DON'T DRINK AND DRIVE ON SUPER BOWL SUNDAY: The California Highway Patrol is anticipating a wave of drunken drivers Sunday along with the Super Bowl and is urging motorists to team up with officers and report suspicious driving by calling 911. Calls made on cell phones go to the CHP. Last Super Bowl Sunday, 214 accidents and five deaths were attributed to alcohol statewide by the CHP. And the CHP arrested 468 people on suspicion of driving under the influence, according to a CHP news release. When reporting drivers, the CHP asks callers to note the location and direction of the suspected driver. The color, make and model of the car also help officers, according to the release. Turlock plans checkpoints throughout the city to check for drivers under the influence and to check that people are wearing seat belts.
IF YOU DO DRINK, CALL AAA: If you have been drinking during the Super Bowl, AAA of Northern California can take you and your car home for free. AAA will offer the "Tipsy Tow" service from 6 p.m. Sunday to 6 a.m. Monday. You do not need to be a AAA member to use this service. Drivers, potential passengers, party hosts, bartenders and restaurant managers can call 800-222-4357 for a free tow of up to five miles. The service will provide a one-way ride for the driver and vehicle to the driver's home. If there are additional passengers who need a ride, they will be taken to the driver's home as long as there is room for them to be transported safely in the tow truck. No reservations will be taken for this service.
SCHOOLS LOCKED DOWN: Police locked down Enochs and Beyer high schools in north Modesto for about 15 minutes Friday morning as officers searched for two suspects in an attempted armed robbery at a nearby house. The suspects were last seen running west on Sylvan Avenue toward Oakdale Road around 11:15 a.m., Sgt. Craig Gundlach said. A 58-year- old man was home alone in the 2500 block of Ives Street, just south of Sylvan, when he saw a man in a black ski mask and black jacket trying to open the sliding glass door from his back yard into his house, police said. The suspect pointed a handgun at the homeowner and ordered him to open the door, but the resident ran and called police, Gundlach said. Another witness reported seeing a second man in a green jacket running with the man in the black jacket. The first suspect was described as about 5 feet 8 inches tall and 160 or 170 pounds, Gundlach said. His black jacket had red stripes near the bottom. There was no other information on the second suspect.
CHURCH LEADER ARRESTED: Turlock police arrested Melvin Walker, 62, of Turlock on Friday on suspicion of lewd or lascivious acts with a child under the age of 14. Walker held a leadership role in the Fellowship Bible Chapel at 501 E. Canal Drive, police said. The alleged acts against children date back to 1974, said Sgt. Steve Williams, but Friday's arrest stemmed from an incident that took place several months ago. People who believe they have been victimized by Walker should call Detective Cpl. Victor Barcelos at 668-5550, ext. 6715.
AUTO TECHNICIANS ARRESTED: Two auto technicians from the Turlock Wal-Mart are in Stanislaus County Jail, suspected of embezzling at least $400 in cash and merchandise, police said. Richard Mills III, 19, of Ceres was arrested at the store on Fulkerth Road on suspicion of embezzlement, grand theft and conspiracy, Lt. Ron Reid said. James Herring, 39, of Hilmar, was arrested on suspicion of petty theft with a prior conviction, embezzlement and conspiracy, Reid said. Small items were walked out the back door and store cards were loaded with credit without payment and then used, Reid said. "It was a lot of little thefts that added up to a large amount over a period of time," he said. Wal-Mart management noticed the register was short and its in-house security team investigated, Reid said. The amount lost to the store wasn't clear Friday.
13-YEAR-OLD STABBED: Stanislaus County sheriff's deputies were searching for a male suspect Friday night who stabbed a 13-year-old boy multiple times in south Modesto. Investigators did not have many details of the suspect but knew he had several friends with him when the crime was committed, said deputy Royjindar Singh. Modesto police arrived just after 7 p.m. on the 1900 block of Robertson Road near Robertson Road Elementary School, where the boy was stabbed. Police turned over the investigation to the sheriff's department, Singh said. The victim's condition was unknown late Friday night.