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IRVINE – Home prices in the United States in March saw their biggest year over year increase since March 2006, according to residential property information and analytics provider, CoreLogic. Prices nationwide, including distressed sales, increased 10.5 percent in March of this year compared to March 2012.

"For the first time since March 2006, both the overall index and the index that excludes distressed sales are above 10 percent year over year," said Mark Fleming, chief economist for CoreLogic. "The pace of appreciation has been accelerating throughout 2012 and so far in 2013 leading into the home buying season."

The increase was much greater in the Central Valley. In Modesto, home prices, including distressed sales, increased by 17.3 percent in March 2013 compared to March 2012. On a month over month basis, home prices, including distressed sales, increased by 3.1 percent in March 2013 compared to February 2013. In Stockton, home prices, including distressed sales, increased by 15.1 percent in March 2013 compared to March 2012. On a month-over-month basis, home prices increased by 3.2 percent in March 2013 compared to February 2013.

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Wednesday, 08 May 2013 02:52

Large Meth Discovery In Raid

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CERES - Agents with the Stanislaus Drug Enforcement Agency, Modesto Narcotics Enforcement Team, and Homeland Security served a warrant on a Ceres home that yielded nearly 300 pounds of methamphetamine.

Officials acted on a tip and raided the home on the 2100 block of Hardy Court in Ceres yesterday and found 290 pounds of meth in storage container bins along with $66,000 in cash. Agents say it is the largest find in the area in 40 years.

Arrested near the home were 32 year old Luis Bartolo Madrid Sandoval from Everett Washington, and 23 year old Victor Ramiro Torres from Ceres. Both face felony charges of possession and transportation of meth.

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.”

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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.”

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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.

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Tuesday, 07 May 2013 09:51

Mother Sentenced In Baby Death

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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.

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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.

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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.