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Police: 2 arrested in Modesto 'dine and dash'

MODESTO, CA - This is a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time for a couple of suspects.

A man and a woman were dining at local restaurant Uno's Chicago Grill on Tuesday when they allegedly tried to leave without paying their bill by trying to use a credit card that didn't belong to them, said Modesto police Sgt. Steven Stanfield.

It so happened officers with the police department were also customers at the restaurant at the time.

The officers detained Shawn Sample, 41, of Escalon, and Kristie Sibley, 29, of Oakdale.

Stanfield said officers searched Sample's vehicle and recovered a stolen, loaded handgun; drug paraphernalia and items stolen from a local department store.

A background check of Sibley showed she was wanted by Oakdale police for burglary, possession of a controlled substance and theft, Stanfield said

Jewelry store robbed at gunpoint

Jewelry store robbed at gunpoint

On Thursday, August 9, 2012, at approximately 1848 hours, 9-1-1 calls were received reporting an armed robbery had just occurred at Universal Jewelers located in the 200 block of West Main Street. Three suspects dressed in dark clothing exited a silver Chevrolet Astro van and entered the business. The driver of the van remained in the vehicle. One of the suspects who entered the business was armed with a firearm. The suspects stole jewelry from the business. While inside the business, the suspect armed with the firearm shot the weapon toward an employee. The employee was not struck by the bullet. The suspects fled from the business, returning to the van. As the van was leaving, an employee of the business armed himself with a firearm and shot the firearm once. The van was found abandoned a few blocks from the business. The van was determined to have been reported stolen out of Oakland.

Turlock pot grow found almost in plain site

TURLOCK, CA -  Turlock narcotics police uncovered a nearly mature marijuana crop in a yard surrounded by other homes in a Turlock residential area on Wednesday.

There were 527 pot plants in the one-acre yard of the home on the 200 block of Montana Street, said Officer Mayra Lewis.

The marijuana was being grown with approximately 400 feet of Cunningham Elementary School, officers noted. Even marijuana legally cultivated for medical purposes cannot be grown with 600 feet of a school.

During the warranted search, officers also seized processed pot and equipment used to package the weed for sale, Lewis said.

In the home, officers arrested 31-year-old Michelle Roman Jimenez. She was booked into Stanislaus County Jail on suspicion of marijuana cultivation and possession for sales.

Lewis estimated the street value of the pot at at least $750,000. She said more arrests were expected.

Oakdale police break up drugstore armed robbery

OAKDALE, CA - Monday morning started with a strange phone phone call that turned into a armed robbery and suicide, according to Oakdale police.

Events began with the call at 8:07 a.m. from a pharmacist at the Walgreen's at 444 W. F Street telling the dispatcher there was a man at the drugstore who want to talk to police about a murder in Ceres that was committed several years earlier, said Sgt. Joe Johnson. The man, identified as 49-year-old Vern Dewayne Odom, of Oakdale, took the phone, spoke with dispatch and then the phone was handed back to the pharmacist.

At that point, the pharmacist told the dispatcher Odom had a knife and was holding up the pharmacy for prescription medication, Oxycontin, according to police.

Officers responded to Walgreens and evacuated the drugstore. As officers approached Odom at the back of the store where the pharmacy was located, the suspect was seen swallowing pills, Johnson said.

Man killed by Turlock police had long criminal history

TURLOCK, CA - A man that was shot and killed by Turlock police early Saturday morning had a lengthy criminal past, the Merced County Sheriff's Department said.

Joseph Davis, 30, was killed after a chase with police in a stolen vehicle.

Davis was spotted on the 1100 block of North Golden Gate Boulevard with a car that was involved in another police chase on July 24. When Turlock police officers tried to talk to Davis, he jumped into the car and fled the scene, police Sgt. Stephen Webb said Saturday.

Police chased Davis to the Bradbury Road overpass and Highway 99, where he fired at a driver of a red truck while trying to steal the vehicle. Officers fired several shots at Davis and killed him in order to protect the driver, Webb said.

RELATED STORY: Wild pursuit leads to one death in Turlock

Wild pursuit leads to one death in Turlock

Wild pursuit leads to one death in Turlock

TURLOCK, CA - The discovery of a car that was previously involved in a police pursuit, led to the shooting and death of a suspect in Turlock early Saturday morning.

At 6:19 a.m. Turlock Police located the vehicle at the 1100 block of North Golden Gate Boulevard that was involved in a pursuit on July 24, said Turlock police Sgt. Stephen Webb.

According to Webb, the suspect, Joseph Davis, approached the vehicle, but when officers attempted to contact Davis, he fled from officers.

Davis ran back to his vehicle and fled; eventually leading officers onto southbound Highway 99.

Officers could see that Davis was holding a handgun as he ran, Webb said.

After taking the Bradbury exit, Davis moved to the passenger seat and jumped from the car, said Webb.

With officers in pursuit, Davis attempted to car jack a vehicle that was driving west on Bradbury.

Sheriff: Hughson victim, suspect may have shot each other

HUGHSON, CA - Two men who died in a shooting in a Hughson home Wednesday had a long-running feud and may have died in an exchange of gunfire, according to a Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department's preliminary investigation.

Sheriff's deputies found Nick Kounias, 45, of Hughson, and John Szuggar, 52, of Hughson, dead inside a home on the 1800 block of 7th Street, said Deputy Raj Singh.

The incident began following a deputy pursuit of Szuggar in response to a report of a man in a truck armed with a handgun and threatening suicide. Szuggar led deputies to the 7th Street home of Kounias where he ran inside.

As deputies cordoned off the area, shots were heard from inside the home, Singh said.

A SWAT unit was called in and entered the home to discover the two men had been shot.

Investigators think Kounias may have fired his weapon in self defense. Szuggar used to be his neighbor.