Rick Ferroni calls it his “nightmare on Elm Street” – a Salida lot filled with junk, a homeless man camped behind the home, abandoned vehicles on the street and front yards cluttered with old appliances. He complains that Stanislaus County is not doing enough to require other property owners to comply with codes.

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Oui! Johansen French teacher captures state title

The bell rings. Johansen High teens amble out of Debbie Sessa’s French class as she calls out instructions and reminders. “It’s not what you teach them, it’s that you show them you care. It’s good, at the beginning and end of class, to check in,” said Sessa, the newly named California League of High Schools 2015 Teacher of the Year.

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Sheriff dropped from lawsuit over locksmith’s death

Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson no longer is a defendant in a wrongful-death lawsuit brought by survivors of a locksmith killed alongside a deputy sheriff in 2012. But others in Christianson’s department remain on the hook, with a trial scheduled for August.

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