New Program Helps English Language Learners Close The Gap

Martin Esho was 14 when he came to the United States from Syria, couldn’t speak English and all he knew was the alphabet.


Scene of the fire. (Credit: Ace Singh/witness)

Dog Dies In Fire At Modesto Mobile Home

A Modesto mobile home is a total loss after a fire Friday morning.


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Family Wants Answers On Modesto Teen’s Death Following Gym Class

Tuesday, after running two miles around the field and bleachers, Vasquez collapsed in the weight room. His sister says a teacher and administrator made several calls to Vasquez’s father asking if Vasquez had any heart conditions.


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Modesto Considering Big Changes To Downtown Parking Plan

Downtown business owners approached the city about changing the parking, and a hired consultant found the city’s parking was backwards—parking garages have the most space, but cost money, while street parking is limited and free.


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Call Kurtis: Why Can’t I Buy Visa Gift Cards With A Visa Credit Card?

Larry Durham said he was turned away from buying Visa gift cards, because he wanted to pay with a Visa credit card. He said two Modesto grocery stores denied him.


Scene of the standoff in Modesto. (Credit: Modesto Police)

Modesto Officers Searching For Suspects Believed To Be Armed And Dangerous

Police in Modesto are looking for two men Monday afternoon believed to be armed and dangerous.


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Woman Under Arrest In Modesto For Allegedly Stealing Ambulance

The incident happened on Monday around 6:11 a.m. at the Memorial Medical Center in Modesto. An unattended ambulance was parked outside the hospital and running when the woman allegedly got in and drove off, according to Modesto Police Department spokesperson Lt. Kelly Scott.


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Modesto Man Killed In Machete Attack, Loved Ones Say They Know Who Did It

A memorial in Modesto’s Mellis Park marks the spot where police say father and church volunteer Robbie Hull was attacked and killed by a man with a machete.


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California Drought Forces Modesto Farmer To Uproot Healthy Trees After 27 Years

Wenger took down the trees on Tuesday 27 years after he planted them. There’s nothing wrong with the trees, and they still produce walnuts. But Wenger’s irrigation district by nearly 30 percent.


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Report Of Cockroach In Child’s Drink Leads To Another Shutdown Of Modesto’s Teriyaki King

County health inspectors went to the Modesto restaurant on East Hatch Road on April 1 for a new complaint of a cockroach in someone’s drink. The Ceres Courier reported a mother was refilling her 3-year-old son’s soda cup when she found a cockroach at the bottom.



Tree Falls Onto Modesto House, Injuring Homeowner

It was an unwelcome Easter Sunday surprise for a Modesto man.


Scene of the incident. (Credit: Modesto Police Department)

1 Hurt In Modesto Shooting; Officers Searching For Suspect

Police in Modesto are investigating a shooting Wednesday morning.