MPD checkpoint set up for Saturday
The Modesto police Traffic Unit will conduct a driver's license and sobriety checkpoint Saturday at an undisclosed location within the city limit. Eight officers and one sergeant will staff the checkpoint. The goal is to save lives by reducing collisions caused by driving under the influence, police said. The checkpoints are funded by the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Local 'Top Chef' hopeful on quest
Following the "Top Chef" culinary exploits of 28-year-old Los Banos native Ryan Scott:
Quickfire Challenge: Create a signature deep dish pizza.
Elimination Challenge: Head-to-head classic dish cookoff.
Judging Ryan: His quickfire pizza had him in the top tier, but his inability to grasp a classic chicken piccata had him on the verge of elimination.
Chopping Block: Nimma's salty shrimp scampi sent her packing.
On the Net: www.bravotv.com/Top_Chef/season/4
Be safe; stay alert
Modesto is experiencing a rash of auto thefts and residential and vehicle burglaries, police report. Officials are offering weekly tips to protect you and your vehicle:
When you are out shopping, have your keys in your hand before you go to your car.
Pedestrian critical after being struck
A Riverbank man was in critical condition at Memorial Medical Center on Wednesday night after a car struck him as he crossed Claus Road on Tuesday night. Adam Weaver, 29, was walking near Terminal Avenue south of Riverbank about 10:25 p.m. when he was hit, said deputy Royjindar Singh, a Stanislaus County sheriff's spokesman. Sheriff's investigators were trying to determine the circumstances that led to the accident, Singh said. The driver of the vehicle was not cited or arrested, Singh said. The driver's name was not available Wednesday night.
50 YEARS AGO: The opening of G Street onto La Loma about doubled the traffic on G, according to a report to the City Council by Douglas Carmody, director of parking and traffic. Carmody asked that stop signs at 15th and G streets be switched to stop the cars on 15th. In the prior three years, traffic on 15th dipped from 1,400 cars daily to 824 while G Street gained in numbers from 1,000 to 2,150 cars daily.