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Crime drama based in Modesto to air on ABC

ABC and News10 will begin airing a new murder mystery called American Crime in early March.

The show is mostly shot in Texas, but for unexplained reasons, creators based the story in Modesto.

"I'm not really shocked because there's been so many big crime dramas out of Modesto," Firkin and Fox restaurant manager Rachael Bonzi said.

News10 showed the trailer for the new show to a few people during lunch Wednesday. Bonzi said "bad publicity isn't good" for her town, but Edgar Alvizo didn't mind the program using Modesto as a backdrop.

"I'm into these kinds of shows. It's kind of cool it's based in Modesto, to be honest," Alvizo said.

Riverbank city council discusses new tattoo shop zoning

Tattoo shops are the target of a new ordinance in Riverbank, as council members seek to regulate how and where these shops can do business.

This was a first reading of the zoning regulations. Next month, the city council will read over the ordinance again, and if there are no changes made, council members will vote on the ordinance.

The new zoning regulations for tattoo parlors would mandate shops be in commercial zones; however, they cannot be within 100 feet of residences or within 500 feet of schools, parks or businesses selling alcohol.

"If tattoo shops are ran properly and by the proper people, there are no problems," Tattoo You owner Ray Hoote said.

Hoote is one of two tattoo shops in Riverbank. He said it wasn't easy getting started.

"When I first went to get my business license, they said we will not allow a tattoo shop in our town," Hoote explained.

Casa de Modesto celebrates 50 years

Casa de Modesto celebrates 50 years

MODESTO — Casa de Modesto, a retirement center on Modesto’s northeast side will mark its 50th anniversary in May and is planning a year’s worth of activities to celebrate the milestone.

The not-for-profit retirement center was founded by three men from the Church of the Brethren in May 1965 to provide a home for seniors.

“Casa isn’t affiliated with any church, but it was some gentlemen from the Church of the Brethren that got the project going. So we kind of have a rich history with that church,” said Admissions Director Kathy Lewis.

That relationship with Church of the Brethren is what led resident John Heisel to move to an independent living apartment in 2003.

“Being a Brethren, this came out of our church, and my folks were here and all my cousins that were all Brethren, this is the first place they come,” Heisel said.

Heisel still takes advantage of Casa’s activities program at the age of 83... Read More

Turlock college frat under investigation over hazing allegations

ID=23173975A college fraternity in Turlock is under investigation over allegations of hazing.

Omega Delta Phi at California State University, Stanislaus could face sanctions if the allegations turn out to be true.

The purported hazing began last fall when Julian Alvarez was trying to join a fraternity on the CSU Stanislaus campus.

"I felt degraded, dehumanized, disrespected," said junior student, Julian Alvarez.

Alvarez was pledging to Omega Delta Phi, a multicultural, social fraternity.

Apothic Wines offers new wine, love letter generator

Apothic Wines offers new wine, love letter generator

MODESTO — Apothic Wines has launched Apothic Crush, just in time for Valentine’s Day, the winery announced Feb. 4.

The winemaker describes Apothic Crush as a “limited release red wine blends luscious red fruit flavors with notes of caramel and chocolate for a velvety, smooth mouthfeel.”

To boost the Valentine’s Day potential, Apothic Wines is partnering with  lifestyle experts at UrbanDaddy to offer a Crush Letter Generator.  ... Read More

Stanislaus Community Foundation adds three board members

Stanislaus Community Foundation adds three board members

MODESTO — Three more community leaders have added to the Board of Directors for the Stanislaus Community Foundation, the organization announced Feb. 3.

“All three directors are longtime advocates for our region and we welcome them to the Stanislaus Community Foundation Board of Directors,” said Jeff Grover, chairman of the Board.

The new directors will join the Board for an initial three-year term.

The new board members are:... Read More

Modesto law firm takes catching crooks into own hands

MODESTO - A downtown law firm is doing its best to cut into the tagging and thieving that's going on in that part of the city.

The Law Offices of Mark Nelson have provided another video of misbehavior to news outlets, hoping viewers will help identify the suspects.

"If we didn't have cameras, we'd be tagged every night and broken into," Tom Nelson explained. "Luckily, most people see the cameras and avoid us."

But this week, a tagger didn't avoid the office and is clearly seen leaving his mark in the middle of the night. The same camera system caught two men trying to steal the very camera that was taking their picture. That video was shared with Modesto Bee readers and helped police locate the two men.