TURLOCK - The San Francisco group, Tower of Power will perform at the 2013 Stanislaus County Fair July 18, fair organizers announced.
“We couldn’t be more excited to have Tower of Power,” said Adrenna Alkhas, spokeswoman for the Stanislaus County Fair. “Their timeless music will be a hit with guests of all ages.”
The worldwide popularity of Central Valley walnuts has spurred large plantings by growers who want to take advantage of excellent prices and demand even though they’ll have to wait for the payoff.
“It’s economics -- supply and demand, and the demand has resulted in high prices to growers,” said Norman Crow, owner of Orestimba Nursery in Crows Landing which produces about 100,000 walnut trees annually. “Nurseries are being overwhelmed with orders.”
STOCKTON - The new California Health Care Facility built by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) is nearing completion. Jobs and information about training programs have been posted on the state’s CDCR’s website. They include jobs for correctional officers and training for psychiatric technicians and other health care jobs.
OAKDALE - A 31 year old woman was sentenced to 9 years in prison today in the death of her 44 day old baby.
Authorities say the child of Nicole Smith died of a methamphetamine overdose after toxicology reports showed "excessive amounts" of the drug in the baby girl's system.
Police responded to a home on Obsodian Drive on December 11th for a report of an unresponsive baby. The infant was later pronounced deceased at Oak Valley Hospital.
It was determined that smith was using meth while breast feeding. She pleaded no contest to charges including child endangerment.
The big crowd at the Dan Ramos Community Center in Hilmar was all the proof anyone needed if they were wondering whether crime is a concern in rural areas. Close to 100 farmers were there on a Tuesday night in late February to meet with law enforcement to find out what police are doing about the increase in thefts and home invasions in Stanislaus and Merced counties and how they can help.
STOCKTON - Police arrested three people Friday who are suspected in an embezzling scheme that bilked a Stockton staffing company out of more than $377,000 over a period of 19 months.
Liliana Trejo, Sandra Lee Melton and Raymond Price were arrested Friday afternoon, according to San Joaquin County Deputy District Attorney Stephen Taylor. A third suspect, Becky Vochatzer, is still at large. All four are suspected in an embezzling ring that stole money from Premier Staffing in Stockton.
MODESTO – Modesto police are looking for a possible witness to the Feb. 2 homicide that happened on Hatch Road and Dallas Street.
Detectives are looking for the driver of a white Ford Ranger pickup that may have been in the area at the time.
Modesto police were called to Hatch Road and Dallas Street at 8 p.m. Feb. 2 to investigate a shooting. They found the shooting victim in the driver’s seat of a vehicle which was stopped at the intersection. Emergency personnel discovered the victim had suffered one gunshot wound and was dead.
Police detectives are asking for the public’s help to locate a possible witness to the February 2nd homicide that occurred at Hatch Road and Dallas Street.
Surveillance photos of the scene taken from a nearby business show the white pickup. Police ask anyone who may have information regarding the incident 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.
The Stockton Chamber of Commerce will hold its 15th annual State of the City address May 16 at the Port of Stockton.
Mayor Anthony Silva will deliver his first State of the City Address and lay out his plans for the future of Stockton.
Rep. Jerry McNernecy
WASHINGTON – Rep. Jerry McNerney introduced a bill Friday to combat methamphetamine use.
Meth abuse is one of the most serious issues in northern California and across the country. It affects families and our community, and needs immediate action. By bringing resources to areas that need them the most, we can raise awareness and help people recover from methamphetamine addiction,” said McNerney, D-Stockton.
The bill, called the Methamphetamine Education, Treatment, and Hope (METH) Act aims to modernize programs to fight methamphetamine abuse, according to a statement from McNerney’s office.
Among provision in the METH Act are the following:
The bill instructs the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to:
The bi-partisan bill is cosponsored by Reps. Bobby Rush, Charlie Rangel, G.K. Butterfield, Alcee Hastings, David Valadao, and Ben Ray Luján.
2400 Vera Cruz Dr, Modesto
MODESTO – Modesto police arrested six people suspected in the fatal shooting of a 20-year-old man Thursday night that investigators said was gang-related.
Friday afternoon detectives arrested the following suspects:
According to homicide and gang investigators, Gomez was walking along Vera Cruz Drive when he was attacked by a group of male and female Sureno criminal street gang who were driving past in several vehicles. Police said the men and women chased Gomez down and physically assaulted him. During the assault, Gomez was stabbed and shot multiple times before the group returned to their vehicles and fled the scene.
As officers were investigating the shooting on Vera Cruz Drive, police received a report of a 17-year-old girl who had arrived at a local hospital suffering from critical stab wounds. That victim had been taken to the hospital by friends. Investigators believe the stabbing victim and her friends, who were at the hospital, were responsible in the fatal shooting of Gomez. Police said it is still unclear how the girl obtained her stab wounds and the case remains an open and active investigation.
The stabbing victim underwent emergency surgery and was in stable condition as of Friday evening.
All of the suspects were booked on suspicion of homicide, conspiracy, and committing a crime for the benefit of a criminal street gang.
Anyone with information regarding this incident please 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.
(Upper row) Nancy Rodriguez, Jeanette Robles, Jesse Sebourn
(Lower row) Lisandro Mendoza, Elida Carranza, Jenna Sebourn