ROBBERIES IN MODESTO: Robbers hit two Modesto businesses within about 30 minutes Tuesday night. The first holdup occurred just before 9:30 p.m. at Hollywood Video at 2100 Standiford Avenue. A man armed with a gun took cash and fled toward a nearby apartment complex. About 9:55 p.m. a gunman held up a taqueria called Alegres at Orangeburg Avenue and Coffee Road. He last was seen running north toward a nearby service station. Detailed descriptions of the robbers were not available Tuesday night. Police could not confirm if the two robberies were linked.
TIPS LEAD TO ARRESTS: Modesto police arrested four people Monday on suspicion of drug, warrant and alcohol violations after employees at businesses reported suspicious circumstances in their parking lots, authorities said. About5 p.m., a Lowe's loss-prevention agent told police that a red truck, which other vehicles periodically visited, had been parked for an hour in the home improvement store's lot at 3801 Pelandale Ave., police spokesman Sgt. Craig Gundlach said. Police searched the truck with a drug-sniffing dog and reported finding more than 2 ounces of suspected methamphetamine. Police arrested the truck's driver, Porfirio O. Sanchez, 37, of Modesto on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine for sale. Sanchez had more than $1,900 in cash, Gundlach said. In a nearby sport utility vehicle, police found Modestan Rosalva L. Romero, 26, with suspected methamphetamine and a glass drug pipe. They arrested her on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine. The SUV's driver, Jose Serrano, 30, of Stockton had a warrant in connection with traffic violations. Police arrested him, too. At 7:20 p.m., an employee of Mountain Mike's Pizza, at 2101 Standiford Ave., called police to say a woman was drinking alcohol in her car. Police found Amy Fickett, 47, who failed several field sobriety tests, Gundlach said. Police arrested her on suspicion of driving under the influence.
SUPER BOWL PATROL ON THE PROWL IN TURLOCK: Turlock police will be out in force on Super Bowl Sunday. The department is running drunken driving and driver's license checkpoints throughout the city. Drivers will be required to present their license and seat belt compliance will be checked. The goal of the checkpoints is to increase awareness about the threat to public safety caused by intoxicated drivers and to reduce the impact of drivers who have had their licenses suspended or revoked. Drivers with suspended or revoked licenses were involved in four times more fatal crashes and six times more injury crashes than licensed drivers, and they were convicted of driving under the influence 11 times more often than licensed drivers, according to the Turlock Police Department.