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$150,000 in college scholarships awarded to high school students

$150,000 in college scholarships awarded to high school students

MODESTO - The Stanislaus County Office of Education (SCOE) awarded 54 college scholarships, totaling $150,000 to students attending Orestimba, Patterson and Waterford high schools.

Rock climber Royal Robbins to speak at Gallo Center June 24

Rock climber Royal Robbins to speak at Gallo Center June 24

MODESTO - The Gallo Center for the Arts Hometown Heroes series continues on Friday, June 24 at 8:00 p.m. with a special interview with Royal Robbins, a pioneer of rock climbing whose competitive spirit helped change the sport forever. 2011 marks the 50-year anniversary of the first climbing of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park, accomplished by Royal and his teammates.

Tickets range from $12 to $50. The $50 ticket includes a pre-show reception with Royal, his wife Liz Robbins, and fellow climbing legend Tom Frost.

Modesto man indicted on child porn charge

Modesto man indicted on child porn charge

MODESTO - United States Attorney Benjamin Wagner announced that Eric Paul Vallejos, 37, of Modesto, was arrested Tuesday after a federal grand jury returned a one-count indictment charging him with receipt of material depicting a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct.

According to the indictment, between September and October of 2010, Vallejos downloaded images of child pornography from the Internet. He is scheduled to be arraigned in the federal court in Fresno Tuesda at 1:30 p.m. before U.S. Magistrate Judge Sandra Snyder.

This case is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Ceres Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Jeremy R.

Modesto man sentenced to 33 years in prison for series of robberies

Modesto man sentenced to 33 years in prison for series of robberies

MODESTO - Stanislaus County District Attorney Birgit Fladager announced Wednesday that Jason Edward Mitts, age 33, of Modesto, was convicted at jury trial on May 4, 2011, of two counts of robbery. In addition, he pled no contest to three more counts of robbery in unrelated cases and admitted that he had used a firearm in the robberies.

Mitts also pled guilty to possession of a dangerous weapon and admitted that he had previously been convicted of a serious or violent felony which falls under California’s "Three Strikes" law, that he had served three prior prison terms and that he was out on bail on the deadly weapon charge when he committed the robberies. Deputy District Attorney Sandra Bishop prosecuted the case for the People.

On April 2, 2009, Mitts, a wanted parolee, was a passenger in a stolen car that was stopped by police. Mitts was searched and a pair of brass knuckles was found in his pants pocket. He was arrested and posted bail.

'The Four Freshmen' set to perform at Gallo Center May 7

'The Four Freshmen' set to perform at Gallo Center May 7

MODESTO - Music marvels "The Four Freshmen" will perform jazz and vocal harmonies at the Gallo Center for the Arts on Saturday, May 7 at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Over their 60 year career the group has influenced groups like Manhattan Transfer and The Beach Boys and garnered over 50 albums, 70 top selling singles and 6 Grammy nominations.

Tickets range from $19 to $49. A 15 percent discount is available for groups of 15 or more. For tickets and more information, visit www.galloarts.org or call (209) 338-2100.

Created in 1948 at Butler University, "The Four Freshman" is the longest lasting vocal harmony group. The group has toured 49 states and more than 8 countries and the current twenty-second incarnation includes artists Bob Ferreira, Brian Eichenberger, Curtis Calderon, and Vince Johnson.

Comedian Paul Rodriguez to perform at Gallo Center May 6

Comedian Paul Rodriguez to perform at Gallo Center May 6

MODESTO - Comedian Paul Rodriguez will perform at the Gallo Center for the Arts on Friday, May 6 at 8:00 p.m. One of the most influential Hispanics in America, Rodriguez’s career spans over two decades, including more than 40 films, numerous TV series, and 6 comedy specials for HBO.

Tickets for the event range from $29 to $59. A 15 percent discount is available for groups of 15 or more. For tickets and more information, visit www.galloarts.org or call (209) 338-2100.

Rodriguez is enshrined in the Smithsonian as star of Pablo, the first show about a Mexican-American family on mainstream American television. He executive produced and starred in The Original Kings of Comedy with other well-known comedians Cheech Marin, George Lopez and Carlos Mencia. He has performed in countless comedy specials and was recently named Humanitarian of the Year by the city of Fresno.

Stanislaus Peace Officers Memorial held at Lakewoood Park

Stanislaus Peace Officers Memorial held at Lakewoood Park

STANISLAUS COUNTY - Members of the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department attended the Stanislaus Peace Officers Memorial Service Wednesday at Lakewood Memorial Park in Hughson.

Sheriff Adam Christianson attended the memorial with members from his Administration Division, Stanislaus Honor Guard, Stanislaus Posse, Investigations Division, Patrol Division, Aero squadron, and Custody Division. Other agencies attending included the Stanislaus DA’S Office, Modesto PD, Turlock PD, California Highway Patrol, Ceres PD, and Cal State University PD.

The ceremonies honored fallen officers who lost their lives in the line of duty within Stanislaus County and in the State of California.

Since 1935 law enforcement agencies in Stanislaus County have lost the following officers in the line of duty:

- Lavon B.