Salvation Army opens winter shelter
The Salvation Army's winter shelter in downtown Modesto opened this week for anyone needing a hot meal and a warm, dry, clean place to sleep. The shelter is in a remodeled warehouse at Ninth and D streets. It is open to men and women, but not children. Individuals cannot be on site before 6 p.m. Checkout time is 7 a.m. For more information, call 525-8954.
Former SJ guard facing sex charge
A former detention officer pleaded innocent in court Tuesday on charges of having sex with a 16-year-old inmate at San Joaquin County's juvenile hall. Robert Lee Lewis, 41, faces one count of child molestation and another count of unlawful intercourse. Judge Richard Vlavianos set a Dec. 17 pretrial conference.
50 YEARS AGO: The concrete and asphalt look of downtown Modesto streets was to be softened by small ornamental trees if a plan advanced by merchants was approved by the City Council. Members of the Modesto Retail Merchants, Downtown Division, had approved a program and hoped to get the city to provide the trees and maintenance.
25 YEARS AGO: More than 80 school bus drivers displayed their driving skills at the first Stanislaus County School Bus Roadeo at Crows Landing Naval Air Station. When it was over, Ron Mendoza of Modesto City Schools had won first place overall and in the masters division.
-- Karen Aiello