Bird blamed for power outage
A bird was responsible for a power outage which affected more than 10,000 West Side customers early Tuesday morning, May 7, according to a Pacific Gas & Electric Co. spokesperson.
The outage occurred at 1:29 a.m. when a bird came into contact with sub-station equipment, according to PG&E.
Service was interrupted to customers in the Newman, Gustine, Crows Landing and Westley areas.
Service to all customers was restored by 5 a.m.
Newman fire report
Personnel from the Newman Fire Department and West Stanislaus Fire Protection District’s Newman station responded to 24 calls for service from April 29 through May 5.
Fire Chief Keith Bowen said the calls included five motor vehicle collisions, 10 medical aid responses, one public assist, four alarms, one trash fire, two vegetation fires and one vehicle fire.
Accident responses included a two-vehicle, non-injury crash April 29 at Highway 33 and Sherman Parkway; a non-injury rollover accident April 30 on River Road at Villa Manucha; and a multi-vehicle accident May 5 with minor injuries on Highway 33 south of Stuhr Road, Bowen reported.
West Side weather
Newman resident Marge Carvalho, an observer for the National Weather Service, reported the following high/low temperatures for the past week. Readings for the previous 24-hour period are taken at 5 p.m. daily.
Monday, April 29: 84/53
Tuesday, April 30: 78/54
Wednesday, May 1: 82/45
Thursday, May 2: 89/51
Friday, May 3: 90/52
Saturday, May 4: 90/51
Sunday, May 5: 87/50