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Ken Carlson

Son goes to bat for elder parents over ambulance bill

Dan Golden is not the first person to dispute with Medicare over an ambulance bill. No doubt, many people have shared his frustration. The federal program for Americans age 65 and older denied payment for an ambulance transport between Modesto and Oakdale for his father Oct. 10.

Kevin Valine

Modesto aims to wipe out graffiti

City officials are taking on one of Modesto’s scourges – graffiti. The city is getting close to rolling out a comprehensive campaign that includes stiffer fines for taggers, surveillance cameras, a smartphone app for the public to report graffiti, and more workers to paint over and remove graffiti.

Ken Carlson

Oakdale boy diagnosed with viral meningitis

Stanislaus County public health officials responded this week to a case of meningitis involving a student at Fair Oaks Elementary School in Oakdale. Dr. John Walker, county public health officer, said the 8-year-old boy was hospitalized and returned home Friday.

Kevin Valine

Modesto pays $105K to settle lawsuits, claims

Modesto paid $105,071.44 in the first quarter to resolve 22 lawsuits and claims filed against it. The payouts cover Jan. 1 through March 30 and include such incidents as a city vehicle rear-ending a car, falling trees and limbs damaging cars and buildings, and a malfunctioning automatic parking lot gate at Modesto Airport striking a truck as it was leaving the lot.