Marijuana seized; three arrested

Authorities serving a search warrant at a property in the 800 block of Orestimba Road seized marijuana and took three people into custody Tuesday morning.

Sergeant Tom Letras, public information officer for the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office, said authorities seized 290 marijuana plants, which were described as not yet fully mature, as well as 500 pounds of processed marijuana.

A stolen handgun was also recovered, Letras said.

He said the operation was the product of an ongoing investigation, and was conducted by a special investigations unit comprised of personnel from the sheriff’s office and allied agencies.

“It is a decent-sized illegal grow. We certainly have come across some much larger ones, but we also come across some that are quite a bit smaller,” Letras commented. “It is not an insignificant size of operation.”

Letras identified those taken into custody as Shelby Adams, 27, of Winton, Damien Diaz, 27, of Newman, and Andrew Tate, 21, of Newman. He said each was arrested on charges of marijuana cultivation and possession of marijuana for sale. In addition, Letras reported, Adams faces a charge relating to metal knuckles, while Diaz was also arrested on a charge of receiving stolen property.

Gustine accepts CARES grant

The city of Gustine will receive a $30,000 COVID-19 relief grant through the Federal Aviation Administration.

The grant funds will be earmarked for operations and maintenance at the Gustine Municipal Airport, said City Manager Doug Dunford.

If need be, he said, a portion of the funds could also be used to help offset personnel expenses allocated to the airport.

The City Council formally accepted the COVID-19 Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (better known as CARES) grant at its May 19 meeting.

Newman Fire

Personnel from the Newman Fire Department and West Stanislaus Fire Protection District’s Newman station responded to 19 calls for service from May 15-21.

Fire Chief Keith Bowen said responses included 12 medical aid calls, one alarm, two motor vehicle collisions, two trash fires, one vehicle fire and one public assist.

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. Data for the previous 24-hour period is recorded at 5 p.m. daily.

Monday, May 18: 80/58, with .06 inch of rain

Tuesday, May 19: 76/49, with .04 inch of rain

Wednesday, May 20: 85/52

Thursday, May 21: 91/53

Friday, May 22: 89/57

Saturday, May 23: 88/54

Sunday, May 24: 95/57