SOBRIETY CHECKPOINT IN PATTERSON
Stanislaus County sheriffs deputies will be looking for drunken drivers at a sobriety checkpoint Saturday night at an undisclosed location in Patterson. The deputies also will be looking for those driving without a valid license at the checkpoint. Drivers caught driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs should expect jail time, drivers license suspension, increased insurance rates, fines, fees and other expenses that could exceed $10,000. The checkpoint is funded by a grant from the state Office of Traffic Safety.
YOSEMITE BUS SERVICE EXTENDED
The Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System is extending its transit service on Highway 120, west and east corridors, through the end of this month. Both YARTS routes were temporarily interrupted last month as portions of Highway 120 were closed because of the Rim fire in and around Yosemite National Park. The highway was reopened Sept. 14. The bus routes will be available through Sept. 29. The bus service from Mono County, on Highway 120 east, will continue to operate on weekends through Sept. 29. Please visit www.YARTS.com for a full schedule of bus routes in the Yosemite area.
FAMILY FRIDAY AT CARNEGIE CENTER
Play with clay during Family Friday today at 7 p.m. at the Carnegie Arts Center, 250 N. Broadway, Turlock. Kids and adults alike can get their hands dirty exploring some of the basics of hand building with clay. Theyll roll, cut, pinch and coil to make a simple bowl or box to take home. Air-dry clay will be used by those age 5 and up, and play dough for kids under 5. To learn more, call (209) 632-5761.
OWNER SEEKS DOGS STOLEN ALONG WITH CAR
A Southern California woman got a cold welcome to Stanislaus County on Sunday. She stopped to gas up off Interstate 5 in Patterson and minutes later was stuck there with just the clothes she was wearing. After gasing up at a 76 station, Karen Mills drove to a nearby KFC and ran in to order some fries, leaving her keys in her 2002 Acura MDX, along with her purse, luggage and two Yorkshire terriers, Bentley and Bailey. Someone then took advantage of the situation and made off with the vehicle and everything it contained. Page B2
MJC HALTS HANDOUT OF U.S. CONSTITUTION
Modesto Junior College security stopped a student from passing out copies of the U.S. Constitution in front of the east campus student center Tuesday, which was Constitution Day. Page B3
ACLU SAYS INNOCENT FOLKS ACCUSED
The American Civil Liberties Union and several other groups released 1,800 suspicious activity reports Thursday, saying they show the inner-workings of a domestic surveillance program that is sweeping up innocent Americans and forever placing their names in a counterterrorism database. Page B4