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Modesto police investigate fatal hit and run that killed one man

Two vehicles were involved in a crash Sunday morning that killed one man, according to Lt. Kelly Scott with the Modesto Police Department.

Kelly said officers were called in to the scene at 2 a.m. When officers arrived they found two vehicles. One vehicle was occupied by a man who was pronounced dead at the scene. The other driver had fled the scene, but he was found a few minutes later and taken into custody.

Officers believed that alcohol was a factor in the crash.

One person shot in drive-by shooting in Modesto

One person was shot in Modesto Tuesday afternoon in a drive-by shooting, The Stanislaus Sheriff's Office said.

The sheriff's office said deputies received a call at 1:36 p.m. about the shooting on 9th Street near Wisenor Avenue.

When deputies arrived they found a victim who was shot. The victim was transported to a nearby hospital in an unknown condition.

Hispanics urged to increase political involvement

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State health officer warns about danger of Valley Fever

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Modesto police use simulator to help train officers in different scenarios

STOCKTON, CA - Modesto police offered reporters the chance to use the department's force options simulator Thursday. The machinery displays, on a large screen, the types of encounters police deal with. The person watching has to determine the level of threat and then how to respond to that threat.

Modesto police officers will spend about four hours on the machine every two years. There are hundreds of scenarios and the endings of those encounters can be changed so they wrap up peacefully or violently.

"We try to teach our officers to be open minded, be aware of your surroundings, and control the situation so they go home at night," said Sgt. Terry Seese of the Modesto Police Department.

He said the video training reminds officers encounters with the public can't be predicted.

Water reductions exceeding state goals amid drought

Water reductions exceeding state goals amid drought

SACRAMENTO – Californians reduced water usage by an estimated 27.3 percent in June, exceeding the 25 percent mandate set by Gov. Jerry Brown as a result of the state’s historic drought... Read More

Union negotiations hold up Modesto school calendar

Students in the Modesto City School District return to the classroom Aug. 10. While the district has nailed down the first day, the rest of the school year is still up in the air.

"Usually, we develop that and we agree to that way before the next school year starts," California Schools Employees Association (CSEA) President Aaraon Castro said.

Sari Wyld, a mother of three, took her 3rd and 1st grader to Franklin Elementary to sign up for an after-school program. Her oldest, Christian, isn't as excited about the start of school year as his mom.

"I don't want to go back to school," he pouted.

Wyld is originally from the Bay area. With her family hours away, planning for her children's care is her only choice.

"I don't have people here to watch my kids," she said.