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.
The recent video posted online in which some Central Catholic students made death threats against an African American student jolted the community. Members of the local clergy council, meanwhile, were equally alarmed by an incident involving a pot-smoking but unarmed young man and an off-duty Ripon police officer they believe could have turned tragic in a flash.
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.
A lawsuit filed recently by a local government watchdog demands that Modesto Irrigation District stop using residential electricity revenues to subsidize farm-water rates, but it really calls attention to board members’ ability to cast votes that benefit them directly and financially.
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.
When you tour the downtown Modesto gem that is the McHenry Mansion, any one of the docents can tell you its story, its history and all about the lifestyles of the rich and locally famous McHenry family.
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.
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.
So what’s in a name? Controversy brews over whether the 51Fifty energy drink label is demeaning to people with mental illnesses. Some say it is. Others say it helps raise awareness of the cause. Owner says he intends to use it to accomplish the latter, as he has done with autism awareness.
The political saga continues in Patterson, where Councilwoman Sheree Lustgarten no longer sits next to the councilman a restraining order keeps her away from except during meetings. The city wants the state attorney general to help oust her, claiming she perjured herself, committed fraud and is harassing others in the city. “This madness must end,” city officials wrote in a letter to Patterson residents.
Nelson’s Columbia Candy Kitchen began turning out chocolates and other sweets in 1922, more than two decades before Columbia became a state park. After Delaware North claimed trademark rights in Yosemite National Park, state wants to make sure its parks are affected similarly. But the bill’s language, if left unchanged, would strip ownership of longtime businesses and intellectual properties.
In a 2012 case in which a crash victim is said to have become a prisoner, a badly injured Oakdale man has been stuck in Utah hospitals and care facilities after a court made him a ward of the state. Going on four years later, a father is still trying to bring his son home and extricate him from a bureaucratic nightmare.
Modesto JC's Donovan Wallace scored three victories, including a record performance in the 100 meters, during the Big 8 Track Championships on Thursday, April 28, 2016, at Modesto, Calif. (By Ron Agostini, firstname.lastname@example.org)
MJC Sprinter Dominates Big 8 Track
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