Our network


Family, friends search for missing woman

Family, friends search for missing woman

Family and friends of 55-year-old Kim Berry are asking for the community's help in finding her. Berry was last seen on Monday, Feb. 28, by a co-worker after having lunch at El Rosal restaurant on Monte Vista in Turlock. She has not been heard from since.

Berry's brother-in-law Bill Treshler said she was very distraught after her father and husband died within a week of each other. Family members have been posting flyers in the Turlock, Modesto and Westside areas with hopes someone has seen her.

Treshler said a missing person report has been filed with the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department, as well.

Berry is described as a white adult, 5 feet, 8 inches tall, about 150 pounds with thin brown hair. She was last seen wearing blue jeans, a purple hooded sweatshirt, black tennis shoes and a blue carcoat.

Mike Kraus appointed Modesto fire chief

Mike Kraus appointed Modesto fire chief

MODESTO - The City of Modesto is pleased to announce the appointment of Mike Kraus, Interim Fire Chief, to the position of Fire Chief. Kraus is a 29-year veteran of the Modesto Fire Department, beginning his career as a firefighter and climbing the ranks. He was named Acting Fire Chief in August 2009 and Interim Fire Chief in July 2010.

Kraus is currently finishing his Bachelor of Science degree in Fire Administration through Cogswell Polytechnical College which is sponsored by FEMA and the National Fire Academy’s Fire and Emergency Service Higher Education Program.

"For the past 18 months, Mike has served as fire chief and it is with full confidence that I appoint him to the position permanently," said City Manager Greg Nyhoff.

Supporters turn out for motorcycle ride in girl's memory

Supporters turn out for motorcycle ride in girl's memory

MODESTO - Family, friends and supporters flocked to a motorcycle run on Saturday, Feb. 9, to honor the memory of Danielle Tarancon-Leon, who was hit and killed by a truck in Ceres. Donations were accepted, a raffle was held and Alfonso's Mexican Restaurant in Ceres donated 20 percent of its proceeds to help Tarancon-Leon's family.

The ride, hosted by Ceres Raptors Youth Football & Cheer, began at Mitchell's Harley Davidson in Modesto and ended at Alfonso's in Ceres.

Tarancon-Leon and four others were involved in a car crash two weeks ago when a man driving a truck, hit them as they were walking to school. Two of the survivors were injured and transported to local hospitals. The third was not injured.

Local Olympic athletes to support Gallo Center fundraiser March 5

Local Olympic athletes to support Gallo Center fundraiser March 5

MODESTO - Olympic athletes and Central Valley natives Suzy Powell, Tisha Venturini, Ali Cox and Erin Cafaro will be starring in a fundraiser event benefiting the non-profit Gallo Center for the Arts on Saturday, March 5 at 8 p.m. This is the second show in the ‘Hometown Heroes’ series performed at the Gallo Center this season.

Tickets range from $12 to $50. A limited number of $50 tickets are available for purchase that includes a post-show reception with Suzy, Tisha, Ali and Erin. 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.

Their appearance will be in an interview format, similar to Bravo Television’s “Inside the Actors Studio,” where the four will discuss the hard work, sacrifices and rewards of being world-class athletes performing at the highest levels. Dr.

Man convicted of 1995 murder denied parole

MODESTO - Stanislaus County District Attorney Birgit Fladager announced that Douglas Scott Mouser, age 49, formerly of Modesto, was found unsuitable for parole after a February 8th hearing of the State Board of Parole Hearings conducted at Soledad State Prison.

District Attorney Birgit Fladager, who initially prosecuted the case along with former Deputy District Attorney, now Judge, Rick Distaso, appeared at the hearing and argued for continued confinement based on the fact that Mouser continues to pose an unreasonable risk to public safety. The Board of Prison Hearings agreed and denied parole for five (5) years.

Mouser was convicted in 1999 of second degree murder for the 1995 strangulation killing of his 14-year-old step-daughter, Genna Gamble. Genna’s nude body was found dumped down a ravine off of Timbell Road.

Modesto youth soccer team's hard work pays off

Modesto youth soccer team's hard work pays off

MODESTO - Local youth soccer team, the Ajax United Elite 98B, recently won the 2011 Ajax United Winter Invitational, a premier tournament in California.

The team won the event with a record of four wins, zero losses, scoring 14 goals over a two-day span.

"I am very proud of my team for the work they put in every day," said Coach Stuart Kaplan. "In what can seem to be a gloomy time in our state, I thought (this) might make a nice community story showing what a group of boys have accomplished."

During the course of 2010-2011 season, the under-13-years-old boys team has won seven championship titles and amassed a record of 43 wins, 11 losses and seven ties.

Modesto introduces "Community Action" project

MODESTO - The City of Modesto Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods and Maddux Youth Center present "Community Action," a youth/young adult service learning project. This free, 16-week program is a participant-driven series that will focus on local issues and civic involvement to improve Modesto neighborhoods.

Community Action will be held on Thursdays, Jan. 27 through May 12, from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. at Maddux Youth Center located at 615 Sierra Drive. Light refreshments will be provided.

For more information about the project, contact Melanie Berru at (209) 341-2950 or mberru@modestogov.com.