Three suffer major injuries in crash

Three people suffered major injuries Sunday morning, Jan. 27, in a two-vehicle crash in dense fog on River Road south of Azevedo Road, the California Highway Patrol reported.

According to the CHP, the accident occurred when Victor M. Nevarez, 47, of Newman, who was driving a 2003 Chevrolet Suburban, pulled out of a private drive onto River Road and directly into the path of a northbound 2014 Chevrolet Camaro driven by Robert A. Garcia Jr., 24, of Salida, and the vehicles collided.

Nevarez and a passenger in the Suburban, identified as 46-year-old Sandra Arana of Newman, were transported to Doctors Medical Center with injuries described as major. Garcia was transported to Memorial Medical Center, Modesto, also with major injuries.

The accident occurred just after 8 a.m.

The CHP said foggy conditions were considered to be a factor in the crash.

Multiple charges

Authorities said a Montclair man was arrested on multiple charges Thursday, Jan. 24 in the Sullivan Road area west of Interstate  5 after attempting to flee officers.

According to the California Highway Patrol, the incident started shortly before 4 p.m. with the report of a reckless driver southbound on I-5 south of Patterson. Witnesses reported the driver was using all lanes of traffic to pass, including the shoulder.

The CHP overtook the vehicle at Pete Miller Road. The driver exited the interstate at Highway 140 and proceeded westbound on Sullivan before abandoning the 2016 Nissan sedan.

CHP, Stanislaus County Sheriff and Newman Police units responded, set up a perimeter and eventually took the driver into custody.

The CHP reported that Angel Perez, 19, was arrested on felony charges of auto theft and possession of stolen property, and misdemeanor charges of hit-and-run (Perez struck a fence in the 5900 block of Sullivan Road before fleeing) and driving on a suspended license.

Gustine couple plead guilty to tax charge

Ana Teresa Gorshe, 60, and Randal Louis Gorshe, 68, both of Gustine, pleaded guilty Monday to willfully filing a false individual income tax return, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.

According to court documents, Ana and Randal Gorshe, a married couple, filed a joint federal tax return for calendar year 2015 that failed to disclose approximately $331,096 in income from their business, Ana’s Travel and Tax.

In total, the Department of Justice reported, the couple under-reported their taxable income by approximately $1.338 million on tax returns from 2011-15, resulting in a tax loss of $482,102.

They are scheduled for sentencing on April 29, and each faces a maximum of three years in prison and $250,000 fine.

Newman fire report

Personnel from the Newman Volunteer Fire Department and West Stanislaus Fire Protection District Newman station responded to 17 calls for service from Jan. 21-27.

Responses included 11 medical aid calls, two public assists, one carbon monoxide alarm and three motor vehicle collisions, Fire Chief Keith Bowen reported.

In addition to the River/Azevedo accident referenced above, Bowen said, personnel responded to a single vehicle accident Jan. 25 involving a car that went off Eastin Road and down an embankment to Orestimba Creek. The occupant was assessed by paramedics and declined transport, Bowen reported.

A non-injury accident occurred Jan. 25 at Highway 33 and Marshall Road, according to Bowen.

Ambulance board seats

The board which oversees ambulance of West Side Community Ambulance has delayed appointment to fill two vacant seats in hopes of attracting a greater number of applicants from which to choose.

Dennis Brazil, who at last week’s meeting was elected board president, said the West Side Community Healthcare District, which oversees the ambulance, received several inquiries about the board seats after the announced deadline for application had passed.

The district will re-advertise the two board seats - commonly referred to as Newman rural and Newman city - and add a social media outreach in the form of a new Facebook page in hopes of garnering additional letters of interest.

The new deadline for submitting letters of interest is Feb. 21.

Preference for appointment will be given to applicants who reside within the zones for those specific board seats. Applicants who reside in other geographic board zones may also submit letters of interest and will be considered for appointment if there is no interest from candidates from within the zone.

Three people had applied for appointment as of the initial deadline. They included Angela Hood, Davis Freitas and Ken Helms.

West Side weather

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

Monday, Jan. 21: 67/37

Tuesday, Jan. 22: 63/37

Wednesday, Jan. 23: 65/35

Thursday, Jan. 24: 67/35

Friday, Jan. 25: 66/35

Saturday, Jan. 26: 65/37

Sunday, Jan. 27: 70/40