The Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a suspicious death at Elsey’s Pond off Sullivan Creek, near Mono Way, in Sonora. The man was identified Friday afternoon as a 36-year-old transient, Zachariah Hickie. His body was found near where a vegetation fire started early Friday.
A report by the Auto Insurance Center, titled “Jammed,” says Turlock drivers average $31 per year in commute-related expenditures, the lowest cost in the nation. Turlockers also have the least time lost in traffic delays – just one hour a year, the report states.
Modesto Girl Scout Troop 3380 always was, and always will be, “Kristen’s troop” – even now that its 12 members have graduated high school. Joanne Serpa, troop leader for the past four years, said she’s been just the caretaker. Kristen Machado formed the troop in 2003 and led it for nine years. Seven of those, she also battled sarcoma cancer – a fight she lost in October 2012, less than two weeks before her 40th birthday.
Riverbank can expand its sphere of influence 80 percent, the Stanislaus Local Agency Formation Commission decided, but must address Oakdale Road traffic and pave the way for a second fire station before seeking formal annexation.
The knife-wielding man who was shot by an off-duty correctional officer at Costco on Thursday had been released from Doctors Behavioral Health Center two hours before the shooting, his sister said, noting that her brother has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
Robert Lee Woody says he gave the Stanislaus County District Attorney’s Office false information when he told authorities he saw Modesto attorney Frank Carson and then-California Highway Patrol Officer Walter Wells in Turlock where Korey Kauffman was killed.
A federal judge threw out a lawsuit against the Stanislaus County District Attorney’s Office before trial, saying a former prosecutor was disciplined for bad behavior and not because he supported his boss’s political opponent.
Modesto has agreed to pay $850,000 to settle a federal lawsuit filed against the city that claimed one of its officers used excessive force when he shot a distraught, suicidal man armed with a pocketknife in December 2010. The man’s attorneys say the shooting left him disabled and with cognitive deficits because of the lack of oxygen to his brain after being shot.