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Deputies investigating body found in Escalon canal


A person discovered a dead body in an Escalon irrigation canal Sunday morning, San Joaquin County sheriff's spokesperson Dave Konecny said.

"We get quite a few of these in the Delta," said Konecny.

Konecny said that the body was discovered at 10:40 a.m. Deputies arrived near Henry and East River Roads to confirm that it was a body.

It wasn't known if the body was a man or woman.

Konecny said the dead body was being investigated as suspicious, which is under department protocols when it comes to the discovery of a body.


Police: Driver in critical condition after crash in Modesto


A man was in critical condition after crashing his car early Sunday morning off Roselle Avenue, Modesto police officer Billy Boyle said in a news release.

According to Boyle, Eric Soria, 28, was traveling south on Roselle Avenue before he crashed his 1999 Lexus sedan at 2:05 a.m.

Soria's vehicle left the road and collided with fences nearby before coming to a stop by a field, Boyle said.

Soria was transported to a nearby hospital with life threatening injuries. Modesto Police Department Traffic Unit took over the investigation due to the nature of the collision, Boyle said.

Currently, the cause of the collision has yet to be determined, but early reports suggested that alcohol and/or drugs and speeding may have been a factor in the collision, Boyle said.


New farm positions help ease valley unemployment rate

New farm positions help ease valley unemployment rate

STOCKTON – The unemployment rate continues to drop in the Central Valley. Merced County saw the biggest decline, dropping 1.1 percent from March to April, to 11.6 percent.

The San Joaquin County rate dropped to 8.8 percent in April from 9.4 percent in March while Stanislaus County’s rate dropped from 10.3 percent to 9.8 percent... Read More

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Gallo adds to growing its growing Napa region operations

Gallo adds to growing its growing Napa region operations

MODESTO —  E. & J. Gallo Winery  announced it has purchased the Cypress Ranch and a portion of the Palisades Vineyard in California’s Napa Valley.

The purchase totaled 642 acres of Napa Valley property, including about 258 acres of vineyards. The vineyards produce premium red wine grapes including: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel and Malbec... Read More

Highway construction may cause traffic delays, May 27 and 28

Highway construction may cause traffic delays, May 27 and 28

MODESTO – Motorists using Highway 99 near the Highway 219 Kiernan Avenue Interchange may want to find other routes May 27 and 28th as construction will cause lane closures at the Highway 99/Highway 219 Kiernan Avenue Interchange Reconstruction Project... Read More

Modesto high school on controlled release after fight


A large fight broke out at Davis High School in Modesto late Wednesday morning.

Police said officers were called by staff to help break up several fights that happened at the school's quad. Two students were treated for minor injuries by medical responders and one was detained by police. No use of weapons were reported.

Heather Graves, spokeswomen for Modesto police, said the high school will do a controlled release of students at the end of the school day.