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Two Modesto friends win largest scratcher ticket prize ever

Two friends were getting gas when they decided to split the cost of $30 California Lottery Scratcher ticket. Now they're $10 million richer. 

“I decided to scratch the ticket while I was waiting for my gas to fill up,” Gerald Lillard said. “When I saw the dollar amount I thought I was reading it wrong. I thought it said I had won $10,000, but it ended up being $10 million!”

The two purchased the California Lottery's 30th Anniversary Scratcher at a local STOP n’ SAVE Liquor and Groceries, located at 2549 Yosemite Boulevard in Modesto. 

“I was waiting for Gerald to fill up the gas, and then I saw his face got red," Ali Muthana said. "He told me he thinks we won $10 million. We verified the ticket inside the store and went straight home. I don’t even think we closed the gas cap on the truck." 

Stolen vehicle causes multi-vehicle accident in Modesto

ID=73118778A stolen vehicle caused a multi-vehicle accident in Modesto, injuring multiple people and snarling traffic while officials worked to clear the wreck.

According to Modesto Police Department, members of the Stanislaus Auto Theft Task Force found a stolen Ford Fiesta on McHenry Avenue around 1:45 p.m. The members called in for Modesto police assistance after locating the stolen vehicle.

As Modesto police attempted to stop the female driver of the vehicle, the driver sped away. Officers chose not to pursuit given the danger.

Beer Festival turns out to be fake; ticket holders scammed

MODESTO, Calif. - A big beer festival that was to include lobster, 250 different brews and jet ski races turned out to be a big bust.

Bay Area promoters sold tickets to an event called "Modesto Beer and Bites."

But the event scheduled for Saturday turned out to be a sham.

Modesto beer festival apparently a scam




Perhaps the location; a closed dentist office was the key clue, or perhaps it was the promise that jet ski races would happen. Either way, it now seems a Beer Festival scheduled for downtown Modesto Saturday is simply a scam.

"If you're having 250 beers, jet skis, it's an elaborate process. We tried to find them to help out, but couldn't get a call back," said Modesto Parks and Recreation director Andy Johnson.

Johnson said it's 30 pages of forms that need to be filled out before a large city festival is approved. No organizers of Saturdays event have filled out any forms, or paid the approximate $3,000 to secure security, fencing and police help.

"We can't find anyone out there," said Johnson. "We've been working with the visitors bureau and the chamber of commerce. Nobody knows."

One man in custody, Modesto neighborhood locked down after home burglarly

Modesto police have arrested a man in connection to a Wednesday morning burglary.

Modesto resident Marcus Pitts, 29, was arrested about a block away from the home he is suspected of burglarizing Wednesday, accordinf to the Modesto Police Department. Two other suspects have no yet been located in connection to the incident. 

When officers 
arrived on the scene of a burglary in progress,
 one suspect was standing on the sidewalk. Two other suspects came from the
 backyard of the home
Upon seeing the officers, the suspects dropped a bag of property they were carrying and ran from the area. 

Stanislaus Business Alliance adds VP of Investor Relations

Stanislaus Business Alliance adds VP of Investor Relations

MODESTO – Tyler L Richardson has joined the Stanislaus Business Alliance as its new Vice President of Investor Relations. Alliance CEO David White announced the move in a press release Wednesday.

“We are very pleased to welcome Tyler to our team,” White said in a press relase. “He is a native of our county and has built very strong relationships with the business community. Jeff Foster and I had the opportunity to interview Tyler, and we both were impressed not only with his understanding of our business community but also his enthusiasm for building greater economic vitality in Stanislaus County.”

Richardson will be responsible for the day-to-day operation for building, securing and maintaining relationships with investors, managing the revenue base created by fundraising campaigns, and collaboration on the strategic development of the Stanislaus Business Alliance... Read More

15-year-old girl struck by school vehicle in Modesto

A 15-year-old girl was hit by a school vehicle when she was crossing the street on Monday morning in Modesto.

Police said the girl was a Modesto High School student and was in the crosswalk when a Modesto City Schools vehicle struck her.

The girl was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

Police are investigating the accident. No other information has been release at this time.