MEMORIAL TREE PLANTING FOR HIT-AND-RUN VICTIM
Family and friends of an Oakdale man killed in a hit-and-run in December in Waterford are marking the six-month anniversary of the homicide with a tree planting and a $10,000 reward. Blake Barry, 20, died at an Oakdale hospital after being found in the roadway at Dorsey and E streets in Waterford about 1:30 a.m. Dec. 29. Stanislaus County sheriff’s deputies had responded to the scene after a report of a large fight and shots fired. Juanita Bovee, Barry’s mother, said a $10,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for his death. Sunday at 6:30 p.m., she will be at 12508 Dorsey St., near the crash scene, for a memorial tree planting for her son. Bovee expects the detective investigating the case also will be present. Fliers have been posted “all over” Waterford and Oakdale encouraging attendance, she said. Bovee, who began a “Justice for Blake Barry” Facebook page, said the $10,000 reward will increase as donations are received. Donations are being accepted at Farmers & Merchants Bank, 901 N. Carpenter Road, Suite 90, Modesto, (209) 571-4000, in the Trust for Blake Barry account. Detectives have identified the vehicle in the hit-and-run as being a dark-colored, 2007-09 Nissan Altima. Officials ask anyone with information about the hit-and-run to call Detective Greg Buck at (209) 525-7103 or Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636. For more, go to www.stancrimetips.org/crimes/detail.asp?ID=343.
MODESTO RALLY ON IMMIGRATION REFORM SATURDAY
Faith, labor and community leaders are organizing a rally and canvass Saturday in Modesto to engage registered voters on the lack of progress on immigration reform in the House of Representatives. “With the lack of progress on immigration reform by House leadership, we have witnessed deportations hit record numbers here and in the rest of the country,” said Alma Lepez of Mi Familia Vota, one of the organizing groups, in a news release. “It has been a year since the Senate moved on immigration reform. This is a huge disappointment to our immigrant community.” A coordinated national day of action has been organized to call on Congress to act to stop deporting and separating families by taking a vote on immigration reform, according to the news release from Mi Familia Vota. Other organizations involved in Saturday’s event include Congregations Building Community, El Concilio and the Modesto Immigration Coalition. The rally will begin at 9 a.m. at 1349 Crows Landing Road (at Hatch Road). In the canvass, participants will knock on doors and engage voters at public locations. To learn more, call Sergio Lara, California deputy director of Mi Familia Vota, at (209) 526-5727 or visit www.mifamiliavota.us.
BICYCLE RODEO AT RIVERBANK FARMERS MARKET
The city of Riverbank and the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department’s Riverbank Police Services are partnering with local businesses and the California Office of Traffic Safety to offer a bicycle rodeo at the Riverbank farmers market on Wednesday at 5 p.m. Deputies and staff from Riverbank Police Services will set up a bicycle course to instruct youths on riding safely. Police Services will provide free bicycle licensing for any unregistered bike in the city. Police Chief Erin Kiely says every bicycle should be licensed, in case it’s lost or stolen, so that serial numbers can be matched with the owners of found or recovered bikes. Bike helmets will be required for participation in the rodeo. Through private donations and the California Office of Transportation, helmets will be provided for those without them. Bicycles for kids who want to take part in the rodeo but don’t have bikes will be provided through an OTS grant and a donation from Target community safety funding. Stanislaus Consolidated Fire will have staff on scene to give checkups on bicycles, looking for potential safety hazards. Contact Deputy Gary Vernon of Riverbank Police Services at (209) 863-7142 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.