As a train approaches in the distance, the sound of its horn can conjure romantic images of a foggy London train station or the Polar Express with a conductor on board ready to serve you hot chocolate. But if the horn is blaring by your home in the middle of the night, startling you from sleep, you might have a different take.
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.
Shoppers filled parking lots and were spending their dollars Sunday on the last weekend of shopping before Christmas. Nationwide, retailers were counting on the last 10 days of holiday shopping to cash in on the 2014 season.
The man who shot and killed two police officers in New York City on Saturday, targeting them solely because of the uniforms they wore, boasted to two people about what he was about to do just moments before he opened fire on the officers as they sat in their patrol car.
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