PLEA DEAL DELAYED IN HUGHES DUI CASE
A 12-hour class is holding up a plea deal in a misdemeanor drunken driving case involving Marvalene Hughes, the former president of California State University, Stanislaus. Defense attorney Jakrun Sodhi told a judge Monday that his client would like to resolve the matter, but first must line up the appropriate class in New Orleans, where Hughes is president of Dillard University. Stanislaus County Superior Court Judge Thomas Zeff asked the Probation Department to check if the authorities in Louisiana offer a similar diversion program. He said he will consider the case again Monday. Hughes, 70, was cited shortly after 8 p.m. on April 5, near Needham Street and McHenry Avenue, according to court records. Her blood alcohol level, measured through a breath test, was 0.09 percent. The legal limit is 0.08 percent. Modesto police officers were called to the scene because Hughes sideswiped a car in another lane, causing a noninjury accident, officers said. Hughes left the area in 2005 after 11 years at Stanislaus State, but still has a home in Modesto. She has signed a waiver so her attorney can resolve the case without her presence.
IDENTITY RELEASED IN ACCIDENT
Police have identified the man struck by a car just before midnight Sunday on the 500 block of North Carpenter Road as Alqui Garcia, 33, of Modesto. Garcia remains in serious condition at Doctors Medical Center, said police spokesman Sgt. Craig Gundlach. He suffered fractures to both legs, a fractured skull, major head trauma and internal injuries when a car hit him at 40 mph after he stepped into the street. Garcia was wearing dark clothing. Police initially said he was a pumpkin seller, but now report that they do now know what he was doing on Carpenter. Police reported that Garcia's blood alcohol content was 0.25 percent and that the driver who hit him did not appear to have done anything wrong.
CRASH KILLS ONE
An auto crash at August and Hogin roads in west Stanislaus County left one person dead Monday evening, the California Highway Patrol reported. Details were scarce, but a vehicle went into a field about 8:10 p.m., CHP officer Kirk Arnold said. Someone in the car was ejected during the crash, which took place just east of the San Joaquin River in an area between Crows Landing and Hilmar. The CHP was investigating Monday night.
WOMAN SUSPECTED IN BOGUS CHECKS
Turlock police arrested a Merced woman at Money Mart on Lander Avenue after it was discovered that three checks she was trying to cash belonged to someone else, officials reported. Krista L. Shaver, 25, went into Money Mart about 6:50 p.m. Thursday and tried to cash the checks. When police arrived, she gave a false name, Sgt. Nino Amirfar said. Police said they found on Shaver identification cards, credit cards and mail, all from Merced, that did not belong to her. She was charged in connection with four felonies: false impersonation of another, possession of false checks, forgery and possession of stolen property. She remained in the Stanislaus County Jail on $10,000 bail, in addition to $3,000 bail and several other violations from Merced.