MedicAlert CEO leaving organization
Paul Kortschak, chief executive officer of MedicAlert Foundation, is resigning after leading the Turlock-based nonprofit organization for three years. "I am leaving to pursue another opportunity," Kortschak said in a BlackBerry message Thursday. "I have accomplished the goals I set for myself. I wish the employees continued success in fulfilling the life-saving mission of the foundation."
A MedicAlert spokesman was unavailable Thursday to discuss the timing of his departure or the search for a new CEO. Kortschak became the foundation's top executive in April 2004. His predecessor, Tanya Glazebrook, resigned after her 2003 arrest on theft charges, which were later dismissed.
Victim in burn case is Livingston woman
Merced County sheriff's officials released the identity of a woman badly burned and left for dead early Wednesday, but provided few other details at a news conference Thursday. Rosa Alicia Avina, 27, of Livingston remains in critical condition at a Bay Area hospital with burns over 95 percent of her body.
New system lets you schedule inspections
Modesto last week launched an automated system that allows residents to schedule building inspections, replacing an outdated method that often required multiple calls to set dates. The phone number to schedule inspections is still 571-5881.
Calling military kin: Honor those serving
The Bee is searching for information about men and women from the Modesto area serving in the Middle East as part of our weekly "In Service" feature, which appears Sundays. Family members wanting to submit information should include name, age, rank, branch of service, hometown, specialty, where they're serving, names of immediate family members and their hometowns, and a little background on the service member. A color photo also is needed. Send information to Pat Machado, P.O. Box 5256, Modesto 95352; or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
75 YEARS AGO: The purchase of the High Brothers' cigar store and billiard room on I Street between 10th and 11th in downtown Modesto was announced by R.E. "Pat" Cadrett and Frank Vaccaro. The establishment had been operated for the past 3½ years by B.H. and L.H. High.
25 YEARS AGO: Modestan John Etcheverry placed fourth among the 19 entrants in the Mr. Teen-age Sacramento bodybuilding competition. It was Etcheverry's first competition, and the Stanislaus State freshman finished just three points out of third place.
-- Karen Aiello