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CHASE ENDS IN CRASH AT ROUNDABOUT: A high-speed chase involving an auto theft suspect ended Wednesday morning in a crash at the roundabout at Roselle and Sylvan avenues in Modesto. Nobody was injured. The driver, a 17-year-old whose name was not released by sheriff's deputies, was arrested and booked into Juvenile Hall on suspicion of possession of a stolen car, said Royjindar Singh, spokesman for the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department. The pursuit began after a Riverbank man called to report someone stealing his four-door Honda from outside his home on Roselle Avenue near Morrill Road at 3:40 a.m. A responding deputy spotted what he suspected was the gray Honda on his way to the scene and followed the car until a second deputy caught up at 3:48 a.m. When they flashed their lights, the suspect accelerated to 80 to 95 mph but crashed into the traffic circle about a minute later, Singh said. He said the teen was taken to a hospital, where he was treated for minor injuries before he was booked at Juvenile Hall. The Honda was damaged during the crash and was towed, Singh said. He said law enforcement cleared the scene at 4:30 a.m.

SHOOTING SUSPECT REMAINS AT LARGE: Turlock police are searching for the man suspected of shooting another man in the head Tuesday. Kenneth Willoughby, 38, is suspected of shooting his ex-girlfriend's new boyfriend, 22-year-old Eddie Rodriguez, after a fight fueled by jealousy. Police say Rodriguez is expected to survive. The bullet hit him near the left ear. An update on his condition was unavailable Wednesday. Rodriguez had been getting ready to leave home in the 900 block of South Rose Avenue to take a child to school Tuesday morning when police say they suspect Willoughby drove up, argued with Rodriguez and then shot him. Those with information about Willoughby's whereabouts are asked to call Turlock police at 668-1200. Anonymous tips can be made to CrimeStoppers at 521-4636.

SUSPECT HAD CASH REGISTER: Police arrested a man suspected of robbing a Patterson convenience store Tuesday night after they found him driving away with a cash register, authorities say. Royjindar Singh, spokesman for the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department, said deputies got a call at 10 p.m. about a robbery at Patterson Mini Mart, in the 500 block of South Second Street. Deputies were in the area because of a recent string of robberies, Singh said. The deputies spotted a Ford pickup thought to be associated with the robbery and found the cash register on the passenger seat, Singh said. He said deputies arrested the driver, Andrew Robert Senft, 22, of Tracy, on suspicion of robbery, carrying a loaded firearm in a vehicle and possession and transportation or selling a controlled substance. Information was not available on the type of substance or whether the gun was used during the robbery.

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