Despite rumors of its demise, this year’s Dia de los Muertos – Day of the Dead – celebration in downtown Modesto is alive and well and returning on Saturday. The false rumors stemmed from an illness in the family of Maggie Mejia, president of the Latino Community Roundtable, which is presenting the event.
When Modesto gets a mention in the media, it’s too often unflattering. Not this week, though. A TV show came to film with no intent of dissing the town. And a geocaching event will be here Saturday, highlighting the city’s most beloved landmarks.
Gas prices are dropping – a lot. A quick scan of modestogasprices.com Wednesday morning showed several stations in the Northern San Joaquin Valley offering regular unleaded for less than $3 per gallon, with the lowest price, $2.95, available at Modesto Truck Plaza on S. 7th St.
Tuesday’s mishmash begins with hopes that a billboard will help solve a 2010 hit-and-run case that left a 25-year-old woman dead east of Riverbank. Last spring, the California Highway Patrol investigators tried to step up their probe into the death of Amy Lynn Freeseha.
Auto theft investigators went looking for a stolen flatbed truck this week. They didn’t find that truck, but they arrested two men and found seven stolen vehicles in Turlock, Hughson, Modesto and Ceres.
Drivers who run a red light at a Modesto intersection with a red-light camera still don’t have to worry about getting a citation in the mail. The Police Department has decided to keep the red-light camera program on hiatus as it continues to talk with the camera provider – Redflex Traffic Systems – about paying less for the cameras under a new contract.