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Saturday, 25 May 2013 07:25

Crews Handle Vegetation Fire


Today just after 2:30 pm crews with the Modesto Regional Fire Authority responded to the area of Empire and Conejo for a report of a vegetation fire.

About a quarter acre was discovered to be burning, along with some old tires that had been left on the property.

Fire crews had the situation under control after about 40 minutes, an investigator also responded to the scene.

None of the neighboring homes were damaged in the incident.

Friday, 24 May 2013 11:58

Patterson Homes Damaged By Fire

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PATTERSON - On Tuesday May 21st, fire crews from various agencies responded to the 1400 block of Jake Creek Drive in Patterson for a structure fire that was upgraded to two alarms after the fire spread from one home to the next.

Fire officials have not determined a cause. The fire originated in a backyard shed. Officials have ruled out arson or any electrical cause.

At the same time, a vegetation fire broke out at Laird Park near the Stanislaus County Honor Farm. Winds drove the fires to spread quickly, causing fire crews to call on additional resources.

Red Cross responded to both homes to assist the families displaced on Jake Creek.

Friday, 24 May 2013 11:47

Crews Keep Fire In Check


On Tuesday, fire crews with the Modesto Regional Fire Authority responded to the area of the 100 block of Laurel Avenue for multiple reports of fire. When crews arrived, they found what appeared to be a debris and vegetation fire threatening nearby structures.

At one point additional resources were called to the scene as it may have been believed that the fire had spread to a nearby home. A woman was assisted out of the home and an ambulance was called to the scene for her care.

Fire officials would like to remind the public to keep the areas surrounding your properties clear of vegetation and debris in a 100 foot radius. Defensible space helps firefighters protect your property in the event of a fire.

Thursday, 16 May 2013 11:31

Multi Agency Gang Sweep


On Wednesday, officials from multiple agencies at local, state, and federal level conducted a large gang sweep throughout various locations in Stanislaus County.

In total, 89 locations were searched, 9 guns, 2 assault rifles ceased, 2 marijuana grows and 2 ounces of meth found, and 29 people were arrested. In total 100 agents participated in the operation.

This operation was implemented due to an increase in gang related violence over the past several years. The County has continued to see an increase in gang related crimes, including homicides, drive-by shootings, and assaults. Drive-by shootings, specifically between Norteno and Sureno streets gangs, have spiked recently; with two Sureno gang members shot and killed in the last month.

The agencies have committed to several more operations similar to this one throughout the summer.


Tuesday, 14 May 2013 13:15

Police Respond To Shots Fired


Modesto Police responded to the airport neighborhood on Monday night after a report of shots fired.

Residents in the neighborhood tell CVTV that shots were fired from a passing vehicle at a home near Empire and Monterey. Police responding to the area established a perimeter and brought an armored truck and requested assistance from the Sheriff's air support unit.

Three people that attempted to flee through the alley were detained, and a shotgun was recovered. No specifics as to their role in the incident were available at this time.

SACRAMENTO – Gov. Jerry Brown is using his revised budget plan to call for changes to the way public schools are funded. He released the plan Tuesday morning.

Brown wants to use much of the surge in 2013 tax revenue to funnel $2.9 billion to K-12 public schools and community colleges, as called for by Proposition 98.

Brown also wants to send more money to districts with lower-income children or students who are learning English.


Monday, 13 May 2013 01:48

Police Investigate Auto Theft Surge


Los Banos Police are investigating a rash of auto thefts and are warning residents to protect their vehicles.

On May 7th, authorities took reports of several stolen Honda Civics and Accords. Officers located and recovered four out of the five stolen at various locations in the city.

“Car alarms, steering wheel club devices, and parking your vehicles in the garage are just some of the ways to reduce your risk of being targeted by potential thieves." Police Commander Ray Reyna said in a news release.

The thefts are still under investigation and anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Justin Melden at (209) 827-7070 ext. 114.

To leave an anonymous crime tip call 209-827-7070 Ext. 288. If you have access to a computer and the internet you can also leave an anonymous tip at the Police Department’s web page at At the bottom of the “Contact” page simply click on the “report graffiti and other crime” link or visit the Merced Area Crime Stoppers by telephone at 1-855-725-2420, or at

Sunday, 12 May 2013 07:40

Valley Springs: Brother Arrested


On Saturday May 11th, officials with the Calaveras County Sheriff's Office announced the arrest of Leila Fowler's 12 year old brother in her murder. The arrest came just after 5pm.

8 year old Leila was found stabbed in her bedroom. Her brother was the only other person in the home with her at the time of the incident. At that time, the brother stated he witnessed a male fleeing the residence before discovering his sister. A witness, possibly a neighbor gave a similar statement, but was later discredited in the investigation.

The news came as a shock to the community, many residents attended press conferences along with the outnumbered media staff. "We have put in over 2000 man hours to provide answers to Leila Fowler's family in her death." said Calaveras County Sheriff Gary Kuntz.

No further details were provided regarding motive citing an ongoing investigation. The Sheriff's speech was met with applause from the community. "The citizens of Calaveras County can sleep a little better tonight." he said.

Stockton city Councilman Moses Zapien, Stockton Professional Firefighters Local 456, San Joaquin County Deputy Sheriff's Association, Stockton Police Department police officers (off-duty), SEIU Local #1021, and local neighbors will be hosting a community park clean up at American Legion Park at 9 a.m., Saturday, May 11. “It is important that our parks are places that are clean and safe for neighborhoods to enjoy, and we all have a role to play in making that happen,” said Councilmember Zapien.  “Our May Day of Service is a chance for the community to come together to volunteer and help cleanup American Legion Park and make it shine in time for summer. We welcome everyone to come out this Saturday.” A variety of projects are planned throughout the park, including painting the pump station, benches, tables and bathrooms; cleaning vegetation along Yosemite Lake; and pulling debris out from the lake.  Long pants and shirt sleeves are recommended.  Paint and other supplies will be provided or bring your own favorite tools and gloves. Stockton Professional Firefighters Local 456 and SEIU Local #1021 will provide hot dogs and hamburgers for the event. American Legion park resident Rob Quaschnick is looking forward to a day of hard work and community engagement.   "Community building takes work and the work of cleaning a park builds community. It is this type of work that creates positive change in Stockton."

All volunteers are welcome and encouraged to participate. Anyone with question should call Grace or Rob Quaschnick at (209) 401-8225.

The sun has always been necessary to grow crops, but now many farmers are using the sun’s energy for other parts of their businesses. More farmers in the Central Valley are turning to solar power because technology has made it increasingly affordable.

“Business is good and we’ve had growth over the last four years,” said Chad Cummings, manager of marketing and analytics for JKB Energy in Turlock, which is heavily involved with providing solar power to the agriculture market. “Solar panels are less expensive than power company electricity for running irrigation pumps, processing operations, and packing sheds.”