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Martin Martinez court date moved to next week


MODESTO, CA -- The man suspected of killing five in a Modesto home earlier this month was in court today for a pretrial hearing for separate homicide charges related to the death of a toddler in the fall.

Martin Martinez is charged with the death of 2-year-old Christopher Ripley, who suffered serious head injuries last September and died two days later. The boy was the son of Dr. Amanda Crews -- who was in a relationship with Martinez at the time -- and her former husband. Crews left the boy in the care of Martinez. It took a forensic specialist a period of time to determine the boy was a victim of homicide, and not an accident.

Earlier in July, Martinez was taken into custody as a suspect in the deaths of his own mother, Crews, two of her children and another child.

At the time of his arrest, he pleaded not guilty to the charges he killed Christopher Ripley.

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Almond orchards improving environmental impact

Almond orchards improving environmental impact

MODESTO – The almond industry is making progress toward becoming carbon neutral or even carbon negative with respect to greenhouse gases (GHG) according to a study by the University of California-Davis.

The study, funded in part by a grant from the Almond Board of California, shows that re-using by-products from producing and harvesting almonds has had a key positive environmental impact and will help further reduce the industry’s carbon emissions.

“We have identified several key areas where changes in orchard management, technology and policy have helped the California almond industry reduce greenhouse gas emissions in recent years,” study co-author and doctoral candidate Elias Marvinney said in a release. “If these trends continue to be supported, there is very strong potential for almond production to become carbon neutral or even carbon negative.”... Read More

Modesto home invasion robbery puts 94-year-old man in coma


A Modesto man was taken to the hospital and placed into a coma for treatment after he was brutally beat during a home invasion robbery, the Modesto Police Department said.

The department's spokesperson, Heather Graves, said that the robbery happened around 10:30 p.m. Friday near the 1400 block of Gary Lane.

After robbers invaded the house of a 94-year-old man and his 85-year-old wife, the victim's wife found her husband outside with injuries to his head and face, Graves said.

The victim was taken to the hospital and placed into a coma as part of treatment for the broken bones in his face. The only description of the suspects was that one of the robbers was a woman who wore a ski mask, Graves said.

The investigation is ongoing and Modesto police hope to have an update on the condition of the victim later Monday.


Blog – Modesto’s Panera opens and other sandwich news

Blog – Modesto’s Panera opens and other sandwich news

MODESTO — The new Panera Bread restaurant opened Monday on McHenry in Modesto. Have you noticed the long lines at the drive-thru?

Now we have word of another sandwich eatery getting ready to set up shop here.

Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches is renovating the bank at 1400 Standiford, according to city permit records.

A media spokesman for the restaurant chain confirmed it’s opening a restaurant here but said it’s still early in the process and he didn’t have detail he could share yet... Read More

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Cheers! It’s National Tequila Day

Cheers! It’s National Tequila Day

Today might arguably be one of the best days of the year. Why, you might ask? Well, it’s National Tequila Day, of course! And this year, we should all celebrate because it’s also on a FRIDAY!! On top of that, it’s summer and here in Sacramento our farmers’ markets and local shops are bursting with the most amazing fresh fruits and veggies to play with in tequila concoctions. This trifecta makes for the ultimate tequila celebration, no excuses. ... Read More

Man accused in Modesto murders faces charges in another killing


MODESTO, CA - The man accused in last weekend's five murders in northeast Modesto, was arraigned Thursday for a different killing.

Martin Martinez was charged earlier this week with the death of 2-year-old Christopher Ripley, who suffered serious head injuries last September. He died two days later. The boy was the son of Dr. Amanda Crews, who was in a relationship with Martinez, and her former husband. Crews left the boy in the care of Martinez. It took a forensic specialist a period of time to determine the boy was a victim of homicide, and not an accident.

Martinez was taken into custody Saturday evening as a suspect in the deaths of Crews, two of her children, Martinez's mother, and another child.

Martin Martinez moved to Modesto jail, pleads not guilty


The man suspected of killing two adults and three children in a Modesto home pleaded not guilty to charges he allegedly killed a toddler last year.