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Tuolumne deputies investigating suspicious death in Sonora

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.

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Promises kept: Girl Scout troop’s longevity honors leader lost to cancer

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.

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Modesto to pay $850,000 to settle police lawsuit

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.

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Homes threatened by fire in Knights Ferry

Cal Fire deploys air and ground crews to quickly stop the blaze in the Stanislaus River canyon. (Andy Alfaro/ aalfaro@modbee.com)
Homes threatened by fire in Knights Ferry 1:01

Homes threatened by fire in Knights Ferry

Modesto Gospel Mission Backpack Giveaway 1:16

Modesto Gospel Mission Backpack Giveaway

Man shot in neck in west Modesto 0:43

Man shot in neck in west Modesto

Video from shooting outside Modesto Costco 0:18

Video from shooting outside Modesto Costco