Theft prevention tip: Watch your money
Modesto is experiencing a rash of auto thefts and residential and vehicle burglaries, police are reporting. Officials are offering weekly tips to protect you from theft:
Be extra careful with purses and wallets. Carry a purse under your arm. Keep a wallet in an inside jacket pocket, not a back trouser pocket.
For more crime prevention tips or to have a Neighborhood Watch meeting, call the Modesto Police Department Crime Prevention Unit at 572-9500.
How has the Iraq war touched you?
On March 19, the Iraq war marks its fifth anniversary. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have resulted in the deaths of nearly 4,500 members of the military. How much have the wars personally affected you? Please e-mail responses to firstname.lastname@example.org. Some respondents will be asked to share their stories on video. Please include a daytime phone number where you can be reached.
Memorial service set for fire victims
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Tuolumne City Memorial Hall for a retired Stanislaus County secretary and her mother, who were killed in a house fire in Jamestown last week. Goldie Kerr, 57, was trying to help her 83-year-old mother, Nobie Partain, escape the fire Feb. 26 when it consumed their mobile home on Chicken Ranch Road. Kerr's death drew an outpouring of emotion at the Stanislaus County public defender's office, where Kerr marked decades as an assistant remembered for caring attention, hard work and a quick wit. She had retired and was taking care of her mother, according to her niece and Partain's granddaughter, Michelle Jachetta. The memorial hall is at 18375 Fir Ave. in Tuolumne City.
Modestans compete on 'Family Feud'
A Modesto family will appear on the long-running TV game show "Family Feud" today. The Jordan family will square off against the Vanderveers of Fort Worth, Texas, on the nationally syndicated show. Playing for the Jordan family will be team captain and mom Dee, a homemaker; her husband Ken, a pastor; daughter Seri, a pharmaceutical technician; son-in-law Israel, a programmer; and daughter-in-law Kay, a city employee. "Family Feud" airs at 11 a.m. on Fox.
-- Marijke Rowland
50 YEARS AGO: Modesto's firefighters were reinforced with a $26,890 pump truck capable of shooting a stream of water as far as 400 feet, or higher than any building in the city. The equipment was to remain in the downtown fire station until completion of the proposed firehouse on East Orangeburg Avenue.
-- Karen Aiello