Rick Ferroni calls it his “nightmare on Elm Street” – a Salida lot filled with junk, a homeless man camped behind the home, abandoned vehicles on the street and front yards cluttered with old appliances. He complains that Stanislaus County is not doing enough to require other property owners to comply with codes.
Modesto community leaders weighed in on the new TV drama “American Crime,” which uses Modesto as its setting. After watching a screening of the premiere episode, opinions were split on the series and how it portrays the Central Valley city.
A judge on Wednesday dropped one count of sexual misconduct against a former Modesto Junior College instructor and police officer because a woman the prosecution says was a victim refused to continue her testimony. Two counts remain.
The bell rings. Johansen High teens amble out of Debbie Sessa’s French class as she calls out instructions and reminders. “It’s not what you teach them, it’s that you show them you care. It’s good, at the beginning and end of class, to check in,” said Sessa, the newly named California League of High Schools 2015 Teacher of the Year.
A veteran Merced County correctional officer is accused of sexually touching three women – an inmate and two Sheriff’s Department employees, according to criminal charges filed by the District Attorney’s Office.
Faced with a dual-language program that’s bursting at the seams, Turlock Unified School District trustees took steps to start a sister program at a second campus and move its sixth-grade class to a middle school. The board also decided to boost the pay of Superintendent Sonny Da Marto, who announced he will retire June 30.
Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson no longer is a defendant in a wrongful-death lawsuit brought by survivors of a locksmith killed alongside a deputy sheriff in 2012. But others in Christianson’s department remain on the hook, with a trial scheduled for August.
Several years passed at Covenant Village in Turlock before anyone there knew that soft-spoken resident Herb Miller had survived the attack on Pearl Harbor. But the staff plans to make a big deal out of his service when he celebrates his 100th birthday soon.
A man convicted of scamming $5.8 million from homeowners facing foreclosure in Stanislaus County and beyond could face a prison term of 24 to 30 years when he is sentenced Thursday in federal court in Sacramento. Victims of Alan David Tikal’s foreclosure rescue scam can offer statements at his sentencing.
Struggling to come up with a dinner menu? Tired of wading through wads of grocery coupons? Know there was a reward coming but can’t find it? No worries, Save Mart shoppers. There’s an app for that. The company announced the launch Wednesday of the Save Mart smartphone app for stores throughout the Central Valley, Sacramento and Reno.
A woman the prosecution says was a victim in a Modesto sexual abuse case on Tuesday told the judge she can no longer continue testifying, because the defense attorney’s questions were “appalling.” The judge could exclude all the testimony from this witness, drop one of the charges or end the trial.
State and federal officials favoring fish habitat are to blame for the Oakdale Irrigation District’s tentative plan to drain Tulloch Lake this summer, OID leaders told dozens of anxious lake-area residents. The board also said it is likely to cancel plans to pay farmers who agree to sell water to out-of-county buyers.
Tightening water supplies in California will reinforce its shift to almonds, walnuts and other high-value crops, an economist said Monday to the Northern California chapter of the Appraisal Institute, which was meeting in Modesto.
Owing to warmer-than-normal temperatures, residents could be scratching after they dry out from the rainfall this weekend. Dave Heft, general manager of the Turlock Mosquito Abatement District, said the conditions should be right for mosquitoes to breed in puddles, flower pots and trees in residential areas of the Northern San Joaquin Valley.
Dr. Pankaj Patel, administrator David Thompson and their Turlock attorney, Mike Warda, spoke Wednesday to the 11-member commission that governs Health Plan of San Joaquin. They advocated for dental surgery centers and the low-income children who receive badly needed treatment at the centers.
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.