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Modesto-area drivers: Here’s what to do when you hear a siren

Lights flashing, sirens blaring, a giant red fire engine in your rear-view mirror; it’s enough to make some drivers panic. They stop in the middle of the street, pull over in the wrong direction and run red lights to get out of the way. The crews at Modesto Fire Station No. 5 at McHenry and Briggsmore avenues responded to 4,200 calls last year and have seen it all. So I asked them for some reminders about yielding to emergency vehicles.

Jeff Jardine

Visit McHenry Mansion to see McClure collection remnants

The mid-1970s sale of McClure Ranch to the city of Modesto came with big plans, but no money or follow through. More than 100 pieces of furniture and other items deeded from the McClures were stored in John Muir School, and three-fourths were lost in the 2007 blaze. If you want to see any of the collection on display now, you need to visit McHenry Mansion, not the McClure place.

Jeff Jardine

When murder cases past and more recent have plenty of appeal(s)

Before Scott Peterson, Cary Stayner or any of the other more high-profile defendants from the Valley went to prison, Modesto experienced Elbert Lee Easley. In fact, Easley’s 1979 murder trial was outsourced to Monterey County because the case drew so much media attention in Modesto. Despite rumors to the contrary, he’s still alive and in state prison.

Jeff Jardine

Chopra fraud case could be rare one when it comes to restitution

Convicted of fraud in a federal case, Aruna Chopra of Modesto was ordered to pay $4.2 million in restitution. The property where she wanted to build a theater complex, hotel, shopping center and condominiums is for sale, and when it sells, the victims – who include the city of Modesto and lenders – will be made whole or close to it. That is rare in the world of restitution.

Jeff Jardine

Hit-and-run crash becomes giving moment for MJC auto body students

Modesto Junior College auto body staff, students and others step up to help Empire’s Anthony De La Garza, a severely disabled man whose van was damaged by a hit-and-run driver in December. Awaiting remade wheelchair-lift parts, it soon will be as good as new, and he got his first look during an emotional unveiling Friday at the school.

Jeff Jardine

The F-word Geragos should have used: ‘Fail’

During a panel discussion about a documentary film depicting Scott Peterson as a victim deserving a new trial, his trial attorney, Mark Geragos, claimed he dropped an F-bomb on Judge Alfred Delucchi. Perhaps the F-word here should be “fail” and directed at the lawyer himself.

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Turlock firefighters rescue kittens after fire

After knocking down a fire threatening a structure on West Main Street in Turlock, Calif., on May 2, 2016, Turlock Fire Department firefighters rescued four kittens and eventually returned them safely to their mother, who returned to the scene as firefighters were cleaning up. (Turlock Fire Department)
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