3 ARRESTS IN COUNTY AUTO THEFTS
Three people were arrested on suspicion of car theft in Stanislaus County between Sept.21 and Wednesday. For more information on the suspects’ arrests and their photos, see Page B2.
Stanislaus County residents can report a suspected auto theft to their local law enforcement agency or call the Stanislaus County Auto Theft Task Force at (209)545-7316. Call 911 if you observe a theft in progress.
PSYCHIATRIC GROUP JOINS SUTTER GOULD
Sutter Gould Medical Foundation has merged with a well-established psychiatric group in Modesto. According to a news release this week, the Psychiatric Medical Group is joining Sutter Gould, which will allow the health care organization to offer expanded behavioral health services. The 35-year-old practice provides care for adults and children diagnosed with mental disorders. Its services include marriage and family counseling. Sutter Gould said the nine-member professional staff will continue to see clients at 3424 Coffee Road, Suite 2A. Dr. Robert Schorr founded the Psychiatric Medical Group in 1978 and was a leader in establishing mental health services in the Modesto area. After his death from a heart attack in 2005, shareholders in the group purchased the corporation. Sutter Gould is part of the Sacramento-based Sutter Health system. It has more than 240 physicians working in primary care and specialty practices in Stanislaus, San Joaquin and Merced counties.
MJC APOLOGIZES IN CONSTITUTION FLAP
After a barrage of public outrage – including death threats – over barring handouts of the U.S. Constitution on Constitution Day, Modesto Junior College President Jill Stearns has posted a letter to the community on the college website, www.mjc.edu. Stearns writes she apologized to student Robert Van Tuinen, who took video of the incident and posted it on YouTube through a national organization. Stearns’ letter says students may distribute printed material as long as they are not disruptive, without the red tape and weeks of prior notice demanded of Van Tuinen in the videos. The Yosemite Community College District received more than 500 phone calls and 2,000 emails after the Sept.17 incident, said Public Affairs Director Nick Stavrianoudakis.
DIETERICH VISITS KIDS AT DIETERICH
Visiting the school that bears her name, Mary Lou Dieterich sat on the hot seat, being grilled by unabashed young journalists asking the tough questions. “How old are you?” “What’s your favorite dessert?” “Which school is your favorite?” “How did you set up the school?” Dieterich answered without flinching. After so many years as a teacher, a mom and a principal, she’d faced worse.