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Patterson again gives holiday bonuses to book sellers
NEW YORK — James Patterson has renewed a most welcome holiday publishing tradition — bonuses for independent bookstore employees. The best-selling author announced Tuesday that 333 workers each will receive $750. The winners, nominated by customers and colleagues among others, are listed on the web
California man, previously deported in 2014, goes on 24-hour 'reign of terror' before dying in police chase
A 36-year-old man who had been deported at least once and who owned a lengthy rap sheet died Monday after a day-long "reign of terror" in which he shot and killed someone, carjacked another person and led California police on a dangerous high-speed pursuit.
Man faces charges of trying to kidnap woman from Patterson distribution center
A 19-year-old faces kidnapping and domestic battery charges after trying to forcibly carry his girlfriend away from her workplace, the Kohl’s distribution center in Patterson, on Thursday morning, police say.
‘I lost my son all over again.’ Murder victim’s mom worries shooter will be set free
Michelle Bettencourt is worried the man who killed her son will be set free after serving only a few years in prison for a deadly botched carjacking outside a Riverbank convenience store.
Man dies in crash following deadly California rampage
PORTERVILLE, Calif. – A man who went on a deadly shooting, carjacking and robbery rampage in California's Central Valley died Monday during a high-speed highway chase during which he intentionally tried to smash into other cars, authorities said.
Deputies to get a big salary boost as Stanislaus County fights to fill positions
Stanislaus County will try a new package of incentives to solve a longstanding problem — hiring and keeping deputies who protect the public. Earlier this week, county supervisors created a Deputy Sheriff II classification as a career track for sworn deputies with at least two years experience.
Man who ‘illegally’ razed his historic San Francisco home must rebuild an exact replica
Richard Neutra’s legacy of modernist architecture, marbled throughout southern California, has a quieter history in San Francisco. The Austrian-born architect designed just five homes in the city, including a Victorian rowhouse for refugees from Nazi Germany, his first redwood building, along with h
Yemeni mother wins visa fight to see her dying child in a California hospital
(CNN)The US State Department granted a Yemeni mother, whose 2-year-old son is on life support in an Oakland hospital, a waiver Tuesday to travel to the United States, according to officials with the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
El Chapo’s 'rage-filled' attorney: There isn’t a case I can’t win
Almost four decades after seeing "The Verdict," a critically acclaimed Paul Newman legal drama that motivated a young Jeffrey Lichtman to a career in law, the noted defense attorney is drawing critical response of his own as the man flanking the world's most notorious accused drug kingpin: Joaquin “
Patterson swears in new Police Chief
To the casual observer, Patterson’s new Police Chief, Marc Nuno, may seem somewhat unassuming – maybe not the first guy you’d pick out of the crowd as a sharpshooter. Or a homicide detective. Or someone who’s been shot in the line of duty.
Modesto woman held in two armed robberies of convenience stores
A 23-year-old Modesto woman was arrested Sunday on suspicion of committing two armed robberies in late November and early this month. Daniella Villa was wanted for the Nov. 29 robbery of the Arco am/pm minimart at 1400 Coffee Road, Modesto police spokeswoman Sharon Bear said Monday. She entered the
Modesto’s Yosemite Meat Co. looks to Stockton for new home, expansion plans
A longtime Modesto pork processor and meat distributor plans to relocate and expand its operations about 30 minutes away in Stockton early next year. But a Yosemite Meat Co. official said the company is not leaving Modesto.
Girl killed in Turlock DUI crash was an eighth-grader at Dutcher
The Turlock girl killed in a DUI-related crash Friday night near California State University, Stanislaus, was a 14-year-old eighth-grader at Dutcher Middle School. On social media, the girl has been identified in a photograph and by first name, Freida. Turlock Unified School District planned to send
Police Launch “Operation Porch Pirate”
Correction: the vehicles were provided by McAuley Ford, not Thompson Chevrolet as indicated in the article below. The Irrigator regrets the error. Would-be package thieves should be warned that they just might get more – and less – than they bargained for if they steal a package in Patterson this ho
A comeback story? California DMV wait times dropping
The California Department of Motor Vehicles is looking to produce a comeback story. Overrun by angry complaints from customers and politicians, the agency launched an ambitious plan to reduce hours-long wait times experienced over the summer.
California jewelry store robbery thwarted after owner's nephew pulls out gun
A California jewelry store owner’s nephew pulled a gun on suspects as the two men allegedly tried to rob his uncle’s store, according to reports. The suspects, caught on video, allegedly tried to stab owner Jean Boujekian during the attempted robbery at Vana Watch and Jewelry in South Pasadena on Fr
State Water Board Approves Increased Flows for the Lower San Joaquin River
After a marathon hearing at the Cal EPA building in Sacramento, the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) voted 4 to 1 on December 12 to set a 40% flow standard for three tributaries that flow into the lower San Joaquin River — the Stanislaus, Tuolumne and Merced rivers - and a revision of the
Loved Ones Mourn Girl Killed by Suspected Drunken Driver
TURLOCK -- Bouquets of flowers and a yellow cross marked the spot of a horrific crash that killed one teen and seriously injured two others. Those who knew the Dutcher Middle School eighth-grader say sunflowers were her favorite.
Animal rights activists meet strong police presence at ranch
About 120 members of an animal rights group, Direct Action Everywhere, protested Sunday afternoon at a ranch north of Oakdale where three of its members were arrested in October while trying to removed an apparently dying calf from the property.
Storm expected to bring rough surf, gusty winds to the coast
A storm system is expected to bring gusty winds and a rough surf to the northern California coast on Sunday. The National Weather Service issued a “high surf warning” along the coast from Sonoma County to Monterey County starting at 9 a.m. Sunday that was expected to continue to 9 p.m. Monday, indic