FIRE BURNS VEGETATION NEAR RIVERBANK TRACKS
A vegetation fire broke out at about 8:30 p.m. Sunday on the 5700 block of Terminal Avenue, about a quarter-mile north of Claribel Road in Riverbank. The fire burned about 5 acres of tall grass and other vegetation, said Battalion Chief Rick Bussell of the Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District. Firefighters were able to keep the flames from homes and a commerical building, he said. No injuries were reported. The cause is under investigation. The site is close to the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad. The district had help on the scene from fire crews from Modesto, Oakdale and Escalon.
COLUMBIA ADDS DATE FOR MURDER MYSTERY
Due to popular demand, another Murder Mystery Mornings show at Columbia State Historic Park has been added on Saturday at 1 p.m. Join park staff and costumed volunteers in a live re-enactment to solve a real case: the Gaherty-Jarvis Shooting, which occurred in Columbia in 1856. Now, 158 years later, the public is invited to participate in a “cold case” investigation. After watching the incident occur, the public will interview the witnesses and participate in a coroner’s inquest to try to decide who, if anyone, is responsible for any crimes that might have occurred. Other History’s Mysteries events will be held Saturday and Aug. 16 and 30 at 10 a.m. As space is limited, reservations are recommended and can be made by calling (209) 588-9128. Cost is $5 adults, $1 children. Due to the violent theme of the events, parents may find it inappropriate for children under 12. Each must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.