For decades, Bob Conway would walk into the office of Orville Wright Elementary School in Modesto’s Airport Neighborhood and give officials money to buy children Christmas gifts. He, too, grew up in what is one of Modesto’s poorest areas and wanted to give back to the community. He just wanted it to be his little secret. It’s a secret no more.
A defendant accused of murder testified that she dropped off three co-defendants not far from where Erick Gomez was stabbed and shot in north Modesto last year but that she didn’t see the violent confrontation or hear gunfire.
A low-cost innovation to handle stormwater in the Parklawn neighborhood in south Modesto has not been well received. Also, Golden Valley Health Center employees continue to air their grievances with management
Hundreds of needy families received Christmas food and toys Friday through The Salvation Army’s annual holiday giveaway. The giveaway continues today, and The Salvation Army’s Modesto Citadel Corps expects to help more than 1,000 families.
The Police Department is moving 10 officers from specialty units – including those who work at Modesto’s high schools – and putting them into patrol to meet a staffing shortage. Police Chief Galen Carroll said he is doing this because the department is losing officers to retirement and better-paying Bay Area agencies faster than it can replace them.
Stanislaus County has hired NCM Engineering Corp. to handle the work of getting government approvals for upgrading the Sperry Avenue and Interstate 5 interchange, though building the upgrades still depends on growth in Patterson and Diablo Grande.
The city could know within six months whether commercial flights will return to Modesto Airport next year. The city and its airport consultant – Sixel Consulting Group – say they are talking with Utah-based SkyWest Airlines about resuming passenger air service. Modesto is aiming for twice-daily flights between Modesto and Los Angeles in 50-seat jets.
Clutching M-16 rifles, the Afghan soldiers nervously stood watch on a sand-colored ridge next to a mud house blown apart by gunfire. A week earlier, their unit pushed out the Taliban from this village. Now, the insurgents were only a mile away, determined to recapture the territory.