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Von Renner vandalism

Newman police said four juveniles were arrested on felony charges stemming from the extensive vandalism of a Von Renner classroom on July 5.

According to police reports, officers dispatched to the campus for a silent alarm shortly after noon found the juveniles sitting inside a portable classroom. The officers ordered the juveniles to remain seated, but each ran and jumped through a back window which had been broken out. The juveniles climbed over a fence but were detained by the officers, police reported.

The classroom had been vandalized with fresh paint on the carpet and walls. Three cabinets were tipped over and the contents strewn throughout the room, a hanging projector was damaged, ceiling tiles and lights were damaged, the classroom clock was ripped from the wall and there was writing on the walls with black marker.

The school custodian arrived and located additional broken windows and screens.

The damage was estimated at $7,585.

Police said each of the juveniles was cited on felony charges of vandalism and burglary, as well as a misdemeanor charge of loitering on school grounds, and released to their parents.

The juveniles include males ages 12 and 13 and females ages 12 and 13.

Vehicle theft

A 1998 Infiniti was reported stolen July 2 from the 1400 block of Q Street. The undamaged vehicle was recovered July 5 by the Merced County Sheriff’s Office.


Police said graffiti was reported July 5 on the back wall of the Rite Aid store. The damage was estimated at $200.


The following were among arrests reported by Newman police from July 1-7. The arrest report includes incidents in which an individual was released on citation as well as cases in which a suspect was booked.

Cindy L. Sulflow, 59, of Newman, was arrested July 2 on a misdemeanor charge of driving without a license.

A 53-year-old Newman male was arrested July 2 on a felony domestic violence charge.

Matthew Wolfe, 31, of Newman, was arrested July 4 on a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Danna L. Ruiz Correa, 21, of Newman, was arrested July 5 on a misdemeanor DUI charge.

Brian D. Choun, 56, of Oakland, was arrested July 5 on a misdemeanor DUI charge.

Activity report

Newman police received 97 calls for service, reported 34 officer-initiated incidents, handled 19 cases, made nine arrests and issued seven traffic citations from July 1-7, according to the department’s activity report.

Weekly arrest and incident reports are provided by the Newman and Gustine police departments. Charges may have been dropped as of press time. All suspects are presumed to be innocent until proven guilty.