THIEVES RUN OFF WITH CASH REGISTER: Two men Friday evening walked into a north Modesto business, grabbed the cash register off the counter and ran out, according to police. The theft occurred about 7 p.m. at the Cold Stone Creamery at 3501 McHenry Ave., said Sgt. Craig Gundlach, a Modesto police spokesman. No injuries were reported. He said the thieves drove off in a gray sedan heading north from an alley behind the business at McHenry and Standiford avenues. Gundlach said Friday's theft is similar to a few others recently in Modesto, where thieves walk in during during business hours in the evening and grab the cash register before running. Modesto police ask anyone with information about these robberies to call CrimeStoppers at 521-4636. Callers to CrimeStoppers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.
MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO MANSLAUGHTER: A Modesto man last week pleaded guilty to manslaughter and two counts of assault with a deadly weapon, closing two cases involving violent assaults, according to a statement from the Stanislaus County district attorney's office. Thomas Jewrel Richey, 26, was sentenced to nine years in prison. He has been in custody since his arrest at the El Capitan Hotel on Needham Street 14 months ago. Richey was accused of beating a man, who later died, during a fight at a home in the 200 block of Corson Avenue in November 2006. He also was accused of running over two men in the parking lot of a Coffee Road convenience store in August 2006. He would have faced a life sentence if he had been convicted of murder, attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon at trial.