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Modesto man charged with vandalizing graffiti art

MODESTO - A 35-year-old Modesto man is facing four felony counts of vandalism after allegedly damaging street art by the artist Banksy.

David Noll is a struggling artist himself, and won't talk about the Los Angeles charges, but he has strong opinions about art. On his LinkedIn website site he writes: "My lifelong goal is to not stop battling until mODERN aRT as we know it is destroyed."

Noll also told News10: "I don't want to comment too much. Art is art. Certain graffiti looks good, if it's commissioned. If it's illegal, can't say I'm for that."


Missing snowboarder found near Soda Springs

Missing snowboarder found near Soda Springs

A snowboarder who was missing for more than 24 hours was found Tuesday night.

Abraham Finkelstein, 25, was able to find a home in Soda Springs Tuesday evening and then called for help. Nevada County Sheriff's Sgt. Sam Brown said Finkelstein suffered some superficial frostbite, but is expected to be ok.

Finkelstein and his father became separated Monday evening when stormy weather set in over the Tahoe National Forest. The two were headed to a cabin near Donner Summit when they were separated. Finkelstein was dressed for the elements and had his snowboard and associated gear with him when he was reported missing around 5 p.m.

Brown said Finkelstein got turned around and ended up near Castle Creek. He used his snowboard to travel around day and night using his headlamp.

Bus hits, kills child in front of Modesto school


SACRAMENTO - A child was struck and killed by a bus in front of a Modesto elementary school Wednesday afternoon.

The child was a 5-year-old kindergartner at Tuolumne Elementary School, 707 Herndon Road. He was identified Thursday as Alan Alexander Navarro Fernandez by the Stanislaus County coroner.

CHP Officer Eric Parsons believes the little boy saw his parents across the street and ran between two vehicles into the path of a Modesto city bus traveling southbound on Herndon.

It was just after noon and Alan had just gotten out of class.

Three teen students assaulted near Turlock schools

Three teen students assaulted near Turlock schools

SACRAMENTO - Police in Turlock are stepping up patrols around several schools after three teens were assaulted in less than 24 hours.

Police say one girl was groped as she was walking home from school Monday afternoon.

Two more students were assaulted on their way to school Tuesday morning.

The attacks put parents, students and staff at Turlock Junior High and Pitman High schools on high alert. A total of three female students were targeted in the area on three separate occasions.

The Turlock Unified School District sent out an automated phone message to all parents, warming them to take precautions.

The first incident happened Monday afternoon as a 16-year-old girl was walking home from school on Christoffersen Parkway. Police say a man grabbed her inappropriately. She was able to free herself and ran to a nearby church to ask for help.

Popular Stanislaus golf course closing due to drought

STOCKTON - One of the two golf courses built at Diablo Grande in the hills above Patterson will be unplayable soon as the grass there gets dryer and eventually dies. Course managers say it's not possible to keep the course alive during the drought.

"We were given by the Department of Water Resources zero allocations this year for water," said course manager Mike Dunlop.

The two courses and homes at Diablo Grande have traditionally survived on a combination of surface water and water from the nearby California Aquaduct. But with no water coming from the State Water Project this year, community managers have made the choice to close The Legends course while keeping open The Ranch course, which has homes around it.

Police: Man fondling teen girls in Turlock

Police: Man fondling teen girls in Turlock

SACRAMENTO - Three reports this week of a man inappropriately touching teen girls as they walked on the street has school authorities warning parents and students.

According to Pitman High School and Turlock police Officer Mayra Lewis, the first incident occurred at 3:50 Monday afternoon as a 16-year-old girl was walking eastbound on Christoffersen Road near McKenna Road. A man walking in the opposite direction touched her in an inappropriate manner in passing. The teen ran to a nearby church to call police.

Tuesday morning, a 14-year-old girl walking in the westbound direction of Christoffersen in the area of North Walnut Road on her way to Pittman High encountered a man walking in the opposite direction who touched her inappropriately, according to the school which informed police.

Home Depot to hire 80,000 amid Spring super sales

Home Depot to hire 80,000 amid Spring super sales

SACRAMENTO - Big-box retailers are pinpointing spring as the perfect time for industry specific super sales. Similar to the big discounts available on Black Friday, bargains at stores like Home Depot, Lowe's and even Walmart are predicted to increase shopping, and in time, require additional help.

Home Depot, for example, is hiring 80,000 employees to help with the spring season.

Walmart's specials started on the first day of spring and will continue for nine days. Home Depot and Lowe's do it a little differently. They have deals going on now, but will continue various offers throughout the season.

Visit the store websites for specific details.