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Valley travel agent accused of defrauding clients of $130,000


A soccer group that paid more than $30,000 for airline tickets to attend a tournament in Fiji was defrauded of the full amount by a Modesto travel agent, the Modesto Police Department alleges.

The soccer players from San Francisco were not the only victims of 39-year-old Sashi Pal with SP Travel Company, according to police spokesperson Heather Graham. She said more than 50 victims in California, most of them of Fijian descent, lost more than $130,000 in their airline travel transactions with Pal.

Pal is accused of providing clients with fraudulent or counterfeit itineraries with flights that were non-existent.

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Do you want to be News10's Halloween "Breakfast in My Neighborhood" winner?

Do you want to be News10's Halloween "Breakfast in My Neighborhood" winner?

News10 is asking you -- Which breakfast restaurant in your neighborhood celebrates Halloween?  Does the staff dress up in costume?  And are there lots of Halloween decorations?  

If so, we want to know about it.

Email us  the name of that restaurant at writer@news10.net.

We'll pick two restaurants out of those submittals, and then you'll get a chance to decide where News10 Mornings Anchor Dan Elliott will be broadcasting live from 5-7 a.m. on Halloween - Friday, October 31.

City of Modesto gets big economic push

City of Modesto gets big economic push

The Stanislaus Business Alliance and the City of Modesto will be announcing their successful partnering with a foreign company that will launch its first U.S. venture in Modesto, creating jobs in Stanislaus County.

Garrad Marsh, Mayor of Modesto, Jim DeMartini, Stanislaus County Supervisor, David White, Stanislaus Business Alliance, State of California Representative will make the announcement at a press conference Tuesday, October 14.

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Containment of Yosemite wildfire at 95 percent


YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Fire crews have significantly increased their containment of a fire at the edge of Yosemite National Park in which an air-tanker pilot died last week trying to fight.

The National Park Service said Sunday the fire had burned 311 acres and was now 95 percent contained.

They say State Highway 140, which leads visitors into the park's main valley, has reopened. The road was closed after an air tanker hit the canyon wall and disintegrated, with pieces landing on the highway.

The U.S. Forest says the fire was sparked by hot metal fragments from a vehicle.


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Caltrans equips fleet with high-tech devices

Caltrans equips fleet with high-tech devices


SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's transportation agency is spending $2.5 million to update its fleet of vehicles with high-tech gear.

The Sacramento Bee reported Saturday that Caltrans is installing GPS tracking devices on its 7,500 sedans, snow plows, trucks and other vehicles. The devices will report where vehicles are traveling, how long they idle and their speed among other things.

The devices will also track which employee is driving.

In July, the California Highway Patrol found a stolen Caltrans vehicle and arrested a thief within an hour of it going missing because of a GPS tracking device.

The devices cost $2.5 million and Caltrans will spend another $1.5 million on a reporting system annually.


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Cause of Dog Rock Fire determined


The Dog Rock Fire near Yosemite National Park ignited from sparks generated by hot metal fragments from a vehicle, according to park spokesperson Kari Cobb.

The sparks may have come trailer safety chains dragging on the pavement, vehicle brake parts generating a spark or other sources.

The 245-acre fire broke out early Tuesday afternoon between the park boundary and Arch Rock Entrance Station. It continues to burn along Highway 140, east of El Portal. The highway is closed.

Crews had 10 percent containment as of Thursday morning.

A Cal Fire air tanker assigned to the fire crashed Tuesday afternoon, killing 62-year-old pilot Geoffrey "Craig" Hunt.