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Tuesday, 28 May 2013 07:29

Rescued Kitten Needs Home

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This kitten rescued from a tree by firefighters in Keyes is in need of a caring home. The kitten is currently at the Keyes fire station at 5629 7th Street right across from the post office. The kitten has no mother and is in need of a home.

Tuesday, 28 May 2013 05:44

Remembering Our Fallen

President of the United States, Barrack H. Obama speaks at the commemoration of the 145th Annual Memorial day at the Memorial Amphitheater of the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va., May 27, 2013.(U.S. Army photo by Spc. Joel LeMaistre) President of the United States, Barrack H. Obama speaks at the commemoration of the 145th Annual Memorial day at the Memorial Amphitheater of the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va., May 27, 2013.(U.S. Army photo by Spc. Joel LeMaistre)

By Sgt. Uriah Walker, US Marines

KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – Barbecues, picnics, department store sales, spending time with friends and family – These are some of the ways we spend the Memorial Day weekend at home. What about the soldiers and civilians deployed around the world to combat zones?

A multinational group of service members and civilians came together at Marne Garden-Forward inside of the Third Infantry Division headquarters compound to recognize and pay tribute to our fallen heroes.

After the arrival of the Division Color Guard, 3rd Infantry Division Band vocalist Staff Sgt. Dana Fischl performed the National Anthem with Old Glory blowing gently in the Afghanistan wind at half staff over her right shoulder.

Brig. Gen. Christopher Hughes, Third Infantry Division and Regional Command-South deputy commanding general for maneuver, then came to the podium to share a personal story about Memorial Day and what it meant to him.

Hughes is from a small, patriotic town in Southwest Iowa called Red Oak.

“At the end of WWII, Red Oak had the infamous distinction of having the highest per capita percentages of war casualties of any other city in the United States…a town of less than 4,000 citizens,” explained Hughes.

He continued by saying that each year the town assembles in the high school gym to induct flags into the Hall of Honor for those veterans who had passed during the preceding year. In much the same fashion as those in Red Oak, soldiers and civilians deployed to Kandahar Airfield gathered to remember those who have fallen on the field of battle in RC-S defending not only our freedoms but those of the people of Afghanistan as well.

“The colors of this division and its campaign streamers represent tens of thousands of honored dead,” proclaimed Hughes. “We must and we will honor them today and every day those colors fly over RC South.”

As the names of the 64 fallen heroes were read aloud, comrades and friends of several of those being remembered came forward from the audience to place wreaths and unit coins at the base of the memorial.

Hughes reinforced remembrance of our fallen comrades with a quote from President John F. Kennedy, “A nation reveals itself not only by the men it produces but also by the men it honors, the men it remembers.”

“We must also never forget the families of our missing comrades, like Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl and the Gold Star bearers who have lost their soldiers to illness, injury and combat,” exclaimed Hughes. “It is their living example of resiliency that gives us faith and strength to carry on and honor our fallen comrades with renewed vigor and determination.”

Tuesday, 28 May 2013 03:38

Seat Belt Saves Woman's Life

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Turlock Police shared the following story:

On February 22, 2013, Officer Joe Dusel spotted a teenage female, not wearing her seatbelt at the intersection of Geer and Monte Vista. Officer Dusel is a motorcycle officer whose primary responsibility for the enforcement of traffic laws. He stopped her and issued her a citation. She was upset with the citation that was going to cost her nearly $170. She felt the seatbelt messed her hair, wrinkled her clothes and that she was a good driver so she didn’t need it.

She and her parents came to Turlock Police Department on March 26, 2013. They asked to speak to Officer Dusel. When they met, her mother began to cry. She explained that she and her husband had repeatedly told their daughter to wear her seatbelt, but the young woman refused. When she got the seatbelt ticket, her mother told her, “good!” Her parents went on to relate the following story.

The juvenile received her ticket on February 22, 2013. Five days later she was on Santa Fe Road traveling at about 55 MPH. She was begrudgingly wearing her seatbelt to avoid another hefty fine. A car pulled out from Berkeley Avenue, colliding with her. Her vehicle left the road and rolled two to four times. The seatbelt kept her in the vehicle. The airbags and structure of the vehicle did their jobs as they were designed. The car came to rest on its wheels. She remained conscious the entire time and remembered different people telling her not to move. She was taken to an emergency room in the ambulance. She suffered moderate to severe injuries as a result of the collision.

The CHP officers and other emergency services personnel on the scene told her and her parents she should’ve been dead. The ONLY thing that radically changed the course of her life was the use of her seatbelt - something that until receiving a citation only five days earlier, she refused to use. She and her parents credit Officer Dusel with saving her life because he was doing his job and protecting the public. In this case, he was protecting her from her bad habit.

“Collisions in modern vehicles have a tremendously higher survivability rate if seatbelts are properly used” said Sergeant Neil Cervenka, Turlock Traffic Safety Unit Supervisor. “Air bags and crumple zones are designed to supplement seatbelts, not replace them. This is an excellent example that the collision was the result of another driver and she could not avoid it.”

Sergeant Cervenka also said, “Traffic officers’ mission is the reduction of collision related injuries and death through education and enforcement. Many people complain or are upset when they get a citation. We, as police officers, understand that. However, we also understand that the citation is meant to correct negative driving behavior. In this case it did – and she is here to prove it.”

Tuesday, 28 May 2013 03:11

Woman Shot On Highway 99

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Highway 99 in Stockton was closed for hours Monday night by CHP after a woman called 911 saying she had been shot while driving.

The 29 year old woman was near Morada Lane on Northbound Highway 99 in a 2002 Dodge Caravan when a vehicle pulled up alongside her and opened fire according to investigators. Two small caliber rounds hit her vehicle, one striking the victim in the neck.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call CHP Investigator Petricevich at (209) 943-8666.

Investigators are looking for a a smaller black car, possibly a Mitsubishi Eclipse, that was seen in the area around the time of the shooting.

Tuesday, 28 May 2013 02:48

Three In Custody After Pursuit

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Three people are in custody after a pursuit and crash near Salida this morning.

Officials say they received a call of a possible burglary in progress in the area just after 7:30am Tuesday morning. A CHP officer in the area noticed a vehicle matching the suspect's description and engaged in a pursuit. The suspect vehicle collided near the intersection of Kiernan and Sisk just before 8am.

Several people fled from the vehicle after the collision. Two women were detained near the Salida library shortly after. They were reportedly carrying property as they fled. A CHP officer took them into custody at the library.

A third male suspect, described as a hispanic male adult in his 30's wearing a gray shirt, fled north into a neighboring residential area. A deputy stated he jumped a fence near Kiernan Court. Modesto Police officers and additional deputies responded to the scene to assist, establishing a perimeter. A K9 unit also responded to the search.

The outstanding male suspect was located and taken into custody near Kiernan Court a short time later. Officials continue to investigate.

Tuesday, 28 May 2013 02:35

Missing Man Found Dead

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A missing elderly man from Modesto has been found deceased in Tuolumne County according to officials.

A body was discovered Monday morning outside of Long Barn, later identified as 91 year old Amos Earl McElvaine, according to the Tuolumne County Sheriff's Office.

Authorities say there is no sign of foul play and they do not know why he was in the area. Officials will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

Friday, 28 June 2013 03:44

Animal Facility Raided

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Yesterday, officials from multiple agencies served a search warrant at the Last Hope Cat Kingdom in Atwater after multiple complaints were received by the US Human Society. Nearly 300 animals were removed from the property. 74 dead animals were also found and removed from the property.

Agencies on site during the operation included The Humane Society of the United States, the Merced County Sheriff’s Department, Merced County Animal Control as well as animal control officers from Livingston, Los Banos, Turlock and Stanislaus County. Additionally, a team of veterinarians and registered veterinary technicians were present to evaluate the health conditions of the animals.

One veterinarian noted that over 80 percent of the cats at the site had severe and ongoing infections involving the eyes, nose, mouth, throat, ears and skin. There were a variety of diseases believed to be present as well as flea problems. About 90 percent of the cats examined by the team were emaciated. The veterinarian also noted that the facilities at Last Hope Cat Kingdom were substandard, overcrowded and unsanitary, ensuring that any cat brought to the animal rescue would be exposed to several infections in a short period of time.

Anyone with information regarding conditions at Last Hope Cat Kingdom or anyone who has adopted animals from the site and has noticed illness that may require veterinary treatment is encouraged to call Officer Cerissa Hultgren with Merced County Animal Control at (209) 385-7436.

Monday, 27 May 2013 05:21

Save Mart Holds Heart Health Fair

On Thursday, the Standiford Avenue Save Mart in Modesto held a health fair targeted at heart health.

On site nurses held body mass index screenings, as well as blood pressure and glucose readings. A Save Mart pharmacist was also available to provide consultations.

Heart healthy product samples were given to those who participated in the health screenings.

Sunday, 26 May 2013 07:44

Motorists Escape Serious Injury

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MODESTO - A vehicle collision closed an intersection earlier this afternoon in downtown Modesto after a pickup was left overturned.

Emergency crews responded to the area of 5th and I streets after two vehicles collided causing one to overturn. The occupant of the overturned vehicle was able to remove himself. A police officer on scene provided aid until medics arrived. Additional officers responded to the scene for traffic control.

The occupant of the overturned vehicle appeared dazed, and was taken by ambulance for further treatment. Police continue to investigate the collision. The intersection re-opened after a short period of time.

Sunday, 26 May 2013 07:33

Dive Teams Recover Submerged Vehicle

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Today, emergency crews including the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Department, California Highway Patrol and Stockton Fire Department responded to the area of Bacon Island Road along the delta waterway for a report of a vehicle submerged in water.

Boat patrols closed the waterway to boating traffic while fire department dive teams worked in the water to determine if anyone was inside. A tow truck company later assisted in recovering the vehicle from the water.

A CHP sergeant at the scene stated they received a phone call from someone stating they were in the vehicle when it entered the water but managed to escape. That person was not located at the scene, and did not come forward. Officials also say the vehicle, a large Chevy SUV, was not reported stolen.

The vehicle reportedly entered the water during the 5am hour this morning. It has not been determined if alcohol or narcotics played a role in the incident.