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Friday, 29 December 2017 16:10

Fire at South Modesto School

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MODESTO - Fire crews responded to a fire at Bret Harte Elementary School Friday afternoon.

At about 4:00pm fire crews responded to the school on Glenn Avenue. Witnesses stood outside the school while firefighters battled heavy smoke and fire conditions. At least one building reportedly suffered heavy fire damage.

The cause of the fire was under investigation and time of publication.

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Friday, 22 December 2017 13:55

FBI Agents Thwart Modesto Man's Terrorist Plot

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MODESTO - Authorities took a man into custody this week who planned to carry out a terrorist attack at Pier 39 in San Francisco on Christmas Day.

According to documents filed in the US District Court Eastern District of California Friday, a criminal complaint alleges that Everitt Aaron Jameson planned to build explosive devices and carry out an attack on Monday. The complaint was filed by Special Agent Christopher McKinney with the FBI.

The document details Jameson's social media activity led to his discovery. A "confidential human source" made contact with him to learn of the details of his plan. Jameson had been in communication with the FBI contact, who led him to believe he had connections to ISIS and to develop plans for his attack. He planned to build explosives in a mountainous location, store them at his home, then detonate them at Pier 39.

A search warrant of Jameson's home led to his arrest and gathering of evidence, according to the twelve page complaint. As agents interviewed Jameson, he expressed his support of ISIS and said he would have been happy had such an attack would have been carried out.

A Facebook account believed to have belonged to Jameson was shut down off the social media site early Friday afternoon.

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Wednesday, 20 December 2017 10:21

Fire Crews Respond to Burning Strip Mall

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MODESTO - Fire crews responded to a burning strip mall late Tuesday evening.

The fire was reported at about 11:00pm at a commercial building at the intersection of Yosemite Boulevard and South Santa Cruz Avenue. Fire was visible from the rear of the building with smoke pouring from the attic. Firefighters made entry through the rear of the building to combat the flames.

The building had previously housed several businesses including a barber shop and a Metro PCS store. The building now appeared boarded and vandalized with broken windows and graffiti. Sections of the building appeared demolished, with signs of transient camps surrounding the area.

The cause of the fire was under investigation.

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Monday, 18 December 2017 13:01

Unidentified Man's Remains Investigated as Homicide

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STANISLAUS COUNTY - Authorities investigating the discovery of a man's remains are treating the case as a homicide and are asking for the public's help in identifying the victim.

The Stanislaus County Sheriff's Office reports that detectives were called out to the 6600 block of McCracken Road north of Westley on November 18th for the report of a deceased person. Deputies arrived and found the remains of a heavyset man between the ages of 19 and 25. Detectives believe he may have been missing for the last couple of years.

Authorities say that identification is pending due to the condition of the remains. Investigators aren't sure how the body ended up in Ingram Creek and are looking for the public's help in identifying the victim and providing leads.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Detective Wyatt at (209) 525-7091 or Crime Stoppers where callers can remain anonymous at (209) 521-4636.

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Thursday, 14 December 2017 17:13

Two Injured in Plane Crash near Valley Springs

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VALLEY SPRINGS - Two men in their 70’s were injured during a plane crash Thursday.

Emergency personnel were dispatched to the 10000 block of Hogan Dam Road for a report of a plane crash at an airstrip on private property. Arriving deputies with the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office found firefighters providing aid to a 72 year old man from the Lake Camanche area and a 75 year old man from Pine Grove.

Witness statements indicate the plane may have been flying low in an attempt to land when it clipped a tree near the end of the runway. Authorities say the plane is a 1981 Cessna single engine fixed wing aircraft. 

Both occupants were able to exit the aircraft on their own, and were flown to hospitals out of the area by air ambulance. Sheriff deputies assisted FAA officials to investigate the exact cause of the crash.

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Friday, 08 December 2017 01:38

Fire Crews Respond to Tiki Lodge

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MODESTO - Fire crews responded to a report of smoke from a building early Friday morning.

Firefighters responded to the Tiki Lodge on the 900 block of McHenry Avenue at about 1:15am for a report of smoke seen from the roof. Firefighters arrived and after investigating located signs of smoldering in the attic space of the office area.

Firefighters inspected the rooftop and after about 30 minutes, the smoke was no longer visible.

Cause and damage estimates were not available at time of publication.

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MODESTO - An upcoming measure on the November 7th Ballot outlining a vote on taxing cannabis businesses is important for voters to understand, citizens say.

"November the 7th is going to be a historical day in the City of Modesto," said Mark Gray. "The city is giving us as patients an opportunity to vote on a tax that will build the general fund while not taxing the patients, or anyone involved in recreational cannabis purchases."

Measure T on the ballot outlines a plan to tax cannabis related businesses and states the following:

"Shall the City of Modesto outline an ordinance establishing a cannabis business tax on all cannabis businesses in the City, up to 10% of gross receipts of each business potentially generating approximately one million dollars or more in revenues annually for general City services, including neighborhood safety, maintaining parks and recreation, and job creation, with all revenues remaining local, and which continues until repealed by the City Council or the voters?"

The tax would not apply to those harvesting cannabis legally for personal use.

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An impartial analysis by City attorney Adam Lundrigan reads as follows on the ballot:

"The City Council of the City of Modesto placed Measure T on the ballot asking voters to consider a Cannabis (marijuana) Business Tax of up to ten percent (10%) on gross receipts of all cannabis businesses. The tax is a gross receipts tax only on cannabis businesses; it is not a sales tax imposed on individuals purchasing cannabis.

Currently, cannabis businesses are not permitted in the City of Modesto. The Cannabis Business Tax would not change this. However, cannabis businesses could be allowed in the City if the City Council approves changes to the City’s Municipal Code, if voters pass an initiative to allow cannabis businesses in the City, or if the state Legislature requires the City to permit cannabis businesses.

If cannabis businesses are permitted in the City, Measure T allows the City Council to set a maximum tax rate, by resolution, on all cannabis businesses of up to ten percent (10%) on gross receipts. For example, a cannabis business with gross receipts totaling $100,000 would pay up to $10,000 in taxes to the City.

The Cannabis Business Tax would apply to any business activity involving the distribution, delivery, dispensing, exchanging, bartering or sale of either medical or non-medical cannabis or cannabis products, including cultivation, planting, harvesting, transporting, manufacturing, compounding, converting, processing, preparing, labeling, storing, packaging, testing and/or retail sales of cannabis, cannabis products, and any ancillary products, whether or not done for profit. The tax would not apply to the legal cultivation of cannabis for personal use allowed under the City’s Municipal Code and state law.

Because Measure T does not limit the City’s use of Cannabis Business Tax revenues to specific purposes, it is a “general tax” rather than a “special tax.” Revenues from the tax would be placed in the City’s general fund. The City could use the tax revenues for any legitimate governmental purpose. All of the revenues from the Cannabis Business Tax would go to the City of Modesto; none would go to the state. The tax would continue until repealed by the voters or the City Council.

A “yes” vote on Measure T would approve the Cannabis Business Tax and authorize the City Council to establish a tax rate of up to ten percent (10%) on gross receipts on cannabis businesses if they are allowed to operate in the City in the future. A “no” vote would reject the Cannabis Business Tax. Measure T would be approved if it received a simple majority of “Yes” votes.

The entire text of Measure T will be printed in the Voter Information Guide for the November 7, 2017, election."

The full text can be found by clicking HERE.

Gray was previously the operator of the Prop 215 Information Center on J Street in Modesto as well as an oversight officer of a cannabis facility in Las Vegas, Nevada. He is also aware of the concern of voters regarding the potential misuse of funds.

"What happens to the general fund? There's no accountability," Gray said. "Well there's something called get involved with the city," he urged.

"It's the best thing you guys can do as patients," he continued. "It's the best thing for our city."

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