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Developer pledges $1 million for Merced police foundation

Developer pledges $1 million for Merced police foundation

MERCED — Merced rancher and developer Greg Hostetler pledged $1 million in March to start a foundation for the Merced Police Department.

“I’ve done well enough in business to help others,” Hostetler said. “And I hope others who feel the same way will participate in the foundation.”

He made his announcement at the March 2 City Council meeting, and everyone was stunned... Read More

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Gallo finds employee buy-in key to water conservation success

Gallo finds employee buy-in key to water conservation success

MODESTO — This year may go down in history as the year California businesses were scared straight about the drought.

Prompted by new regulations and frightening statistics regarding California’s shrinking watershed, many businesses are scrambling to find ways to cut their water use.

E&J Gallo, however, has a head start. The winery started a company-wide focus on water conservation in 2012 and cut its water use by 20 percent in 2013, beating its goal of 15 percent water reduction a year early... Read More

Modesto police investigating shooting, searching for suspect


Modesto police are investigating a shooting involving a man who was shot on 5th and H Streets Wednesday morning.

According to police, officers were looking in the 1400 block of Ritsch Lane for a crime scene located to the shooting. Around 10:30 a.m., Modesto police tweeted that the shooting had occurred in a specific location of the county and the investigation needed to be turned over to Stanislaus Sheriff's Department.

UC Merced programs’ reputation building

UC Merced programs’ reputation building

MERCED – The University of California, Merced’s reputation is starting to grow. For the first time in the young campus’ history U.S. News & World Report has ranked two of its programs.

The publication ranked US Merced’s engineering graduate programs at No. 140 and its Psychological Sciences graduate program came in at No. 158.

The rankings mark a milestone that can lead to a higher profile, more recognition and potentially more research funding... Read More

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Pacific Coast Producers acquires fruit processing facility

Pacific Coast Producers acquires fruit processing facility

MODESTO – Pacific Coast Producers will acquire Seneca Foods Corporation’s Modesto fruit processing facility, and its related business. The transaction is expected to close in the next 60-75 days after meeting customary closing conditions and does not involve any other fruit processing facilities owned by Seneca Foods.

Pacific Coast Producers is a grower owned agricultural cooperative headquartered in Lodi that processes and packages fruits and tomatoes for retail, foodservice and industrial markets under private label brands. 

The cooperative owns plants in Woodland, Lodi and Oroville for distribution to all of the major retail grocery stores and foodservice markets in the U.S... Read More

Modesto man with BB gun shot by off-duty officer


An off-duty police officer was on standard paid administrative leave after fatally shooting a man armed with a BB gun in a Modesto park Sunday night.

Modesto police said Officer Thomas Miller with the Ceres Police Department was at Beyer Park around 10:30 at night with a woman. The park was closed at that hour. Investigators said 29-year-old Jason Moland confronted Miller with a BB gun and Miller responded with gunfire.

"We found an off-duty Ceres officer providing CPR to a man that had been shot on the ground," Heather Graves, spokesperson for the Modesto Police Department,said.

Moland was transported to a nearby hospital where he died.

"What is an off-duty officer walking around with his gun for?" Tyrone Johnson, Moland's cousin, wanted to know. "It just doesn't make no sense to me."

Off-duty Ceres police officer involved in fatal shooting


MODESTO - A man is dead after an altercation with an off-duty Ceres police officer.

The fatal shooting took place at Beyer Park in Modesto around 10:21 Sunday night. According to Modesto police spokesperson Heather Graves, the victim was identified as 29-year-old Jason Moland. The officer, who was placed on standard paid administrative leave, was identified as Thomas Miller.

The preliminary investigation showed Miller and a woman were at the park when they were approached by Moland, Graves said. There was a confrontation between the two men and Moland allegedly pointed a gun at Miller. Miller fired his gun, hitting Moland.

Officers responding to a 911 call of a shooting at the park arrived to find Miller performing CPR on Moland. Moland was transported to a local hospital where he died from his injuries, Graves said.