Gustine accepts park grant

The Gustine City Council last week officially approved acceptance of a $1.3 million grant for renovation of Pioneer Park.

The east-side park facility will be fully remodeled, with improvements that include a splash pad and basketball court, as well as new playground equipment, a new barbecue areas, replacement of the existing shelter area with two smaller shelters, drought-tolerant landscaping, a free play area, lighting and new fencing.

Under the terms of the grant funding, the city must complete the project no later than June 2022.

The city must also agree to maintain and operate the park through June 2048.

GUSD adopts declaration of emergency

The Gustine Unified School District Board of Trustees last week approved a declaration of emergency regarding the COVID-19 crisis.

Dr. Bryan Ballenger, district superintendent, said the declaration will position the district to obtain state and federal emergency funds as they become available.

The cities of Newman and Gustine have also adopted declarations of local emergency.

Arrest in fatal hit-and-run

An arrest has been made in an April 1 hit-and-run which killed a 51-year-old Patterson bicyclist.

The California Highway Patrol reported that Jesus A. Flores, 20, of Delhi, was arrested April 9.

Authorities said Flores was booked on felony charges of hit-and-run and vehicular manslaughter.

Frankie Sanchez of Patterson was cycling along Marshall Road when he was struck and killed by a motorist who continued on from the scene, the CHP reported.

The CHP said Flores was driving a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado when he allegedly struck the cyclist.

The CHP said tips from the public were instrumental in identifying the suspect and leading to the arrest of Flores.

Newman Fire

Personnel from the Newman Fire Department and West Stanislaus Fire Protection District’s Newman station responded to three calls for service from April 6-9.

Fire Chief Keith Bowen said each of the calls was a medical aid response.

West Side weather

Newman resident Marge Carvalho, an observer for the National Weather Service, reported the following high/low temperatures and rainfall amounts for the past week. Readings are recorded at 5 p.m. daily for the previous 24-hour period.

Monday, April 6: 61/37, with .28 inches of rain

Tuesday, April 7: 70/37

Wednesday, April 8: 73/36

Thursday, April 9: 70/37, with .07 inches of rain

Friday, April 10: 75/37, with .03 inches of rain

Saturday, April 11: 80/44

Sunday, April 12: 78/44