Stanislaus sheriff’s deputy faces domestic violence charge

A Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department detective faces a domestic violence charge after his arrest earlier this month. Acting Ceres police Chief Brent Smith confirmed that Francisco “Frank” Soria was arrested at the Ceres Police Department on Jan. 5 and booked at the Stanislaus County Jail on suspicion of domestic violence.


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More Latinos signing up through health exchange

Covered California reported that a larger number of Latinos are applying for insurance from the state’s health exchange. Through Monday, more than 300,000 state residents had inquired about coverage and were found to be eligible under the federal health law. Latinos made up 50 percent of those who gave information about their ethnicity.

Jeff Jardine

Jeff Jardine: Young Modesto writers make healing personal

Somerset Middle School teacher Susan Romero discovered that 15 of her students in 2012 had lost loved ones and were dealing with the emotions of those losses. So she persuaded 13 of them to write about their experience and assembled it into a book intended to help other teens face the same dilemmas.