FAMILY OK BUT DOGS DIE IN FIRE: A two-alarm fire gutted a bedroom in a Salida home Wednesday morning while the family wasn't there, and their two dogs died from heat and smoke injuries, Salida Fire Chief Dale Skiles said. No other injuries were reported. Skiles said the family had left about 45 minutes before the firefighters' arrival. The fire was first reported at 11:37 a.m. on the 4800 block of Old Ranch Road, a residential neighborhood just south of Pirrone Road and east of Highway 99. Skiles said the firefighters spotted heavy smoke coming from the roof when they arrived. He said they launched an interior attack and kept the fire from spreading to other rooms and nearby homes. About 11 firefighters responded, and the fire was under control in about 25 minutes, Skiles said. The fire originated in the bedroom, which had been converted into an office, he said. The cause of the fire had not been determined. The two dogs that died were in a room adjacent to the damaged office.
BOY'S LEG BROKEN AFTER ATTACK WITH CAR: The Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department is looking for three men in a gold-colored Ford Thunderbird who taunted a 16-year-old boy, then hit him with the car and broke his leg, officials reported. The boy was walking at Eighth and Sierra streets in Riverbank around 3:20 p.m. Tuesday when the men drove by and called him a "scrap," sheriff's spokesman Royjindar Singh said. "Scrap" refers to a member of a rival gang, he added. The boy was wearing a red shirt, but deputies confirmed with multiple sources that he is not a gang member. The 16-year-old also received a large cut to his head. The Sheriff's Department asks anyone with information about this assault to call CrimeStoppers at 521-4636. Callers can leave an anonymous tip and be eligible for a cash reward.