Several years passed at Covenant Village in Turlock before anyone there knew that soft-spoken resident Herb Miller had survived the attack on Pearl Harbor. But the staff plans to make a big deal out of his service when he celebrates his 100th birthday soon.

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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.


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.


Con man faces stiff sentence for preying on homeowners

A man convicted of scamming $5.8 million from homeowners facing foreclosure in Stanislaus County and beyond could face a prison term of 24 to 30 years when he is sentenced Thursday in federal court in Sacramento. Victims of Alan David Tikal’s foreclosure rescue scam can offer statements at his sentencing.

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