News & Notes

Attendance facts

For the second year in a row, many schools in Stanislaus County are participating in the "Every Day Counts" campaign to focus attention on the importance of student attendance and to raise attendance rates.

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In May, "Prize Troopers" from the Stanislaus County Office of Education will visit schools to award prizes to students who had excellent attendance.

Police offer tips to fight ID theft, more

The Housing Authority of Stanislaus County, in partnership with the Modesto Police Department and Paradise South Weed and Seed programs, is planning a seminar Thursday to teach people how to avoid identity theft, consumer fraud, lottery scams and more. It will be from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Stanislaus County Housing Authority Westview Gardens Community Center, 1701 Robertson Road in Modesto. Modesto police Sgt. Craig Plante will talk about identity theft, consumer fraud, and ATM and lottery scams. There will be free parking at Iglesia Bautista Emanuel Church, 1318 Hays St. Modesto City Schools will provide Spanish translation headsets, and supervision is available for children ages 6 to 17 years old. To reserve a seat, call 557-2051.

Allen attorney asks to have case tossed

The attorney for Columbus Allen Jr. II, left, has submitted eight reasons to throw out an indictment that says Allen should face trial on suspicion of killing a California Highway Patrol officer. In a 54-page motion, Allen's lawyer said a host of procedural quirks should prompt a Stanislaus County Superior Court judge to dismiss the capital case, a move that would force the district attorney's office to start over with a new criminal complaint. Page B-2


50 YEARS AGO: By a vote of 3-2, Stanislaus County supervisors decided to raise the pay of the county recorder from $700 a month to $800 a month. The majority who favored the increase based their action on the personal record of the serving recorder, Richard Waring, not the value of the office itself.

25 YEARS AGO: Because of the poor economy, all 12 nurses employed by Modesto City Schools received layoff notices. Superintendent Robert Otto confirmed that although only seven were expected to lose their jobs if state funding was not increased, all 12 received notices because seniority rankings were

not clear.

-- Karen Aiello