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The plan was this: Eighth-grader Tyler Gilbert and his best friend since kindergarten would cross the Somerset Middle School graduation stage together today. Tyler would be the one pushing the wheelchair. James Ramirez, avid swimmer and basketball player until two months ago, would be the one with the biggest whoop and widest grin, even behind a germ-blocking mask.
A defense attorney has filed a motion to dismiss charges against a man facing a third trial in Stanislaus County after a federal judge overturned his 2000 conviction in the deaths of a mother and her two young children in a Modesto house fire. The federal judge ordered prosecutors to start the new trial for George Souliotes by July 10 or set him free. Local prosecutors say there is "ample admissible evidence" to prove the defendant started the fire.
Every year, people underestimate the power of local waterways and overestimate their own abilities. Cheap, flimsy rafts and lack of life jackets account for many of the water rescues on the Stanislaus and Tuolumne rivers. Weak swimming skills often mixed with too much alcohol and failure to consider undercurrent and near-freezing temperatures result in drownings at swimming holes, lakes and reservoirs.
Brock Blakeley struggles with schoolwork, but making friends comes easy especially when kids such as fifth-grader Andres Guerrero of Modesto's Freedom Elementary School take the first step.
In court testimony Friday, Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson downplayed his 2011 role in dismissing an injured deputy, saying he merely approved a staff recommendation. I wanted him to come back to work," said the sheriff, who made that happen two years later when deputy Dennis Wallace passed a physical exam. Wallace, 50, returned to duty in January and is suing for two years of lost wages and benefits. The trial follows one that ended with a hung jury last summer, when Wallace was off work with no pay.
Faith Makau's strength is matched only by her confidence and experience. And when she hits her special gear, she wins Sac-Joaquin Section Masters championships.
There's a place Dana Carvey attempts to visit every time he steps on stage.
I would like to know why the widening construction on Kiernan Avenue is going so slowly. Time after time when we drive on Kiernan in the early afternoon, there are no workers out there.
A man who wears thong underwear and a cape while riding his scooter through Wisconsin's capital city may be a strange sight. But police say he isn't breaking any laws.
A Southern California teen turned heads at his prom when he showed up with a Sports Illustrated model as his date.