Veterans in the Modesto area will soon have a outpatient clinic. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held for the new clinic Friday.
The new clinic, which opens Feb. 27 at 1225 Oakdale Rd., is more than double the size of the current clinic and will offer expanded services for veterans.
Rep. Jeff Denham was the keynote speaker at the ceremony, attended by more than 100 veterans and supporters.
Modesto police are investigating two sexual assaults that happened three weeks ago on the Virginia Corridor.
Both attacks happened on Jan. 18 near the pedestrian foot bridge that crosses Briggsmore Avenue.
In the first case, a woman was running on the Virginia Corridor path just before 4 p.m. As she approached the foot bridge, she noticed a man running behind her. She told police he caught up to her and wrapped his arms around her, then began fondling her. She said she repeatedly told him to leave her alone. The woman was able to escape and she began yelling to get attention. The man then distanced himself from the woman and walked away.
The woman told police the man was black, in his late teens, about 5 feet 7 inches tall with a slim build. She said he had an “Afro” hairstyle with long sideburns and was wearing a large brown sweater, black jeans, headphones and was carrying a backpack.
Police said the second incident happened at about 6:15 p.m. that same day on the south end of the same pedestrian bridge. In that case, a female runner said she was grabbed by a man who was similar in appearance to the attacker in the first attack. She said he fondled her until she was able to shove him away. The man fled and was last seem running west on Granger Avenue.
On Feb. 5 at 5:30 p.m. police received a call stating a man was following women on the Virginia Corridor near Stoddard Avenue. Officers checked the area but were unable to locate the man. He was described as having an “Afro” hairstyle and was wearing a blue and black striped shirt.
Police ask anyone who may have information regarding these incidents to call Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward. Tipsters can also text information to Crime Stoppers by sending a text message to 274637. Just type “TIP704” along with your message.
By Justin J. Crowder
Although Marco Scutaro would take a nasty blow from Cardinals Right Fielder Matt Holliday as he slid into second base during the 1st inning of game 2 of the NLCS, Scutaro would remain in the game and energize not only the Giants players but also the 42,679 fans on hand to watch the Giants route the Cards 7-1. Giants Right Fielder Hunter Pence would say "it just kinda pumps you up...when you see on of your guys go down, you always want to win the game, but it's like 'let's go! Let's put it on the scoreboard'". Scutaro would leave in the 5th inning to have X-Rays on his hip, which came back negative. Good thing for the Giants as Scutaro's tremendous postseason play has captured the hearts of Bay Area fans much like former Giants outfielder Cody Ross did during the 2010 World Series run.
Ryan Vogelsong (the 2011 Willie Mac Award winner) would pitch beautifully giving the Giants a much needed 7 strong innings scattering 4 hits to go along with 4 K's and allowing just 1 run. Giants closer Sergio Romo who is also the owner of the coolest beard this side of Brian Wilson would get some much needed work in the ninth during a non-save situation. Vogelsong would be the first Giants starter to get past the sixth inning during this years postseason play, and it couldn't have came at a better time.
Giants outfielder Angel Pagan would hit his second home run of the postseason in the bottom of the first. The stat line was stellar for the Giants lead-off man as he compiled 2 hits, 2 runs, 2 RBI's, and a walk. The Giants look to become the 1st team in 25 years to have the fewest home runs of any team in the majors and make it to the World Series. What the Giants lack in pop they make up for with outstanding pitching, good solid defense, and a very smart veteran team and coaching staff. Filling in for Scutaro, 2nd baseman Ryan Theriot would also add a hit and 2 RBI's with National League MVP hopeful Buster Posey and a slimmed down always fun to watch 3rd baseman Pablo Sandoval both contributing with a hit each.
The series will take a travel day tomorrow as the two teams get ready to battle it out in St. Louis at the beautiful Busch Stadium on Wednesday Oct. 17th at 1pm. The Giants will send ace Matt Cain who went 16-5 with a 2.79 ERA and 193 strikeouts to the mound. The Cards will counter with right hander Kyle Lohse who went an impressive 16-3 with a 2.86 ERA and 143 strikeouts. Cain and Lohse both in this years hunt for the National League Cy Young Award will look to capture the all important and pivotal game 3 match-up in the NLCS.
ROSWELL, NEW MEXICO: After flying to an altitude of 39,044 meters (128,097 feet) in a helium-filled balloon, Felix Baumgartner completed a record breaking jump for the ages from the edge of space, exactly 65 years after Chuck Yeager first broke the sound barrier flying in an experimental rocket-powered airplane. The 43-year-old Austrian skydiving expert also broke two other world records (highest freefall, highest manned balloon flight), leaving the longest freefall record to project mentor Col. Joe Kittinger.
Baumgartner landed safely in the desert of New Mexico after jumping out of his space capsule at 39,044 meters and plunging back towards earth, hitting a maximum of speed of 1,137 km/h through the near vacuum of the stratosphere before being slowed by the atmosphere later during his 4:19-minute long freefall. Baumgartner's jump lasted a total of 9:03 minutes. Countless millions of people around the world watched his ascent and jump live on television broadcasts and live stream on the internet. At one point during his freefall Baumgartner appeared to spin rapidly, but he quickly re-gained control and moments later opened his parachute as members of the ground crew cheered and viewers around the world heaved a sigh of relief.
"It was an incredible up and down today, just like it's been with the whole project," a relieved Baumgartner said. "First we got off with a beautiful launch and then we had a bit of drama with a power supply issue to my visor. The exit was perfect but then I started spinning slowly. I thought I'd just spin a few times and that would be that, but then I started to speed up. It was really brutal at times. I thought for a few seconds that I'd lose consciousness. I didn't feel a sonic boom because I was so busy just trying to stabilize myself. We'll have to wait and see if we really broke the sound barrier. It was really a lot harder than I thought it was going to be."
Baumgartner and his team spent five years training and preparing for the mission that is designed to improve our scientific understanding of how the body copes with the extreme conditions at the edge of space.
Baumgartner had endured several weather-related delays before finally lifting off under bright blue skies and calm winds on Sunday morning. The Red Bull Stratos crew, watching from Mission Control, broke out into spontaneous applause when the balloon lifted off.
By Justin J. Crowder
The San Francisco Giants would once again raise the blood pressure of Bay Area and Central Valley fans as they would lose game 1 of the National League Championship Series 6-4 to the St. Louis Cardinals.For the first time since 1958 the two previous World Series Champions (Giants 10', Cards 11') would face each other in the playoffs. Starting Pitcher and 18 game winner Lance Lynn was poised to to take the mound against 23 year old 16 game winner and south paw Madison Bumgarner. The smell of celebratory Champagne lasted but a short time as the Giants washed away the euphoria of a 3-2 series victory over the Cincinnati Reds in the National League Divisional Series and began focusing and delivering the team mantra "Never underestimate the heart of a Giant" on the St. Louis Cardinals who defeated the Washington Nationals 3-2 in their own 5 game series. The Cards would strike first as 3rd baseman David Freese launched a two run homer in the top of the second inning. Freese who was last years World Series MVP admitted that after going up 6-0 against the Giants that "i'm thinking of the D.C. game" Freese would also say "They were up 6-0. We were up 6-0.And that shows that you've got to keep playing...We were fortunate enough that our bullpen came in and closed the door the rest of the way." Two nights earlier the Cards had comer back from a 6-0 deficit against the Nationals. The cards would bombard Bumgarner again in the fourth as 2nd baseman Daniel Descalso would hit a one-out double and short stop Pete Kozma would continue his outstanding post season play driving inDescalso with a double of his own to left field. After swiping third base the bleeding would continue ascenter fielder Jon Jay singled in Kozma from third. Once former Giant Carlos Beltran grabbed ahold of aBumgarner pitch and crushed a 2 run shot to left field, Giants skipper Bruce Bochy had scene enough and quickly pulled the Giants 3rd year pitcher from the game. The bottom of the fourth provided the Giants and their fans some hometown cookin' of their own. After singles by the hot hitting 2nd baseman Marco Scutaro (who ended the regular season with a 20 game hit streak) and right fielder Hunter Pence (a huge mid-season acquisition by the Giants) 1st baseman Brandon Belt would deliver a single of his own driving in Scutaro and giving the Giants their first run of the NLCS. Left fielder Gregor Blanco would then triple to deep right scoring Pence and Belt. After short stopBrandon Crawford drove a deep ball to right field that scored Blanco and pushed the score to 6-4 the AT&T crowd truly came alive and the chant of "BELIEVE" echoed throughout the stadium. Lance Lynn wouldleave giving up 4 runs on 5 hits in just 3.2 innings. Entering the 5th both teams would need to rely on their bullpen and middle relief much earlier thenanticipated. The Giants would see a strong performance by a combination of G. Kantos, T. Lincecum,J. Affeldt, S. Casilla, and J. Mijares who combined to throw 5.1 magnificent innings allowing no hits, no runs, 5 strikeouts, and just 1 walk. Not to be outdone the Cardinals bullpen was incredibly stout as J. Kelly, M. Rzepczynski, T. Rosenthal, E. Mujica (who would get the win) and closer J. Motte would dominate Giants hitters over 5.1 innings allowing no runs and striking out 4. The aforementioned Motte who was tied for the National League lead with 42 saves could be a huge plus for the Cardinals as a dominate factor at the end of games. The Giants will rely on a closer bycommittee approach with Sergio Romo leading the way and trying to fill the shoes of the enigmaticGiants pitcher Brian Wilson. After going just 3 for 15 the Giants 2 through 5 hitters will truly need tostep up in game two and deliver if the Giants stand a chance against this talented St. Louis team. The Giants will try and even up the series on Monday Oct. 15th at AT&T Park as 14 game winner Ryan Vogelsong takes the mound against 2005 Cy Young award winner Chris Carpenter who spent much of the 2012 regular season on the disabled list. Game 2 will start at 5:00 PM and be televised on Fox.
"We had breakfast, and then I went outside to play baseball with the neighborhood boys." Ellie Fernandez said. "As we were playing we looked up and saw all of these planes flying by. They were very low, and then we saw smoke and heard machine guns."
Ellie and her husband Charlie, both Patterson residents, were children growing up in Hawaii when the attack on Pearl Harbor happened on December 7th, 1941 - 75 years ago today.
"From where we lived, we could see all of Pearl Harbor, and it was just covered, all in black smoke."
Charlie Fernandez, a farmer who grows organic goods and sells them at the Modesto Farmers Market, remembers the day very clearly.
"We had a country house near the beach right next to the naval air station, which is right next to Pearl Harbor. We had just gone to Sunday mass, and at eight o'clock that church was shaking because the Japanese were bombing Pearl Harbor. My older sister decided we should go home, so she drove us. There were a lot of trees in the area, and we saw a parachute stuck in the trees. None of us knew what was going on."
What Charlie saw next turned out to be one of history's most significant attacks. He witnessed it first-hand.
"When we got home, there were airplanes dogfighting right above us. We just watched them, we saw them crash into the ocean." Navy police then came and ordered Charlie and his family to leave, as the battle raged on. They decided to drive to Charlie's uncle, who lived on a hill overlooking Pearl Harbor. Had they arrived any sooner, they would have been in for a bigger scare, as a Japanese Zero crashed just behind his uncle's home. "By the time we got there, the MP's had surrounded the plane." Charlie stated.
Charlie and Ellie Fernandez recount the story from their cozy home in Patterson, where they've lived for the past 23 years. Charlie took a job in the airline industry and followed it to the bay area. Now retired, they have both been favorites at the Modesto Farmer's Market, selling organic produce for at least a dozen years. They say they will never forget the events of that day.
"We never did go back to the country house," Charlie said "The Navy took over the property. We never saw it again. It was brand new, we had just finished it that weekend. My father fought with them for many years, and they ended up giving him seventy five dollars for the house and the lot."
"We walked to school with gas masks," Ellie explained. "Every so often the school would practice air-raid drills. Just about every home built had an air-raid shelter."
The attack on Pearl Harbor changed life on the islands. Fishing was restricted, and there were blackouts and rationing. Everybody started growing victory gardens.
"You had that kind of feeling that this wasn't your home anymore," explained Ellie. "Because someone came in and gave you that feeling. No matter where you went, even if you went into the movie house."
The movie Pearl Harbor, released many years later, helped Ellie understand the events of that day.
"When it happened, like Charlie said, we were too young to understand. But when I went to see the movie, it showed all the action. I cried, I couldn't watch it. Only then did I really know, the sailors that were on the boats, they didn't make it. Men died horrible deaths. That was really sad."
Besides the war's influence on the islands, the Fernandez' say Hawaii was a wonderful place to grow up.