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Man's body found in Modesto canal


Detectives in Modesto are investigating the discovery of a man's body in a canal Wednesday morning.

A Modesto Police Department watch commander said a call was received at 7:50 a.m. of a body in the canal at W. Briggsmore Ave. and McHenry Ave.

Upon arrival, officers found the man's body in the dry canal.

Modesto police sent a tweet out around 9 a.m. indicating the man had ridden his bicycle into a canal and sustained a head injury.

University of the Pacific launches Bay Area's first music therapy program

University of the Pacific launches Bay Area's first music therapy program

Until now, becoming a music therapist in California has meant competing for limited seats each year in music therapy programs at University of the Pacific’s Stockton campus or Cal State Northridge, the only two institutions statewide that have been accredited by the American Music Therapy Association.

But starting next fall, Pacific will launch the Bay Area’s first music therapy program at the university’s new state-of-the-art San Francisco campus at Fifth and Mission. Applications are being accepted now for the Music Therapy Equivalency Program.

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.