SERVICES THURSDAY FOR CRASH VICTIMS: Family and friends of the four people killed in a pre-dawn dirt bike accident Sunday will gather at 1 p.m. Thursday for a memorial service at Foursquare Gospel Church at 510 Burney St. in Modesto. Thomas "Ed" Moore, 33, his wife, Kelly Moore, 30, his sister, Cynthia Prickette, 29, of Ceres and her boyfriend, Michael Stokes, 33, of Ceres died in an accident that occurred when two dirt bikes collided on private land northwest of Crows Landing and West Taylor roads, according to the California Highway Patrol. The Moores were riding one of the bikes, and Prickette was on the other dirt bike with Stokes, their families said. CHP investigators say the crash occurred between 1:30 and 3:30 a.m. on a rainy night. They were riding without headlights or helmets when the motorcycles collided on a dirt road coming off a canal bank, the CHP reported. The crash is under investigation. The Moores had been married for 15 years and had four children: Corey, 14; Brianna, 12; William, 8; and Logan, 5. Prickette was divorced with two children: Kenneth, 10, and Liam, 6. Keri Sexton, Kelly Moore's sister, said the families decided to have one memorial service because all four who died were close.
SPEED FOUND ON SPEEDING SUSPECT: The kilo of methamphetamine tucked in a duffel bag in the trunk might have gone unnoticed if the Pontiac Grand Am had not flown by at 108 mph and been impounded after being stopped, according to authorities. As it happened, officer Mike Hubbard with the California Highway Patrol was working Monday and pulled over the driver on southbound Interstate 5 just north of Highway 140 about noon, CHP spokesman Tom Killian said. The driver, identified as Jonathan Medina Bautista, 22, of Stockton, did not have a valid license, Killian said, so officers impounded the car. While conducting a routine inventory meant to safeguard motorist's belongings, Hubbard found crystal methamphetamine and had his dog, D'Jino, sniff the car, Killian said. D'Jino indicated the trunk, where officers discovered a duffel bag holding a kilo of methamphetamine, Killian said. He said Bautista was arrested and booked at the Stanislaus County Jail on suspicion of possessing methamphetamine for sale and transporting methamphetamine.
ELDER ABUSE SUSPECT SOUGHT: The Sonora Police Department is looking for Bobby Ernest Cash in connection with elder abuse, burglary and possession of stolen property. Cash is 26 with brown hair and blue eyes. He is 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighs 195 pounds, according to the Police Department. Police ask anyone with information about Cash to call 532-8141. Callers can remain anonymous. Visit www.sonorapd.com for more information.
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CHP HOLDS 'SMART START' CLASS: The California Highway Patrol will give young drivers two free hours of safe-driving information on Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. The class, "Smart Start," is geared toward 15- to 20-year-olds, said CHP spokesman Tom Killian. One parent must attend with each student. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. at the Modesto CHP office, 4030 Kiernan Ave. Space is limited. For reservations, call 545-7445.