ANOTHER DRIVE-BY SHOOTING: Two Modesto men were shot Tuesday night in the second drive-by shooting in as many nights in south Modesto. Stanislaus County sheriff's deputies said the shootings happened about 10:15 p.m. in a mobile home park in the 600 block of Seventh Street and appeared to be gang-related. The first victim, 19, was walking through the park when he heard shots fired from a white, GMC truck with five or six males inside, according to deputies. He began running, but he was hit in the lower back with a small-caliber bullet, said Sgt. Larry Seymour. The teenager was treated at Doctors Medical Center and released. The second man, 30, was grazed on the forearm by a bullet and refused medical treatment, deputies said. Deputies said they are investigating the case. Monday night, a stray bullet hit a 34-year-old woman sitting in her front yard in the 1100 block of Boulder Avenue. The bullet hit her bicep and traveled into her chest, where a rib stopped it and kept it from hitting her lungs and heart. The woman has been released from the hospital. Seymour said deputies do not think the shootings are related.
BAY AREA WATER METERS RECOVERED: Modesto police arrested a man at his airport neighborhood home Wednesday morning after they discovered a cache of 65 water meters believed stolen from a Discovery Bay city storage facility and stripped for their brass components to be sold to recyclers. Stanley Perry, 44, was arrested on suspicion of possession of stolen property and violation of bail conditions from a prior drug arrest, said Sgt. Ed Steele, a police spokesman. Perry's bail was set at $35,000, and he was being held at Stanislaus County Jail on Wednesday afternoon. About 11 a.m. Wednesday, members of the Modesto police Beat Health Unit were following up on a previous drug investigation and went to Perry's home in the 600 block of Benson Avenue, near Oregon Drive. Steele said the investigators saw Perry carrying a box of brass items out of the house, so they questioned him. Police soon found several boxes of water meters in different stages of being stripped. The investigators used serial numbers on the water meters to determine they came from Discovery Bay, where city officials realized they were missing a large number of meters from their storage facility when Modesto police called them, Steele said. Steele said the meters have a value of $229 each. Discovery Bay city officials sent a representative Wednesday afternoon to the Modesto Police Department to recover the meters. Police are looking for Daniel Cantrell, 42, of Modesto, in connection with the case. Police asked anyone with information about the case to call officer John McGill or officer Amy Bublak at 572-9500.
BEING LATE IS AN EMERGENCY: A boy anxious to get to school Wednesday morning while his mother slept set off the alarm bells by calling 911. Dispatchers got the call from the boy shortly before 8:30 a.m. He said his mother was asleep and he needed to go to school. An officer arrived shortly thereafter to find the emergency over: The mother was awake and readying her son for school, Modesto police officer Michael Amarillas said.
SUSPECT CAUGHT BY COP ON GOLF CART: A Mountain View man was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of soliciting another man for sex in Crane Park in Turlock. The alleged victim complained to a city maintenance employee who called police. Ramon Godoy, Turlock High School resource officer, was nearby on his school golf cart, saw the suspect, and chased him. "The guy thinks he can outrun the golf cart, takes off, and when (Godoy) caught up to him he said, 'Man that thing's fast,' " Lt. Fin Johnson said. "It was pretty funny." Tony Aguayo, 38, who works once a week at the Turlock Sales Yard, was arrested and placed on a parole hold.