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Man shot in leg during fight over female
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A man was shot in the leg during a fight Thursday in the 500 block of Morgan Court off Garden Gate in north Central Manteca.

Manteca Police officers had been dispatched at 6:10 p.m. to a reported fight between two guys.  While en-route to the fight the dispatcher indicated that the fight now involved at least one person with a firearm and there had been several shots fired.

As officers were en-route one of the officers spotted a van headed out of the area at a high rate of speed.  The officer made an attempt to stop the vehicle, which later was determined to be driving a male subject to Doctors Hospital with a leg wound.   The gunshot wound is not life threatening.  Officers responding to the emergency room learned that the incident started out as a disagreement between two males over a female.  The suspect, who is not in custody, was easily identified by the bystanders on Morgan Court. He ran from the area prior to police arrival.    Police detectives from the gang enforcement unit took over the investigation because the preliminary information is that the suspect is a known gang member who is on parole. Police are not disclosing any additional information regarding this case pending the arrest of the suspect.   

Business burglars arrested by police

Manteca Police officers on graveyard shift Sunday were dispatched to a call of a burglary in progress at an audio store located in the 900 block of E. Yosemite Ave.

Arriving within minutes, officer Jason May saw a white Chevrolet pickup leaving the area at a high rate of speed.  Officers May and McCallon attempted to stop the vehicle resulting in a brief pursuit into the residential area off Cottage Avenue.  Additional officers responded and when the vehicle stopped all the occupants fled  on foot.  Officer Sharrock gave chase on foot and caught the driver of the vehicle in the backyard of a residence off Aldwina Street.  The two passengers were caught by other officers and detained.   Upon further investigation officers found the back of the pickup truck was loaded with stereo equipment later confirmed to be from Audio Pros.  

Arrested were three Modesto residents:  Jesus Naranjo Cervants, 37, Marcos Hernandez, 30, and  Arecelia-Lora Jimenez, 25.  All three were charged with charged with burglary and conspiracy while Cervants had the additional charge of evading arrest. They were booked in the San Joaquin County Jail.

Motorcyclist tries to flee on sidewalks
Manteca Police officer Jesus Espoinosa was on patrol Saturday at 10:54 a.m. when a Kawasaki dirt bike pulled out in front of his unit in the 500 block of W. Center St.

The driver - Richard Araujo, 36 of Manteca - decided not to yield to the officer who had activated his emergency equipment.  The driver instead decided to go onto sidewalks in an attempt to get away from the officer.  Five blocks later the driver had gone into an alley and tried to slow down at a cross street and crashed his motorcycle.

Araujo was taken into custody after Manteca District Ambulance paramedics rendered first aid for minor abrasions to both his arms.  Araujo ran from the police because he had outstanding warrants.  He was arrested and charged with the pursuit, driving on a suspended license and  had two misdemeanor warrants. He was cited and released.

Arrest warrants lead to drug bust
Manteca Police officer Ian Osborn received information that in Raymus Village on Mohican Drive that there were people staying in a home several warrants.

Osborn along with other police officers and a deputy sheriff on Saturday went to the 6100 block of Mohican Drive and located and arrested three people with active warrants.  While in the home Osborn was able to search the remainder of the home and found 63 immature marijuana plants and what appeared to be crystal methamphetamine as well as scales and packaging materials.  Two of the people with warrants were cited in the field on misdemeanor warrants and two individuals were taken into custody for the drug charges.  

Arrested were Alejandro Blanco, 32, of Manteca who was charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession for sales, cultivation of marijuana and a felony drug warrant as well as Maxine Hope Sigalia, 36, of Manteca who was charged with possession of a controlled substance and cultivation of marijuana.