FAMILY FUND-RAISERS: There will be two car washes this week to raise money for the family of a Modesto father of two who died in a hit-and-run last week. Police said Mario Martinez, 25, ended up on the car hood of William Gibbs, 45, of Modesto on Wednesday after Gibbs became angry about loud music coming from a truck parked on Reseda Lane. Martinez had major head injuries and was pronounced dead Friday, his family said. The first car wash will be held today at 10 a.m. at the Union 76 at McHenry and Bowen avenues. The second car wash will take place Wednesday at Sidelines Pub & Grill, 2801 McHenry Ave., at 10 a.m. Martinez's viewing will be Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. at Lakewood Memorial Park, 900 Santa Fe Ave., in Hughson. The funeral will be held Friday at 2 p.m., also at Lakewood.
MAN WANTED IN STABBINGS: Authorities are looking for Alejandro Amaya, 21, of Modesto on suspicion of stabbing three people May 4 at a Cinco de Mayo party in Patterson. Amaya might be hiding with family around Modesto or Riverbank, deputy Royjindar Singh of the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department said. All three victims were expected to recover. Deputies had responded to the party, in the 600 block of Yancey Court, at about 2 a.m., Lt. Mike Radford with the Sheriff's Department said after the incident. Three people had arrived at the party and started an argument with the guests, he said. One of them stabbed three guests. Initial reports included no indication that the stabbing was gang-related, Radford said. The Sheriff's Department asks anyone with information about the fight to call Detective Michael Fisher at 892-5071. Callers can leave an anonymous tip at CrimeStoppers, 521-4636.
BAZOOKA FOUND: Turlock police found a portable rocket launcher known as a bazooka and training rounds for the weapon behind a fast food restaurant Monday morning, authorities reported. Employees of the Jack in the Box at 1951 Lander Ave. found the weapon and ammo about 10:35 a.m. in the garbage bin area. They called police to remove the suspicious items. The ammunition was not live and the weapon turned out to be useless, said Turlock police Lt. Ron Reid, "but it raised some concerns at the time."
TEENS FOUND WITH GUN, CASH: Police in Turlock called to investigate two teenagers with a toy rifle Sunday night found two boys with a real rifle and more than $2,000 in cash, authorities reported. Police responded to Wakefield Elementary School, 400 South Ave., at 11:38 p.m. to investigate two people shooting an Airsoft rifle at street lights, said Turlock police Lt. Ron Reid. When the officers questioned the 15- and 17-year-old about the weapon and cash, the teenagers offered conflicting stories about them, he said. Police confiscated the rifle and cash.
WOMAN WANTED: The Sonora Police Department is looking for Rachel Stephanie Gallardo, 28, in connection with a warrant for her arrest for possibly violating her probation in connection with forgery and transportation or sale of a controlled substance. Gallardo has brown hair and brown eyes. Sonora police ask anyone with information to call 532-8141.