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Lemoore pilot in crash identified
A Lemoore-based Navy fighter pilot presumed dead after two jets crashed in the far western Pacific Ocean has been identified. Read comments
14 Sep 2014 at 10:39pm

Mexican Independence Day celebrated in Fresno
The usually quiet Fulton Mall in downtown Fresno comes alive every year for Fiestas Patrias, a celebration of Mexican Independence Day. Read comments
14 Sep 2014 at 10:04pm

Wildfire burns 21 structures near Bass Lake, prompts 1,000 evacuations (video)
A fire that swept from outside of Oakhurst to the edge of Bass Lake on Sunday damaged or destroyed 21 structures, blackened 320 acres and prompted an evacuation of hundreds of residents and visitors, including from the Bass Lake resort area. Read comments
14 Sep 2014 at 3:01pm

Yosemite's Meadow fire estimated cost at $3.9 million to date
Yosemite National Park officials estimate that the effort to put out a 4,760-acre blaze has cost $3.9 million to date. Read comments
14 Sep 2014 at 11:27am

Meadow fire grows slightly, still 50% contained
About 535 firefighters are still battling Yosemite's Meadow fire, which grew another 27 acres and totaled 4,960 acres Saturday. Read comments
13 Sep 2014 at 8:09pm

Selma warns about proper leaf disposal
The city of Selma announced Friday that improper leaf and small branch disposal could result in a bill for removal charges. Read comments
13 Sep 2014 at 7:06pm

Fresno library announces youth art contest
The Fresno County Public Library will begin accepting submissions on Monday for a youth art contest centered around the theme of bring veterans home. Read comments
13 Sep 2014 at 7:02pm

Fresno chapter to host walk for ovarian cancer
The Fresno chapter of the National City Ovarian Cancer Coalition will hold a run/walk Sunday for ovarian cancer awareness at Woodward Park in northeast Fresno. Read comments
13 Sep 2014 at 7:00pm

Fresno hospital to hold wheelchair donation drive
The San Joaquin Valley Rehabilitation Hospital will hold a donation drive Sept. 26 in northeast Fresno to benefit United Cerebral Palsy's Wheels for Humanity campaign. Read comments
13 Sep 2014 at 6:52pm

Valley siblings who served in Navy during WWII will take Honor Flight
Elsa Barry, 91, of Fresno still vividly remembers her mother standing at the railroad station, "crying buckets" as her younger brother headed off on a train, bound for the U.S. Navy. Read comments
13 Sep 2014 at 6:18pm

Taft High coach, parents decry handling of hazing incident

The head football coach at Taft Union High School, who was put on paid administrative leave after a hazing incident, complained at a crowded school board meeting Monday night that he's been "stripped of something" he loves for doing the right thing.

Also at the meeting, a parent accused the school's athletic director of traumatizing players by threatening them with an imaginary gun during a scolding.

15 Sep 2014 at 9:48pm

Record-number of CSUB students start school

More academic programs at Cal State Bakersfield has, in part, led to increasing fall enrollment at the school this year.

The university enrolled a record-breaking 8,850 students by the first day of the 2014 fall quarter Monday.

15 Sep 2014 at 5:54pm

New quarantine as citrus pest is detected

Agriculture officials are holding a community meeting Wednesday to educate the public about a citrus quarantine and treatment program in the Pumpkin Center area after the second detection of a dreaded agricultural pest in a year.

The Asian citrus psyllid is a winged, 1/8th-inch-long insect that resembles a moth. Some but not all of the insects have a bacterial infection called huanglongbing disease that is lethal to citrus trees.

15 Sep 2014 at 5:45pm

COUNCIL ELECTION PROFILE: Parlier calls for southern BPD substation

This is the first of 12 candidate profiles for Bakersfield City Council races in Wards 1, 3, 4 and 7. Remaining profiles will be published in subsequent days.

All will be online at The election is Nov. 4.

15 Sep 2014 at 3:41pm

ROBIN PAGGI: New law requires more anti-abuse training

When I conduct harassment prevention training, I am often asked questions like the following: Is it harassment when my boss yells at me? Does it create a hostile work environment when my co-workers make fun of me? My answer has been, not unless that behavior was directed at you because of being in a protected class (for example, because of your race, color, sex, sexual orientation, or other protected class). However, Gov. Jerry Brown just s...

15 Sep 2014 at 12:13pm

'First Look': In God We Trust group celebrates national motto

In God We Trust America is celebrating the 58th anniversary of the national motto and the Bakersfield chapter is hosting a celebration with three speakers and a dinner.

Monday on "First Look with Scott Cox," Jacquie Sullivan, founder of the organization and president of the local chapter and a Bakersfield city councilwoman, talked about the featured speaker, David Barton, founder of WallBuilders. She described him as an expert on America'...

15 Sep 2014 at 5:09pm

'First Look': 21st Congressional District live debate set for Cal State Baker...

The race for the 21st Congressional District seat is now on overdrive as the Nov. 4 election nears.

Congressman David Valadao, R-Hanford, and Democratic challenger Amanda Renteria of Sanger will go head-to-head at a live debate from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 7 at Cal State Bakersfield.

15 Sep 2014 at 11:34am

Attorney: Homicide victim was father of four young children

A father with custody of his four young children died Monday morning after he was discovered wounded in the front yard of a northwest Bakersfield home near Columbia Elementary School, police and his attorney said.

The victim was Matthew Odom, 28, according to his family law attorney and his employer.

15 Sep 2014 at 6:03pm

'First Look': First News for Sept. 15

Lead stories from "First Look with Scott Cox's" Top Stories:

BAKERSFIELD MAN IN NORTH KOREA GIVEN 6 YEARS OF HARD LABOR: North Korea's Supreme Court on Sunday convicted a 24-year-old Bakersfield man of entering the country illegally to commit espionage and sentenced him to six years of hard labor. Matthew Miller's trial lasted only 90 minutes. The Associated Press was present at the trial and reported the court said Miller tore up his tou...

15 Sep 2014 at 9:25am

DEFINING CASES: 'The DNA got him' in strangling of beauty queen

Steve E. Swenson covered crime and courts for The Californian for 33 years. We recently asked him to list the 10 most memorable cases of his journalism career. In typical fashion, he gave us 11.

We'll share one a day online.

15 Sep 2014 at 7:00am

Modesto Bee

Long haul for Modesto sewer plant pump in need of repair

After more than 16 years, an influent pump at a Modesto waste-water treatment plant has reached the end of its useful life. About a dozen workers and two cranes removed…

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15 Sep 2014 at 5:45pm
by (Kevin Valine)

Third suspect in Modesto home-invasion robbery captured in Lake County

Authorities in Lake County have captured a man suspected of conspiring with two other people in a Modesto home-invasion robbery in late July.

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15 Sep 2014 at 1:08pm
by (Rosalio Ahumada)

More “no burn” days coming to air district vote

?No burn? days for fireplaces would double under a proposal up for a vote Thursday. But people owning cleaner-burning devices would get special treatment.

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15 Sep 2014 at 5:43pm
by (Garth Stapley)

Mexican Independence Day celebrated in south Modesto

A large crowd celebrated Mexican Independence Day on Monday at El Rematito Flea Market on Crows Landing Road in south Modesto.

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15 Sep 2014 at 9:35pm

Jeff Jardine: Modesto gets a flattering mention in National Geographic

Whenever a national publication mentions Modesto, the tone generally is condescending. In its October edition, National Geographic Editor-in-Chief Susan Goldberg seemed to be headed in that direction in an editor?s…

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15 Sep 2014 at 8:53pm
by (Jeff Jardine)

Modesto murder trial will resume after appeal denied

An appellate court has upheld a local judge?s ruling, so a trial will resume later this month for six defendants accused of murder in the death of a 20-year-old man…

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15 Sep 2014 at 4:29pm
by (Rosalio Ahumada)

Slain Modesto locksmith’s psychiatric records sought

Stanislaus County, defending a lawsuit, asks a judge to compel a psychiatrist to reveal mental health records of a man killed with a deputy sheriff in a 2012 ambush in…

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15 Sep 2014 at 5:42pm
by (Garth Stapley)

Heat wave yields to possible rain in Modesto this week

The late-summer heat that has been holding the Northern San Joaquin Valley firmly in its grip over the past several days began to ease somewhat Monday. And forecasters say there…

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15 Sep 2014 at 6:34am

Johansen High School student killed in fiery crash in Manteca

A Johansen High School junior was killed and her grandmother critically injured in a fiery crash on Highway 120 on Saturday afternoon in Manteca.

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15 Sep 2014 at 4:15pm
by (Patty Guerra)

Sheriff’s officials looking for man who stabbed Denair resident at party

Stanislaus County sheriff?s officials on Monday afternoon were looking for the person who stabbed to death a 21-year-old Denair man early Sunday.

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15 Sep 2014 at 5:02pm

Recordnet Stockton Local News

Manteca boy, 11, dies days after being shot in head
MANTECA — An 11-year-old boy who was shot in the head early Sept. 7 never recovered from his injuries and was pronounced dead in a hospital Monday morning, Manteca police reported. A juvenile currently in custody will be charged with homicide.The young Manteca boy, who has not been identified by authorities, was with his 17-year-old brother, who also was shot just before 1 a.m. Sept. 7 in a home in the 1200 block of Glenn Drive, a block north of Doctors Hospital of Manteca. [...]
15 Sep 2014 at 12:29pm
by Joe Goldeen Record Staff Writer

Hearings planned on electricity rate hikes in Lodi
LODI — Electricity is likely to get more expensive in Lodi beginning next year, but it won’t be like the spike that jolted customers the last time the city-owned utility raised rates nine years ago.Lodi Electric Utility is proposing a 5 percent rate hike that would take effect Jan. 1, the first increase since a 17 percent jump in 2005. For a typical customer using 750 kilowatt hours per month, the utility says, their $125 bill would rise to about $131.The [...]
15 Sep 2014 at 12:00pm
by Ryan Jones Record Staff Writer

Manteca resident arrested for firing his gun in the middle of a residential n...
MANTECA — A Manteca resident was arrested late Sunday night for firing his gun in the middle of a residential neighborhood, police reported.Adam Leland Bottorff, 33, was arrested on suspicion of negligent discharge of a firearm in the 800 block of Marion Street after the 11:38 p.m. incident in which he allegedly fired the gun into the air in front of his home, according to police.  
15 Sep 2014 at 11:07am
by The Record

Woman fatally struck by train Sunday in central Manteca
MANTECA — A woman was fatally struck by a northbound freight train on the Union Pacific tracks in central Manteca on Sunday morning, police reported.The unidentified female pedestrian was seen crossing the tracks twice before turning back a third time and getting hit by the train at 11:27 a.m. Sunday between West Center Street and North Walnut Avenue, Manteca police spokeswoman Sgt. Jodie Estarziau said.She was found north of where she was struck and pronounced dead [...]
15 Sep 2014 at 9:45am
by The Record

Manteca boy shot in head dies
MANTECA — An 11-year-old who was shot in the head last week has died, according to the Manteca Police Department.The boy and his 17-year-old brother had been wounded in a shooting Sept. 7 at a house party on Glenn Drive in northeast Manteca, just east of Cottage Avenue and a block north of Doctors Hospital.Charges against the suspect, another 17-year-old boy, will be changed to include murder, according to Manteca Police Sgt. Jodie Estarziau.
15 Sep 2014 at 4:29am
by The Record

Family mourns man killed in Lodi shooting
LODI — On a blazing hot Sunday afternoon as music wafted in the air from the nearby Lodi Grape Festival, family and friends of Tomas Flores — known for his beautiful smile — came to the spot where he was fatally gunned down the night before while walking with a friend from the Burger King across Cherokee Lane.Lodi police reported that Flores, 20, and his 18-year-old companion had just left the restaurant and were walking west on Railroad Avenue [...]
14 Sep 2014 at 12:53pm
by Joe Goldeen Record Staff Writer

Tom Kettleman preens for fans at Lodi intersection
Why did the turkey cross the road?To chase the ambulance, of course.Or the semi truck."He did go after an ambulance this week. There’s video of that. Today, it was a semi," Traci Manwaring, an administrator for the Friends of Tom Kettleman group on Facebook, said Thursday. "He had his feathers up and everything. He put his tail up. He put his wings up. The [...]
14 Sep 2014 at 3:26pm
by Jo Ann Kirby Record Staff Writer

UFC welterweight Diaz faces DUI, other charges
LODI — UFC star Nick Diaz is facing a number of charges stemming from a DUI arrest last weekend in Lodi, his second arrest for driving under the influence in less than a year, authorities said.Diaz, 31, a former Tokay High School student, was stopped for a traffic violation about 2:20 a.m. last Saturday in the 600 block of East Pine Street near South Cherokee Lane, Sgt. Steve Maynard of the Lodi Police Department said. An officer placed Diaz under arrest after determining [...]
12 Sep 2014 at 12:32pm
by Jason Anderson Record Staff Writer

Six S.J. seniors named Merit Scholarship semifinalists
Six San Joaquin County high school students are among 16,000 across the U.S. named as semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship program, putting them in a select group that represents less than 1 percent of seniors nationwide.The students are Zachary S. Benjamin, Middle College High School in Stockton; Claire Campbell, Tracy High School in Tracy; Sally Chen, Tokay High School in Lodi; Paul B. de Supinski, John C. Kimball High School in Tracy; Jasper G. Gebhardt, Venture Academy [...]
12 Sep 2014 at 2:00pm
by The Record

Library to be its own department someday, but not yet
STOCKTON — The turnout was impressive and the passion evident when a slew of concerned advocates spoke at a City Council meeting late last month, sharing their ideas for bolstering the troubled Stockton-San Joaquin Public Library.Foremost in their message were calls for the city to make the library an autonomous department within Stockton’s organizational structure and for the hiring of a director equipped to upgrade services in a region where literacy is a major [...]
12 Sep 2014 at 3:30pm
by Roger Phillips Record Staff Writer

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