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Dramatic apartment fire rescue in Modesto caught on camera


MODESTO - The apartment complex at 311 Campus Way is nothing more than a boarded up, charred shell after a fire tore through in the early morning hours of Valentine's Day.

It was on the second floor of this apartment complex where Delores Dobbins and her daughter, 39-year-old Tammy Dobbins, narrowly escaped. Dolores Dobbins said they are alive today, thanks to the Modesto Fire Department and two firefighters in particular who got them to safety.

Fairfield police learn name of bicycle collision victim


A young man struck and seriously injured in a bicyclist versus auto collision about 12:40 Monday morning in Fairfield has been identified.

Fairfield police say the 18 year old is a resident of Modesto. As of Tuesday afternoon, he remains in critical condition in a local trauma hospital. Police seek to notify his relatives before they release his name.

Police say the young man was riding a blue mountain bike in the left lane of westbound Air Base Parkway between Clay Bank Road and Dover Avenue when he was hit by an SUV. The driver of the SUV stopped and has been cooperative with investigators. Police said alcohol was not a factor in the collision. Their investigation continues.


Oakdale man, allegedly involved in relationship with underage female, arrested


Tuolumne County Sheriff's Department announced Monday that a 35-year-old man was arrested by detectives on Feb. 2 at his residence in Oakdale. The arrest followed a two month long investigation into his alleged relationship with an underage girl who lived in Tuolumne County.

The department said that Daniel Leon Clifton was arrested on more than 10 counts which included unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor, oral copulation, human trafficking and other charges which related to the creation, and exchanging, of obscene images and videos.

The department began their investigation in 2014 when a girl came forward with evidence of the relationship existing since 2012.

Clifton was placed into custody at Tuolumne County Jail and was being held on a $500,000 bail according to the department.

ISIS hostage release gives hope to Modesto family

ISIS hostage release gives hope to Modesto family


The release of 19 hostages, held captive by ISIS militants in Syria gave members of Modesto's Assyrian Christian community a reason to hope. Father Genard Leval said he announced the news in Sunday mass at St. Zaia Cathedral in Modesto and his parishioners responded with "Glory to God,"

"We are living in hope and faith and we continue to pray," said Leval.

ISIS militants kidnapped 220 Assyrian Christians from a Syrian village last week. Among those taken, a Modesto man, who traveled to Syria to help his son's family escape the civil war.

His sister, Sharlot David of Modesto, did not want to comment about the release of the hostages until the her brother's fate is known. The David's also had a nephew and other extended family member kidnapped by ISIS. Most of the 19 released were men and over the age of 50.

University of the Pacific program will help meet nationwide demand for data scientists

University of the Pacific program will help meet nationwide demand for data scientists

University of the Pacific this fall will begin showing working professionals not only how to crunch data, but how to use the information to help their organizations prosper.

Pacific’s School of Engineering and Computer Science is offering a new master of science degree in analytics, a high-paying field facing an acute shortage of professionals. The program will be based at the university’s new, state-of-the-art campus in San Francisco.

With courses such as Data Engineering, Machine Learning and Data Visualization, the program will combine rigorous academic training in analytics along with the practical experience of working on real-world case studies of issues facing industries today.

University of the Pacific's Conservatory of Music announces new music industry studies degree

University of the Pacific's Conservatory of Music announces new music industry studies degree

Beginning in the fall, University of the Pacific's Conservatory of Music will offer a bachelor of science in music industry studies designed to prepare students for success in today's music industry. The program is the first of its kind in the region.

"The Music Management Program has been very successful over the years in preparing students for careers in the music industry because the type of courses and experiences we offer has adapted as the industry has evolved," said Keith Hatschek, Music Management Program director who designed the music industry studies degree for the program.

Police arrest suspected Modesto drug dealer with 26 pounds of pure heroin


Over 26 pounds of pure, uncut heroin was recovered during a traffic stop in Modesto early Wednesday morning, authorities said.

The Modesto Narcotics Enforcement Team pulled over a vehicle driven by 34-year-old Israel Alcazar in the area of Highway 99 and Keyes Road just after 1 a.m., according to Modesto Police Department spokesperson Officer Chris Adams. A police K-9 with the enforcement team alerted to the scent of narcotics in the vehicle. Officers searched the vehicle and reported finding the heroin hidden in a box of diapers.

Alcazer's 20-year-old wife Isabel Soto-Mandragon and 10-month-old baby were also in the vehicle.

The discovery led to the officers serving a search warrant at the couple's Modesto home in the 1600 block of Dwight Lane. There they located evidence of drug sales, a handgun and over $1,200 in cash, Adams said.