Modesto-area drivers: Here’s what to do when you hear a siren

Lights flashing, sirens blaring, a giant red fire engine in your rear-view mirror; it’s enough to make some drivers panic. They stop in the middle of the street, pull over in the wrong direction and run red lights to get out of the way. The crews at Modesto Fire Station No. 5 at McHenry and Briggsmore avenues responded to 4,200 calls last year and have seen it all. So I asked them for some reminders about yielding to emergency vehicles.

Paul McCartney booked as first show for Golden 1 Center

A member of rock ‘n’ roll royalty will inaugurate the upcoming home of the Sacramento Kings. Sir Paul McCartney will perform at Golden 1 Center on Oct. 4, marking the first event at the $518.8 million sports arena and events center rising at 5th and L Streets.

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Modesto police crack down on drivers distracted by cellphones

Program gave out 300 citations in April

Distracted-driving tickets start at $171

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Matt Barrows' thoughts about the 49ers NFL draft

It was notable that the 49ers had three picks in quick succession late in the sixth round and used the three selections on: 1. quarterback Jeff Driskel, 2. running back Kelvin Taylor and 3. wide receiver Aaron Burbridge. They were the only three skill players the 49ers -- who ended up with 11 picks total -- drafted. This on a team that scored the fewest points in the league last year, ranked 31st in total yards, and that has all sorts of questions at quarterback, receiver and --beyond starter Carlos Hyde -- running back.
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Matt Barrows' thoughts about the 49ers NFL draft 02:13

Matt Barrows' thoughts about the 49ers NFL draft

Modesto man sentenced in China Gourmet murder 00:36

Modesto man sentenced in China Gourmet murder

Passengers board first cruise ship from United States to Cuba 00:54

Passengers board first cruise ship from United States to Cuba

Draymond Green says defense has to be the focus with Curry out 01:33

Draymond Green says defense has to be the focus with Curry out