Police Beat Photo


Trailer taken

Newman police said an 18-foot flatbed trailer was reported stolen April 17 from Earle’s Wood Works in the 1300 block of Main Street.

The trailer was located by Turlock police on April 17. It was not damaged, but the license plate was missing. Police said suspect information was developed and will be forwarded to the Stanislaus County District Attorney’s office for consideration of charges.

Multiple charges

Newman police said Edwin Garcia, 35, of Newman, was arrested April 18 on multiple charges, including felony charges of threatening with the intent to terrorize, obstructing/resisting a police officer and possession of a controlled substance for sale, as well as misdemeanor charges of possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance and obstructing a police officer.

According to police reports, officers responding to a report that Garcia had made death threats to a neighbor arrived to find him in the middle of the street. Garcia reportedly attempted to flee police and during the foot pursuit threw an object under a parked car. Police said officers retrieved approximately 17.5 grams of a substance which appeared to be methamphetamine.

Vandalism cases

Newman police said two incidents of vandalism were reported last week.

Damage to community postal boxes in the 1500 block of Sunny Creek was reported April 13. Police said it appears boxes had been pried open, but it was unknown whether any mail was taken.

Graffiti vandalism to a Pioneer Park bench was reported April 15.

No damage was listed in either case.

Activity report

Newman police received 73 calls for service, reported 31 officer-initiated incidents, handled 16 cases, made four arrests and issued one parking citation from April 13-19, according to the department’s activity report.



Police said an Amazon box valued at $45 was reported stolen April 15 from the porch of a residence in the 300 block of Meredith.

A hood emblem was reported stolen April 20 from a vehicle in the 300 block of Meredith Avenue. No value was listed.


The following arrests were reported by Gustine police from April 14-20. The arrest report includes incidents in which an individual was released on citation as well as cases in which a suspect was booked.

Hector M. DeLaCruz Jr., 30, of Gustine, was arrested April 15 on a misdemeanor charge of driving on a license suspended for DUI.

Justin D. Mendes, 30, of Newman, was arrested April 17 on a misdemeanor charge of driving on a suspended license.

Cesar Calderon, 24, of Newman, was arrested April 17 on a misdemeanor shoplifting charge.

Activity report

Gustine police received 63 calls for service, reported 106 officer-initiated incidents, handled 11 cases, made three arrests and wrote two traffic citations from April 14-20, 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.