• 2:30 p.m.: A man who lives on the 1400 block of Nubian Drive played an April Fool’s Day joke by calling his wife at work and telling her their house was on fire, according to police. After hanging up with her husband, the woman called 911, and deputies and fire personnel were dispatched. When emergency staff arrived, the homeowner clued them in to the joke, but no one laughed. A criminal complaint against the man for creating a false emergency was referred to the Stanislaus County District Attorney’s Office.
• 3:52 p.m.: Deputies were sent to Patterson High School after a 14-year-old boy reported to a school official that an 18-year-old had called him a gang slur and given him a bloody nose the previous day at Wilding Park on Ashwood Drive. An investigation is ongoing.
• 10:06 a.m.: Deputies took a report of a burglary at a home on the 1400 block of Carly Creek Drive. After a search, police determined that the burglar had entered by smashing a front window, leaving the inside ransacked. The resident was unsure at the time what had been taken, police noted.
• 9:37 a.m.: Gasoline was siphoned from two school buses parked along Highway 33 and Poppy Avenue, according to police. The total value of the stolen gasoline was estimated to be about $300.
• 9:37 a.m.: A deputy in the area of First Street and Unidad Court heard several gunshots and saw two males running from him, reports show. Other deputies joined the first but were unable to find the suspects. During the search, however, deputies found a vehicle parked along Unidad Court with bullet holes and broken windows. The case is being investigated.
• 3:03 p.m.: Deputies went to Bank of the West, on Plaza Circle, to check out a report of a stolen and forged check.
• 3:24 p.m.: Two 14-year-old brothers reported that as they walked home from school, they argued with another 14-year-old boy and decided to fight. After a few minutes, they all called off the fight, and the brothers returned to their home on the 100 block of Shorthorn Street. About 20 minutes later, though, an unknown teenage boy rang their doorbell, struck one of the boys in the face and left, according to reports. The teenager returned a short time later and shot at the house, leaving bullet holes in the garage door, police said. No one was injured. Deputies are investigating.
• 4:41 p.m.: Deputies went to the 200 block of North First Street after receiving a report that a woman had been attacked by a pit bull. When they arrived, they found that the woman, a 25-year-old Patterson resident, had severe bite on her arm, and an ambulance had been called. According to police, she was visiting friends when she went into their backyard and was bitten by their dog, which was chained in the yard. The woman was taken by ambulance to a Modesto-area hospital for treatment. Stanislaus County Animal Control was called to pick up the dog.
• 1:42 p.m.: A 1997 Honda Civic was reported as stolen from outside the owner’s home on the 100 block of South Sixth Street.
• 7:20 p.m.: A report of an aggressive pit bull still running loose after attacking and biting a man led deputies to the area of Las Palmas and Ward avenues. Deputies found the man with bites on his leg, and an ambulance was called. The pit bull returned a short time later and appeared hostile toward bystanders, police said, before charging at a deputy, who shot the dog. Wounded, the animal returned to its home on the 800 block of West Las Palmas Avenue. Stanislaus County Animal Control officers took both the injured pit bull and another unlicensed dog that was in the yard, as no one was home.
• Items in this column include a sample of reports in the Patterson Police Services dispatcher’s daily log. Additional information is based on reports from officers. Charges may have been added or dropped as of press time, and all suspects are assumed innocent until proven guilty.