VANDALS TARGET PARKED VEHICLES: Investigators were looking for three young men who broke windows, mirrors and dented seven parked vehicles in a northeast Modesto neighborhood early Wednesday, a police spokesman said. The vandalism occurred about 4:35 a.m. in the area of Bridgewood Way, Kona Oak Drive and Carson Oak Drive, just west of Oakdale Road and north of Sylvan Avenue. A resident was leaving for work when he saw three men vandalizing vehicles, said Modesto police Sgt. Brian Findlen. The resident told police the vandals were three white men in their late teens to early 20s. They were last seen in an older-model orange car that appeared to be a Datsun 280Z or a similar vehicle. Findlen said the damage was done with large rocks and other force, possibly kicking the vehicles. He said it appears the vandals targeted vehicles randomly. Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 521-4636. Tipsters also can e-mail tips through the Crime Stoppers Web site, www.modestopolice.com/CrimeStoppers, or text tips to CRIMES (274637) by typing "Tip704" plus the message. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.
HONOR FARM INMATES WITH NOROVIRUS IMPROVING: Several inmates sick with a contagious illness were improving Wednesday afternoon but a few remained isolated at the Stanislaus County Men's Honor Farm, a sheriff's spokesman said. Stanislaus County sheriff's deputy Royjindar Singh said 11 inmates were sick with norovirus, which causes severe vomiting and diarrhea. By Wednesday afternoon, seven inmates no longer had symptoms and were removed from isolation. The four other inmates remained isolated as a precaution. The isolation began Friday afternoon. Two custodial deputies at the honor farm also came down with the virus and called in sick Saturday. The deputies' conditions had improved by Wednesday afternoon. One deputy had returned to work and the other was expected to return to work in a few days. The sick inmates are being monitored by medical staff. None has been hospitalized. The Honor Farm suspended inmate work crews. The crews are assigned to clean parks, highways and other public areas. Singh said the crews are expected to return to work Friday. The Honor Farm accepts visitors on weekends, and visits were suspended this past weekend. The Honor Farm expects to allow visitors this weekend. No other jail facilities were affected by the illness, Singh said.
ONE ARREST IN ASSAULT AT TURLOCK FOSTER CARE FACILITY: One of the two teenagers suspected in the assault and tying up of a 60-year-old Turlock woman was arrested Wednesday morning in Fresno, the Turlock Police Department said. The woman's car, which was stolen after the Monday night assault at a Turlock foster care facility, also was found in Fresno. Officers still were looking for the second suspect, said Turlock police Sgt. Nino Amirfar. Police responded to the 1100 block of Tuolumne Road at 11:17 p.m. Monday. The woman was treated at a hospital for bruises, abrasions and a broken rib and was released from the hospital, Amirfar said. The two suspects were acquaintances in Fresno County before being placed at the residential facility, Amirfar said. The suspects' names are being withheld because they are juveniles. The suspects face charges of carjacking, felony battery and false imprisonment, all felonies, Amirfar said. Anyone with information about this case can leave an anonymous tip by calling Crime Stoppers at 521-4636 and may be eligible for a cash reward. Tipsters also can call Sgt. Russ Holeman at 668-5550, ext. 6753.
ONE DEATH IN I-5 WRECK NEAR LOS BANOS: One person was killed and two others were airlifted to Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno after a vehicle overturned on Interstate 5 on Wednesday near Los Banos, the California Highway Patrol reported. The crash happened at Interstate 5 and Paul Negra Road about 12:30 p.m., where one person was ejected, the CHP said. There was no information about where the victims live.
POLICE SAY TEEN BEHIND WHEEL OF STOLEN CAR: A Hayward teenager was arrested after an hourlong search in Modesto on Wednesday after he was spotted driving recklessly in what turned out to be a stolen car, the Modesto Police Department reported. An officer spotted Javier Cabrera Huitron, 18, in a brown Honda Accord doing doughnuts at California Avenue and Madison Street, said Modesto police Sgt. Brian Findlen. As officers approached, Huitron drove off, Findlen said. Officers spotted a cloud of dust in an alley, and when they got there, they saw the abandoned Accord, which apparently had collided with another car. The person in the second car suffered minor injuries, Findlen said. Huitron apparently ran away, police said. Officers received a tip from a resident who pointed them toward a duplex, believed to be tied to a relative of Huitron's, in the 200 block of Ruberto Street. Huitron was found there and arrested along with a 17-year-old girl. Huitron was arrested on suspicion of vehicle theft, possession of a stolen vehicle and hit-and-run causing injury, all felonies. The girl was arrested on suspicion of harboring a known fugitive, a felony. The Accord had been reported stolen in Hayward earlier in the day.
MODESTO MAN ARRESTED IN SAVINGS BOND SCAM: A suspect was arrested Monday in an attempt to cash stolen U.S. Treasury Bonds at Guaranty Bank in Escalon, police reported. The bank at 3380 McHenry Ave. called Escalon police Monday afternoon when a suspect tried to cash the bonds, according to a police news release issued Wednesday. The suspect had cashed two stolen savings bonds at the bank five days earlier, according to the news release, and when he returned Monday bank employees stalled him and called police. Modesto resident Mark McFarland, 43, was booked at the San Joaquin County Jail on suspicion of burglary, forgery, possession and use of fake identification cards, possession of stolen property, and a Santa Clara County warrant and parole violation. He was being held without bail.