Crime

Modesto high schools losing campus cops

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.

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Modesto aims to land commercial flights in 2015

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.

Crime

Crime-fighting eye in sky comes with high price tag for Stanislaus

The Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department will pay a steep price for a surveillance camera to take video of suspected drug dealers in action. The Wescam MX-10 long-distance surveillance camera, which will be mounted on the department’s Cessna 206 airplane, will cost an eye-popping $414,060 for the equipment – and installation is not included.

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Stanislaus road tax vote rolling toward 2016

A Stanislaus countywide ballot initiative in 2016 to raise the sales tax for road projects moved a step closer to reality Wednesday. The Stanislaus Council of Governments agreed to search for a suitable public outreach consultant and formally asked the agency’s staff to begin developing a spending plan that might build voter support for a higher tax.

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