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Vegetation fire fully contained in Modesto

Modesto firefighters are cleaning up after a vegetation fire broke out at Dale Road and Bangs Avenue on Friday.

Fire officials have not reported any homes or buildings to have been affected by the fire.


2 arrested in telephone wire theft that cut service to parts of 3 counties

Telephone service has been restored after approximately 1,000 feet of telephone wire was stolen and a fiber optic line was cut in La Grange in Tuolumne County early Wednesday morning.

The theft and destruction affected 911 service calls to Tuolumne, Mariposa and Stanislaus dispatchers as well as customers' landline and some cellphone service, according to the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department.

AT&T completed repairs by 10:15 Wednesday night.

Sheriff's investigators began checking area recyclers Thursday morning and found a Modesto business had bought more than 110 pounds of copper wire about 5 p.m. Wednesday.

SCOE Offers the new ETS High School Equivalency Test - HiSET

SCOE Offers the new ETS High School Equivalency Test - HiSET

The Stanislaus County Office of Education (SCOE) is proud to introduce the new ETS High School Equivalency Test (HiSET) a national testing program that provides an accessible and affordable alternative to the GED (General Education Diploma) test.

Beginning on April 14, 2015, the HiSET Testing Services will be available at SCOE’s Petersen Educational Pathways testing center located at 715 13th Street, Modesto.  HiSET test-takers must schedule testing dates/time and payment through hiset.ets.org.  For general questions not found on the HiSET website contact SCOE at (209) 238-6506.  SCOE is the only testing site in the Stanislaus County and provides both GED and HiSET testing.

Outpouring of support for Turlock bullied girl

Instead of tears, Breanna Mendoza has a big smile on her face. After she told News10 her story, the response has been overwhelming.

"I've gotten so many friend requests," Breanna said. "I've gotten so many people texting me, saying 'we're very proud of you, you're so amazing, you're beautiful, we love you.'"

Breanna was born with Goldenhar syndrome which caused her facial deformity. Her parents say she has been bullied since she was in elementary school. Now in eighth grade, just when Breanna thought the taunting had gone away, it got much worse.

Eighth grader fears school because of bullying

Breanna Mendoza stopped attending her Turlock middle school six weeks ago because of bullying. She says a few classmates, who she once considered friends, called her names in school and posted threats against her on social media. Her parents decided she would stay home when a girl told Breanna she would "deal with her on Monday."

"I thought that they were actually going to beat me up. I thought: 'I'm going to have to either always have somebody with me or not go to school,'" Breanna said.

Breanna was born with a facial deformity called Goldenhar syndrome. The eighth grader says she has been the target of bullies since she was in elementary school.

"When I was finally feeling happy for once, I got knocked back down," Breanna said.

Several weeks ago when she couldn't take the attacks anymore, Breanna wrote a letter saying she wanted to end her life.

Mom accused of DUI in crash with school bus; daughter injured

The 4-year-old daughter of a DUI suspect was injured when her mother hit a school bus in Riverbank Tuesday afternoon.

Three children on the bus complained of pain but did not need medical attention, according to California Highway Patrol Officer Chuck Leon.

There were no other injuries.

The suspect, Linda Villela, 25, of Riverbank, allegedly passed drivers on the right shoulder of Patterson Road who had stopped for an officer who had situated his vehicle to create space for the bus on Howard Avenue to turn right onto Patterson. Howard dead-ends at Patterson.

Leon said Villela sideswiped one of the cars she passed before hitting the school bus on the driver's side.

Leon said Villela's daughter was not properly restrained in her mom's vehicle and hit her head in the impact. She was taken to a hospital to be medically checked.

Modesto PD needs help identifying group who stole $3,000 in merchandise


Modesto police are looking for a group of people who stole $3,000 in merchandise from a store on Sisk Road. Last week, four women and a man walked in to an Ulta store and grabbed more than 100 bottles of fragrance.

The suspects were captured on surveillance camera. They appear to be in their young 20s, according to investigators.