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Riverbank mom, daughter die in South Carolina interstate wreck

BLACKSBURG, SC (AP) -- A Riverbank woman and her daughter have died in a wreck on an interstate highway near the South Carolina-North Carolina state line.

Cherokee County Coroner Dennis Fowler said the wreck happened on Interstate 85 near Blacksburg shortly after 2 a.m. Wednesday.

Fowler said Shawna Geraldine Zamora, 27, of Riverbank, Calif., and daughter Lillyana Zamora, 9, died at the scene.

The coroner says the woman was driving a sports utility vehicle toward Charlotte, N.C., when it ran off the right side of the road then crossed back into the median and overturned.

He said neither victim was wearing a seat belt and both were thrown from the vehicle.

The woman's other two children, ages 3 and 5, were in child safety seats and suffered minor injuries, as did an adult in the front seat.

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Appeals court upholds Modesto pot convictions

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A federal appeals court has upheld the convictions of two Modesto men for using their medical marijuana dispensary for drug trafficking.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday affirmed the 2008 verdict that found Luke Scarmazzo and Ricardo Montes guilty of running a criminal enterprise, manufacturing marijuana and possessing the drug with intent to distribute.

The court also determined that the men's sentences, nearly 22 years for Scarmazzo and 20 years for Montes, were not disproportionate to their crimes.

Drug Enforcement Administration officials say records at the dispensary, called the California Healthcare Collective, showed the two 29-year-olds made more than $9.2 million in marijuana sales from 2004 until September 2006.

'A Chorus Line' Broadway musical comes to Modesto

'A Chorus Line' Broadway musical comes to Modesto

MODESTO - The Gallo Center for the Arts, located at 1000 I Street, presents the Broadway musical "A Chorus Line" on Friday, Feb. 4 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 8 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; and Sunday, Feb. 6 at 2 p.m.

The Broadway classic has won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1976 and nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

Tickets range from $39 to $99 and can be purchased at www.galloarts.org or by calling (209) 338-2100. A 15 percent discount is available for groups of 15 or more.

"A Chorus Line" is described as a musical for anyone who has ever had a dream and put it all on the line. In an empty theatre, on a bare stage, casting for a new Broadway musical is almost complete.

Ceres police search for armed robbers

CERES, CA - The Ceres Police Department is looking for two people suspected of robbing a Quickstop Convenience Store on Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010.

One masked robber and a second, unmasked white man armed with a gun, entered the store at 1301 East Service Road at 9 p.m. and demanded money from the register, said Sgt. Jose Berber. The robbers escaped with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Detectives do not have leads to the robbers' identities.

Anyone with information about the suspects was encouraged to call Crime Stoppers or Det. Britton Moore at (209) 538-5700, ext. 5598

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Woman injured, dog killed in Modesto mobile home fire

MODESTO, CA - Modesto firefighters rescued a woman from a burning mobile home Monday morning.

Modesto Fire Department Battalion Chief Hugo Patino said firefighters were dispatched to the Sunrise Mobile Home Park at433 S. 7th Street at 10:57 a.m.. There they found heavy smoke and flames at one mobile home and threatening another.

Crews entered the burning home and found a woman in a closet suffering from smoke inhalation, said Patino. She was transported to a Modesto hospital and was expected to be moved to UC Davis Medical Center, Patino said.

The woman's condition was unknown.

A small dog the woman was pet-sitting died in the fire.

Patino said the origin of the fire appeared to have been combustibles placed too close to a space heater. Damage was estimated at $25,000.

Stanislaus County Sheriff unveils new website

Stanislaus County Sheriff unveils new website

MODESTO - The Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department announced Monday the launch of its new website in which community members can more easily access law enforcement services.

The system is designed to provide as much comprehensive information as possible for the county's residents.

Doctors: Woman charged in hammer attack was sane

MODESTO, Calif. (AP) -- Two court-appointed doctors have determined that a Central California woman was sane when she allegedly beat her elderly landlord to death with a hammer.

In a report released Wednesday, a Stockton psychiatrist and a Merced doctor both said they believe that Kathy Bronzini was legally sane when she allegedly attacked 82-year-old Joe Garcia outside his home in Riverbank in October 2007.

The Modesto Bee reported that the 50-year-old Bronzini has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to murder in the case.

She is being held on $2 million bail. Her trial is set to begin in May.

Police: Christmas Day assault may have been botched robbery

MODESTO, CA -- Police say a Christmas Day assault in Modesto that left two men injured -- one critically -- may have been a botched robbery.

The Stanislaus County sheriff's department says 35-year-old Juan Carlos Felix, of Las Vegas, and 20-year-old Rojelio Escobar, of Salinas, met two women at a bar Saturday night who led them to a warehouse.

When they arrived, Felix and Escobar reportedly were jumped by two men wielding a knife and a baseball bat.


Reunion of the Doo Wop Stars -January 22

The Gallo Center for the Arts presents "Reunion of the Doo Wop Stars" on Saturday, January 22 at 8:00 p.m.  Featuring the musical talents of Bobby Hendricks Drifters, Buck Ram Platters, The Chordettes, and The Safaris featuring Jimmy Stephens with comedy host Tony Russell and Billy and the Corvettes Band listeners will be transported back in time to America's golden age of music.

Tickets range from $20 to $50. A 15% discount is available for groups of 15 or more.  For tickets and more information, visit www.galloarts.org or call (209) 338-2100.

Together these performers have sold millions of records world-wide, received numerous awards and accolades, and have produced dozens of chart-topping hits such as "Only You," "Mr. Sandman," "The Great Pretender," "Under the Boardwalk" and many more. 

Advice Columnist Amy Dickinson - January 21

The Gallo Center for the Arts will present an inspiring evening of discussion and advice from author and columnist Amy Dickinson in a program titled "Second Chances, Fresh Starts and New Beginnings" on Friday, January 21 at 8:00 p.m.  Dickinson has been a successful writer for such publications as the Chicago Tribune and TIME Magazine and her column "Ask Amy" is featured in over 200 newspapers nationwide, including The Modesto Bee.

Tickets range from $10 to $40. A 15% discount is available for groups of 15 or more.  For tickets and more information, visit www.galloarts.org or call (209) 338-2100. I

n 2003 Dickinson was chosen to step into the void created by the death of legendary advice columnist Ann Landers. Under her stewardship, the column has come of age, tackling a wide range of issues.  Her recent memoir, "The Mighty Queens of Freeville," became a New York Times bestseller.