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Jeff Jardine

Noncomforming Ceres trailer park along Hwy. 99 on its way out

The Lazy Wheels Mobile Home Park has rested along Highway 99 for nearly 70 years. But Caltrans, which acquired the property when it expanded the Whitmore Avenue overpass completed in 2011, is selling the land, and the city is changing the zoning. So, the park and its 30 or so trailers – and many longtime residents – must relocate.

Bee Investigator

The stories behind Modesto’s auto theft capital status

Every year, thousands of vehicles are stolen in Stanislaus County. Every week, The Bee runs the booking photos of suspects who are caught. Behind every statistic and mug shot is a victim who has to rely on others to get to work or get their kids to school, who has to scrimp and scrape to repair or replace their vehicle and who has lasting feelings their personal space was violated.

News

Bee Investigator: Cops, firefighters partner up for new Fire Investigation Unit

The Stanislaus Regional Fire Investigation Unit is a partnership between Stanislaus County, Modesto, Ceres and Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District. The model is designed to have fire investigators determining origin and cause and law enforcement personnel conducting the criminal investigation with the intent to mitigate bias and have each function working to its core strengths.

Jeff Jardine

Mystery over, but not misery, for family of missing Modesto woman

Lisa Toledo Valdez disappeared in July 2015, last seen near Dryden Park golf course along the Tuolumne River in Modesto. Her remains were discovered in another river in another county more than two months ago, and DNA confirmed the identity. Her family, suspecting the worst for the past few months, at least knows her fate, which, they say, is better than living with the unknown.

Videos

SFW's Plays of the Week

Here are some of the top plays in Week 5 of the Stanislaus District football season on Friday, Sept. 23, 2016. The highlights are presented by Doctors Medical Center. (Brian Clark/bclark@modbee.com)
SFW's Plays of the Week 1:40

SFW's Plays of the Week

Great Valley Museum's Wild Planet Day 1:02

Great Valley Museum's Wild Planet Day

Charlotte police release body- and dash-cam video of Scott shooting (Graphic content) 1:09

Charlotte police release body- and dash-cam video of Scott shooting (Graphic content)

No Use: Noncomforming Trailer Park Going 1:51

No Use: Noncomforming Trailer Park Going