News & Notes

Police looking for a few good residents

Modesto police will start another session of its Citizens Academy on Oct. 18. The academy is free and for people ages 14 and older. Classes are held Thursdays from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Modesto Police Department, 600 10th St.

The eight-week academy is designed to inform the community how the department deals with such issues as gangs, drugs and family violence. Participants will have opportunities to see demonstrations by the K-9 unit and the Special Weapons and Tactics team, along with participating in shooting and driving simulations. Space is limited and only the first 50 applicants will be accepted. Applications are available at police headquarters or at www.modestopolice.com. For more information, call Jack Smith at the Modesto Police Department, 342-9140.


75 YEARS AGO: Modesto Junior College and Modesto High School were granted permission by the City Council to string banners advertising football games across main streets under the direction of City Engineer Frank J. Rossi. One banner would be allowed for each school. Police Commissioner A.N. Brown suggested the high school be required to pay for light globes he said were broken earlier in the week by pupils attempting to string a banner across a downtown street.

-- Karen Aiello