Councilman named Modesto vice mayor
Councilman Garrad Marsh is the new vice mayor of Modesto. The City Council voted unanimously Wednesday night to appoint Marsh to fill in for Mayor Jim Ridenour when he is away. Marsh succeeds Brad Hawn as vice mayor.
Convicted killer must stay in prison
A Modesto man who was convicted of second-degree murder in the death of a Downey High School teacher was found unsuitable for parole after a hearing at Mule Creek State Prison in Ione. According to a statement from the district attorney's office, Stoney Hunt, 44, would pose an unreasonable risk to the community if he were released because he had not completed rehabilitation programs and won't admit his culpability in the death of John Crahan. Crahan was shot to death in 1983 during a foiled kidnapping attempt by Hunt and three other teenagers. Hunt is serving a term of
15 years to life in prison. He will have another parole hearing in 2009.
Get rid of your electronic waste
If you want to get rid of your old computer, printer, TV, stereo or other electronic equipment, Hilmar is the place to be Saturday. Hilmar Unified School District will serve as a collector of electronic waste from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in front of the district transportation department, 7807 Lander Ave. There is no charge. It is illegal in California to throw electronic equipment in the trash because most items contain toxic elements. The items collected will be trucked away and recycled by Fresno-based Electronic Recyclers.
Family pet perishes in Modesto fire
Modesto firefighters made a quick search of a burning, smoke-filled home Thursday morning and found that none of the residents was inside the dwelling, fire officials said. The only victim was a dog that perished in the 10:40 a.m. fire on Ricky Avenue, west of Carver Road and south of Briggsmore Avenue. A neighbor who called 911 told dispatchers that an adult and two children possibly were inside the single-story home. After searching the home and extinguishing the blaze, firefighters learned that everyone already had left. The fire, which started in the kitchen, caused $120,000 in damage, officials said. The occupants of the home were referred to the American Red Cross for assistance.
25 YEARS AGO: The purchase of City Hospital in Modesto by National Medical Enterprises became official. Tony Pace, spokesman for the Santa Monica-based health care conglomerate, refused to disclose the purchase price. The 121-bed general hospital at 16th and H streets specialized in obstetrics and infant care.
-- Karen Aiello