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Saturday, 16 February 2013 08:08

McNerney introduces bill to fight meth abuse

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:

  • Youth involvement in programs that deter drug usage
  • Improvement of identification and prevention of methamphetamine addiction
  • Broadening support for specific programs targeted to serve pregnant and parenting women
  • Help for medical professionals to raise awareness about how to recognize signs of substance abuse
  • Practices for screening and treating individuals at-risk for developing an addiction.
“It is imperative that we address crime in our region and increase public safety.  This bill will help keep our families healthy, safe and drug-free.  When we see crime rates drop, especially usage of drugs like methamphetamine, our entire community benefits,” said McNerney.

The bill instructs the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to:

  • Collaborate with professionals to raise awareness about how to recognize signs of substance abuse and apply best practices for screening and treating individuals with or at-risk for developing an addiction, including addiction to methamphetamine or other drugs
  • Award grants in rural areas that are determined to have a shortage of mental health professional or substance abuse treatment options, and to areas determined to have high rates of addiction to methamphetamine or other drugs
  • Expand, intensify, and coordinate efforts to provide methamphetamine or other drug addiction treatment to pregnant and parenting women
  • Maintain a clearinghouse that provides information and educational materials to employers and employees about drug-testing policies and programs
  • Support youth involvement in developing and implementing prevention strategies for youth with regard to meth and other drugs

The bi-partisan bill is cosponsored by Reps. Bobby Rush, Charlie Rangel, G.K. Butterfield, Alcee Hastings, David Valadao, and Ben Ray Luján.

Published in News

2400 Vera Cruz Dr, Modesto

MODESTOModesto 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:

  • 18-year-old Nancy Rodriguez from Modesto.
  • 20-year-old Jeanette Robles from Modesto.
  • 21-year-old Elida Carranza from Modesto.
  • 22-year-old Jesse James Sebourn from Ceres.
  • 20-year-old Lisandro Mendoza from Winton.
  • 20-year-old Jenna Cheyenne Sebourn from San Mateo.
Erick Gomez, 20, of Modesto was shot and killed in the 2400 block of Vera Cruz Dr. just after 8:30 p.m. Thursday.

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

Published in Modesto Crime
Thursday, 14 February 2013 13:27

Modesto police seek clues in fatal shooting

2400 block of Vera Cruz Dr., Modesto

MODESTO – Police were looking for clues in a fatal shooting Thursday evening in a neighborhood southeast of Floyd Avenue and Coffee Road.

The shooting was reported at about 8:30 p.m. in the 2400 block of Vera Cruz Drive. The victim, a man in his late teens or early 20s died, police said.

Initial witness statements indicated two men and three women were involved. They said the shooting followed an argument or fight.

Investigators were also looking for a black Chevrolet Suburban and a white Honda that were also possibly associated with the shooting.

Police also said a stabbing had been reported that may have been related to the Vera Cruz Drive shooting.

This fatal shooting occurred in the same four-plex as the double homicide last February.

Published in Breaking News

Jennifer Baccus

STOCKTON - Stockton police are asking for the public's help in locating a missing woman.

Jennifer Renee Baccus, 41, was last seen on at 11 p.m. on Feb. 2. She left the place she was living after a disturbance and has not contacted family or friends, police said.

Baccus is at risk due to medical conditions and may be unable to care for herself, according to her family.

She was possibly seen near the Flying J Truck Stop at I-5 and Highway 12 and the Vanco Truck Stop at I-5 and Martin Luther King Blvd.

Anyone who sees her is asked to call the Stockton Police Department at (209) 937-7911.

Published in News

TONAPAH, Nev. - A pair of earthquakes hit central Nevada Tuesday afternoon, according to the U.S. Geological Survey's website.

The first incident, a 5.2 magnitude earthquake struck at about 4:10 p.m. near Tonapah. The second was a 3.1 quake at 4:17 p.m. near Hawthorne.

A number of people on our Facebook page reported feeling the quakes.

Christie Zagaris David wrote, "OK, did anyone except me feel the earthquake about 6 mins ago?"

Courtney Tyler near Salida wrote, "Was there a earthquake reported just now? Our building at school just shook pretty good."

Published in News

MODESTO - People who live or work in downtown Modesto are invited to hear about ideas to make the downtown area more attractive to residents, visitors, businesses and investors.

A public meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 27 at Modesto Centre Plaza, so stakeholders can learn what the Downtown Hospitality Program found in the survey and observations it conducted over the past few months. The group, which consists of the City, Downtown Improvement District, Chamber of Commerce, Convention and Visitors Bureau and several members of the downtown community, has been researching and looking at models of other cities with thriving downtown environments.

The summit meeting on the 27th will include a presentation on the research conducted to date, recommendations for next steps and a solicitation of feedback from participants.

Published in Business
Monday, 11 February 2013 13:02

Fire burns attic of Stanislaus County home

A home west of Turlock was damaged by fire Monday evening.

Multiple agencies, including those from Westport and Ceres, responded to the call by the homeowner just after 5:30 p.m. They found the attic burning in the home located in the 300 block of Monte Vista Avenue east of Crows Landing Road.

Firefighters controlled the blaze in about half an hour.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Published in News
Monday, 11 February 2013 09:40

Stockton Arena sets blood drive for Feb. 17

Stockton Arena is hosting a blood and bone marrow drive on Sunday, Feb. 17. All participants will receive one free voucher to a Stockton Thunder hockey game. Every two seconds someone in the United States needs blood, and more than 44,000 donations are needed every single day, according to the American Red Cross. Qualified participants will be able to donate blood during the drive. Cheek swabs will be taken to determine if participants are a match for anyone waiting for a bone marrow transplant. The drive will be from 11 a.m. till 4 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 17 at Stockton Arena at 248 W Fremont St.
Published in Life & Social
Stockton police were looking for three men who robbed a jewelry store Monday in Stockton's Lakeview District and injured one of the employees. The men, who were wearing ski masks entered the store in the 6400 block of Pacific Ave., assaulted a 63-year-old employee, and took an undisclosed amount of jewelry, police said. A customer walked in on the robbery, and the men fled. The employee was taken to the hospital. Police said he was in stable condition. The first robber was described as a black man in his mid-20s, about 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing 180 pounds. He was wearing a black shirt and dark jeans. Witnesses described the second robber as a man of unknown race wearing a red hat and dark shirt. The third robber was described as a black man, about 6 feet tall with a slender build. He was wearing a tan sweatshirt and blue jeans. Police said one of the men may have been armed with a handgun.
Published in Crime
Saturday, 09 February 2013 06:01

California wine grape tonnage, prices climb

By The Central Valley Business Journal

The California Department of Food and Agriculture today reported that the preliminary 2012 report shows nearly 4.4 million tons of wine grapes were crushed, 13 percent more than the 3.87 million tons the previous year and 1 percent higher than the previous high in 2005.

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Published in Agriculture