Patterson officials claimed victory in a lawsuit to force a hotel owner to pay the city’s transient occupancy tax. A judge ruled that Patterson Hotel Associates LLC must pay the city $237,147 in overdue hotel taxes, plus interest. The corporation owns the Best Western hotel near Intestate 5.
Big Valley Grace Community Church in Modesto welcomed Christmas with three hourlong family-friendly gatherings on Christmas Eve. Each celebration at the Tully Road church included the singing of carol, an ugly Christmas sweater contest, other special music elements, a Christmas story with pastor Rick Countryman and a brief Christmas message from pastor Joel Boone. In the Buzzz section today, Modesto teens also show off their ugly sweaters and other festive attire.
A 24-year-old Oakdale man has been arrested on suspicion of kidnapping, rape, oral copulation on a victim under 14 years of age and penetration with a foreign object. Bail for David Garcia Jr. was set at $500,000.
A 2-month-old boy is in the custody of Child Protective Services after being found wet, cold and crying next to his passed-out father in the drive-thru of a fast food restaurant Wednesday morning, according to Modesto police.
Chief Deputy District Attorney Alan K. Cassidy and defense attorney and Modesto City Schools Board member Rubén Villalobos will be entering court from the judge’s chambers, taking gavels in Stanislaus County Superior Court.
The decision last week to pull the Christmas Day opening of the movie “The Interview” doesn’t sit well with a military veteran who served to protect, among other things, our rights to free speech and expression.
I suspect for many of you that this time of year is a bit hectic. I know for me that is indeed the case. It seems there is so much to do during the holidays: decorating the house (I’m still not done), shopping (I need to start!), planning for gatherings, cooking, and the list goes on.