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October 31, 1993 | JERRY GILLAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Stanislaus County residents have begun casting their votes in Tuesday's special election, the first test on a statewide ballot of a voting-by-mail system that would do away with the traditional trek to the polls. Officials in the Central Valley county (population 395,000) believe the system promises significant savings to taxpayers and higher voter turnouts. The trial run at letting registered voters cast ballots from home is confined to just one county.
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April 18, 2014 | By Jason Wells
A man accused of killing a man and keeping his body stuffed inside a freezer at an abandoned Central Valley auto body shop has pleaded not guilty to murder. Jacob Medina Cervantes, 26, of Modesto was arrested Tuesday after a tow truck driver hired to haul cars away from the shop found the frozen body, KTXL-TV reported . Authorities have yet to release the identity of the body, saying only that it was found intact. It was also unclear how long the body had been in the freezer.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 15, 1991 | from Associated Press
Women who exposed their unborn children to drugs are getting a new chance to get clean and be good mothers. In many places, drug-addicted mothers are prosecuted for passing illegal drugs onto their unborn babies or lose their children to foster care and adoption. Stanislaus County's First Start recovery program helps some mothers get off drugs before their children are out of reach.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 20, 2013 | By Matt Stevens
The Stanislaus County coroner has removed 17 bodies from a Modesto funeral home after a months-long investigation into cremation delays. The unusual move left at least one family questioning the authenticity of their loved one's remains. In a brief statement released Friday, the Sheriff's Department acknowledged β€œan investigation into potential criminal and civil violations with the business for the past several months.” Multiple media outlets have identified the business as McGuire Cremation & Funeral Service.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 20, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Costs to investigate, arrest and prosecute Scott Peterson for the murder of his wife, Laci, have topped $2.1 million in the couple's hometown of Modesto and in Stanislaus County, government officials estimated this week as they try to have state taxpayers pay the bill. Acrimony over costs is also growing between Stanislaus County and San Mateo County, where Peterson was convicted last week of killing his wife. San Mateo County officials said Stanislaus County still owes it more than $250,000.
NEWS
January 22, 2008
Flournoy obituary: The obituary of former state Controller Houston I. Flournoy in the Jan. 10 California section said that John G. Veneman was a state assemblyman from San Francisco. Veneman, who served during the 1960s, represented Stanislaus County and part of San Joaquin County.
NEWS
July 20, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
The University of California regents today announced eight finalists in their search for a site for a new campus. The possible locations for a new university, which have been the focus of intense competition in the San Joaquin Valley, are scattered from Stanislaus County in the north to Tulare County in the south.
NEWS
March 23, 1991 | Associated Press
A Stanislaus County lawyer was arrested for allegedly appearing before a Merced Municipal Court judge with a five-inch dagger hidden behind his back. A bailiff noticed a bulge in the rear of John Clark Head's suit when the attorney from Keyes appeared in Judge Robert Quall's chambers this week on a contempt of court charge. The bailiff, John Crouch, said he lifted the coat and found a dagger in a sheath. Head told Quall he forgot that the knife was there.
NEWS
January 25, 1989
The suspected killer of two brothers whose bodies were found in a Stanislaus County orchard has been arrested near Vancouver, B.C. A spokesman for the "America's Most Wanted" TV series said the arrest of Rudy Blanusa, 35, son of the Tehama County sheriff, took place near Burnaby, B.C., as a result of tips received following Sunday's profile on the program. The county district attorney's office confirmed the arrest.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 8, 2013 | By Fox 40
Authorities said a major drug bust in the town of Ceres, Calif., could interrupt the flow of methamphetamine across the Central Valley. An anonymous tip led drug enforcement agents to a home in Ceres on Tuesday. Inside, they found almost 300 pounds of methamphetamine, hidden in storage containers. Agents also found about $66,000 in cash at the home, according to Fox 40. Officers from Stanislaus County, Modesto's narcotics team and Homeland Security searched the home. Two men were arrested near the home: Luis Bartolo Madriz Sandavol of Washington state, and Ramiro Torres of Ceres.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 2013 | By Maura Dolan
California courts, reeling from years of state budget cuts, are delaying hearings and trials, allowing records to sit unprocessed for months and slashing services at public windows, a judge's committee has reported. The report by the Trial Court Presiding Judges Advisory Committee was based on a survey of all presiding judges and prepared for the Judicial Council, the policy-making body for the courts. All but 10 of the state's counties responded to the survey. California's courts have lost about 65% of their general fund support from the state during the last five years, and Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed budget fails to restore any of the lost revenue.
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October 21, 2011 | By Garrett Therolf, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles County Chief Executive William T Fujioka wants to offer a significant pay boost to the man slated to become the county's next probation chief. Jerry Powers, currently the probation chief in Stanislaus County, would earn a base salary of $255,000 under Fujioka's proposal β€” $28,000 more than his predecessor, Donald H. Blevins, who was hired last year after years of working at larger agencies. "Given [Powers'] experience and reputation as an innovator, his leadership of realignment implementation across California, and the respect that he has at the highest levels statewide, coupled with the size and scope of challenges before him in one of the nation's largest probation systems, my salary recommendation is appropriate," Fujioka said in a prepared statement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 5, 2011 | By Garrett Therolf, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles County supervisors have entered negotiations with Stanislaus County Probation Chief Jerry Powers to take control of their troubled department, officials said. Powers, who did not immediately respond to a message left on his cellphone, was in Los Angeles on Tuesday to meet with the supervisors behind closed doors about the job. At the same time, the supervisors were negotiating the terms of the exit for their current chief, Donald Blevins. "As far as I know, I am still employed as the probation chief," said Blevins, who has served for one year after the supervisors' decision to dismiss his predecessor.
OPINION
February 6, 2009
We recognize and appreciate the right of school districts to choose books for their curricula. Still, the actions of Stanislaus County school officials in removing Rudolfo Anaya's "Bless Me, Ultima" from the high school reading list underscore the difficulties in exercising that authority with care -- and to the desired effect. At its meeting this week, the board of the Newman Crows Landing Unified School District voted 4 to 1 to remove the novel from the required reading list for sophomores.
NEWS
January 22, 2008
Flournoy obituary: The obituary of former state Controller Houston I. Flournoy in the Jan. 10 California section said that John G. Veneman was a state assemblyman from San Francisco. Veneman, who served during the 1960s, represented Stanislaus County and part of San Joaquin County.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 20, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Costs to investigate, arrest and prosecute Scott Peterson for the murder of his wife, Laci, have topped $2.1 million in the couple's hometown of Modesto and in Stanislaus County, government officials estimated this week as they try to have state taxpayers pay the bill. Acrimony over costs is also growing between Stanislaus County and San Mateo County, where Peterson was convicted last week of killing his wife. San Mateo County officials said Stanislaus County still owes it more than $250,000.
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January 10, 2004 | From Associated Press
Stanislaus County Judge Al Girolami looked at a 10-county bias survey to help him decide whether to move Scott Peterson's capital murder trial out of his slain wife Laci's hometown of Modesto. But several of the criminal justice students who compiled the report said Thursday that they had made up a lot of the information because it had been too hard to gather all the data properly. "We falsified the info," a 20-year-old criminal justice student at Cal State Stanislaus told the Modesto Bee.
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