A new plea to the governor, times two, to keep killers in 1979 Modesto case locked up

In 2015, members of the Ranzo family and others went to the state Capitol to ask Gov. Brown to overturn the parole of Jeffrey Maria, one of four men convicted in the brutal murders of Modesto residents Phil and Kathy Ranzo in 1979. Their efforts worked, and Brown kept Maria in prison. With Maria again recommended for freedom, and crime ringleader Marty Don Spears as well, will their tactic work again? They went to the Capitol again to plead their case to keep both killers behind bars, and now await Brown’s verdict.

Coscia, Guevara, Vergara win Section Girls Masters wrestling titles

The Modesto Metro Conference waved high its banner after Enochs pair Rory Coscia and Katrina Guevara joined Gregori’s Liliana Vergara atop the winners’ podium at the Sac-Joaquin Section Girls Wrestling Championships held Saturday at McNair High in Stockton. Turlock freshman Hailey Ward and Golden Valley’s Adreyana Wickard also captured weight-class titles.

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Junior SEALs train in Modesto

Girls have joined the boys in the seventh year of the Junior Navy SEALS Program of Stanislaus County, training for the grueling Trident Challenge competition this spring in Coronado. Deke Farrow/jfarrow@modbee.com
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Junior SEALs train in Modesto 2:11

Junior SEALs train in Modesto

Tuolumne River flowing on a quiet Sunday near La Grange 0:33

Tuolumne River flowing on a quiet Sunday near La Grange

Three MMC wrestlers win Masters titles 2:18

Three MMC wrestlers win Masters titles

Modesto residents near Tuolumne River prepare for floods 1:16

Modesto residents near Tuolumne River prepare for floods