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Modesto Irrigation District identifies alleged water thieves


MODESTO - The Modesto Irrigation District website now includes the names of people caught stealing water from one of the many canals operated by the district. Six names were recently added, most of them residents of the town of Empire.

"The whole idea is to stop water theft. If people serve themselves, by connecting hoses, that takes away from everyone else operating in the right way," District General Manager Roger VanHoy said.

VanHoy said a district employee discovered pipes, pumps and hoses while patrolling on a canal bank. He also said customers have received plenty of notice the district would start enforcing new rules and penalties for water theft.

"If you choose to steal, or have an illegal connection, you'll be posted (online)," VanHoy said.

But one of the people named as a thief isn't happy about that announcement, or even agreeing he was doing anything wrong.

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A man was killed when he failed to yield to an oncoming train in Turlock Saturday night.


A man was killed when he failed to yield and was subsequently struck by an oncoming train in Turlock Saturday night.

Turlock Police Department received a call at 9:43 p.m. from a conductor of a Union Pacific Railroad train that passed through the town.

The conductor believed the train had struck someone on the tracks. When police arrived they located a man on the east side of the tracks, 75 yards north of Marshall Street.

Further investigation showed that bicyclist had rode his bike westbound on Marshall Street across the tracks when he failed to yield for the northbound train according to Turlock Police Department spokesman Lt. Ron Reid

Even though the crossing arms were down and functioning, the bicyclist moved across the tracks before he was hit.

There was no positive identification on the victim


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