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Stockton, Modesto home price increases higher than national rate

Stockton, Modesto home price increases higher than national rate

Home prices in December in Modesto and Stockton increased year over year at a rate higher than the national average, according to a report released Tuesday by CoreLogic.

"We are heading into 2013 with home prices on the rebound," said Anand Nallathambi, president and CEO of CoreLogic. "The upward trend in home prices in 2012 was broad based with 46 of 50 states registering gains for the year. All signals point to a continued improvement in the fundamentals underpinning the U.S. housing market recovery."

Job hunters reactivate search; Modesto, Stockton especially competitive

Job hunters reactivate search; Modesto, Stockton especially competitive

Stockton and Modesto were among the most competitive markets for hourly work in the country at the end of 2012, according to the employment network Snagajob. 

 Snagajob on Tuesday released a report on job seekers for 2012 and found an increase in candidates nationwide who reactivated their job search. Eight percent of job seekers in 2012 picked up their job search after at least three months of inactivity. That compared to just 4.3 percent of job seekers in 2011. Read more...

Mundt headlines state champion Central Catholic, signs with Oregon

MODESTO - Johnny Mundt capped off his senior season of football by helping the Central Catholic Raiders win a CIF State Bowl Title, but today he traded his Raiders hat for a green and gold Oregon Ducks cap.

At 6'5, 235lbs. Mundt is one of the top student athletes to get recruited out of the Sac-Joaquin section. Rivals.com ranked Mundt as the 12th best tight end in the nation after finishing the season with 625 yards and eight touchdowns.

Mundt verbally committed to Oregon last year, but it was still a relief for he and his family to finalize the stressful recruitment process.

"To finally see my name down on the paper (letter of intent) and have it be official, it is a great experience it is finally coming together," Mundt told News10. "I've been dreaming about this day since I was a little kid to play college football, it couldn't be much better."

Hundreds attend vigil for Modesto teen killed during robbery

MODESTO, CA - Hundreds gathered to mourn an 18-year-old man who was stabbed to death in a Modesto park. 

Modesto police said Tylor Crippen was walking through Creekwood park last month when he was robbed and killed.

On Tuesday night, family, friends and supporters went to the place where he died to pay their respects.

Family members said they can't talk about the investigation, but they told crowds they are overwhelmed with the support they have received.

Three teens were arrested in connection to Crippen's murder; they are believed to have gang ties.

WATCH: ModestoNews.org was at the vigil Tuesday night

Child finds loaded handgun in front yard

MODESTO, CA - A scary situation was averted Monday afternoon when a vigilant parent caught their child with a gun in hand.

The .357 Magnum handgun was loaded, said Modesto police Lt. Jolene Gonzales.

The 6 year old was playing in the front yard of a home on the 2500 block of Miller Avenue around 3:30 p.m. The parent was also out front and happened to look up see the child holding the firearm.

The parent took it away without incident, Gonzales said.

"When something involves a child, it's just the blink of an eye, you know where they looked away for one moment," said Gonzales. "We're very fortunate there were people around, including the parents, to see their children, and watch them and notice the gun."

Police think someone discarded the gun in a flower bed but were not really sure how it came be in the yard.

Man killed in south Modesto intersection shooting

MODESTO - Police are looking into what lead up to a shooting that killed one person in a Modesto intersection Saturday night.

A man was found dead with at least one gunshot wound in the driver's seat of a car in the intersection of Dallas Avenue and W. Hatch Road at approximately 8 p.m. in the south part of the city, according to Lt. Rick Armendariz.

The Stanislaus County coroner released the victim's name on Monday. He was 54-year-old Atour Daoud, a resident of Modesto.

Modesto teacher wins Ellen Show's Super Bowl ticket

MODESTO, CA - First grade teacher Mandy DeBoer sent an essay to the Ellen Show professing her love for the San Francisco 49ers.

A call from the Ellen Show producers said she was one of several finalists competing for a Super Bowl ticket. Well, Ellen DeGeneres sort of tricked her.

"Ok, well, these people actually work for me, so it's just you two," DeGeneres said to DeBoer and a Ravens fan on her show after two other contestants were ousted as rigging the first competition.

DeBoer was only one of two finalists. In the show, which aired Friday afternoon, DeBoer won the rubber jousting competition against the Ravens fan and won a trip to watch the Super Bowl in New Orleans. She was already flying south when News10 learned the good news from her father.

Chris Wherry has replayed the video on Ellen's website several dozen times Friday. He was actually the first to know his daughter was going to the Super Bowl with Ellen.