TOWN HALL MEETING SET: Tuolumne County Sheriff Jim Mele will hold a town hall meeting at the MiWuk Library on Tuesday at 7 p.m. Authorities are hoping to hear from people living around MiWuk and Sugar Pine about how to improve service.
FIVE ARRESTS AT CHECKPOINT: Police screened 1,336 vehicles and arrested three people on suspicion of driving under the influence, one person on suspicion of public intoxication and one for an outstanding warrant at a checkpoint near the Stanislaus County Fair on Saturday night. Police issued 28 citations and towed 16 vehicles, said Modesto police Lt. Chris Fuzie.
MAN ARRESTED IN HIT-AND-RUN: Police arrested a Modesto man Saturday afternoon after his car hit a motorcyclist and he fled, authorities said. Manual Garcia, 35, also was arrested on suspicion of being under the influence, said Modesto police Lt. Chris Fuzie. Officers were sent to Santa Barbara Avenue and Yosemite Boulevard at 3:15 p.m. Saturday to help a motorcyclist who had been struck while turning into a parking lot. The man's condition was not available, but he did not appear to have been taken to a hospital, Fuzie said. A witness gave police the vehicle's license plate number, and police tracked Garcia to an apartment complex on the 800 block of Latimer Avenue, Fuzie said.
BUSINESSES ROBBED: Modesto police are investigating two McHenry Avenue robberies that took place Sunday afternoon. About 12:45 p.m., a man described as white, 6 feet tall and wearing a black baseball hat, black long-sleeved shirt reading "Pantera" and jeans walked into Little Caesars at 2800 McHenry, said Lt. Chris Fuzie. The man demanded money from the cashier, then left on foot, Fuzie said. No weapons were seen. About two hours later, a man described as Latino and wearing a black hat, shirt and pants walked into a shop at 3440 McHenry and handed the cashier a note demanding money and threatening violence. He fled southbound on foot. Police ask anyone with information about the robberies to call Crime Stoppers at 521-4636.
ACCIDENT INJURES FOUR: Four people were sent to the hospital, two with major injuries, after a car driven by a 24-year-old Hayward woman, who may have been under the influence of alcohol, crashed head-on into a Ford minivan carrying two Empire men, according to the California Highway Patrol. The accident happened at 11:55 a.m. Sunday on Parker Road west of Church Street, just east of Modesto. According to the CHP, Mayra P. Acevedo's Chrysler drifted across the solid yellow double line and ran into a Ford Windstar driven by Ronald Lee Janz, 33. After firefighters pulled the four from their vehicles, the CHP arrested Acevedo on suspicion of DUI. She and Janz were taken to Memorial Medical Center with major injuries. Their passengers went to Doctors Medical Center with minor injuries.