Our network

People

Former American Idol contestants to perform in Modesto April 14

Former American Idol contestants to perform in Modesto April 14

MODESTO - Four favorite former American Idol finalists will come together for a fun-filled performance of Motown's electrifying music on Thursday, April 14 at 7 p.m. at the Gallo Center for the Arts.

This special evening will star contestants Michael Sarver, David Hernandez, Gina Glocksen and Lakisha Jones. The night will feature solo, duet and ensemble performances celebrating Motown artists such as Smokey Robinson, Diana Ross and the Supremes, Stevie Wonder and many more.

Tickets range from $10 - $40. 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.

Sarver, a country singer from Jasper, Texas, was the 10th place finalist in the eighth season of American Idol. Big-voiced Hernandez of Glendale, Arizona took 12th place in Season 7.

Gallo Center presents pianist Jeffrey Siegel April 1

Gallo Center presents pianist Jeffrey Siegel April 1

MODESTO - Pianist Jeffrey Siegel returns to the Gallo Center for the Arts to perform his Keyboard Conversations® "Paris 1911: A Century Celebration," on Friday, April 1 at 8 p.m. Siegel has been a soloist with the world's greatest orchestras including the London Symphony and New York Philharmonic.

Tickets for the event range from $20 to $40. 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.

With a unique concert-plus-commentary format, Siegel will explain the music and the lives of the artists before performing, creating an informal and accessible experience for all listeners.

In "Paris 1911: A Century Celebration" Siegel will present an evening of enduring and engaging masterpieces composed exactly 100 years ago.

Man arrested 12 years later in 1999 homicide

Man arrested 12 years later in 1999 homicide

MODESTO - Twelve years and one day later, a man wanted for a 1999 homicide was found and arrested in Mexicali, Mexico Tuesday then handed over to Stanislaus County law enforcement officials.

Felipe Solorio had been on the run since March 7, 1999 after a fatal shooting in Modesto left Robert Ybarra dead. Solorio was quickly identifed as suspect in the murder and an arrest warrant was issued. However, after investigators learned he may have fled to Mexico, the trail ran cold.

Over time, Stanislaus County officials worked closely with federal agents to obtain a warrant for unlawful flight to avoid prosecution for Solorio, the first step to have a suspect arrested who has fled to another country.

Loved ones hold vigil for missing Modesto woman

Loved ones hold vigil for missing Modesto woman

MODESTO - Friends and family of missing 55-year-old Kim Berry, will hold a candlelight vigil hoping for her safe return, on Thursday, March 10 at 5:30 p.m. The vigil will take place in the parking lot of the Stanislaus County Office of Education Special Education building, located at 1336 Stonum Road.

Berry was last seen on Monday, Feb 28 in Turlock where she had lunch with a friend. She hasn't been seen or heard from since.

She is described as a white adult, 5 feet, 8 inches tall, about 150 pounds with brown eyes and hair. She was last seen driving a 1994 white Honda Accord with California license plate number 3JVP048.

 

Amgen's Breakaway from Cancer Champion nominations accepted

Amgen's Breakaway from Cancer Champion nominations accepted

MODESTO - Local residents can now nominate themselves or others to be a Breakaway from Cancer® Champion. Amgen’s Breakaway from Cancer initiative aims to raise awareness of important resources available to people affected by cancer - from prevention through survivorship.

There are nearly 12 million cancer survivors in the United States today and more than 1.5 million Americans will be diagnosed this year alone.

New Modesto fire chief to be sworn in March 8

New Modesto fire chief to be sworn in March 8

MODESTO - On Tuesday, March 8, Michael Kraus, a 29-year veteran of the Modesto Fire Department will be promoted to the position of fire chief of the department.

The promotional ceremony will take place in the City of Modesto Council Chambers, located at 1010 10th Street, at 3:30 p.m.

Kraus' careers spans 29 years of increasing responsibility, beginning as a firefighter in 1982 and rising through the ranks of the Modesto Fire Department. He has held positions of a company officer, battalion chief, training officers and the division chief of operations. Since 2009, he has held the position of acting and interim fire chief.

"It is with full confidence that I appoint him to the position permanently," said City Manager Greg Nyhoff. "Mike has provided steadfast leadership in some of the fire department's most difficult financial and emotional times -- and for that I am grateful and honored to name Mike as our fire chief."

Stanislaus County students to be honored March 9

MODESTO- Honoring students who have succeeded against challenges, gone beyond expectations or simply won the hearts of their teachers and other staff, is the goal of the Association of School Administrator's (ACSA) "Every Student Succeeding" program.

For the sixth consecutive year, the Stanislaus ACSA Charter, along with the Stanislaus County Office of Education, will honor outstanding students on March 9 at a 7 a.m. breakfast meeting at the Peterson Event Center in Modesto, 720 12th Street.

Educators and community members will attend the event to recognize 23 local students who were selected for this year's honors. Of the 23 honorees, one will go on to represent the charter in the ACSA regional program and be eligible to receive a $1,000 scholarship.