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Tracy opens 5 cooling centers in advance of high temperatures


The city of Tracy has designated several cooling centers for local residents to use on days when temperatures rise above 100 degrees.

Following are the five cooling centers available to those in need:

• West Valley Mall, 3200 Naglee Road — 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 7 p.m. Sunday

• Tracy Branch Library, 20 E. Eaton Ave. — noon to 5 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, 1 to 6 p.m. Wednesday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday

• Lolly Hansen Senior Center, 375 E. Ninth St. — 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Friday

• Tracy Transit Station, 50 Sixth St. — 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday

• Larch-Clover Community Center, 11157 W. Larch Road — 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday

Firefighters urge extreme caution when using fireworks

Firefighters urge extreme caution when using fireworks


SACRAMENTO - The Sacramento area has seen an average of one serious fire a day in recent weeks. And when fireworks go on sale at noon on Saturday, fire agencies start their busiest week of the fire season.

"We're seeing fires daily," Sacramento Metro Fire spokesperson Michelle Eidam said. "We all know that, so what we want people to hear clearly is, enjoy the fireworks but be really, really smart about them."

Eidam points out that safe and sane fireworks are illegal for anyone under 18 to use.

"Because of the fire danger. There's a million reasons, but that's a hard and fast rule," Eidam said. "Parents will be cited, parents can be cited."

Eidam said safe and sane fireworks should never be modified and or used more than one at a time. Fireworks that are not safe and sane are easily recognized, she said.

3 men, 1 woman found dead in Turlock home


Three men and one woman were found dead Thursday night inside a Turlock home by officers conducting a welfare check.

Officers were dispatched to the home in the 3000 block of Red Oak Court around 10 p.m. after family members told police they had not seen or heard from their relatives, according to Turlock police officer Mayra Lewis.

Police entered the home and found the people dead inside. The causes of death were not confirmed, nor were the identities of the individuals, but Lewis said they appear to match the description of the residents of the home.

An ensuing investigation revealed all four people died as a result of a murder-suicide, Lewis said.

It was unclear at this point in the investigation who killed who, according to Lewis.

Anyone with information on the ongoing investigation was asked to contact Detective Brandon Bertram at 668-5550 ext. 6623.

Modesto fatal canal crash investigated


Passersby tried to rescue the driver of a car that overturned into a Modesto canal Friday morning.

Modesto Regional Fire Authority Battalion Chief Cecil Ridge said it was unclear why the driver of the car lost control as he was traveling westbound on Briggsmore Avenue, just west of College Avenue, about 6:30 a.m. The car left the roadway and overturned, coming to a stop half-submerged in the water.

The Good Samaritans had been able to pull the driver out of the car as fire crews and EMTs arrived, Ridge said. The driver was transported to Doctors Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Ridge wanted to thank those who tried to save the victim.


Woman arrested in connection with slaying of Sonora police volunteer


SACRAMENTO – An arrest was made Wednesday in the fatal shooting of Sonora police volunteer and security guard Ricky Roberts.

A news release from the Sonora Police Department stated Cheryl Lucero, 45, of Twain Harte, was arrested for her alleged role in the murder.

Lucero admitted her involvement in the homicide during an interview with police, according to the release.

A search warrant was served at Lucero's home Thursday where evidence was recovered, police said.

Lucero was arrested and booked into Tuolumne County Jail for homicide. Her bail was set at $1 million.

Roberts was found dead inside his shop by police officers responding to a call of a man down inside the store on Feb. 16.

Modesto collision leaves 2 dead, 3 injured


Two people who died following a collision between a pickup truck and a minivan in Modesto have been identified.

The Stanislaus County coroner identified the victims as 12-year-old Ashleigh Wright of San Jose and 48-year-old Curtis Lanch of Santa Clara.

Heather Graves, spokesperson for the Modesto Police Department, said a 2003 Dodge Ram pickup traveling southbound on Dale Road a little after 7 Monday night hit a 2000 Honda Odyssey minivan headed east on Kaiser Drive.

Five people were in the minivan. Ashleigh and Lanch in the Honda were killed. A 14-year-old boy suffered critical injuries and was hospitalized. The 36-year-old woman behind the wheel and a 43-year-old man suffered minor injuries.

The driver of the Dodge was not hurt.

Graves said it did not appear that alcohol or drugs were factors in the collision.


Kaepernick tournament raises funds for kids


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STOCKTON - San Francisco 49er quarterback Colin Kaepernick returned to Del Rio Country Club in Modesto Monday to host a golf tournament that raises money for kids with heart disease.

"I want to make this as big as we can and help as many kids and families as we can. Any way we can do that ,we want to," Kaepernick said about the fundraiser that assists Camp Taylor. That camp, with locations in California and Hawaii, entertains children with various heart conditions.