputies responded and had the woman in custody at 1:13 p.m., Lt. Chris Fuzie said.