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The Newman Police Department received 80 calls for service, reported 110 officer-initiated reports, handled 20 cases, made 14 arrests and issued nine criminal citations, 33 traffic citations and eight citations for municipal violations for fireworks, from June 28 to July 4, according to the department’s activity report.


The Chevron gas station and convenience store at 1459 N Street had a window broken by an unknown suspect around 5:15 a.m. July 1.

The surveillance footage shows a suspect first loitering in front of the business and then the window being shattered with the suspect standing directly in front of the glass, according to the Newman Police Department.

The suspect gets into the passenger side of a dark SUV that then heads northbound on Highway 33.

The case is under investigation.


The Newman Police Department reported a vehicle was reported stolen at 10:47 p.m. July 4. The vehicle is a 2005 Silver GMC Sierra pick up. The vehicle had been parked at the intersection of Cinnamon Teal and Red Lion Way.

All the keys to the vehicle were accounted for at the time of the theft. There was no broken glass at the scene.

The vehicle is still outstanding and the investigation is ongoing.



The Gustine Police Department received 97 calls for service, reported 111 officer-initiated calls, handled 17 cases, made eight arrests and issued 16 traffic citations and seven Gustine municipal citations from June 28 to July 4, according to the police department’s activity log.


A traffic stop led to the arrest of a woman for a felony warrant and possession of an auto burglary tool.

Around 10 p.m. June 29, Gustine Police Officer Nunes was working a traffic enforcement detail on Highway 33 at Meredith Avenue.

While working the detail, the driver of a Ford committed a traffic violation in Officer Nunes’ presence. Officer Nunes made a stop of the vehicle and made contact with the driver, Monica Macias.

A check revealed Macias had a felony warrant for her arrest. She was taken into custody without incident.

Officer Nunes found a shaved key in Macias’ possession, according to the Gustine Police Department.

Macias was booked into Merced County Jail.


A security check at the Dollar General Store in Gustine ended with the arrest of a man for a warrant.

Shortly after 11 p.m. June 30 Gustine Police Department Cpl. Martinez was conducting a security check at the Dollar General Store at 1520 Meredith Ave. 

During the check, Cpl. Martinez observed a suspicious vehicle and a subject in the area. 

Cpl. Martinez made contact with David Soto. And found that Soto had a warrant for his arrest. Soto was placed under arrest and later released via citation.

Weekly arrest and incident reports are provided by the Newman and Gustine police departments. The report includes cases in which an individual was cited as well as incidents in which a suspect was booked. Charges may have been dropped as of press time. All suspects are presumed to be innocent until proven guilty.