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Startups try to get angels on their side

Startups try to get angels on their side

MODESTO — On a Thursday evening in early February, two dozen Modesto area business people gathered at Dewz Restaurant to hear two Fresno entrepreneurs pitch their businesses.

One Sense is an app trade show organizers can use to manage events. The other business, AquaCents has a landscaping machine that injects hydrogels into soil to improve water efficiency. Each had 15 minutes to make their pitches. A second round followed for questions and answers... Read More

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Modesto residents review the hit TV series set in their city


Some Modesto residents are giving a thumbs down to how a hit television show depicts their city.

ABC's "American Crime" tells the story of a hate crime in Modesto.

"This doesn't make me proud to be from Modesto," resident Mekila Martin said after watching Thursday's episode. "It definitely doesn't paint the picture of the most ideal place to be living.

"But you know, it's TV, they're trying to get viewers," Martin said.

News10 gathered a few Modesto residents Thursday in the city's downtown to watch the show. Chris Murphy is a long-time resident and publisher of ModestoView magazine, which focuses on arts and entertainment.

"As a citizen, I think it's really doing something bad to our community," Murphy said. "I think they could have called it any town and accomplished their need for a show."

Three of 4 carjacking suspects arrested in Modesto


Three suspects were captured by Modesto police after a carjacking on Orangeburg Avenue Thursday morning.

In a news release, police said a truck and an SUV boxed in the victim's car in a parking lot at Orangeburg and Evergreen Avenue about 6 a.m. In the truck and SUV were two men and two women. The victim and his passenger told officers one of the men pointed a gun at them and ordered they turn over their car. The victims complied and one of the men got in the car with all three vehicles being driven away.

Vandalism of Salida home to be investigated as hate crime


Sheriff's investigators want to know the identity of a man captured on a home security camera vandalizing a Salida home Saturday night with homophobic graffiti.

Stanislaus County sheriff's Deputy Anthony Bejaran said the words "Fxxx Leave" in black writing was scrawled on the victims' Sun West Drive garage. The vehicle in the driveway and other property was also vandalized, he said.

The graffiti is being considered a possible hate crime because the victims happen to be gay.

Chris Domnick and Robert Womble have been together for four years. Within the last six months, the couple put up gay pride flags in the front porch of their Salida home.

"The neighbors here do know we're a gay couple," Domnick said. "We get along very well with a lot of the people in the neighborhood."

But not everyone seems to be okay with it.

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CSU Stanislaus president calls for business support

CSU Stanislaus president calls for business support

STOCKTON — President Joseph Sheley of CSU Stanislaus visited the university’s Stockton campus Feb. 23 and brought a message for the business community. He says California needs more people to graduate from college, and it will take teamwork to make it happen.

“I’m pretty passionate right now especially about raising the college-going numbers for the Central Valley,” Sheley said. “Never mind each of our little pieces. The whole darn Central Valley. And we need not to be pitting everybody against each other.”... Read More

Almond industry watches drought, port congestion

Almond industry watches drought, port congestion

MODESTO — The almond bloom in California is nearly complete, and as the trees turn from snowy white to green, growers are keeping their fingers crossed for favorable weather and continued bee health.

One positive aspect about this year’s almond crop was the “robust bloom and good nut set” that February’s warm weather provided, according to the Capital Ag Press. In addition there have been no reports of widespread bee die-offs that beekeepers have seen in recent years... Read More

Memorial Medical Center hires new chief operating officer

Memorial Medical Center hires new chief operating officer

MODESTO —  Memorial Medical Center in Modesto has named Tina Pollock as its chief operating officer. She began her new role at the end of January.

Pollock came to Modesto from Dallas where she was the chief executive officer of dallas regional medical center, after holding prior leadership positions including chief operating officer and chief nursing officer... Read More