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Stray bullet story a tall-tale

POSTED September 4, 2009 11:24 p.m.
A 22-year-old man wounded in the leg by a gunshot told police it was from a stray bullet, only to admit later that he had accidentally shot himself.
The man’s name was not released. He could be facing charges once released from the hospital, according to the police department.
The shooting was reported by the 22-year-old around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. The man said he had been in the backyard of a residence in the 300 block of N. Broadway when he was struck in the leg by a stray bullet.
According to the police report, the man said he didn’t know where the bullet came from. He said he was driving himself to the hospital.
At the hospital, the 22-year-old was evasive about the details and couldn’t give investigators any clear answers to their questions.
Finally, the man admitted he shot himself accidentally with a handgun.
The police department said the wound was not serious and that the gun was recovered.

Warrant sweep in Turlock
The Turlock Police Department and the Stanislaus County Probation Department served eight warrants Thursday for drunken driving suspects who failed to appear in court.
Officers completed eight probation searches arresting one person on a DUI warrant, according to the police department.
“Law enforcement officers pulled 14 warrants for this sweep and in two officer teams moved through neighborhoods in the City of Turlock,” said AVOID the 12 Turlock Sgt. Robert Lugo, who is overseeing a DUI program funded by the state’s Office of Traffic Safety. “We sent a strong message that if you don’t show for court or follow the terms of your probation, we’re going to come find them and take them to jail.
“We’re doing our best to keep the streets safe,” Lugo said. “It’s a little frustrating that we have to go find people that don’t handle their obligations, but will continue to follow up and clear the warrants and get these individuals back into court to answer to the charges.”
This Labor Day weekend, Stanislaus County Avoid the 12 will conduct more enforcement operations partnering with over 500 law enforcement agencies statewide during the Summer/Labor Day campaign.
The crackdown started Aug. 21 and has seen the arrests of 104 suspected drunken drivers. The 104 individuals were arrested at sobriety checkpoints and during special saturation patrols conducted throughout the county. Further saturation patrols and DUI/Driver’s License checkpoints will be conducted during the Labor Day weekend.
Funding for the program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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