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Ceres landlord makes gruesome find in freezer of abandoned auto shop

SACRAMENTO - A landlord made a startling discovery while investigating his Ceres rental property Monday.

Ceres police Sgt. Jose Berber said the landlord of the auto body shop notified police of what he found just after 3 p.m. He told police he had entered the building on the 1800 block of East Whitmore Avenue because he believed his tenant had vacated the shop. Once inside, he found what appeared to be a body in a freezer.

Responding officers secured the area and obtained a warrant for crime scene investigators to search the premises.

The remains were subsequently taken to the Stanislaus County Coroner's Office for further examination, according to Berber.

Berber said the gender of the body and a cause of death had yet to be determined.

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Cal Fire warns of severe fire season

Cal Fire warns of severe fire season

AUBURN, Calif. - Cal Fire is warning of what may be a very long and very difficult fire season ahead.

"Over the next couple of months almost all of Northern California's gonna be at an above average potential for large and damaging wildfires," said Cal Fire spokesman Daniel Berlant.

The state has already seen 950 fires, triple the number in an average year. And the state is in the grip of the worst drought in recorded history.

"A lot of the green hillsides up and down the state are really just masking the dead grass that's been sitting there all winter long," Berlant points out.

At the Cal Fire station in Auburn, seasonal firefighters have been in place since the end of January, nearly three months earlier than usual.

2014 Weekly Challenge #15: STRETCH!

2014 Weekly Challenge #15:  STRETCH!

Taking care of your body is an essential part of any exercise program. And yet it is one of the things we are most likely to skip. Everyone knows they should stretch before and/or after exercise, and that it is a good habit to have just as a part of daily living. But really...how often do YOU do it?

Stretching keeps you flexible, prepares your muscles for exercise and helps your body heal after a tough workout. Besides being good for you, it has the extra benefit of feeling GOOD (usually).

Don't know how to start?... Read More

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Sheriff: 1 dead in Mariposa Co. small plane crash

SACRAMENTO - One person is dead in a small plane crash in Mariposa County, the sheriff's-coroner's office confirmed.

The emergency call came in at 10:10 a.m.

Sheriff's personnel in an aircraft and a California Highway Patrol helicopter crew responded to the scene described as possibly on the 6000 block of Highway 49 near the Mariposa-Yosemite Airport. The downed aircraft was spotted in a rugged area off of Highway 49 about three miles from the airport, according to Federal Aviation Administration spokesperson Ian Gregor.

Sheriff's deputies and Search and Rescue personnel arrived at the aircraft at approximately 11:45 a.m. to find the pilot dead.

Gregor said no one else was in the single-engine amateur-built Bowers Fly Baby 1A plane.

The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board will be investigating.

Superhero Day at the Keyes Library

Superhero Day at the Keyes Library

Quick Robin! To the Library! Comic books, graphic novels, and superhero stories have long interested children and adults alike. Celebrate these wonderful works with Superhero Day at the Keyes Library on Thursday, May 1 at 3 p.m. Children can make a superhero mask, participate in a superhero scavenger hunt, and choose a superhero name. Be sure to bring your cameras because Batman will be making a special appearance! Children can pose as their own superhero and take pictures with the Dark Knight himself! Participants can also come dressed as their favorite superhero; however, costumes are not required. Cake, snacks, and light refreshments will also be available while supplies last.

All events are free and open to the public! This event is sponsored by donations to the Friends of the Keyes Library. The Keyes Library is located on 4420 Maud Ave. For more information, please call 664-8006.

Free Health Fair in Modesto on Saturday April 12

Free Health Fair in Modesto on Saturday April 12

Modesto-area residents invited to free community health fair on April 12 

“Neighbors in Health,” an annual free health fair hosted by Kaiser Permanente, Tzu Chi Foundation, and their community partners will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday April 12 at the Stanislaus County Ag Center in Modesto.


The health fair will offer free preventive health screenings and health education for adults and children, including:


  • Dental services (provided by Tzu Chi)
  • Blood pressure checks
  • BMI/body fat tests
  • Cholesterol-glucose screenings
  • Scheduling of mammogram appointments
  • Eyeglasses adjustments
  • School and sports physicals
  • Skin solar damage screenings
  • Vision screenings