ROBBERY SUSPECT ARRESTED: Police detectives on Friday arrested a man suspected of robbing three Modesto businesses in a week last month. Bobby James Moulyn, 35, was arrested at his Modesto home about 4:30 p.m. on suspicion of robbery, said Sgt. Craig Gundlach, a Modesto police spokesman. Moulyn was being held Saturday night at the Stanislaus County Jail in lieu of $75,000 bail. The robberies occurred at 2:20 p.m. Aug. 15 at the Wonder Hostess Thrift Shop at 2517 Yosemite Blvd., at 8:50 p.m. Aug. 19 at Subway Sandwiches at 901 N. Carpenter Road, and at 8:50 p.m. Aug. 21 at Avenue clothing store at 2001 McHenry Ave. Gundlach said Moulyn used the same method in the three robberies: He walked into the business with a note demanding money and threatening to pull out a gun. Moulyn never brandished a weapon during the robberies, Gundlach said. The amounts of money he allegedly took were not disclosed. No injuries were reported. Detectives received information that pointed to Moulyn as a suspect and robbery witnesses identified him during a photo lineup, Gundlach said.
ARRAIGNMENT FOR TAX EVASION SUSPECT: An arraignment hearing was scheduled for a Modesto doctor suspected of failing to file state income tax returns for four years and shielding $1.6 million in salary, according to the Franchise Tax Board. Thomas Kaschak, 48, is scheduled to appear Oct. 1 in Stanislaus County Superior Court. Kaschak is a self-employed orthopedic surgeon who also writes medical software for Consolidated Practice Management Inc. Kaschak allegedly failed to file his state income tax returns from 2000 to 2004 and owes about $138,000 in unpaid tax, according to tax board special agents. He was arrested in January. Kaschak claims not to be a resident of California, with a home in Reno. Investigators allege that Kaschak has performed more than 1,100 procedures at Modesto's Memorial Medical Center since 1996 and has been issued Form 1099s reporting the income. The failure to report income is part of a $6.5 billion tax gap now facing California, said Patrick Hill, a tax board spokesman. The tax gap is defined as the difference between the tax money owed and the tax money paid to the state. To report suspected tax fraud, call the Franchise Tax Board at 800-540-3453.
HEAD-ON CRASH KILLS MOTORCYCLIST: A Turlock man died Friday morning after his motorcycle collided head-on near Grayson with a sport utility vehicle driven by a Modesto man who was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs, the California Highway Patrol reported. Gerald A. Eldridge, 56, was driving a 1989 Honda motorcycle and was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the CHP. Cleto A. Rivera, 22, was driving a 1995 Nissan Pathfinder and suffered minor injuries. The CHP reported Rivera showed signs of being under the influence of marijuana and was arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter and felony DUI. The traffic collision occurred about 7 a.m. on Shiloh Road just north of Grayson Road. Rivera was traveling south on Shiloh about 50 mph and the motorcycle was traveling north at an unknown rate of speed. Because of his level of impairment, the CHP said, Rivera allowed the SUV to travel into the northbound lane and collide with the motorcycle. Eldridge was ejected from the motorcycle and the impact forced his helmet to come off.
POLICE CITIZENS ACADEMY: Modesto police will start another session of its Citizens Academy on Oct. 18. The academy is free and available for people ages 14 and older. The classes are held Thursdays each week from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Modesto Police Department at 600 10th St. The eight-week academy is designed to inform the community how the department deals with issues, including gangs, drugs, crime scene investigation, identity theft, vehicle pursuits and family violence. Participants will have opportunities to see demonstrations from the K-9 unit and the Special Weapons and Tactics team, along with participating in shooting and driving simulations. Space in the academy is limited and only the first 50 applicants will be accepted. About 2,000 residents have completed the academy since its beginning. Applications can be picked up at department headquarters or online at www.modestopolice.com. For more information, call Jack Smith at the Modesto Police Department at 342-9140.
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