Leaving baby in car wrong, mom says
A 21-year-old Sonora woman admitted making a mistake when she left her infant son in her sport utility vehicle while she had her hair colored, but she said, sheriff's deputies overreacted when they arrested her. Sara Kelley said she left her 8-month-old son, David, in the vehicle Monday because he had fallen asleep after having a difficult night. Someone saw the child and called deputies, who arrested Kelley on suspicion of child endangerment. Kelley was freed after posting $25,000 bail. She is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday. Hairstylist Morgan Minners said Kelley's vehicle was parked in front of the salon, about 20 feet from her chair. Minners said she doesn't feel the boy was in any danger.
Memorial Day events in the area
Ceremonies honoring those who died serving their country will begin at 11 a.m. today at San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery. For information about this and other events throughout the valley and nearby foothills, see Page B-3. For photo galleries, videos and interactive graphics saluting military personnel who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan, go to www.modbee.com/local and look under the "Memorial Day events and tributes" banner.
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A pig, a prank and trouble in Gustine
Senior pranks are "going to happen," Gustine's interim Police Chief Devon Stavrowsky said, but the latest one "got totally out of hand." It led to the death of a pig and about $4,500 worth of damage. Page B-3
Recession or not?
Is the United States facing a prolonged recession? Yes, unless the government does something to stop it, says Mark Weisbrot, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research. No, unless the Fed messes things up, says Kerry Lynch, director of research at the American Institute for Economic Research. Read both views in Opinions, Page B-7.
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 "In Service" feature, which runs occasionally. Family members wanting to submit information should include name, age, rank, branch of service, hometown, specialty, where the individual is 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 email@example.com.