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Tuesday, 29 April 2014 09:37

Eggman Registered to Vote in Fresno

Michael Eggman, the top Democratic challenger for U.S. Rep. Jeff Denham’s congressional seat, confirmed Friday that he is not currently registered to vote in the district. Eggman (D-Turlock) said that he is currently registered to vote in Fresno, where he owns some property. The California 10th Congressional District encompasses most of Stanislaus County and part of San Joaquin County.
Sunday, 27 April 2014 03:30

Eggman Opens Campaign Headquarters

A small Modesto office filled with a large number of people Friday afternoon, as congressional candidate Michael Eggman (D-Turlock) held a grand opening for his new campaign headquarters. Eggman, who is one of two men challenging U.S. Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) for his seat in the U.S. Congress, was enthused by the turnout despite the inclement weather.
The Turlock City Council took the first step toward changing how the city elects its officials on Tuesday. The council unanimously voted to start preparations for a November ballot initiative which will ask voters to adopt by-district voting. The potential change comes as Turlock hopes to avoid a potentially multi-million dollar lawsuit. The city’s current voting system is potentially out of compliance with a state law intended to ensure minority rights.
A Fresno man who was convicted for sodomizing two infants is now at large, and may be in Stanislaus County. The California Department of Corrections issued a warrant for the offender, Kenneth Lawson, on April 16. He was released on GPS-monitored parole, but is believed to have cut off his GPS tracking ankle bracelet. Lawson stands 6 feet, 2 inches tall and weighs 175 pounds. He is a white man with blonde hair and blue eyes.
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Stanislaus County District Attorney Birgit Fladager is the subject of an ongoing federal criminal investigation, criminal defense attorney and DA candidate Frank Carson claims. The allegation came during a press conference held in Modesto’s Tenth Street Place Thursday night. Carson says Fladager attempted to cover up the fact that one of her investigators provided an informant with weapons taken from federal custody, and then told the informant of an impending federal search.
Due to “unexpected complications,” paving on Turlock’s Monte Vista Avenue will not be completed this week as planned. The contractor is now expected to resume paving on Monday and Tuesday. The $887,037.25 project, approved by the Turlock City Council in September 2013, is repaving Monte Vista Avenue between Crowell and Geer roads.
Turlock Poker Room & Casino will play host to some of the poker world’s top pros this week, as the DeepStacks Poker Tour holds its DSPT-Central California at the poker room from April 26 to May 4. The May 2 $1,000 buy-in No Limit Texas Hold’Em Poker Main Event marks the first time the Turlock Poker Room has ever hosted a $1,000 buy-in event. It will be hosted by DeepStacks Poker Tour Director of Poker Operations and World Series of Poker bracelet winner Tristan “Cre8Ive” Wade. Pro poker players Jason Lee and Tim West will also play in the tournament.
Friday, 25 April 2014 11:14

Olsen Metal Theft Bill Passes Committee

Legislation intended to fight metal theft, penned by Assemblymember Kristin Olsen (R-Modesto), passed out of committee Tuesday morning. Olsen and co-author Brian Nestande (R-Palm Desert) say the two bills will help local communities. AB 2313 would create a statewide Metal Theft Task Force. The taskforce would be responsible for distributing funding to law enforcement and prosecutors, which would then be dedicated to combating metal theft.
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U.S. Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) made a stop at Latif’s Restaurant early Tuesday morning to talk issues with members of Turlock’s Sunrise Rotary. Water – or the lack thereof – dominated the discussion, as Denham called for more water storage to prevent future drought crises. “We haven’t had new water storage for about 50 years,” Denham said. “We need substantially more water storage.” As much as 10 million gallons of new water storage is needed, Denham said. Four or five large projects are already ready to be constructed, he said, if environmental approvals can be granted.
A grass fire is burning on both sides of Highway 99 near Keyes Road, impacting traffic and closing some lanes and on-ramps. The fire is affecting southbound Highway 99 traffic, according to the CHP. Traffic is slowing more than a mile away from the fire, near Mitchell Road in Ceres. A fire truck is currently blocking the slow lane as it fights the blaze, which began at roughly 3:15 p.m. According to the CHP, Keyes Road is closed over Highway 99. The Keyes Road on-ramp to southbound Highway 99 is also closed. A second grass fire was also sparked near the Taylor Road exit on Wednesday afternoon, but was quickly extinguished.