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Teen helps Modesto police nab a burglar


Modesto police are commending a teen for his bravery and for acting as a good witness during an attempted robbery of the teen's home Tuesday afternoon.

In a weird twist, the burglar actually ended up reaching out to police for help himself.

At around 1:45 p.m., the Modesto Police Department said they responded to a call from a teen victim for a burglary in process on Peninsula Drive, north of Pelandale Avenue.

According to police, the teen said a man came to the front door of the home, knocking several times. Because the teen didn't recognize the man, he didn't answer the door. Several minutes later, the sound of someone entering through a bedroom window alarmed the teen and police said he ran from the home to the neighbor's house in order to call police.

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PHOTOS – Stanislaus County Fair

PHOTOS – Stanislaus County Fair

The Stanislaus County Fair is underway at the fairgrounds in Turlock.

The fair runs from July 10-19.

Free celebrity concerts are included with fair admission. There are three stages of live entertainment, upwards of 30,000 local exhibits and more than 1,750 animals.

 











 

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Modesto businesses can apply for recycling awards

Modesto businesses can apply for recycling awards

MODESTO — Businesses that would like to be recognized for their sustainability efforts can apply for the city of Modesto’s Business Recycling Awards.

All commercial business, organization or non-profit groups located within the Modesto city limits are eligible.

Winners will be chosen in each of the following categories:

  • Small Business – under 20 employees
  • Medium Business – 21 to 100 employees
  • Large Business – over 100 employees

Honorees will be notified and recognized at a September City Council meeting and a reception will be held in their honor... Read More

Drought and water-supply experts list for 2015

Drought and water-supply experts list for 2015

Experts from the University of California, Davis, are available to media to discuss the drought and water-supply issues affecting California.

DROUGHT AND WILDFIRES Wildfire, climate and plant communities

Mark Schwartz, director of the John Muir Institute of the Environment, can discuss the impact of climate change on wildfires, as well as where and when plant communities are predicted to exhibit stress as a consequence of unusual climatic conditions, including wildfire. His work to help better predict fire behavior and forest vulnerabilities informs decisions about fire management, including prescribed fire, fuels reduction, and management responses to wildfire events. Contact: Mark Schwartz, John Muir Institute of the Environment, (530) 752-0671, mwschwartz@ucdavis.edu.

AGRICULTURAL IMPACTS Economic impact on agriculture and consumers

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Newman truck driver up for national honor

Newman truck driver up for national honor

TURLOCK — Newman truck driver Robert Caton is known for his safety record and passion for his job.

Caton’s supervisors at Ruan Transportation nominated him for the company’s Driver of the Year Award for the sixth time — as many years as the honor has been offered. In the past he has been selected as a regional-level finalist. This year he is a national finalist.

“To become a region winner like Robert Caton has … is a significant accomplishment within our company and within our industry, I think,” she said.

“I’m honored to be recognized for the hard work I do,” Caton added.

Every year, managers from 270 Ruan terminals choose a regional finalist. From there, the vice president of operations selects regional winners. This year there were 16 finalists out of more than 4,400 Ruan drivers nationwide. Caton is one of those finalists, explained Mallory DeZwarte, Ruan’s senior marketing communications specialist.

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Home prices on the rise in Valley

Home prices on the rise in Valley

MODESTO — Home prices in the Central Valley are up over last year, according to the May 2015 CoreLogic Home Price Index (HPI).

In Modesto, home prices, including distressed sales, rose 7.9 percent in May compared to May 2014, CoreLogic said.

In Stockton and Lodi, prices, including distressed sales, were up 7.6 percent, year over year.

On a month-over-month basis, Modesto home prices, including distressed sales, increased by 0.8 percent in May 2015 compared to April. Prices rose 1.4 percent between April and May in Stockton and Lodi... Read More

New startup incubators open in Modesto, Tracy

New startup incubators open in Modesto, Tracy

MODESTO — As technology has changed so has the American work experience. For millions of Americans, the days of driving to a centralized office for work are a thing of the past. More people than ever are able to do their work remotely, and startup incubators are opening in the Central Valley to help meet that demand.

One of the newer ones, called MODSpace, opened this spring at 1010 10th St. in downtown Modesto. Another one that used to operate as Altamont CoWork, located at 95 W. 11th St. in Tracy, is reopening under the name TechSprout. Both startup inclubators offer workspace and other services to small business owners and telecommuters, providing workers an opportunity to operate from somewhere other than their homes.

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