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McGeorge students make law – and history

McGeorge students make law – and history

Revenge porn victims can get offensive material taken off the Internet using a pseudonym. Child care centers can consider job applicants' arrest warrants in hiring decisions. Prisoners can seek a new trial if the scientific evidence that convicted them is later discredited. And police will get training to recognize signs of elder abuse.

Californians won these new rights and protections thanks to four bills developed by students at Pacific McGeorge School of Law and signed into law by Gov. Brown.  

"It is rewarding to have our students not only studying the law on the books in the nation's most important state capital, but also helping to put those laws on the books," said Francis J. Mootz III, dean and professor of law at McGeorge.  

University of the Pacific Pres. Pamela A. Eibeck named AICCU chair

University of the Pacific Pres. Pamela A. Eibeck named AICCU chair

Pamela A. Eibeck, president of University of the Pacific, has been named the new chair of the executive committee of the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities, an organization that has represented the state’s 77 private nonprofit colleges and universities since 1955.

Eibeck’s two-year term begins Oct. 24. She succeeds Pepperdine University president Andy Benton.

“California’s partnership with its private nonprofit colleges and universities has played a pivotal role in making our state a symbol of innovation across the globe,” Eibeck said. “Over the course of nearly 60 years, AICCU has made tremendous strides for higher education, and I look forward to the challenges and rewards of continuing that effort during my tenure.”

Woman talks about her sister, nephew who were attacked by pit bulls


Family of Maria Fernandez said they still can't believe how she and her son could be attacked by four pit bulls.

"I can't imagine it. I could see it, could not believe it," Fernandez's sister Guadalupe Vela said.

Vela said she recently arrived from Texas and visited her sister Tuesday. She said Fernandez suffered numerous injuries from the vicious attack.

"She's got her legs and hands all bitten from the dogs," Vela explained.

Stanislaus County sheriff's investigators said 77-year-old Fernandez and her son Juan Fernandez, 54, were attacked in their back yard last week by the pit bulls. Vela said Maria Fernandez managed to get inside her house after being attacked, but Juan Fernandez wasn't able to escape and bled to death.

"She knew that all those dogs would not leave her alone," Vela said.

Police: DUI collision kills man; Modesto man arrested


One man is dead and another is accused of homicide and driving while intoxicated in a collision in Modesto Sunday afternoon.

According to Officer Billy Boyle with the Modesto Police Department, a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu hit a 2012 Audi sedan in the intersection of 8th and L streets at approximately 2:10 p.m.

The 38-year-old man behind the wheel of the Audi, later identified as John Bixby of San Mateo, was transported to an area hospital where he died later due to his injuries, Boyle said.

The 32-year-old driver of the Malibu suffered moderate injuries in the crash and was also taken to a local hospital. Boyle said that driver, a Modesto resident, showed signs of alcohol impairment and was placed under arrest for felony driving under the influence, homicide and vehicular manslaughter.

Police: Domestic disturbance evolves into officer-involved shooting


A Modesto man was shot by a Modesto police officer answering a domestic disturbance call on the 500 block of Milo Road around midnight.

The 35-year-old man was in stable condition at a local hospital, Lt. Brian Findlen said. He will likely face various criminal charges pending the police investigation, according to Findlen.

The involved officer was not injured and has been placed on administration leave as is standard operating procedure.

Findlen said the incident began with a 911 call made at 11:48 p.m. Thursday by a frantic woman pleading for help. The call abruptly disconnected and police callbacks went unanswered.

Modesto man killed, mother critically injured by pack of dogs


A man died and his mother was critically injured after being mauled by four pit bulls Tuesday in Modesto.

Juan Fernandez, 54, of Modesto, was taken to the hospital after the attack; he died Wednesday, the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department said.

Fernandez's mother Maria Fernandez, 77, is in critical condition, the sheriff's department said.

Sheriff's deputies arrived at a home in the 800 block of Glenn Avenue at about 5:46 p.m. Tuesday to find Juan Fernandez being attacked by three of the dogs in his backyard. A fourth dog was circling him. The deputies shot at the dogs, killing two while the other two ran into the backyard next door.

Maria Fernandez was found inside of the home with "multiple traumatic bite wounds."

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.