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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.

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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

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."

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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.

Save Mart Supermarkets’ Piccinini dies in Modesto

Save Mart Supermarkets’ Piccinini dies in Modesto

MODESTO — Robert “Bob” Piccinini, the chairman of Save Mart Supermarkets, died Tuesday at his home in Modesto at the age of 73, his family said.

He started at Save Mart more than 50 years ago as a box boy and worked his way up to truck driver, store manager, vice president of real estate and eventually president and CEO of the company... Read More

Pre-apprenticeship program looks for new students

Pre-apprenticeship program looks for new students

MODESTO – Stanislaus County Alliance Worknet is recruiting 15 students for a pre-apprenticeship program that exposes them to various construction-related trades.

The Multi-Craft Pre-Apprenticeship Training class provides valuable skills and allows students to explore construction trades such as electrician, plumbers, pipe fitters and sheet metal workers. The six-week course is open to low-income residents, the unemployed and veterans and is offered in partnership with the Merced County Department of Workforce Investment and local trade and labor unions.

Alliance work net is currently looking for students for the class that begins April 27. Applicants have to be screened for eligibility and must sign up for class orientation by March 31... Read More