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Traffic Advisory: Grass Fire on Highway 99 Near Keyes Road Brandon McMillan/TurlockCityNews.com
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.
Council Moves Forward with Road Tax TurlockCityNews.com
Better roads – and higher taxes – could soon await Turlockers. By a 4-1 vote, the Turlock City Council directed staff to begin work on a new road tax, expected to come before voters on the November ballot. The measure is still in development, and is expected to return for a second, more binding vote at the next meeting of council. If approved by two-thirds of voters, the half-cent sales tax would be devoted entirely to road repair and maintenance.
Turlock Woman Witnesses Burglary at Her Home Brandon McMillan/TurlockCityNews.com
A Turlock woman witnessed a man attempting to break into her house on Friday morning. The woman, Monica Morales, posted on TurlockCityNews.com’s Facebook Page to get the word out regarding her experience. Morales said that she walked her husband to the door around 4:20 a.m. on Friday while he was on his way to work. She returned to bed for about about 20 minutes before she was awakened by someone trying to break into her house on South Minaret Street, near F Street, through a window. Morales made eye contact with the burglar and called 911, she said. 
Don Pedro Fourth of July Firework Show Cancelled Due to Drought Courtesy of Don Pedro Recreation Agency.
The Don Pedro Recreation Agency announced Tuesday that the lake’s annual Fourth of July firework show will not be held this year. According to the agency, the cancellation comes due to the low water level in Lake Don Pedro. “Due to the reduction of boat launching to a single two-lane ramp at Fleming Meadows and the diminished available surface acreage on the water in the fireworks fall-out zone, there will not be a fireworks show in 2014,” a press release reads.
Two Robbed in Turlock Neighborhood Brandon McMillan/TurlockCityNews.com
Two victims were physically assaulted and robbed during the early hours of Tuesday morning in a Turlock suburb. The two victims were approached by four males in 4400 block of Grillos Drive around 1:50 a.m. The suspects demanded the victims give up their property. When the victims refused, the suspects physically assaulted the victims and stole both victims’ cell phones. The suspects then fled the scene. The victims were only able to describe one suspect as a white male and another as a hispanic male, said Turlock police spokesperson Lt. Miguel Pacheco. There is no more description of the thieves, and there are currently no suspects in the case, said Pacheco.
On the morning of July 23, 2013, nearly nine months ago, Turlock homeowner Robin Boyer, 58, shot and killed Brandon Pacheco, 25. Boyer told police that he shot Pacheco after seeing him trespass on his property several times leading up to that fateful day. It is believed Boyer saw Pacheco on his property the morning of the shooting and confronted him. Pacheco’s sister, Shannon Pacheco, 34, who identified her younger brother’s body, says he was shot in the back of the head as he was running away from Boyer.
From Left to Right: Adam Christianson, Birgit Fladager, and Tom Letras From Left to Right: Adam Christianson, Birgit Fladager, and Tom Letras
Before the candidates for Stanislaus County Sheriff and District Attorney face off in the June 3 election, they will square off in two debates. Incumbent Stanislaus County District Attorney Birgit Fladager will face off against Frank Carson, a Modesto-based attorney and businessman. And incumbent Stanislaus County Sheriff-Coroner Adam Christianson will square off with Tom Letras, a deputy sheriff from Ceres.
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