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Monday night northeast Modesto blaze keeps fire crews busy

Modesto firefighters were back at it again on Monday night, tending to their seventh house fire in two days. At 7:38 p.m., crews were called to the 2600 block of Cabernet Court a few blocks northeast of the Coffee Road/Floyd Avenue intersection on a report of a structure fire.

Education

Merced contractor arrested on bribery charges in connection with Los Banos school project

Greg Opinski, a Merced Union High School District board member and owner of Greg Opinksi construction, was arrested this morning on a warrant charging him with four counts of bribing public officials, a law enforcement source confirmed to the Sun-Star. Opinski, 53, is accused of paying off at least one trustee with the Los Banos Unified School board in connection with the controversial expansion project at Mercey Springs Elementary School, the official confirmed.

Crime

Sonora teen arrested for crash after fleeing DUI checkpoint

An 18-year-old Sonora woman sped away from a DUI checkpoint and crashed into two parked cars early Saturday morning. Crysta Butynski was arrested for under the influence of alcohol, as well as for being under 21 years of age and driving under the influence, according to Sonora police.

Turlock

Youths gather at newly opened Turlock skate park

The newly opened Brandon “Cookie” Koch Memorial Skate Park offers a venue for youths on skateboards, scooters and roller blades. The old skate park, between the old Turlock police headquarters and Turlock Irrigation District office at Canal Drive and Palm Street, closed a year ago.

Videos

Four escape house fire in northeast Modesto

Four poeple escaped injury after a fire broke out in a home on Cabernet Court in east Modesto on Monday, Aug. 29, 2016. There was no immediate cause of the fire, which is under investigation, according to Battalion Chief Jesse Nicasio of the Modesto Fire Department. (Brian Clark/bclark@modbee.com)
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Four escape house fire in northeast Modesto

Fire destroys north Modesto home 0:53

Fire destroys north Modesto home

Woman comes home to fire 0:40

Woman comes home to fire

Family dog dies after car hits house 0:33

Family dog dies after car hits house