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Police letter accuses Modesto PD senior volunteer of growing pot


MODESTO - He's known for being "Grandpa Wayne" to all the kids in his neighborhood. But a letter Wayne Seawright received Memorial Day weekend accused him of something shady -- threatening him and telling him to lawyer up.

Seawright, 80, and his wife Tommy have lived in their Modesto home for more than 50 years. Their backyard is part sculpture garden park, part rock garden and part vegetable garden.

Imagine his surprise when he received this letter in the mail from Stanislaus Drug Enforcement Agency and Modesto Police Department.

"It says, 'office has received info that the above referenced property is being used to cultivate an distribute marijuana,'" Seawright read from the letter.

The letter stated that violation can result in imprisonment and told violators to get a lawyer.

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Blog: Panera hiring in Modesto

Blog: Panera hiring in Modesto

MODESTO — Here’s another sign Panera Bread is close to opening in Modesto. The company is hiring.

According to its website, there are seven positions open, including bakers, catering coordinators, customer service workers and production associates... Read More

One Purpose campaign gets donation from Gemperles

One Purpose campaign gets donation from Gemperles

TURLOCK — CSU Stanislaus’ One Purpose campaign has received a boost with seed money from the Gemperle family.

The Turlock family, known for its egg producing operation, donated $250,000 to the One Purpose endowment, the university announced.

“The Gemperle family has made an incredible statement of confidence in this University and in the One Purpose campaign,” said CSU Stanislaus President Joseph F. Sheley. “And it is an investment in students who will shape the future of our region and California.”... Read More

Police: Suspects stab Modesto Home Depot employee


Modesto police are looking for two men accused of stabbing a store clerk Wednesday afternoon.

Police spokesperson Heather Graves said the men, who are in their 40s, picked up power tool combo tool kits valued at $150 at the Home Depot on N. Carpenter Road and then started to leave the store. Before they walked out the door, an employee asked to see their receipt.

Graves said one of the men took out a sharp object and stabbed the employee in the shoulder. The suspects then drove away from the scene.

The employee was driven to the hospital by a co-worker to get treatment for a non-life threatening injury.

Surveillance video – posted on YouTube by Modesto police -- recorded the suspects walking through the store and running out of the doors.

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Thomas Downey High School Class of 1985 Reunion

Thomas Downey High School Class of 1985 Reunion

     I think that Summer is the time that many of us reflect on the past and all the good times(even more so than New Years.) In 1985 I graduated from Thomas Downey High School(yes I am a Duck) and for the next 3 months I was Free. At least until college started up. I remember helping paint my friend Phil's 1985 Nash Metropolitan, flames on the hood and going along the side panels and "the Love Machine" on the drivers side rear panel.  We then proceeded to cram way to many people into it so we could cruise McHenry and be a part of Graffiti USA. I remember going to concerts at Dazzles Underground and Oakwood Lake Resort. Hanging out and having fun with the best of friends. 30 Years have past and I am still friends with all th guys who crammed into that sub compact Nash Metro. Over the years I have lost touch with some of the friends I had made at Downey, I had moved away form Modesto like so many others only returning a few years back.

Summer gas prices could be lowest since 2009

Summer gas prices could be lowest since 2009

MODESTO — Summer travelers can look forward to the lowest gas prices since 2009, AAA said Monday.

Nationally, the gas prices averaged $2.75 a gallon. While that’s the highest of the year so far, experts expect gas prices in the United States to drop soon because crude oil costs are stabilizing and refineries are finishing their season maintenance.

“This could be the year of the summer road trip with lower gas prices motivating millions of people to travel,” said AAA spokesman Avery Ash. “Many drivers are likely to save hundreds of dollars this summer as gas prices remain more affordable than in recent years.”

Local gas prices

In California, the average price of gas was $3.69 for a gallon of regular unleaded.

Modesto drivers saw gas prices drop to $3.38 for a gallon of regular unleaded, down from $3.45 a week ago and way down from $3.99 a year ago... Read More

Colleges rely on technology to cut water use

Colleges rely on technology to cut water use

STOCKTON — For colleges and universities throughout the Central Valley, managing water during the drought is a balancing act. How do they do their part to conserve this diminishing resource while keeping campuses presentable?

Colleges say the visual impact of a campus, drought or not, is important to potential students who are deciding where to go to school.

“The challenge with this campus, is the balance we try to strike between the general campus aesthetic and the governor’s water edict, said UC Merced Facilities Management Senior Mechanical Engineer Jim Brugger.

Like parks and golf courses, colleges have expanses of lawn and landscaping. Many are well known for their campus greenery... Read More