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Police: Man dies in Modesto after crashing stolen car into tree

A man driving a stolen car was killed after crashing the car into a tree in Modesto, according to Modesto police spokesperson Heather Graves.

Graves said that on Thursday, an officer saw a man in a Mercedes driving at a high rate of speed down of Oakdale Road toward Briggsmore Avenue.

As the officer attempted to catch up to the Mercedes, it turned onto Wylie Drive and the officer lost sight of the car. A few minutes later, the officer found that the driver had collided with a tree and the car was on fire, according to Graves.

Officers on the scene provided CPR to the driver, and paramedics declared him dead at the scene, Graves said.

Pacific announces new Sacramento degrees: Expansion is milestone in region’s higher education

Pacific announces new Sacramento degrees: Expansion is milestone in region’s higher education

University of the Pacific celebrated June 26 the expansion of its Sacramento campus, longtime home of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law, into a multidisciplinary center that will educate the professionals California needs in the decades ahead.

Joining the law school will be new graduate programs in health, education, business and public policy. Five new degrees will be rolled out over the next two years: Master of Business Administration; Doctor of Education; Master of Public Policy; Master of Physician Assistant Studies; and Master of Public Administration.

“This is a watershed moment for our university,” said Pamela A. Eibeck, president of University of the Pacific. “Pacific has been a pioneer in higher education in California for more than a century and a half, and it is with great excitement that we expand our presence and service in the Sacramento region.”

Stanislaus County sheriff deputies investigate west Modesto shooting

Stanislaus County sheriff deputies are investigating a shooting that injured a 49-year-old man, according to the sheriff's office spokesperson Anthony Bejaran.

Bejaran said that deputies were called at 9:28 a.m. Wednesday to the block of 1700 Donald Street in Modesto, where they found the man with multiple gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to a local hospital and his condition wasn't known at the time, according to Bejaran.

Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers at 209-521-4636

CAPG gives Sutter Gould Medical Foundation elite status

CAPG gives Sutter Gould Medical Foundation elite status

SACRAMENTO – The annual CAPG Standards of Excellence Survey gave the Sutter Gould Medical Foundation, serving Stanislaus, San Joaquin and Merced counties elite status on Tuesday. Sutter Gould was among six physician organizations and all five medical foundations in the Sutter Medical Network to receive the highest possible honor awarded by the CAPG professional organization... Read More

Central Valley foreclosures continue to drop

Central Valley foreclosures continue to drop

IRVINE – CoreLogic, a company that tracks real estate trends, released data showing foreclosures in Modesto and Stockton-Lodi continue to decline.

According to the company, foreclosures among outstanding mortgage loans in Modesto was 0.57 percent for April 2015, a decrease of 0.19 percentage points compared with April 2014 when the rate was 0.76 percent.

In the Stockton-Lodi area, foreclosures among outstanding mortgage loans was 0.62 percent for April 2015, a decrease of 0.24 percentage points compared with last year.

Both cities were below the national average of 1.33 percent, but above the state average of .51 percent... Read More

Detectives: Stanislaus custodial deputy sheriff arrested for theft

A nine-year veteran custodial deputy sheriff with the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department was arrested after a theft investigation conducted by the sheriff's department, the department said Tuesday afternoon.

Jose Pacheco, was booked at the Stanislaus County Jail for felony grand theft and burglary. He's also has been placed on administrative leave according to the sheriff's department.

In May 2015, sheriff detectives started an investigation tied to a theft of money from the Inmate Welfare Fund. Investigators believed that more than $9,000 was stolen.

Investigators identified Pacheco as the employee who stole the money, which had originally been placed in the welfare fund by families of those in the custody of the sheriff, the department said.

One Modesto firefighter injured battling two-alarm business fire

Modesto firefighters battled a two-alarm fire that destroyed one business and caused significant damage to two other businesses Sunday afternoon.

One firefighter was injured with what appeared to be a minor burn to his leg according to the Modesto Fire Department's Facebook page. He was transported to a local hospital.

At 2:33 p.m. Modesto firefighters were sent to a fire inside a commercial building in the 300 block of W. Hatch Road. It took 30 fire personnel to battle the blaze, which took about an hour before it was contained according to the department.