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Activity Report 

The Newman Police Department received 81 calls for service and had 66 officer-initiated calls, for a total of 147 incidents from July 12 to July 18. The department handled 19 cases and made 12 arrests. There were 26 citations issued, including 22 for traffic violations and four for criminal, according to the department’s activity report.


The Newman Police Department was dispatched to Yolo Middle School around 1 p.m. July 14 for a report of a theft.

The reporting party said a white vehicle was seen driving into the west lot of the campus and an individual stole three Stijl leaf blowers, valued at $400 each. 

The case was closed for lack of leads.


Activity Report

The Gustine Police Department received 50 calls for service and had 88 officer-initiated calls, for a total of 138 incidents during the week of July 12 through July 18. There were 21 cases and 12 arrests, including one DUI. The department issued 23 citations, including 13 for traffic, eight for parking and two for Gustine Municipal Code infractions, according to the department’s activity report.


A call of a potential domestic violence incident led to a pursuit through Gustine neighborhoods and eventually ended with the arrest of a suspect.

At 12:45 a.m. July 13, Gustine Police Officer Bauer and  Reserve Officer Fuentes were dispatched regarding a possible domestic violence incident in progress at the 400 block of 2nd Street. 

As the officers were enroute to the location they were told the suspect had fled the area in a black Honda. 

The officers saw the vehicle matching the suspect vehicle description in the area and Bayer attempted to stop the vehicle, however the driver failed to yield and a pursuit ensued. 

The suspect, later identified as Juan Carlos Madrigal, 42, of Gustine drove at high rates of speed to avoid officers and committed numerous traffic safety violations, according to the Gustine Police Department.

The pursuit lasted several minutes and miles before stopping in the 400 block of 2nd Street. 

K9 Officer Roseen had joined in the pursuit and with the assistance of K9 Fiona and the officers on scene, Madrigal, was taken into custody. 

Madrigal was booked at the Merced County Jail for evading a police officer, probation violation and other charges.


A burglary was reported at 3:20 p.m. Sunday at a home in the 400 block of 2nd Street.

The resident told officers that sometime between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m., a window was broken at the home. The resident said the suspect, after breaking the window, jumped over a fence, breaking it in the process. 

The resident could not see the suspect to provide a detailed description. 

It’s unknown what, if any, items were taken from the home.

The burglary was not reported until later because the resident’s cell phone battery was dead, according to the police 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.