Bee in Turlock: Your chance to chill the police chief

09/03/2014 4:43 PM

09/03/2014 7:35 PM

Here’s your chance to exact revenge for that parking ticket you didn’t think you deserved.

Police Chief Rob Jackson has accepted the popular ice bucket challenge for the ALS Association, but with a twist: The department will collect donations, and whoever gives the most gets to douse the chief with ice water.

The challenge has gone viral in recent weeks as celebrities, politicians and regular folks dump ice water over their heads and challenge others to do so while giving to the nonprofit group. The ALS Association raises money for research into amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a progressive disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord.

In Turlock, donations will be accepted at the police records department in the public safety center, 244 N. Broadway, through 3 p.m. Sept. 12.

The lucky donor who gives the most will get to dump a bucket of ice water on Jackson at 10 a.m. Sept. 19.

Elsewhere around town:

Anyone interested in volunteering at the Carnegie Arts Center is invited to an informational meeting Saturday.

According to a news release, volunteers have greeted more than 15,000 visitors and docents have led tours for more than 6,000 schoolchildren since the center reopened in September 2011.

“Events staffed by volunteers have also included lectures, poetry, music, dance, theater, films and family programs. As a private, nonprofit organization, the Carnegie Arts Center Foundation relies on volunteers for essential help in every aspect of operating the center,” the release said.

Volunteer positions are available in areas such as customer service, special events, clerical and exhibitions. Training is provided. Volunteers must be at least 15 years old and able to commit to at least four hours per month.

The meeting will be at 9 a.m. at the Arts Center, 250 N. Broadway. Sign-up forms can be downloaded from the center website, For more information, call (209) 632-5761.

Firefighters will be battling a major blaze on North Golden State Boulevard on the north side of town this weekend. It’s part of a live fire training event set from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day.

During that time, Roberts Road will be closed between Mountain View Road and Golden State. North Golden State will be reduced to one lane in the area.

Authorities said in a news release that they will work to mitigate any impacts from smoke. “If significant amounts of smoke should become an issue, the Turlock Fire Department will adjust the training accordingly.”

For any area residents with questions or concerns, staff will be on hand at the training site both days.

And finally:

Bicycle theft on college campuses is nothing new. But with the new semester underway, the California State University, Stanislaus, Police Department is issuing a warning to students.

Only a week and a half into the fall semester, the department already has taken a bike theft report, officers said on their Facebook page. The unlocked bike was taken from a rack near the dorms.

“Unfortunately, bike thieves often venture onto college campuses and are good at blending in,” the department said. “Last year, we caught a guy who fashioned himself a bolt-cutter necklace that he wore under his sweatshirt. It probably only took him a few seconds to lean down nonchalantly and cut the thin cable locks.”

Authorities advise locking bicycles, preferably with a solid, U-lock device, to ensure they stay where they’re supposed to be.

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