Juvenile faces felony charges

Gustine police said a 17-year-old male was arrested on felony charges Tuesday morning, March 5, after allegedly threatening to kill another individual.

According to police reports, the suspect went to the home of an acquaintance in the 500 block of Sixth Street and asked if the acquaintance would accompany him to another location to kill a third party.

When the resident refused to cooperate, police said, the suspect allegedly threatened to kill him, left the residence and began rummaging through a nearby vehicle.

The victim, fearing that the suspect may be retrieving a firearm, notified police. The suspect left the scene in a pickup truck before the responding officer arrived.

That incident was reported shortly after midnight.

Later that morning, police were dispatched to the Fairview Apartments regarding a pickup truck seen driving across the lawn, causing damage. The vehicle had left the scene when police arrived, but while clearing the scene the officer came across a vehicle matching the description of that involved in both cases. 

The officer temporarily lost sight of the truck but later found it traveling northward on Hunt Road toward Newman, police said. With the assistance of Newman police, the juvenile suspect was subsequently located in Newman and taken into custody, according to the GPD news release.

During the investigation, police reported, it was determined that the juvenile in custody was also wanted by Turlock police in connection with an armed robbery and was reportedly armed with a semi-automatic handgun.

Police said no firearm was located.

The juvenile was booked into Merced County Juvenile Hall on two counts of making terrorist threats and one count of vandalism. All charges are felonies.

Newman Fire report

Personnel from the Newman Fire Department and West Stanislaus Fire Protection District Newman station responded to 16 calls for service from Feb. 25-March 3.

Fire Chief Keith Bowen said the calls included three reported vegetation fires, 11 medical aid responses, one motor vehicle collision and one public assist.

West Side weather

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

Monday, Feb. 25: 62/45

Tuesday, Feb. 26: 65/50

Wednesday, Feb. 27: 69/50

Thursday, Feb. 28: 65/48, with a trace of rain

Friday, March 1: 60/45

Saturday, March 2: 69/51, with .53 inches of rain

Sunday, March 3: 68/50, with .08 inches of rain