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06/10/2008 4:42 AM

06/10/2008 4:48 AM

MOTORCYCLIST KILLED IN MODESTO: A Delhi man was killed Saturday when his motorcycle collided with a big-rig truck near Modesto, according to the California Highway Patrol. Jeremy Storts, 30, was traveling south on Ninth Street approaching Hosmer Avenue at 4:50 p.m. when the truck, traveling north on Ninth, turned left onto Hosmer in front of him. Storts was unable to stop and hit the right rear tire of the truck. Storts was taken to Doctors Medical Center in Modesto, where he died. He was wearing a helmet when the crash occurred. The truck was driven by James Lytle, 59, of Eureka. No citations had been issued as of Monday morning.

CHURCH STRUCK AGAIN: Thieves have struck again at a church under construction in Modesto, stealing an air conditioner and stripping another for metal, police said. Pastor Charles Evins said Monday that he discovered the theft Sunday morning at New Bethany Missionary Baptist Church, which is building a 5,000-square-foot addition. Metal thieves have struck the church at least twice before. Evins said someone also recently swiped landscaping materials. Evins estimated it will cost about $25,000 to fix the air conditioning. He said the opening of the church addition, planned for August, likely will be delayed.

FIRE AT FOX GROVE: A grass fire reported at 2:25 p.m. Monday burned about 15 acres on the south side of the Tuolumne River, west of the Fox Grove Fishing Access on Geer Road, before firefighters from different departments brought it under control. A captain with Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation and dehydration. He was transported to Oak Valley Hospital in Oakdale. About 30 firefighters contended with poor access to the site and shifting winds but were able to contain the blaze by 5 p.m., said Battalion Chief Paul Spani of Stanislaus Consolidated. No structures were threatened.

RENO MAN ARRESTED: A Reno man was arrested on felony drunken driving and hit- and-run charges after an incident that injured two people early Sunday afternoon at the Tuolumne County Fairgrounds. One person's hip was injured while trying to stop the man from driving his pickup away from the flea market inside the fairgrounds, Sonora police said. According to witnesses, Luke Spreadborough, 36, of Reno was intoxicated and could barely stand up. When he got into his truck, a person opened the passenger door to try to stop him from driving. Witnesses told police that Spreadborough refused to listen and accelerated the truck, knocking the person to the ground. He then rapidly backed his truck and struck a fence, shattering it. A second person's hand was injured when struck by the broken fence boards. Both later declined medical attention. Spreadborough sped away from the fairgrounds. Law enforcement officers found his vehicle parked just outside the Sonora city limit, with Spreadborough lying in the front seat. After he refused to exit the vehicle, officers broke the passenger window to take him into custody. His blood alcohol was 0.25, three times the legal limit, police said.

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