SUSPECT HELD ON $500,000 BAIL: The man who Turlock police say shot his estranged girlfriend in Donnelly Park on Saturday was being held at the Stanislaus County Jail on attempted homicide charges, officials said Sunday. James Haberkam Sr., 47, of Waterford has a bail of $500,000, according to the Sheriff's Department. The victim was stable and expected to recover, Turlock police Sgt. Craig Bothe said Sunday. Authorities say Haberkam shot the woman about 10:25 a.m., then forced a five-hour standoff with officials while stating he wanted to commit "suicide by cop."
MAN ROBBED AT GUNPOINT: A man was robbed at gunpoint Saturday morning near Bangs Avenue and Tully Road, the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department reported. The man was standing in a field near his workplace about 10 a.m. when, he told deputies, a man wearing a hooded sweat shirt walked up to him, held a gun to his head and demanded his wallet and belongings. The victim gave them to the thief, sheriff's spokesman deputy Royjindar Singh said. The gunman fled in a black car. Anyone with information can call CrimeStoppers at 521-4636.
TEEN ARRESTED IN BURGLARY: Stanislaus County sheriff's deputies arrested a 15-year-old Saturday after the teen's father called to report a burglary at their home on Wincanton Way in Salida, officials reported. The man called deputies about 10 a.m. During their investigation, "information was developed identifying the victim's son" as the burglar, said deputy Royjindar Singh, sheriff's spokesman. The teen was arrested on two counts of burglary in connection with a string of recent residential burglaries; Singh could not say how many. The teen identified two other teens involved in the burglaries, Singh said. They were questioned but released to their parents pending further investigation, Singh said. Singh could not confirm whether the boy was being held at Juvenile Hall.
BODY'S ID STILL UNKNOWN: A body found in a Jamestown field last week remains unidentified with an undetermined cause of death after an autopsy Thursday, according to the Tuolumne County Sheriff's Department. There were no signs of trauma, according to Lt. Dan Bressler of the Sheriff's Department; tissue samples were sent to a lab for examination. Results usually take three to six weeks, Bressler said.
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TOWN HALL MEETING WITH SHERIFF: Tuolumne County Sheriff Jim Mele will hold a town hall meeting Tuesday night. Mele, along with senior staff members, will discuss crime concerns, general policies and how the community can get involved with the department, Lt. Dan Bressler said. This is the sheriff's ninth town hall meeting since his November election. The meeting is at 6:30 p.m. in the Columbia Elementary School cafeteria, 22540 Parrotts Ferry Road.
DINERS ARRESTED: Four Oregon residents who allegedly skipped out on their dinner tab of more than $140 at an Applebee's were arrested Wednesday by the Sonora Police Department, officials reported. Police questioned Edwin Hartman, 22, Richard Cleave, 24, Harry Nuneviller, 25, and Jennifer Devine, 36, at a gas station when officers saw the black van with Oregon plates that restaurant workers described. The four denied eating at Applebee's and said they had been in town for a Calaveras County festival. An Applebee's employee identified them as the diners who left without paying, police said. Officers arrested them and booked them into Tuolumne County Jail. Police reported they found a copy of the Applebee's bill in Cleave's pocket. The four were released with court dates after being booked on misdemeanors for theft and conspiracy to commit theft.