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Bank of Stockton executive tapped for University of the Pacific board

Bank of Stockton executive tapped for University of the Pacific board

Eberhardt continues family tradition of service to Pacific, Huber named chair

Local nonprofits invited to apply for early literacy mini-grants

Beyond Our Gates funding aims to support new, existing reading programs

As part of University of the Pacific’s Beyond Our Gates campaign, nonprofit organizations in San Joaquin County are invited to apply for mini-grants to expand or pilot promising early literacy programs.

The mini-grants initiative, made possible with support from The James Irvine Foundation, was designed to fuel innovation and engagement toward improving early literacy in and around Stockton. Organizations can apply for one-time mini-grants of $5,000 or $10,000 to fund projects that address overall early literacy, school readiness, chronic absence or summer learning.

Keep Your Home California Receives $383.3 Million in Funding to Help More Homeowners

Keep Your Home California Receives $383.3 Million in Funding to Help More Homeowners

SACRAMENTO – Keep Your Home California will receive an additional $383.3 million in funding from the federal government, allowing the mortgage-assistance program to help prevent foreclosure for more homeowners struggling with financial hardships.

The U.S. Department of the Treasury announced the additional funding Wednesday, the second phase of additional funding approved for the Hardest Hit Fund program during the past two months.

The combined $383.3 million will allow the state-managed program to help at least 12,000 more homeowners. Qualifying homeowners can receive up to $100,000 in mortgage payment assistance from Keep Your Home California.

1 arrested in alleged rooster fighting ring


Hundreds of roosters, allegedly used for a rooster fighting operation, were found Sunday near a Modesto home. It's one of the largest cockfighting operations in Stanislaus County.

Initial calls to police reported possible dog fighting at a home along Grimes Avenue. Stanislaus County Sheriff's Deputies instead found about 300 roosters, and around 50 dead birds near the home.

Several men ran when deputies pulled up to the home, but 20 men were initially detained for questioning. The man who lives at the home, 37-year-old Efrain Marcucci, was arrested for animal cruelty.

Deputies found an enclosed pen where they allege rooster fights happened in the back yard. Deputies also found metal fighting spurs and bloodied birds.

Modesto Police locate missing 11-year-old boy


Modesto Police have located the Riverbank 11-year-old boy who went missing earlier Friday morning/

Christian Bazan, 11, had last been seen on Claribel Road wearing a blue Captain America t-shirt and a backpack, according to police.

Serial robbery suspect arrested in Modesto


Modesto Police Department officials are crediting the use of social media in the apprehension of a suspect involved in multiple robberies in and around the Modesto area.

On Tuesday, officers served a search warrant at the Shasta Avenue home of the suspect, Manuel Gonzalez, 35.

Inside the home, officers found a marijuana grow operation and cocaine, according to police. They also found Lorena Cruz, 33, who, according to police, they also arrested on charges of child endangerment, accessory, possession of a controlled substance, and cultivation of marijuana.

3-year-old ejected from car in Modesto crash


A 3-year-old child was ejected from a vehicle after the vehicle's 68-year-old driver lost control while driving in Modesto. 

The single crash happened at around 10 a.m. on Yosemite Boulevard and South Morton Boulevard, according to Modesto police spokesperson Heather Graves. The vehicle struck several objects before it ejected the child and came to a stop just off the roadway.

Graves said the woman, later identified as Elvira Yearwood, and the child, were both taken to a nearby hospital for their injuries and continue to receive treatment.